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Tiny Detroit cottage gets ‘rustic’ renovation, lists for under $80K

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And keep all the carefully selected furniture for only $2,500 more

Photos by Evan Thomas

Our favorite couple doing designer renovations of homes in northwest Detroit have struck again. These two continually impress us with their ability to revive small neighborhood homes, add tasteful touches, and sell them at affordable prices.

Their latest one on Monica Street a few blocks west of Livernois Avenue listed for just $79,900.

Bought through the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s Own It Now program for $1,500, the home was previously sad and boarded up. Now, it has attractive tan siding and wood accents to give it a rustic look. There’s also some modest fencing to create a semi-private porch and slightly insulate it from potential noise on 8 Mile Road.

Inside, the 810-square-foot, two-bedroom home has been smartly renovated.

A white-tiled bathroom with tub, toilet, and sink.

The new kitchen comes with black cabinets and a tiled backsplash that contrasts nicely with the chevron-patterned butcher block countertops. The master bedroom has green-painted walls and a reflective ceiling light fixture. The living room is small, but cozy and nicely furnished.

As with all their sales, the same vintage furniture used for staging can be added with purchase of the home for an additional $2,500. There’s also a driveway leading to a detached one-car garage.

Take a look at the photos below to see for yourself. 20525 Monica Street is listed with Ashley Mann of Hall & Hunter-Birmingham for $79,900.

A living room with white window drapes and white carpet. There’s a white couch and two brown chairs facing each other.
The kitchen has black-tiled backsplash, black cabinets, and wood countertops.
A bedroom with green walls and a reflective ceiling fixture creating light patterns. There’s a wicker chair across from the bed.