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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (9) Boston Edison vs. (16) Palmer Woods

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Which historic neighborhood should advance?

Fisher Mansion
The . Charles TFisher mansion in the Historic Boston Edison District
Michelle & Chris Gerard

(9) Boston Edison

We’ve seen many houses for sale in Boston Edison this year, including a lot that have been renovated on the west side of the Lodge. We’re even waiting to hear on a sale of Joe Louis’s former home, and we’re also waiting to see if anyone buys the famed Motown Mansion. We took you on a tour of the largest house in Boston Edison, the Charles T. Fisher Mansion. As far as historic neighborhoods go, Boston Edison is a favorite of many, and we’re happy to see more and more of these houses renovated and filling up with new families.

10 Reasons to vote Boston-Edison (compliments of the Historic Boston Edison Association Facebook page)

1) A community with 930 unique historic homes— one of THE largest historic residential districts in the United States!

2) The oldest continuous running neighborhood association in the state of Michigan—since 1921!

3) We have two beautiful Fisher Mansions in our midst!

4) Besides the Fishers, Henry Ford, Berry Gordy, Joe Louis, Walter Briggs, James Couzens, David Allen Grier and a whole host of famous cool people lived here:

5) We have our really popular Holiday Home Tour that sells out in a day or two!

6) We have a wonderful house concert series known as "The Sounds of Music"

7) We have a summer Attic Sale where you can come and get all kinds of cool stuff from our homes.

8) We have people moving from across the United States to be a part of our wonderful neighborhood.

9) We have some of the most passionate, diverse, new and long-time neighbors (some families have lived here for 60+ years) who are committed to seeing all of Detroit prosper!

10) We have YOU—our most ardent supporters—backing us all the way! And for that we are greatly appreciative!

(16) Palmer Woods

If you really want to see how much money was in Detroit during the auto boom, take a drive through the winding roads of Palmer Woods. These massive estates are in beautiful condition, and a must-see for anyone who loves great residential architecture, including work from Frank Lloyd Wright (which you can’t really see from the road, but it’s there) and Minoru Yamasaki. We didn’t see too much going on over here this year, aside from some larger listings. But when we’re talking about great Detroit neighborhoods, it’s always up for consideration. From a reader,

“Here is an unabashed plug for Palmer Woods and lots going on here (although maybe not a ton of homes for sale at the moment). It is one of the most beautiful, safest, friendliest and diverse neighborhoods in Detroit. You can enjoy some of the finest internationally-acclaimed jazz, classical and world music artists each month in a fabulous historic home during the Palmer Woods Music in Homes concerts, now beginning its 10th season. And, it is a skip away from the 296-acre Palmer Park, a beautiful green space with many free community events and programs all year round (WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2017).”