We’ve showcased some singular homes on Curbed Detroit over the years. But this one in Saint Clair Shores might be the most unique we’ve ever featured.
The first thing you notice about the 2,116-square-foot brick house is the street-facing turret. Its leaded-glass windows, stone accents, and classic strap hinges on the wood door make it look like a miniature castle.
Inside, the Medieval themes continue, from the embrasure windows, iron staircase, and knight’s armor in the second-floor hallway (though that might be just for staging—no promises you get to keep that).
Oh, and there’s a secret door behind a bookcase that leads to a “dungeon” wine cellar.
Many of these invented histories of the house conceal its real history. According to the realtor, it was most likely at one point a farm house dating back to the late 1800s. Much of the house as it is today was built in the 1910s during the Prohibition era by the home’s second owner—which would explain the hidden entrance to the basement.
Also according to the realtor, the home was once the residence of Patti Smith and Fred “Sonic” Smith of the MC5!
But there’s plenty of reasons to own this house beyond it being a curiosity. It’s on a canal with direct access to Lake Saint Clair. The old boathouse has been converted into a wet bar with its own nautical theme. It’s also got both a rooftop deck and outdoor lounge with a firepit.