May 11, 2018

Preservation Personals: An Alexandria, Virginia, Sears Kit Home With Modern Flair

  • By: Mikayla Raymond

I’m a 1926 Sears Kit home in historic Alexandria, Virginia. I was purchased by my first owner, a carpenter, from the Sears catalogue and delivered to the Alexandria train station in pre-cut pieces. While pre-fabricated houses are becoming all the rage for their economic and environmental potential, homes like me were popular in the early 20th century, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. The older part of me is is likely the Sears Fullerton Model, No. 3205X, which was sold for between $1,633 to $2,294 and reached peak popularity in the 1920s. I was extensively and respectfully renovated in 2003, which included substantial additions built to match the style and construction of the original building.

While there are many similar homes around the United States and even in Alexandria, I am truly one of a kind! My exterior is all wood siding and double-hung windows topped with two decorative dormers. I am 4,106 square feet with beautiful heart of pine flooring throughout. My interior is all about modern comfort and amenities. I have four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and both a luxuriously large master suite and an equally spacious in-law suite. While I am partial to my historic details, and I hope that my future owners will be as well, I am very grateful to have beautifully renovated bathrooms that create a spa-like atmosphere at home. I am designed to keep my occupants comfortable and happy, from my kitchen befitting a professional chef, to my airy wrap-around porch.

My porch is a big sell worth describing—the woodwork is beautiful and adds an eclectic flair. From here, you can appreciate my 0.79 acres, including two sheds and several garden plots ready for your springtime blooms. I’m just a few minutes away from the 395 and 495 freeways, making your morning commute a breeze!

Learn more about me here.

While grand, my exterior is still quite inviting.

photo by: Lauren Gagne

Alexandria, VA 22312.

My porch packs a punch!

photo by: Lauren Gagne

My porch is a dream!

My kitchen features gorgeous floating glass cabinets set above a bar made for entertaining.

photo by: Lauren Gagne

My kitchen has all the modern amenities that you could ever wish for, including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Mikayla Raymond is a proud preservationist and editorial intern at the National Trust. She lives for public parks, weird art, and women’s history.

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