This post was authored by Curbed contributor MJ Galbraith.
When we featured this Brush Park mansion way back in April, we generously called it a "fixer-upper". Who could've guessed that it would be indie movie god Jim Jarmusch being the one fixing it up? Jarmusch recently and temporarily commandeered the former Alfred Street home of David Whitney Jr. (Yes, that David Whitney Jr.) to transform it into a vampire safe house. What a fun sentence!
Only Lovers Left Alive is Jarmusch's take on the vampire genre, reportedly following the centuries-old undying love between two blood-suckers. This Brush Park mansion is where one of the characters go to get away from the hustle and bustle of vampiring in Tangiers. We can imagine the t-shirt now, being sold at one of those awful mall kiosks: Detroit, where vampires go to relax. Let's hope Jarmusch handles our fair city with a little more class than that, which we're pretty confident he will.
We don't know the full extent of the repairs done to the house, but we did hear that the homeowners plan on keeping the awning's 4x4 wooden support columns installed by the film crew. The street was shut down and there were a couple of cars on blocks (for the set, enough with the jokes) and someone plucked every single leaf from the tree in the front yard to make things look more vampire-y. Want to make this mansion/vampire den officially yours? Might be a fun place to screen the film that made it famous. The home is still listed at $198,000.
· House Of Your Dreams Asks $198 K, Needs Renovation [Curbed Detroit]
· 82 Alfred St Detroit, MI 48201 [Realtor]