The Halfway House, by Sears & Roebuck

In 2002, someone called to tell me that they had a Sears House.  (This was way back in the day when my business cards included my personal phone number.) The caller said, “I live in Washington, DC and I own a Sears Home.” I asked if she knew which model it...

Makes Its Owners Proud: The Argyle

Probably one of their top-ten best selling models, the Sears Argyle was a quality home in countless ways, but in a very compact package. It was a mere 1,008-square-feet of house, and yet it had a myriad of fine features such as wainscoting topped with plate-rail in...

The Niota: 1200 Square Feet For $942

Not a bad deal to buy 1,200 square feet of kit house for less than $1,000, even in 1916! The Sears Niota – despite its being a good value and a cute house – was not a popular model for Sears.  And yet, according to a small promotional ad that appeared in...