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House Purchased From Sears Catalog Is Most Popular of the Week

Douglas A. McIntyre

A Connecticut home bought through the Sears Roebuck catalog in the 1930s is the most popular home on Realtor.com this week. Sears is now part of troubled retail conglomerate Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD).

The home, a converted barn located at 179 Parmelee Hill Road in Durham, Connecticut, is on the market for $1,043,000. Both the home and its property are large. The house is 6,018 square feet, with three bedrooms, three baths and one half-bath. It sits on 16.9 acres and was built in 1930.

Durham is in the middle of nowhere, just east of I-91, which connects New Haven and Hartford, and well inland from Long Island Sound. It has 7,348 residents, according to 2015 Census figures, and has grown rapidly each decade from 1940 when its population was 1,098. The area is affluent. Median household income of $66,505 is more than $10,000 above the national average. The poverty rate is well below at 2.1%, and over 97% of the residents are white.

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The listing:

Stand out and be noticed. Renovated into a private residence in 2006 this Sear and Roebuck 1930's barn is in a class of it's own. The massive stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the home. Designed for entertaining this residence has multiple levels, balconies and soaring ceilings. At ground level is a home theater, family room/ recreation room. Great for large events. French doors lead to the heated salt water pool on the west side of the home and sunroom on the east. One level up your culinary talents can be shared with family friends and guests. With a country eat in kitchen exterior deck space the layout is smart and practical. There are also intimate areas tucked away around the home for privacy and relaxation. If your in the market for something that is unique and different from all the other custom homes, come see this one. In addition to being outstanding in it's field, it has 16 acres a guest house and private pond. The property is nicely landscaped and the additional acreage can easily be reclaimed into fields and pastures.

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