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Live in Edsel and Eleanor's Starter House for just $644.9K

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Photos via <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2171-Iroquois-St-Detroit-MI-48214/88517005_zpid/">Zillow and MLS</a><br>
Photos via Zillow and MLS

Billed as the Edsel and Eleanor Ford honeymoon cottage, this 6-bedroom, 4-bathroom Indian Village jewel is less cottage and more mansion with over 5,500 square feet of living space. Prolific Detroit architect Leonard Willeke, also known many gorgeous Grosse Pointe homes and for his work on the abandoned Fordson Village, designed the house. Alfred Nygard carved the living room and dining room friezes by hand, and the house has Pewabic tile, hardwood floors, clawfoot tubs, and even stenciling on cabinets (in the servants' quarters) hand painted by Eleanor Ford.

The grounds make up all the pix you'll see in the current Zillow listing (no idea what the realtor's thought was there). They're pretty spiffy, though—there's a bowling green, a gigantic back yard, brick patios, urns, gorgeous landscaping and a curving drive that features one of the first driveway ice melting systems. The carriage house has space for four cars, and the interior finishes spared no expense and include walnut and oak and mahogany.


A clue to the lack of current pix in the Zillow (ours are from the Curbed archive and a past MLS listing) is the realtor's note that three of the bathrooms are "PREPPED & READY FOR CUSTOM FINISHING." Ah, the SHOUTY CAPS. They don't help this one little bit. The Fords lived in their Iroquois Street home til sometime after the birth of son Henry Ford II. They moved, famously, to the sprawling Grosse Pointe estate they collaborated on with Albert Kahn. There, they raised their four children, and that home has since become a museum and treasured community asset.

·2171 Iroquois St: Eleanor and Edsel Ford Honeymoon Cottage [Zillow]
·The Great American Auto Mansion Bargain-Off: Dodge Vs. Ford [Curbed Detroit]
·Edsel and Eleanor Ford House [Ford House]