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In Arden Park, a French Colonial with tons of curb appeal asks $850K

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This nearly 8,000-square-foot home from 1917 has some impressive stonework

Exterior of a three-story brick and stone home with three windows per level. Photos by Lilacpop Studio

Some of Detroit’s finest homes reside in Arden Park. One that went on sale earlier in the summer had more period-accurate details than perhaps we’d ever seen.

Another home on Arden Park Boulevard, this one built in 1917, is right up there with some of the neighborhood’s best. It’s listed with LeAnne Carlson Smits of Real Estate One for $850,000.

The brick French Colonial has a stunning stone-accented exterior with three dormer windows. The front entrance in particular has a frieze that showcases some impressive stonework.

The interior of the five-bedroom, 7,722-square-foot home is in great shape. It recently got new plumbing, electrical, and paint, so this won’t be a huge historic restoration project. (Well, except for the four-car garage, which is in rough shape.)

The metal gate to the front door is open. There’s stone work framing the front door with lots of details in the frieze.
Impressive stonework around the front entrance.

The home has a marble-floor vestibule and foyer, which leads to the big den and sunroom (always one of our favorites). The kitchen and butler’s pantry have gotten a modest, modern update with marble countertops and white cabinets. There’s also a large library with wood panelling.

A few more features to note: the second floor landing has some unique archways; the master bedroom has an enormous walk-in closet; and the third floor is a high-ceilinged “ballroom” with hardwood floors.

Is the price ambitious? Maybe. But at $110 per square foot for a historic home with nothing essential to renovate, you could argue it’s just right.

The living room has an oval rug, red couch, and marble fireplace on top of hardwood floors.
The den has a marble fireplace and wood mantel.
The sunroom has checkered marble floor tiles and a big entryway to the living room.
The marble-floored sunroom.
The modest kitchen with new appliances and white cabinets.
Kitchen with brand new appliances.
The second floor landing has three, parallel archways.
Unique arches on the second-floor landing.
A large walk-in closet with sliding doors, one of which is open and has shoes on shelving. The floors are carpeted.
The master bedroom has a nice walk-in closet.
Photos by Lilacpop Studio
A big, empty room with high-ceilings that angle towards the top and have lights around the perimeter. There’s also hardwood floors.
The third-floor ballroom could be great for events.