In the market for a fabulous Detroit loft? It's easy to be seduced by the M1 Rail/arena hype of Midtown and Brush Park, but it's definitely worth scoping out neighborhoods beyond the M1 corridor.
One of the best alternatives can be found in Lafayette Park, in the converted school building known as the Leland Lofts. We'll tell you what makes this building unique and tour a pair of units for sale right this moment.
Factoids and highlights: The Leland Lofts
· Building Backstory: Built as the Nellie Leland School for Crippled Children in 1918. The name sounds a bit crude, but Leland was an admired institution in educating kids with physical disabilities. It was ahead of its time.
· Location Envy: Walk south to be surrounded by Mies van der Rohe architecture and leafy Lafayette Park. Hike a few blocks north to shop Eastern Market. East, the Dequindre Cut.
· Outdoor Amenities: A roof deck for barbecues and a community garden out back. It's like a loft with a backyard.
· Tax Advantage: NEZ tax status can drastically reduce Detroit's sky-high property taxes, at least for a certain number of years.
Unit X: $247,000 ↑
1 Bed/1.5 Bathrooms/1,240 SqFt
Highlights: Need we even point out the original built-in cabinets? Bonus: it's a corner unit and appears to be on the second floor. (No unit # given)
Unit 49: $225,00 ↑
1 Bed/1 Bathroom/1,200 SqFt
Highlights: Wide-open layout with unique, multi-level design with storage underneath the ledge. Windows are smaller, but they appear to face the downtown skyline.