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East Ferry home comes with history, style, and $379K price tag

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This Queen Anne was once owned by J.L. Hudson

Photos by Stylish Detroit

The East Ferry Historic District is filled with stunning, 19th century homes in a variety of styles. This one, with its own impressive history, just hit the market for $379,000.

The Queen Anne–style home was designed by William Scott & Company for Herbert Bassett around the turn of the century. It was briefly owned by J.L. Hudson, founder of the Hudson’s department store, in the early 1900s.

The exterior has some great-looking eaves and upper-story windows, a wraparound porch, and beautiful blue embossed siding.

For the past 15 years, the 1,963-square-foot home has served as the office of developer Julio Bateau and his company Nailah LLC, which has been building condominiums in the area. Soon after it was purchased in 2004, it got a gut rehab, as well as new windows, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing.

The home still has some great wallpaper, wood trim and paneling, and french doors. But because of its adapted use over the years, the new owners will need to put in some work. There’s still track lighting, “exit” signs, and an outdated kitchen and bathrooms.

That said, if you’re into historic homes, you’ll definitely find it worth the effort. 421 E. Ferry Street is listed with Susan Leithauser-Yee of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for $379,000.

Closeup of the front door and wraparound porch.
Living room with bay windows behind a white couch. There’s french doors to the left and a brick and stone fireplace to the right.
A half bathroom with tiny white sink and rose wallpaper.
Parlor room with two high-backed white chairs on either side of a fireplace. There’s floral wallpaper on the upper half of the walls.
A basic kitchen with white tiled floor, and some wood cabinets and laminate countertop on one side.
A bed in front of bay windows right next to a stone fireplace.