The Queen of Soul called Detroit home, and now her last Detroit house has sold. Aretha Franklin’s Detroit home on Hamilton Road sold in October for $300,000.
The house is located at the 7th hole in the Detroit Golf Club community on a private road and the sale was never listed. It sold to a Anthony O. Kellum, President of Michigan-based Kellum Mortgage, who has plans to renovate the mansion. Franklin owned the 6,200-square-foot house since 1993, and almost lost it to unpaid taxes due to an attorney error in 2008.
The home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a heated three-car garage.
It might seem like a low price for a house that size in that neighborhood, but it has been vacant for ten years.
“It’s surreal to be working on the Queen of Soul’s house,” says Kellum. “My mother was a huge fan of hers and listened to Ms. Franklin’s music every day when I was a kid. When I walked through the property it was an emotional experience for me. I see this as an opportunity to not only revitalize an iconic property in the city I love but knowing how proud my mom would be if she were still here, makes this even more amazing.”
Kellum expects to start renovations in January 2019.
Her former residence in Bloomfield Township is currently for sale for $800,000.
Aretha Franklin died in August from pancreatic cancer. A massive funeral was held for the singer at Greater Grace Temple, and Chene Park was recently renamed after the Queen.