Is it a Sears Kit Home? The listing does not specify, but it certainly could be. We looked at a number of Sears Kit homes from the year this house was built, 1916, and discovered house plans that look similar to this Troy NY American Foursquare house for sale. Specifically, the Sears Virginia, depicted below.
Note the distinctive triple attic windows, the offset front porch with three support pillars, and the first floor bay window. Alas, however, it is not this particular model of Sears Kit Home (in spite of its similarities, the difference are too stark to be ignored) and it may not be a kit home at all. American Foursquares from 1916 are ubiquitous enough around the tree-lined neighborhoods of Troy NY. In fact, the one located at 40 N. Lake Avenue is surrounded by similar designs on all sides. They could be Sears Kit Homes, as well.
Regardless of its pedigree, this house ticks off a lot of criteria boxes for us, including the fact that it’s spacious with three bedrooms/1500+ square feet, has been thoroughly updated, and comes with a walk-up, extra-insulated attic that could be converted into a fourth bedroom or home office/studio/guest quarters. Also includes hardwood floors, a wall of built-in shelves in the living room, formal dining room, kitchen + pantry, and fenced backyard with deck and detached single-car garage.
Situated about 1.5 miles from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as downtown Troy. You’ve all been to the Troy Farmers Market, right? Wait, what? Some of you have not?? More’s the pity. Get there when you can.
40 N. Lake Avenue, Troy (Hunt ERA)