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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (6) Boston-Edison vs. (14) Grandmont Rosedale

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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. Week one had a few upsets; how will week two turn out? 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.”

Grandmont Rosedale

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The neighborhoods in Grandmont Rosedale have lovely old single-family and multi-family homes in a dense area in northwest Detroit. It’s one of the best neighborhoods to find more affordable family homes in the city. The Grand River commercial corridor continues to add more businesses and restaurants; you’ll see colorful murals on the sides of many. And in nearby Old Redford (just past the Meijer), plans are in the works to improve revitalize vacant buildings, landscape vacant lots, and rehab old homes.