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Kit House Of The Week--A 1925 Sears "Maywood" in Chevy Chase

Funny--I discovered this house just a couple of months ago when I was driving by. Because I have a passion for historic mail-order houses, I tend to roll down the window (or even get out of the car) to take a pictures in such situations.

Last weekend, the house hit the market, and it's cooler and more authentic than you could wish for.

(Original post: The "Maywood" On Broad branch -- Cottage In The City)

Sears Catalog house --"Maywood" on Broad Branch in Chevy Chase DCToday’s Kit House Of The Week, located in Chevy Chase, DC, is a 1925 Sears “Honor Bilt” model with a very distinctive and unusual shape–the “Maywood.” It’s listed by TTR/Sotheby’s  for  $899,000.

What’s so special about it is that it retains much of the original…everything. There are those beautiful casement windows on the first floor, the siding, fireplace, hardware, the two original porch benches just as they looked in the Sears mail-order catalog. (You can see the Realtor’s virtual tour here.) None of the modifications seem destructive, either. The large porch off the dining and living room was finished and turned into a den — we have seen this in a couple of other area “Maywoods” as well.


1920s mail-order catalog page for Sears "Maywood" kit houseThe “Maywood” was not the largest or most luxurious original porch bench Sears catalog housemodel Sears offered, but certainly more elaborate than others and, in its “cottage” style, out of the ordinary. Both the winged floor plan and the hipped roof that continues its lines through the second floor add some neat architectural interest.

By the way, more often than not, neither the agent not the owner are aware that the house they're selling is a kit house. In this case, the agent actually emphasized it in her marketing!



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© 2012, Catarina Bannier


Comment balloon 3 commentsCatarina Bannier • April 20 2012 02:50PM


Catarina, Very cool. I must admit that I think I liked the orginal open porch look, I totally need the need for extra square footage as the family's need increase. Thanks for sharing this piece of history!

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 over 6 years ago

And did you get a load of the price?  $2805.00.  That was pretty much all inclusive too. 

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) over 6 years ago

Adrian--yes, and I would want it screened in (we have lots of mosquitoes here!). But to have that home office (or whatever someone would make it) is pretty nice as well.

Leslie--we have an earlier catalog in the office (1920 or 1922, I think), and in that one it was $2,635. Some of the smaller houses were under $1,000. :-)

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) over 6 years ago