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Storied North End home needs full renovation, lists for $70K

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Will it find the right owner this time?

Photos courtesy of Larry Else/Downtown Realty

A year and a half ago, Curbed visited this incredible North End house, once owned by Joe Louis’s primary manager John Roxborough. Designed by Lyle Zisler in 1940, this house has been empty for some time now, and has changed hands multiple times in recent years by owners intending to renovate it.

It’s not a house for someone planning on a typical flip. It still has unique design details, although they’re getting harder to see. Inside, find a grand staircase, a prominent fireplace, and large bedrooms upstairs. The basement has a glass block bar and plenty of room for entertaining. In total, it has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths over 3,530 square feet. The house also has a huge overgrown backyard with an old fountain in the back, plus a three-car garage.

The renovation isn’t for the weak; it’s a special house and deserves the right rehab. It’s listed for $69,900 through Larry Else at Downtown Realty. More photos from our previous visit can be found here.

235 Holbrook Street