In 1908-1937 for about $650 to $5,000, you could order a house through a catalog! Below is one of the types of houses in the appropriate colors that you could get for less than $2,000.
This little house is less than 3 inches tall. It is "N" Scale in Railroad terms, yet, I believe it to be the perfect equivilant to our 1/144th Scale. (only it doesn't open for decorating so paint or glue your curtains on before you glue it together).
Hanging Plants is fun in this scale.
Notice the Garden hose?