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Own This Gorgeous Sears Catalog Home in the University District

Anne Evans Anne Evans Own This Gorgeous Sears Catalog Home in the University District164 Maynard Avenue, a Sears Catalog house. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.
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Anyone looking to own a piece of history would be interested in this Sears Catalog Mail Order Kit Home, No. 167 “The Maytown,”coming onto the market soon. The house at 164 E. Maynard Ave. has much of the original elements that made this home special, as well as tasteful updates and thoughtfully renovated spaces.

From the catalog. In 1912, the house price was $645 for the basic version and $2,038 with all amenities.

According to Kathy Mast Kane in Taking Stock: a partial survey of the university area’s historic resources (1999), 164 E. Maynard Ave. was built by “Wilbur E. Benroy, a 25 year old attorney, fresh out of law school and working for the Columbus practice of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pearce. Benroy and his wife Vera had just wed and were looking for their first home. The Benroys had two children at 164 and stayed there until 1920.”

Current homeowner Joel Diaz purchased the home in 2006 through Terry Penrod.

“I had hesitated briefly because of the exterior colors but then I read that the colors are in the period of the house and when you see the beautiful original stained glass windows, you can see where the colors came from,” says Diaz.

The layout is what drew him to the home.

“This was my first home and I knew I would want to entertain,” he says. “I loved the french doors and pocket doors from the living room to dining room which made it feel like one large room. I’ve hosted some fabulous brunches where we’ve had a long table running from the front of the house to the back.”

“I also fell in love with the Queen Anne influence of the house, the turret is so unique and my friends use to joke it was a tower. They’d joke that they were going to let their hair down like Rapunzel so a prince could come up to visit.”

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Living Space with original trim. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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Entry of 164 E. Maynard Ave. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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Kitchen. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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Open shelving. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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The bathroom had a complete makeover. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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Guest bedroom. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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Master bedroom. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

Diaz has completely renovated the kitchen, bathroom, and backyard. The greenhouse remains, making this a perfect home for someone who loves plants.

“There was nothing in the backyard except grass, a tall evergreen and rose bush,” says Diaz.

Diaz and his husband Craig Scheidler Diaz have also enjoyed the home’s proximity to the Short North, as well as all of the unique restaurants and shops in the surrounding University District neighborhood.

“The house is two blocks off of High Street, near Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Japanese, Mediterranean… you would be hard pressed to not find something you didn’t like,” says Diaz.

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An older photo from a past party on the patio.

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The stunning backyard remodel with vertical garden, pergola, and plants. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

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The greenhouse. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

164 Maynard Avenue, a Sears Catalog house.

164 Maynard Ave., a Sears Catalog house. Photo by Danielle Kravec with Live. Laugh. Photograph.

Other highlights of this 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,355 square-foot home include a third-floor walk-up that runs the entire length of the home, all original doors including French and pocket doors, vertical gardens, established hydrangeas, a wisteria covered pergola, historical paint colors, and stained glass windows.

All photos by Danielle Kravec of Live. Laugh. Photograph​.

164 E. Maynard Ave. will be listed by Lacey & Audra Wheeler.

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