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c. 1922 Classical Revival – South Bend, IN (Sears)

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Added to OHD on 9/2/14   -   Last OHD Update: 7/25/22

325 W North Shore Dr, South Bend, IN 46617

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  • 4 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4815 Sq Ft
  • 0.33 Ac.
This once elegant historical Colonial "Magnolia" is located on one of the prettiest streets in South Bend above panoramic views of the St. Joseph river. Buyer of this home will need to put some tender loving care to unlock her true value and glory. Within a mile of the campus and close to downtown. It is an "Honor built" home, the top of the Line produced by Sears in the 20th Century. For more about the Magnolia visit Sears Magnolia on Google . Impressive columns greet guests to the portico and main foyer. To the right is a large living room, and through the bookcases, is the main floor Sun room. To the left you would be called to the dinner in the Dining room with pleasing views of the river. Imagine as you enter the dining room Bette Davis descending the staircase as she did while staying here for the debut of "Knute Rockne All American." Beyond the staircase is a half Bath ; to the right is the den with fireplace; to the left is entry to the vintage kitchen. Of course the kitchen has stairs leading to the maids quarters. Some of the original hardware and accessories still remain.
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Steve Matz, Coldwell Banker :: 574-277-8000

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 | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">346 comments</span>
9 years ago

Interesting to see some many details intact. The heavier, turned balustrades and more textured roofing shingles (or tiles) in the Sear’s advertisement lend a lot to the house, I think, and counter the effect of those odd tripartite windows to either side of the front door – an interesting but not especially successful experiment to my eye. Nice place, though. I hope it finds an owner who’s taken with the original details and the wholeness of the place, not one who wants to save just a couple of odd relics and rework everything else.

Bethany | 3796 comments
9 years ago

I love the kitchen and bathrooms. I had to laugh at the realtor’s decision to showcase that arts and crafts style hanging lamp with a picture though, as it’s hardly a period detail but a cheap reproduction that I have hanging in my own home LOL

Sage | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">49 comments</span>
Sage | 49 comments
9 years ago

I had no idea you could get such a fancy kit.
The kitchen and bathrooms are awesome.

Tommy Q
Tommy Quinn | 527 comments
9 years ago

I’m crazy about Sears homes. Terrible that the white-paint fairy hit the place so hard. As for the “cheap light,” you are no doubt right but in my Sears house catalog they show one very similar.

Paul W
9 years ago

The owner or realtor is clearly delusional about the value of this house. There are restored homes sitting in South Bend at 150-300K that have been off and on the market for years. This house “maybe’ will appraise at 75-80K in its present condition Being a ‘sears’ home is not adding 200K plus to the value in its present condition. I know people who have ben stuck in South Bend for years because they can’t sell their restored home for 100K.

JennyG | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">1 comments</span>
JennyG | 1 comments
Reply to  Paul W | 472 comments
8 years ago

I live next door to this house. I have restored my house and it is valued at over $200,000, and I will have no problem selling it when I am ready. My house is not as big as this home. The shame here is the present owner bought the home 10 yrs ago for $224,000 and then let it go. This house needs at least $100,000 in repairs, renovations-not just cosmetic. South Bend is a strong thriving community with beautiful neighborhoods filled with affordable housing. We are close to decent skiing, Lake Michigan and we have the University of Notre Dame in our back yard! We are also 90 miles from Chicago and we have a commuter train that goes between the two two cities. Life is Good in South Bend! Also, the realtor is not driving the price, it’s the owner.

KARENALBERTWINSLOW | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">2 comments</span>
9 years ago

my sis has a sears home. its in rockford IL. there is a group of 4. 2 on one street 2 on the next backing up to each other. each 2 houses share a 2 car garage separated. they are small ones. 2 bedrooms with attics & basements. across the street there is a craftsman house which is not as nice as the sears ones. hers & the other have been remodeled inside but still retain the footprint. this one is so big its unreal

qabbott | <span class="wpdiscuz-comment-count">28 comments</span>
qabbott | 28 comments
9 years ago

What a beautiful house! It appears to also have a nice garage/shop in the back yard. Perfect for a Studebaker owner who wants to live in South Bend!

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