Of the 370 models that Sears offered during their 32 years in the kit house business, I’d guesstimate that the same 60 models were built about 90% of the time. Of those 370 models, there are about 80 models of Sears Homes that neither Rebecca Hunter nor I have never seen. We can’t help but wonder if some of these “super rare” models were ever built – anywhere!
One of the rarest of the Sears kit homes is the Sears San Jose. It’s billed as a “Spanish Bungalow,” and it does look like it’d be right at home in California.
Rebecca Hunter found a beautiful example of a San Jose in Blue Island, Illinois (near Chicago). It’s in pristine condition and looks much like it did when ordered out of the Sears Roebuck catalog in 1928.
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San Jose, from the 1928 catalog.
Little bit different floorplan from the traditional Sears House.
The San Joses had the double-arched tower with a cute little gated window at the top, and a garden entry coming off the side of the house. It was a cutie!
Rebecca Hunter found this San Jose in Blue Island, Illinois.
Side-by-side comparison of the catalog image and the house in Illinois. Photo is courtesy Rebecca Hunter and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.
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Close-up of the tower and little window. Photo is courtesy Rebecca Hunter and my not be used or reproduced without permission.
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