Jet-setting Detroit-born interior designer Sam Szabla of squatter house fame has another show-stopping Boston-Edison mansion on the market. This stunning 1916 6-bedroom, 5-bathoom home, a commanding 7,540 square feet of early 20th century opulence, was once owned by the founder of the Detroit Economic Club, Allen B. Crow. Szabla put his no-holds-barred, fully-loaded spin on the place, restoring the interiors to immaculate period condition but with a modern eye for color and space planning. He also tricked the place out with everything a 2015 millionaire could want in a home so very convenient to New Center: there's a 3-car heated garage with a full apartment above (both inside the home's original carriage house), a custom kitchen with Brazilian granite countertops, and a full-on design studio on the third floor for the artist or architect who'd like to work from home.
The main house:
The carriage house:
The house features lovingly refinished original hardwood floors, a finished basement with gothic revival paneling and a "cigar room," and a master suite with full bath. Then there's the oak-paneled dining room, complete with original fresco, crystal chandelier and 1916 wall sconces. There's the carriage house apartment—adorable, with full kitchen and bedroom, which makes it perfect for guests or as a rental. There are fireplaces, and a beautifully landscaped backyard with paved patio. In case the patio isn't enough, the house also boasts a large terrace (through French doors, off the living room).
The carriage house apartment charms with its small, but very functional kitchen, original woodwork, and bedroom tucked under a sloping roof to create a cozy cottage feel. There's a living room large enough for a small sofa. For those worried about estate living in the city, the house comes with commercial-grade alarms and the attentions of a private security patrol. From the big things (kitchen, dining room, carriage house) to the small details (crystal doorknobs, carved stone doorway, original white tile in the baths), this home has been restored and elevated to within an inch of perfection. The price (just $1000 more than a flipper's 3-bedroom, 2200-square-foot dream home in Royal Oak) seems more than fair.
·Squatter House Renaissance [Curbed Detroit]
· [Detroit Economic Club]
· [Curbed Detroit]