A local home recently featured on DIY Network's American Rehab has over 100 years of history, much of it centered on one family. The show told the story of Detroit couple Christopher Lee and Amy Feigley-Lee as they restored Lee's family home in Woodward Village. We could describe the 3,500-square-foot home where Amy and Chris live with their toddler daughter, Ruby, but why not just click on the link below and check out Curbed's fabulous photos of the place?
The house, a 1903 beaux arts stunner, left the family for generations, lost to foreclosure and the Great Depression. Christopher Lee bought his grandparents former home in 2007 at a county tax sale. The couple added to his initial $8,100 investment, borrowing $50K from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and later putting another $50K towards fully restoring the house.
The project hasn't ended, though cameras stopped rolling months ago, and the episodes just finished re-airing early this month on DIY. Amy Feigley-Lee tells Curbed that she and her neighbors want to draw new inhabitants to Woodward Village. "About a year ago, several neighbors decided that it was finally time to reestablish a long defunct neighborhood association. We decided that it was necessary for our neighborhood to establish a strong identity in order to attract new residents. We have great home stock, an aging population, and the need to attract the attention of local government to improve services."
If the Feigley-Lee house is an indication, "great home stock" is an understatement. If you want Indian Village or Brush Park charm without the newly inflated prices, consider investing here. The neighbors look forward to meeting you.
·American Rehab: Detroit [DIY Network]
·Couple's rehab of Detroit family home leads to TV show [Detroit Free Press]
·Couple buys, restores 100-year-old Detroit home [Detroit Free Press]
·Woodward Village Neighborhood Association [Facebook]