1925 Sears kit home in Colorado Springs

I recently came across this historic Sears kit home in my personal home-search in the Colorado Springs area. If my house were to go under contract today – or sometime soon – this is a house I would seriously consider buying!

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Built in 1925, the realtor is calling this home a “Sears & Robuck kit home with original stained trim & doors”.

After I read the book The Houses That Sears Built (by Rosemary Thornton) a couple of months ago [see review here], I have had vintage kits homes high on my radar.

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I just keep hearing about the sturdy quality of these things and how they were built to last. People who live in historic kit homes, be they Sears Robuck or another company, have only good things to say about them. (i.e. – historic kit homes are the opposite of a money-pit: well-built, well-conceived, easy-to-care-for dwellings).

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This one in the central area of Colorado Springs is currently listed at $145,000.

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It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a finished attic space which could be used as a third bedroom.

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The home has 1609 square feet and many bonuses:

New top of the line vinyl windows, Kohler fixtures, stackable washer/dryer, Pellet stove and new exterior paint.

– from: http://www.zillow.com

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The vintage kitchen just makes me giddy:

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I have the highest regard for homeowners who have left their vintage kitchens intact, or only minimally updated them (as opposed to the trend of viciously ripping out an entire old kitchen and plopping in some really expensive new fad thing.)

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I’m probably in the minority when I say that since the most important feature in the home these days is the kitchen and its functionality. But since I am a non-cooker, kitchen functionality is not high on my list (sorry mom!)

It’s takes so much flexibility and creativity to make an old kitchen work for today’s lifestyle…

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It sure would be nice to have a dishwasher though! (Besides my own two hands!!)

If the kitchen is not big enough for your culinary ventures… there’s always the grill out back:

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Check out the vintage-style tub in one of the bathrooms:

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It doesn’t say whether that is an original bathtub or not, but look at this 1920’s Sears catalog photo of the “Chippendale Bathroom Outfit” – one of the bathroom upgrades that was offered with these mail order homes:

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Looks like the same bathtub!

What an all-around great, affordable home.

I’ll put my selfish impulses aside and share the complete listing info with you here.

Now, if only I could get my own house sold!

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Things have come to a grinding halt lately around here as far as people viewing our house. I guess the wildfire situation hasn’t helped. There’s been a few showings and the viewers have really liked our house. Unfortunately, they seem to be more lookiloos than serious buyers. (For example, “not quite ready to buy yet” or “have a primary residence they need to sell first”) You know how it goes.

Just for good measure, I’ll post my own house’s listing again here. Feel free to indiscriminately distribute it around the Internet! (I can’t believe people aren’t breaking down my door – at that price!!)

I am a little biased, I’ll admit it, since it is my own house. But I look at A LOT of houses, and comparatively, my house is a pretty darn good deal.

Where are you buyers??????

(just had to put that out there into the universe)

 

9 Comments

  • Jayne says:

    Kit homes fascinate me. The idea of being able to order an entire house out of a catalog! Your house is beautiful! I shared it on my Facebook page..you never know. :)

  • Janet says:

    superb! i’ve gotten through your 5 newest posts, and i’m lovin’ it! i’ve really enjoyed your blog. it’s nice to see other house-lovers out there!

  • Wilson Grant says:

    It’s beautiful. I have a question, I just simply love the woody look of the floor, is it pure wood? or is it molded?

  • Coleen says:

    Your bathroom almost has the same look as the 1920’s from the catalog. I love your grill and the matching table at the back of your house.

    Best,
    Coleen

  • Michele Cox says:

    How do you FIND these places? Realtor.Com and Zillow do not let you query for Sears house or TB Hut? I am really wanting a unique property!! Springs or Denver.

    • housecrazy says:

      I just spend waaaaaaay too much time browsing the listings, and every once in a while I find a gem.
      That’s the whole reason I started this blog in the first place – real estate browsing had been my hobby for years, may as well share it with other people!

  • Heidi says:

    Hello Sarah. I just happened to be doing some personal research on Sears Kit homes and, lo and behold, I find my house featured on your blog! I knew it was a Sears kit craftsman upon purchase, but its still so odd to see what it looked like just one year ago. There wasn’t a wood pellet stove in the dining room when I acquired the house, but that would certainly account for the large amount of black soot I found floating around in the crevices!
    Some of the cabinet doors were removed by a previous owner as well. However, I found them in the attic and am eager to reattach them. I was able to return the room adjoining the kitchen back into a breakfast nook by removing the refrigerator and corner unit from that space. Also, the bathroom has recently gotten a splash of pink to the walls. (Something that pleased my fiance’s daughter immensely). As for the tub being the original, I’m uncertain. The tub is stamped KOHLER USA in a light blue if that helps at all.
    Again, what a treat to see my own home featured here. Farewell and have a lovely day! :)

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