This 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on Seminole Street has a century of graceful living to its credit. Designed by prolific Detroit residential architect and Albert Kahn protege Marcus Burrowes whose other work includes Cranbrook's Greek Theatre, the 1913 English cottage-style house has a wide array of lovely original features: shake siding, adorable window boxes, wood-burning fireplace, and a butler's pantry with walls full of glass-fronted cabinets. The kitchen, a large, light-filled space, has granite countertops and new appliances.
While stone counters and stainless steel appliances are nice, the update misses the mark in a many ways, with dated-looking light wood cabinetry that detracts from the house's historic character. The butler's pantry would've made a good model for the rest of the kitchen, with its white-painted wood and many built-ins that showcase the homeowners' kitchenware. In the main kitchen area, the design centers a little too much on wine, in that it includes a very dated wine bar/wine fridge combo. The current wine-themed kitchen decor hints at a full-on wine obsession with its wine sign wall art (VINO, one sign boldly declares, while another demands "GOT WINE?"). One of the listing photos is just a glass of wine on a table, leading us to wonder just how much ripple went into planning the listing of this 2700-square-foot home.
While the first floor centers on wine and wine accessories, the home's massive backyard focuses on manicured grass, and a tidy brick patio and a covered outdoor dining area complete with ceiling fan. There's a perfectly maintained detached 2-car garage, and even more outdoor living in a 3-season porch, also with not one but two—two!—ceiling fans. There's a sunroom, too, so bringing the outdoors in is a priority. Also: wine. Vino. Wine fridge. Wine. We don't know if the house comes with a bottle (or twenty), but the idea of sipping a nice glass of Malbec with friends out on the patio seems like a fine idea for a Detroit summer night.