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Flippers Attempt $222K Turnaround on University Tudor

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After selling less than a year ago for $67.9K, this 4-bedroom 2.5-bath, 3000-square-foot home hit the market last week for $289K—very bold, given that the listing offers a scant 14 photographs, the majority of which are exteriors. The house looks good on the outside, and the 1938 Tudor near the Detroit Golf Club has hardwood floors, a new kitchen, and a fireplace.

The kitchen seems to have granite counters, and the layout highlights the original windows. While these large, multi-paned openings let in a lot of light and have vintage appeal, they'll likely need replacement as they look older and not very energy efficient. There are no photos of bedrooms, back yard, or baths, and no info in the listing about the mechanicals or other special features.

The kitchen has room for a dishwasher (good news), but is pictured with no appliances (potentially bad news). And there's no information about a garage (if one exists at all). The lawn also needs attention. It feels like a flip someone started and gave up on, although we'll reconsider that idea if they post more photos of the place and the new ones show more than just three interior rooms.

The house has a lot of curb appeal, with its Tudor-typical wood beamed facade and stone facing around the windows and door, and the living room with its dark-stained hardwood floors and fireplace is a welcoming place. The kitchen looks good, missing appliances aside, and the house also has a library with original wood paneling. The price is sheer chutzpah, given how cheaply the place sold for in 2014. A similar home on the same street with one more full bath and bedroom—but in far rougher shape—sold in December for $200K. Is $289K might be wishful thinking, especially given that the home's condition is likely far from perfect.


·18274 Muirland St [Zillow]
·18414 Muirland St [Zillow]