This post was authored by Alexis Zimberg.Photos by Andrew Kopietz.
We have good news! The dream — sipping coffee in your penthouse suite's softly lit breakfast nook while surrounded by heavenly views of the sun rising over the city skyline — exists and is still available to lease at the Broderick Tower. Formerly the 3rd tallest abandoned building in the United States, the 35 floor monolith still has 30 available units for rent, six of which are on the 18th floor or higher. The building is nearing capacity with 95 units officially spoken for out of the 125 total.
While previous figures indicated 90% of the apartments had been reserved, it would seem that in the actual lease-signing phase only 75% are snagged. [Correction: The Detroit News reported in June that 90 units were reserved, not 90%. Seems like that last 25% has been hanging out for a while.]
Future residents on upper floors can watch the ballgame from the comfort of their living rooms, catch the People Mover (and in a few years, the Woodward light rail?) from their doorstep, and Quicken employees can stumble through the window from the M@dison party deck into unit 7F (which allegedly the M@dison also owns). A representative from the Broderick Tower leasing office told attendees at last Thursday's tour that a few lucky tenants would likely maintain their penthouse suites (for example, the 1920 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom room-with-a-view on the 32nd floor) as "urban cottages." Yes, this made us jealous/cringe too.
Broderick residents will begin moving in in September though the property manager was reluctant to confirm exact dates. We had pictured the whole thing kind of like a first-year dorm move-in day, where the freshmen kids are Quicken kids. However, the manager says move-ins will be staggered to avoid chaos.
· Broderick Tower Timeline [Curbed Detroit]
· Broderick Tower Finishes a Unit, Has It Model For The Media [Curbed Detroit]
· Privileged Panoramic Views [Flickr, Andrew Kopietz]
· History of the Broderick Tower [Historic Detroit]