2003 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. $97,900
Lustron home for sale
The prefab, enameled steel, Lustron homes were introduced in 1948 in response to the need of housing after WWII. Our featured home today is the tan two-bedroom Westchester model, the biggest seller for the company. The notched porch has been enclosed, but the Lustron home next door (not for sale) has the original design. You can date the Westchester design by the bedroom windows. The earliest homes had pairs of small slit windows set high on the wall. In 1949 and 1950, they changed to the larger single window design that this home has.
In most cases, like our featured home, the foundation was a basic concrete slab. Windows were casement with aluminum sashes, and the skeleton framing of the house was steel. Porcelain steel panels formed the siding, interior walls and roof. The Westchester’s exterior came in four colors: surf blue, dove gray, maize yellow and desert tan.
Lustron homes like this one sold from the factory for about $7,500. By the time a foundation, erection costs and other fees were added, the total could amount to $10,000. At a time when similar-sized frames homes were going for $6,500 complete, $10K seemed a high price to pay for a small, plain looking house. Although about 2,500 Lustron homes were sold, the company soon folded.
Our featured home boasts its original Lustron bathroom complete with the robe hook, illuminated medicine cabinet, soap dish, toilet paper holder, drinking glass holder and grab bar over the tub.
Lustron kitchens did not come with fridge or stove, but they were fitted with sink, steel cabinets, clothes dryer and optional garbage disposal and clothes washer/dishwasher combo with the Westchester Deluxe package. Our featured home is just the basic model.
History happened here! This Lustron home was uniquely prefabricated enameled steel home was built in the United States in response to a shortage of homes for retuning servicemen from WW II and their families . These were the maintenance free homes of the future. 2 Bedroom/1 bath home. Very efficient due to steel inside and out. Great home for investors or 1st time home buyers. This home is being SOLD AS IS . Come take a tour today and check out a part of history.