The 7,700-square-foot Barden Mansion has been marinating on the market since last November, when it debuted with an ask of $500K. Offering five bedrooms, six bathrooms and an Olympic-sized pool overlooking the Detroit Golf Club, we figured a new owner would be happily tearing out that blue carpet by 2014.
It was too good to be true. Armed with a new realtor/caps lock enthusiast, the mansion's "UNPARALLEL LEVEL OF ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL" now demands $600K. Mind you, the property is 1.7 acres adjacent to a country club, with a two-bedroom guest house to boot. It's definitely a swanky estate, once home to the late casino mogul Don Barden. But wintertime is a hard season in which to sell, especially with all this snow negating two of the property's most important perks: "INGROUND POOL & GAZEBO!"