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A very special, authenticated Aladdin home just hit the market in Takoma Park, MD.

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The houses we sell tend to be fairly representative of the real estate in DC: mostly traditional, often historic in one way or another, and only sometimes really surprising. I’m thrilled when, like right now, I occasionally get to step away from the brick…

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It’s hard to tell why the historic kit houses from the early 20th century touch us so much. There’s something different about them that goes far beyond the sheer wonder how the companies that made them could possibly pull this off without computers and…

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Our million-dollar Sears catalog houses--two awesome examples

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Two beautifully preserved million-dollar Veronas for sale in Chevy Chase and Falls Church
Washington DC's million-dollar Sears catalog homes

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As soon as I promised the return of regular Kit-House-of-the-Week posts earlier this month, we had to put the idea on hold, at least on the DCHouseSmarts site, as we’ve been working on a new design and a new focus, perhaps even a new domain for the site.…

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A couple of weeks ago, I found the historic Little House! And when I blinked again, there was a second discovery: The pink little thing is a Sears catalog house, a 1931 “Wexford,” to be precise! If you ever were a kid in America in the past 75 years, or…

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What??! This Is Supposed To Be A Kit House? -- Some DC houses you'd never have suspected

Yes, you heard that right. Your stately $2M home in Georgetown might have once arrived by train, neatly packaged in a giant box. Even if it’s not a bungalow. Even if it’s 4,000 square feet. Even if it has a brick facade. I marvel at the more unusual,…

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Finally, a comprehensive resource for those interested in learning more about the story behind their historic kit house. 

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This is the story of an “average,” nearly 100 year old house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC.  (Note: I’m not going to opine, complain, berate or otherwise judge the financial developments or the “improvements” that have been made to the…
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