Built in 1928, this 3000-square foot, 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom home may turn a tidy profit for its current owners. Sold almost a year to the day before the current listing went live for $188K, the house has all the exterior features you expect of classic Tudor style: the stucco facade, leaded glass windows, wood trim (painted a handsome blue grey), a copper awning and an adorable (custom built) arched front door. This house is lovely on the inside, too, with refinished hardwood floors, original oak doors, crown moldings, a stone fireplace, and a kitchen with modern amenities (granite, stainless) that works really well with the character of a fine old home.
The kitchen is especially nice. While the floor plan isn't perfect, especially if you're used to modern layouts and vast, open spaces, the way that the design highlights the house's original kitchen door and window make the space seem really inviting and warm. The custom cabinetry proves that not all white cupboards are ugly, and the way the designer opened the space to the dine-in nook allows light to reach every corner of kitchen space.
Upstairs, there's a huge master and a vast, light-filled third floor bedroom with gorgeous windows tucked under slanting eaves. The master closet is gigantic, with custom storage, and a floor length mirror door original to the home. The master bath maintains older tiles and the shower stall, but adds a new sink with an elegant, simple marble counter. Stairs to the third floor are painted white with custom carpet runner to make barefoot ascent pleasant, even during icy Detroit winters. The windows upstairs are especially pretty, set into deep niches that highlight the home's 1920s architecture. Built in linen storage with warm wood finishes looks like a hallway decoration, as opposed to the utilitarian item it is.
The home has a decent-sized back yard and detached garage. While the place is move-in ready and clearly a great family home, new owners looking to make their mark can take on a project or two if they like. The fireplace has no mantel, and really needs one to highlight the stone work. Someone put in an electrical outlet above the original 20s stone fireplace, but putting a television there would be a tacky, terrible idea. The first-floor bath also needs some attention, as uber shiny 1990s black tile kills the adorable Tudor vibe. For $260K, there's room in the budget for these minor tweaks. Given the work already evident, if you don't mind one questionable bath and actually (shudder) like a TV over an 80-year-old fireplace, all you really need to do is sign on the dotted line and move in.
·17177 Parkside [Zillow]