Today I'd like to feature the five most expensive Sears kit houses. I tried to account for inflation in these rankings, because Sears sold houses for many years (1908-1942). Additionally, these are single family homes; many of the two-flats or multi-family homes from Sears cost substantially more.
One other complication is that some of the houses came with lumber pre-cut to the correct sizes; others came with uncut lumber (which was less expensive and artificially kept the price down since labor costs would be higher). It's hard to compare pricing when you're not comparing apples to apples.
1. The Carlton
The Sears Carlton was offered one year only--1918. The house was designed by architect John Van Bergen. A Carlton has never been identified "in the wild", so perhaps it was just too expensive for 1918 home buyers.