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Curbed Cup 1st round: (6) Boston-Edison vs. (11) Sherwood Forest

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The Henry and Clara Ford Home in Boston-Edison
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The Curbed Cup is our annual award for the neighborhood of the year. We’re starting with 16 neighborhoods (with some close ones combined), and we’ll vote over the next few weeks until we’re down to one. Polls are open for 24 hours. Let the voting commence!


The historic neighborhood of Boston-Edison had some of the biggest home sales this year. Three mansions on Boston Boulevard—the Charles T. Fisher Mansion, the Briggs Mansion, and the Motown Mansion—all sold for over $1 million. On the west side of the Lodge, we saw home renovations and sales pick up, with houses asking and selling in the $300-400K range. Here’s one reader nomination:

“Over 900 homes with most constructed between 1905 and 1925 and range in size from modest 4-squares all the way to the largest recent sales in the city like the $1.65M Motown Mansion. Past residents include Henry Ford, Berry Gordy, and Joe Louis. It’s still home to the oldest continuous neighborhood association in the Detroit, founded in 1921.”

Sherwood Forest

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Sherwood Forest is a quiet historic neighborhood with some of the most beautiful homes in the city. The winding streets house grand Tudors and castle-like homes that sit on large lots, showcased by big trees. The diverse neighborhood also has a strong, active neighborhood association that plans activities throughout the year.

Its location is one of the more convenient in the city—it has close proximity to the restaurants and shops at 7 Mile and Livernois, and it’s also close to the Meijer and other stores on 8 Mile and Ferndale.