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The Motown Mansion finally sells for $1.65M

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Time to dance in the streets

One of the most recognizable estates in Detroit has finally sold after a two year search.

918 West Boston Boulevard, built in 1917 for lumberman Nels Michelson and lived in during the late 1960s by Motown founder Berry Gordy, has listed on and off over the last few years. It was owned and maintained most recently by Cynthia Reaves and sold to a native Detroiter who is relocating back to the area from San Francisco. The house was listed by Deborah Smith of the Family First Team at Keller Williams.

Smith said she had inquiries on the property from all over the world, including potential buyers in London, Dubai, and Brazil.

The house is located on a 2.2 acre corner lot, with ten bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a 4,000-square-foot pool house, and a 1,000-square-foot carriage house over the five car garage. The pool house includes a billiard room and your own bowling alley.

This is the second-highest selling home in Detroit this year, after a Book Cadillac penthouse sold for $1.795M. It is the highest selling home in the historic Boston-Edison District in recent history. The Charles T. Fisher Mansion, just down the block, sold for $1.25M.

Smith says, “The process took two years and we went through several deals with several buyers before Ms. Reaves found the right buyer to protect the legacy of this iconic home and become its new steward.”

More photos of this estate can be found here.