The Cute And The Cuddly

Mail-order homes in the DC area

For Sale in Silver Spring: a 1923 Sears “Hamilton” on Grace Church Rd for $475,000

I just got back from a (too short) vacation in southern California, and I’m fully charged. Cuddling with alpacas in the Ojai Valley, attending a wedding in Anaheim, watching people in Malibu and kite surfers in Long Beach — how much better can it get? Oh, wait–there’s one thing that’s even better after you’ve just survived several nights in a third-world-style power outage and a 90 degree bedroom: the weather. Low 80s, sunny, breezy, cool at night. Ooooh.

In any case, this was supposed to be a post on the Kit House Of The Week! This week’s featured listing is a 1923 Sears “Hamilton” in close-in Silver Spring (and if it weren’t for the vegetation around it, the little bungalow would fit quite well into the LA area where few brick colonials can be found and mid-century modern, Spanish and arts-and-crafts-style houses dominate). It’s cute and charming, oozes warmth, sits on a pretty block, and even has a great fenced-in backyard.

Sears catalog kit houseSome of the windows have been replaced (with sensible substitutes) and the back of the house has been expanded to accommodate an extra bedroom. The stair case to the basement — now partly finished and with an extra bathroom — were moved into the house.  See lots of pictures here. 1923 actually was the first year the Sears mail-order catalog featured the Hamilton (page scan courtesy of Rachel Shoemaker–thanks!).

It’s listed for $475,000 by Peggy Speaker of L & F. As always, if you are interested in buying or seeing the house, just give me a buzz!

freshly shorn alpaca(And for those of you who were wondering what inspired those funny-looking Dr. Seuss animals–it must be the bizarre but cuddly Ojai alpacas!)

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About DC House Cat (Catarina Bannier)

I'm a journalist-turned-Realtor based in Washington, DC. My clients have come from five continents--not unusual in a city that's full of life, history, world politics and stories Some of them, however, have lived here all their lives, and they have been the ones that taught me the most. For the past eleven years, helping people buy and sell homes has been more than a business for me. It feeds my passion for house history, it's a way to make new friends, and it has become a way of life. Nothing tells more about you than the home you choose for yourself.
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