Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate. This week we bring you: This Ain't Your Aunt Wanda's Double Wide.

For many, the word prefab means mobile home. However, prefab and modular housing has been around for more than 100 years and has always come in many shapes, sizes and price points that have almost nothing in common with your Aunt Wanda’s double wide. What they all do have in common, however, is that they were created on an assembly line, far away from the property site.

An Early Example of Prefab
Starting in 1916, Sears (Stock Quote: SHLD) offered “kit” houses that were ordered through their catalog and shipped around the country. Not many of the kit houses survive, but one that does is a dignified Dutch Colonial in Batavia, Ohio built in 1930 and listed for sale at $285,000. The house sits on a three acre parcel, measures 1,800 square feet, and includes three bedrooms and two half bathrooms. There are original wood floors, a wood burning fireplace, a three-season side porch and an eight-car garage.

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Contact Thomas Cottrill (513-474-9100) at Star One Real Estate for more information.

Modern and Modular
A much more modern prefab pad sits on a 7.5 acre parcel in dry as a bone Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and is currently listed for sale at $1,195,000. Innovative architects Marmol-Radziner created the residence as a prefab prototype for their industrially fabricated residential design business. The trio of minimalist glass and wood boxes have vast solid planes perforated by voids that frame views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the lights of Palm Springs. Connected by covered walkways and terraces, the three modules together measure more than 2,000 square feet and wrap around an interior courtyard with a large swimming pool and entertainment terrace. The largest module includes an open plan living, dining and kitchen area completed with top-grade finishes and a master bedroom suite. A second, smaller module contains a guest room and bath and the third module is a flexible space that can be used as an office, art studio or converted to an additional guest room.

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Contact J.R. Davidson (310-550-3589) at Crosby Doe Associates for more information.

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