The Magnificent Milton – And There’s One In New York City!

In Spring 2010, my friend Rebecca sent me a note, asking if I knew about the Sears Milton in Stanley, Virginia. Four months later (August 2010), Hubby and I were standing in the front yard of the Sears Milton.

At the time, the 1,932-square foot house was being used as a Bed and Breakfast. The Milton House Inn website has now been taken down, so apparently, it’s a private residence again.

The house is located on the main drag, and it is an imposing structure in this beautiful (and tiny) town, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Stanley is about seven miles south of Luray, Virginia and about five hours west of Norfolk.)

The Milton did not appear in the 1912 catalog (or prior years), but I found it in the 1916 catalog. It last appeared in 1919, so its reign was brief. If you’d purchased a Milton in 1916, the price was $1,619 and by 1919, the price had jumped to $2,491, a shocking 54% increase. And, it was not offered as a pre-cut house.

When I was putting together this blog, I was surprised to find (according to an old testimonial) a Milton had also been built in New York City. This is a massive and impressive house, not far behind the Sears Magnolia in terms of grandeur. Its many unique features would certainly make it hard to miss.

Is the Sears Milton still standing in New York City? Boy, I sure would love to know.

What about the Miltons that were built in Fayette, Ohio and Somerville, NJ?  Are they still standing?

In 2008, someone sent me a newspaper article that claimed that the Sears Milton had been built (and torn down) in Carlinville, Illinois. I shared the photo with Rebecca Hunter, and she and I concur: The house in Carlinville (on Route 4) did not appear to have been a Sears Milton.

To learn more about how to identify kit homes, click here.

To read about the Sears Homes in Carlinville’s Standard Addition, click here.

The Sears Milton is a distinctive and unusually large house. Identifying this gem is easier than shooting slow-moving fishies in a wee-tiny barrel.

The Sears Milton is a distinctive and unusually large house. Identifying this gem is easier than shooting slow-moving fishies in a wee-tiny barrel. (1916 catalog)


Spacious and awesome

That bay window (dining room) is quite large and is one of many identifying characteristics of the Sears Milton. The small windows on the side (flanking the fireplace) are another unique feature, asis the second floor porch with its unusual window placement.


And as of 1916, several had been built, including one in New York City!

And as of 1916, several had been built, including one in New York City! Pics please?? 🙂


Close-up of the house (1916).

Close-up of the house (1916). As mentioned, this house has many unique features, such as the dentil molding, massive eave brackets, tiny attic window set in those deep gables, pergolas, and that massive two-story bay window. That second-story porch (with small windows on either side of the balcony door is also pretty distinctive.


Here in the flesh

Landscaping prevented a shot that's more akin to the catalog image (as seen above), but there's no doubt about it: This is a Sears Milton. Note the dentil molding atop the columns.


Straight on

My oh my, that's a fine-looking house! Note the two-story bays on the right!


Another view

Another view of this wonderful old house.


From the side

From this angle, you can see those two small windows flanking the chimney.


Remnants of the rafter tails.

Underneath the flat porch roof are remnants of the old pergola. Note the unique cuts on the rafter tails.


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A view of the Magnificent Milton's front porch.


Details around the second-story porch.

Details around the second-story porch.



Comparison of the catalog image and the house in Stanley, Virginia.


To learn more about the Sears Magnolia, click here.

Interested in seeing more photos of Sears Homes in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Click here.

The Miltons in New York, New Jersey and Ohio were built between 1913 -1916. Please leave a comment if you have any clue where these homes might be!

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  1. Nicole

    I live in NYC and you can rule out Manhattan. My guess would be Brooklyn or Queens. I have noticed that there are quite a few testimonials from New York City. I can only think of a hand full of places that would have such a grand home. But even as a New Yorker, I still haven’t explored all 460 square miles. My entire life I have only been to Staten Island once!

  2. Nicole

    Ditmas Park (Brooklyn) comes to mind. I plan on exploring it this summer, looking for Sears Homes.

  3. Rita

    I’m more inclined to think it would be in the Bronx. The homes in and around the Long Island Sound, i.e. Throggs Neck’s Country Club Section, could well boast about having this home in their community.

  4. Louisa Smith

    May 11, 2014 The Magnificent Milton is in Beautiful and still standing in Somerville, N.J.

    I was there yesterday. Took a picture of it.

    It is next to the Knights of Columbus, 495 East Main Street Somerville, N.J. I think the house # is either 503 or 505.

    If you want a pic I can get it developed to any address that is e-mailed to me. Please make reference to sears or I will not open it.

    What you may not know that there was one (don’t know the model) in Flagtown, N.J. It has since been remodeled.

    Do not know the address but could find it. Then there was one in Allentown, P.A. Sad to say it has been demolished.

  5. Rachel Shoemaker

    @Louisa Smith
    The Milton in Sommerville was located a few years ago, I found it google driving.

    Someone there sent photos and they can be seen on another blog here, search Milton Sommerville and I bet it pops up.

    I’ve yet to locate the NY and Fayette Miltons though :/
    I did happen upon one in Henryetta, Okla though!

  6. Louisa Smith

    Since you have a pic I will delete mine. I can drive past it when ever we go to Somerville. It’s a stunning home. Something to dream about.

  7. Isabelle

    My parents live in this model in Michigan!