Recently I was visiting family in Pickens, South Carolina and whilst there, I drove more than 400 miles throughout the Western part of the state, seeking kit homes. Sadly, there are not many kit homes in this part of the country.
However, I did find one city in South Carolina that had several kit homes: Anderson, South Carolina.
And there in Anderson, I found not one but three (and possibly four) kit homes from Sterling Homes (based in Bay City). Better yet, one of those kit homes was Sterling’s crème de la crème - the Vernon.
This was their biggest and best kit home, and this was the first Sterling Vernon that I’ve ever found.
And it was a beauty!
I’d love to know if the owners of this house realize that they have a kit home!
And in addition to the Vernon, I also found a Van Dyke and a Ma Cherie, also from Sterling.
UPDATED: I’ve identified ANOTHER Sterling Home in Anderson! Click here to read the latest blog!!
To read about the OTHER kit homes I found in Anderson, check back in a few days. I’ll be adding those photos soon.
The Sterling Vernon was featured on the cover of their 1928 catalog.
The Vernon was their biggest, fanciest house.
And according to this, it was the house of YOUR dreams!
Do the owners of this "Vernon" know that they have a kit home?
Close-up on the details.
The Sterling Vernon as seen in the 1928 catalog.
The Ma Cherie was a beautiful bungalow offered by Sterling. Pay attention to the details around the front porch.
This house in Anderson is a spot-on match to the Sterling "Ma Cherie." And it's in beautifully original condition. Look at the details on the front porch. All the details are perfect.
Another picture of the Ma Cherie in Anderson.
The Van Dyke was another popular house for Sterling.
Another beautiful match. This Van Dyke is less than two blocks from the Vernon.
And this is frustrating! I saw this house in Anderson but neglected to get a photo! It was near the other kit homes shown above.
Updated! This house is at 2309 Edgewood Avenue in Anderson, SC. My kingdom for a photo of this house!!
And this house actually makes FOUR Sterling Homes in Anderson (so the blog title is now in error!).
How did Anderson end up with so many kit homes from a small company in Bay City, Michigan? It’s a real mystery.
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