If you'd like to live inside a home designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but aren't sure you want to plunk down $249K, a local professor about to go on sabbatical has a unique opportunity to offer: for $2400 a month, you can rent her Mies-designed Lafayette Park townhouse. The 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath unit is available with or without the pictured furniture, and has 1500 hundred square feet of living space. There's in-house laundry, one secure parking space, a deck and a small perennial garden. The coop unit is a twenty-minute walk from Eastern Market and just ten minutes to Antietam, which comes in handy if you'd like to enjoy one of their yummy aperol spritzes or three.
The unit is available for twelve months starting on on September 1, 2015. Though the townhouse is renting for 2,400 a month, which the owner describes as "the going rate for a 1 BR downtown," she also says she'd negotiate the price for "the right tenants." While the rate is actually towards the upper end of what you'd pay for a corporate rental downtown (offhand, we only know of three more expensive units, including one inside the Westin Book Cadillac), it does cover all utilities, the Internet and a land line, and the coop pays for snow removal and maintenance of the grounds.
Money alone isn't enough, though—the listing insists on "serious inquiries only," and states that prospective tenants will endure a very in-depth screening process that includes a full application, employment verification. a look at your bank deposits, a credit check, and an interview with the coop board. No word on whether they'd also like genetic material or a kidney, but between having coop members scrutinize your bank records and the $125 application fee, it seems just a little bit intense. Approval can also take as long as 45 days, so best have records on hand and be prepared to wait.
·3-Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Mies Van Der Rohe Townhouse, $249K [Curbed Detroit]
·Antietam [Detroit Eater]
·1349 Jolliet [Sabbatical Homes]