July 21, 2012

The Top Four Most Popular Sears Homes--Have You Seen These?

Sears issued its Book of Modern Homes catalog from 1908-1940. During those years, 370 different models were offered for sale. However, there were four very popular models that each were offered for more than a decade. These homes might be "hidden in plain sight" in your neighborhood.

Without further ado, we count down the Four Most Popular Sears Homes of All Time!

#4 --The Starlight
The Starlight was offered for 13 years.

Sears Starlight from the 1927 catalog.

Sears Starlight at 1575 Main, Crete. Photo from Realtor site.

#3 --The Westly
The Westly was offered for 14 years.

Sears Westly.
Perfect Sears Westly in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Heather Lukaszewski.

#2 --The Winona
The Winona was offered for 29 years! This house must have been a big seller for Sears.

Sears Winona from the 1930 catalog.

A Swiss chalet-looking Sears Winona at 1625 Forest in Des Plaines.

#1 --The Argyle
 The chief architect from Sears reported that the top seller for Sears was the Argyle.

206 Highwood Ave., Highwood.

You've just read about the four most popular Sears homes determined by me for the week ending July 21, 2012. Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!


Anonymous said...

I live in a slight variation of the Winona. Built in 1930. Love it! :)

Donna Bakke said...

In Cincinnati, the Rodessa and the Crescent will give your four a run for your money - we have over 40 Rodessas! The Vallonia is the number one though!


Shari D said...

I have to join the club too - The Vallonia, The Westly, and The Winona have always been my own personal favorites as well!!

Anonymous said...

In my neighborhood, we have 2 Sears Starlights & a Winona, & one Vallonia.

joelritchey said...

I have a label 7952-2-0-6-8 Can you help?


Thank you,


Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Joel, please email me a photo of the house associated with the label. lara@sears-homes.com

Hal Scott said...

My Grandfather was a Builder in SEYMOUR,Indiana and he builder his home and many others in the town. And I own the Home place. It looks like the Vallonia but a little large.

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Hi, Hal! Thanks for your note. If you'd like to send along some addresses, I can add the houses to the national database of Sears homes. My email is lara@sears-homes.com

the_longhair said...

Hi there. I live in Syracuse, N.Y.. There's a Sears kit home on one of the bigger main roads, James St. It's actually one of the mansions, but I can't honestly say I know what specific kit home it was. But I remember that within the past 10 years, I had read an article in the Syracuse newspaper(remember when people used those as a way to get your information regarding news? lol) that it was given some type of mark/grade, and it (at the time) had been either the HIGHEST(or one of the highest grades) for that particular kit. I'm actually going to see what I can find on Google now,but I'm writing you first so I wouldn't have forgotten to do so. Anyway, I figured I'd share that with you, as well as letting you knkw I liked your page also. Great stuff, keep it up!������ Have a good night. Karl

the_longhair said...

Hello again! I just found the article I was referring to in my previous post! Here's the link:
Hope you find the article as enjoyable as I had. Take care, Karl

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Thanks, Karl! I wish we had a Magnolia in the Chicago area, but alas...

Bobi Wilson said...

I'm certain we have a Winona. Or a knock-off of one if they did that .
I've come across some boards with quick-scrawled pencil writing but nothing with numbers. We took ours down to the studs so not much could have hidden from us.
Id be delighted if someone could help us verify.

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Hi, Bobi! During the Winona years, Sears usually was stamping the lumber with alphanumeric codes.


Chia Hamilton said...

I couldn't get anywhere with the_longhair's link but found the article at https://www.syracuse.com/news/2011/05/syracuse_house_which_came_from.html after typing in syracuse sears house

Sue said...

I live in a westly. Wish I could see a bunch of them to get color scheme ideas.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I live in Jacksonville, Oregon and have been told there’s a Sears home here. Can you verify that? Thank you Robbie Ross

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Hi Robbie! No we don't have record of a Sears house in that town. Shipping the building materials from the midwest was very expensive, so it is exceedingly rare when we find a Sears house on the west coast. You can email me the address and I can take a look!

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