In August, we wrote about the sale of Van Dyke Manor to a "wealthy mystery German family" for $1.9 million. After the piece ran, the building's manager offered Curbed's photographers exclusive access to the building. They photos show a classic late 1920s apartment high rise designed by Jacob Weinberg. There are elaborately carved, coffered ceilings, dramatic dark wood paneling and a deco elevator.
The building has many period touches, along with new-looking neutral carpet (not ideal, but not terrible). The original buzzer system boxes are in place, there are carved plaster telephone niches, and the kitchen ceiling fans are mounted in original or good reproduction medallions. The building's common areas have a classic Jazz age glamor that make us think that Van Dyke Manor's new owners should market it as a kind of Melrose Place for 25-40 single Detroit professionals working downtown.
The units have large windows and original tile in the bathrooms. The lobby features carved wooden portraits of what look like Spanish explorers, while the exterior has carved stonework featuring what look like the dour faces of angry nuns. The nuns glower down from the facade at passersby as the enter the building. Doing the walk of shame under those would be a little strange to say the least.
1000 Van Dyke is also in West English Village, very close to Indian Village—just a block where Lafayette crosses Seminole and then Iroquois. Indian Village is a very hot rental market with limited stock, if the serious lack of listings on the major rental sites correlate. The rentals available go for $700-1100 for 1- to 2-bedroom apartments.
Mr Dabrowski didn't discuss rent. This building on the corner of Van Dyke and Lafayette has hardwood floors, stained glass windows, air conditioning, painted ceilings, on-site laundry and secure parking and good proximity to Indian Village. Nearby Alden Towers, is of similar vintage and has the same level of finishes as Van Dyke. Just four minutes from Van Dyke, Alden Towers rents studios for $575, 1-bedrooms for $775, 2-bedrooms for $814-$1,134 and a luxurious-sounding 3-bedroom, 2-bath rents for $1,500.