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Sears – or other “kit home” – on Perry Lane?

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 30, 2010

Sears or other kit house on Perry Lane in Menlo Park

Note to readers: when this post went live, we’d – whoops! – photographed the wrong house on Perry Lane. Alert residents were good enough to let us know and the current photo is correct.

When InMenlo visited with Paul DiCarli who spent 50 years on Perry Lane in unincorporated Menlo Park, he told us that one of the original houses on the street – #8 – was a Sears Kit Home that has been modernized. Whether or not it is an authentic Sears house has yet to be verified. What we did find out: Between 1908 and 1940, Sears sold about 70,000 homes in 48 states through its mail-order Modern Homes program, featuring 370 designs selling for $1,000 to $4,000 (prior to the Great Depression). But Rosemary Thornton has done extensive research about Sears Kit Homes and believes that California kit homes were produced by Pacific Ready Cut Homes. So while 8 Perry Lane is probably a kit home, it may not be a Sears kit home. Note: it was on the market for $759,000 earlier this year.

Photo by Chris Gulker

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