The bar was set in Lafayette Park earlier this spring. Now, there's nowhere to go but up. The second Mies van der Rohe townhouse of 2014 just cannon-balled onto the market asking $159K, about $10K more than its record-setting predecessor. With strange decor and a guest suite in the basement, this is no ordinary Mies unit. The decor implies the unit was remodeled long ago. We're guessing 1980s. The wood floors are definitely an asset, but the laminate cabinets make for an especially-suffocating galley kitchen. (For comparison, check out the other unit's minimal cabinetry.)
The most immediately upsetting decor can be found in the upstairs bathroom, which appears to have been stolen from an old Super 8 Motel.
A few perks make the price more tolerable. First up is the bonus bathroom in the finished basement. It's uncertain where it came from (we've never seen it in another unit) but the extra bathroom is golden. The basement also contains an extra bedroom, an office, and a floor painted to mimic "Trompe-l'oeil Flagstones." The subterranean surprise brings the listing up to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
Compared with the other Mies buildings, the monthly association fee of $650 is relatively low. In the end, however, you'll have to live knowing that your next door neighbor—a corner unit—sold last June for just 131K.
UPDATE (1:48PM): Despite the listing's claim of a 4th bedroom in the basement, that space might not qualify as an official bedroom. The State of Michigan requires basement bedrooms have an emergency exit, meaning a window or exterior door. This one has only a small glass block window.
· Listing: 1334 Joliet Pl [Zillow]