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Built in the 1890s, brick home near Wayne State aims for $615K

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It needs a little work, but the location couldn’t be better

A two story brick building with a street-facing turret and two dormer windows. The front porch has red wood framing. Photos by Next Door Photos

Want to own a historic home in one of the best rental markets in the city? Well fortunately for you, one just hit the market.

Designed in the 1890s by noted local architecture firm Rogers and MacFarlane, this home right next to Wayne State University on Forest Avenue could not be more ideally located. It’s listed for $614,999.

The 4,500-square-foot home has an attractive brick exterior with some vines growing on the turret.

At some point, it was converted into a triplex rental property with a studio and two three-bedroom units. Each has a private deck or balcony, as well as parking, in the backyard. One of the units currently has a tenant.

Inside, there’s some lovely woodwork on the stairs, trim, and doors, but we do hope the new owners put some investment into the home. The fireplaces have been completely covered, some of the staircase balusters are missing, and overall the interior has lost a good deal of its historic character. Siding near the roofline, possibly covering up missing bricks, seems a little out of place as well.

Nonetheless, there’s a real opportunity to own and update a historic Detroit home. 666 W. Forest Avenue is listed with Matt O’Laughlin of Alexander Real Estate Detroit for $614,999.

Just inside the home, there’s brown tiles in the vestibule next to the large front door. White tiles line the foyer next to the wide wood staircase.
A big living room with wood floors and light blue walls. There’s a bay window and a brick chimney with wood covering the fireplace.
A roomy kitchen with white tiled floor. In one corner are wood cabinets with a white veneer.