When it came to pre-fab kit homes in the early half of the twentieth century, Sears Roebuck wasn’t the only game in town…
Sears Roebuck’s stiffest competition back in the late 19th and early 20th century was Montgomery Ward & Co. And, Montgomery Ward offered pre-fab homes just as pre-fabulous as the Sears’ pre-fab home models. We love finding a vintage kit home in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, because we love the way they look, and some seem to stand the test of time.
This 1920s Craftsman bungalow depicted below is a Montgomery Ward kit home, or, more accurately, a Wardway Home. If you’re curious, you can see pictures of some Wardway Homes on this Flickr page. Note the price list for these pre-fabs, which tops out at around $2,300 for a kit. Adjusting for inflation, that’s around $31,000 in 2018 bucks. And, that’s for the top-of-the-line kits. Most of them were priced around $1,500, or about $20K these days.
After scouring the Internet, we came up empty-handed when we tried to find the exact model of 61 Maple Street, Warwick (above). However, we found some that looked similar, so we’re just going to assume that this is a legit Wardway. Furthermore, it’s been renovated and positively glows. And finally, it includes some gorgeous stonework (it’s Stone Houses and Features Week!) prominent in the front porch. Talk about curb appeal!
Now, let’s step inside…
As you can see, the exterior of this stucco bungalow belies a rather roomy interior with 1,700 square feet, three bedrooms, and three baths. First floor living room comes with a fireplace, and it opens into a formal dining room with French doors leading to another sitting room. The updated kitchen includes granite counters, double farmhouse sink, stainless appliances, and slate floor.
The stonework doesn’t end with the front porch. It’s sprinkled throughout the home in the form of flooring and the details in the custom tile/stone master bath, complete with soaking tub and steam shower.
In addition to the master suite, there are two bedrooms on the second floor.
Situated on 1.1 acres a mile from Warwick village in Orange County. The property also includes a detached two-car garage, a shed, and lots of privacy, according to the listing.