Sears Ashmore For Sale

by Josh on February 10, 2006 · 3 comments

in Journal

Readers of American Bungalow magazine or the book “Bungalow Nation” will recognize the 1917 Ashmore model Sears kit house now for sale here in Minneapolis. This spectacular home– one of jewels of Twin Cities bungalowdom– was the cover house for American Bungalow issue 47 at the end of 2005. The five bedroom, two bath home with 2,850 finished square feet of living area is located near lakes and parks in one of Minneapolis’ most desirable neighborhoods.

Sears Ashmore from catalog

And now it could be yours for a scant $650,000!

We heard about the house sale through a flyer from the Twin Cities Bungalow Club a couple days ago. We love our house and neighborhood, but I’ll admit that when Ms. Bungalow and I saw this flyer we thought briefly about how on earth we could swing a half-million dollar mortgage. Work longer hours? Get a paper route? Sell a kidney? The Ashmore’s siren song had us ensnared.

Minneapolis Ashmore today

But then we realized that even if we could afford that house, (we can’t) we would surely kill ourselves trying to keep our two-year-old from scratching the magazine-worthy wainscotting or scribbling on the polished granite countertops. That’s not the bungalow way of life.

So if there is a child-free, pet-free, well-to-do, curator wannabe in the market for a spectacular museum/home in lovely Minneapolis, the Bryn Mawr Ashmore awaits…

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Derek February 10, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Wow, that’s a huge bungalow. I thought most of the Sears houses were small. I’ve seen Sears houses that were similiar to ours, I thought maybe ours was a kit, since the neighbours house is identical. Probably just the same builder for the 2 houses.

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Patricia W. February 10, 2006 at 8:15 pm

I looked at a Sears kit house when I found mine. I had known there were kit houses but never paid any attention to them and didn’t know they are so popular and people snap them up. It was in really good shape but it was small. I still have quite a few pictures of it from when I was shopping around.

After this I looked on line for Sears kit homes and some of them were enormous. I think there is a registry for them now or something like that.

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Josh February 11, 2006 at 5:53 pm

I had not realized that Sears houses could be that large or finely detailed, either. I still have a lot to learn about the Arts & Crafts era.

By the way, I had a meeting this morning (yes, a Saturday morning meeting– what a volunteer I am!) out on the west side and I took the scenic route back home so I could drive by the Ashmore and see it in person. It really is lovely, but I’m happy right where we are.

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