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Former church turned Midtown duplex asks $925K

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This building from 1915 has seen a number of uses over the years

Photos by Paula Law

Adaptive reuse is a pretty common phenomenon in Detroit. But even in a city where the practice is common, a duplex that listed for sale last month has had more than its share of uses over the years. The 1915 building has been a funeral parlor, church, and art center. Most recently, it was bought in 2017 and converted into condos. When we wrote about it last year, it listed for $828,000.

Now, with new owners, 4468 3rd Street is back on the market. It’s listed through Max Broock Realtors for $925,000.

The two units, which have individual front and back entrances, have a combined 2,703 square feet. There’s lots of similarities between the two, but the differences matter.

Each unit has two bedrooms, but the bottom has two bathrooms while the upper has one. The arched windows look great—though you can only see out of them from the lower unit. The upper has access to a private deck. There’s lots of exposed brick and piping, but especially in the upper unit. Both kitchens have granite countertops, backsplashes, modern appliances, and a high-seated counter, though the layouts are slightly different.

Aside from putting on the new roof last fall, the new owners also added privacy fencing, a water filtration system, refinished the lower level hardwood floors, and upgraded the fixtures downstairs. Other features of the building, from the hardwood floors to the bathroom tiles, seem to be in great shape.

The location is also ideal. It’s adjacent to the Bottom Line Coffee House and within walking distance to dozens of shops, restaurants, and amenities. 3rd Street is also a little quieter than others in Midtown.