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$369K Rebirth for Squatter House—No Roommate Included

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Boston-Edison's local haunt the Squatter House sure has had an interesting go of it in recent years. The residence made headlines all the way back in 2012 when then-owner Heidi Peterson came home to 51 Edison to a stubborn squatter who refused to leave, then became her de facto roommate. Needless to say, attic living did not suit the Petersons, and Heidi's Detroit dreams were shattered. The house returned for more action following a $26,000 sale in October 2013, then an attempted flip for the high, high price of $339,000 following a significant makeover. After lingering on the market for six months, the listing was removed.


But, lesson learned: A true Squatter House never dies. Its latest appearance comes with an even more staggering ask of $369K. At least this time there's some insight into the lofty pricetag. The listing proudly states that the rehab work, which carved out two more bedrooms for a total of six, was completed by Detroit-born, Miami-based interior designer Sam Szabla.

Beautiful, refinished Oak floors throughout. 1st floor library. Spacious living room with a natural fireplace and built-in bookshelves. Formal dining room with butler's pantry area. Gorgeous updated kitchen features Kraft Maid cabinets, wood counters, oversized country sink and new stainless steel appliances. Cozy 1st floor family room. Tiled breezeway. Dual staircases. Very large bedrooms including master bedroom with in-suite master bath. Third floor can be used as a 2nd master bedroom suite, home office or recreation area. Updates include new boiler, updated electrical and plumbing. 2 car detached garage. Security system with alarm and cameras.

Presumably, the squatter shrine has been nicely wallpapered over. One thing we do know: Whoever ends up with this home will have one helluva backstory to share.—Leslie Youngblood

Post-renovation, circa 2014:


· 51 Edison Street [Zillow]
· The Squatter House is Back With Absurdly High $339K Ask [Curbed Detroit]
· All Squatter House coverage [Curbed Detroit]