Mail Order House

Mail Order House

From 1908 to 1940, you could order a house out of the Sears catalog. They would ship all the pieces to you by rail and assemble it onsite. This is a Sears mail order house. It cost less than $2,000 new and just sold for over $700,000. (The previous owners made a few improvements.) Taken in the Del Ray neighborhood.

Passante posted on a mail order house in May in Washington, DC.


10 Responses to Mail Order House

  1. Dawn says:

    I really love your posts of the past few days about the different houses. Tey are all beautiful, especially the mail order house.

  2. Jenny says:

    I love these Sears houses – there’s one I know of here in Sharon that’s pristine and so charming!

  3. Kris says:

    charming house and lovely colours! wish they have such thing now 🙂

  4. Passante says:

    Where is this one? I’d like to go and see it.

    This is a very nice series.

  5. Carol says:

    I like this series! I’d love to see inside this one…bet it’s as beautiful on the inside as the out.

  6. Denton says:

    I have heard of the Sears houses but this is first I have seen. Thanks.

  7. Marie McC says:

    Dawn, I’m glad you liked the houses. This is a great neighborhood.

    Jenny, the Sears houses are great. There’s a website which has drawings of a lot of different models.

    Kris, yes, we have lost some of that great craftsmanship.

    Passante, I emailed you the address. This particular area in Del Ray has so many lovely homes.

    Carol, me, too! I would love to see the interiors, but I’ve always been kind of a snoop. 🙂

    Denton, I knew there were prefab houses, but I never knew Sears made them. The former owner of this home was packing up to move out when I took the photo. He was very friendly and told me all about it.

    Thank you all for visiting!

  8. Louz says:

    I really enjoyed looking through your Del Ray house photos. What a pleasure to see houses of that age restored so beautifully (that blue is just amaging!).

  9. Ham says:

    What a concept! I have a picture in my mind like a Roadrunner’s “Acme House” arriving in a box by mail, and unfolding in seconds

  10. I'd also like to see the house, if possible says:


    I’d also like to look at the house in person, if possible. Would you please send the address to me? I won’t publicize it.

    Thank you

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