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Boxing legend Joe Louis’s former home in Boston Edison lists for $280K

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It’s a knockout!

1683 Edison

Today we have a piece of Detroit history that’s been listed, and it has a heck of a story to go along with it.

This 100-year-old house was purchased last year through the Wayne County tax auction by Josh Kushnereit, who fell in love with Detroit architecture while attending undergrad at University of Detroit Mercy and law school at Wayne State. He’s flipped a few houses in Boston Edison, and while looking at the houses on last year’s auction, he came across 1683 Edison. He stopped and talked to the man next door (now his neighbor), who told him of the famous former resident of the house, Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis. No one else bidding in the auction seemed to know about it.

When Josh obtained the property, it had been abandoned for roughly 5-7 years from what he gathered. The family moved out abruptly, leaving behind four commercial dumpsters full of personal belongings. The roof was shot. Water had seeped from the third floor (attic space) all the way down to the main level. "Floors were buckled. Paint and plaster were hanging from the ceilings and with no lights and murky odors," Josh says, "it was honestly kind of creepy."

One big difference is the exterior paint job, making the home look sharp and updated.

Other renovations include:

  • Complete new tear-off roof
  • New gutter system
  • Refinished hardwood floors throughout
  • Replaced old plumbing/electrical/and removed boiler turning to central heat
  • Large marble tile from Ciot (Birmingham) in kitchen
  • New cabinets with granite and stainless appliances
  • Refinished claw foot tub on master level
  • Updated walk-in shower with European glass doors


The house is 2,433 square feet, with four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a pretty great story to tell your friends. It’s listed for $280,000.


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