Archive

Posts Tagged ‘circular saws and kit homes’

Almost as Good as a Magnolia! (Sears Pennsgrove!)

September 5th, 2013 Sears Homes 6 comments

My website recently hit 750,000 views. That’s a lot of people reading about Sears Homes. And with all those visitors, I also get a lot of “I saw a neighborhood just full of Magnolias” emails.

And yet tonight (Thursday night), someone left a comment, saying that there was a Sears Pennsgrove in their neighborhood. The Pennsgrove is one of those rare kit homes that neither I, nor Rebecca, nor Dale have ever seen. And we’ve been looking!

A Pennsgrove.

In Baltimore.

And much to my surprise, they were right. It was a Sears Pennsgrove. The Pennsgrove was only offered in 1931 and 1932, which is part of the reason it’s so rare. Those were not boom years for American real estate.

The Pennsgrove was truly a beautiful home, and fancy too. It’s spacious (about 2,200 square feet), has a two-car attached garage, and is full of unique features. Driving past this beauty, you’d never guess in a million years that this house came from Sears.

And yet it did.

Many thanks to Tom and Jada for telling me about this splendiferous Sears House in Baltimore. You can visit their website here.

Thanks also to the anonymous, gifted, talented and generous Realtor who so graciously permitted me to use her incredibly beautiful photos.

To learn more about identifying kit homes, click here.

*   *   *

Pretty fancy house for a kit, isnt it? (1932 catalog)

Pretty fancy house for a kit, isn't it? (1932 catalog)

*

I love the text in these old catalogs.

"Pleasing proportions, picturesque detail, contrasting surfaces and softly blended colors give the Pennsgrove that rare charm characteristic of the countrysides of Kent and Surrey across the sea."

*

Two car attached garage? Wow.

Two car attached garage? Wow. And the garage is big enough to store pine trees, too!

*

house

Small bedrooms, but look at all that busyness off the master bedroom.

*

Nice house.

The Pennsgrove, as it appeared in the 1932 catalog.

*

And the Pennsgrove as it appears today.

And the Pennsgrove as it appears today.

*

Wow

Gosh, what a house!

*

Inisde, the house has some delightful and quirky features.

Inside, the house has some delightful and quirky features, such as this opening onto the staircase. And look at that wood! It looks like the house is mostly in original condition.

*

stairs

Another view of the entry foyer.

*

A cute

This house has two full bathrooms, and in this bath, the original tub remains.

*

There is something charming about a bathroom tucked under a dormer.

There is something charming about a bathroom tucked under a dormer.

*

*

dining

Beautiful dining room with original wainscoting.

*

bed

Another dormer in an upstairs bedroom.

*

What have you got in YOUR neighborhood?

To contact Rose, please leave a comment below.

To read another really fun blog, click here.

*   *   *