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10 great Detroit starter homes, mapped

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Detroit has some of the more affordable homes compared to other big cities around the country, but does it have good starter homes? Many houses for sale in the city need substantial work, or may be located in a neighborhood that doesn’t have as many amenities as a new home owner may want.

Curbed search the real estate listings to bring you ten good, maybe even great, starter homes for sale in Detroit right now. We looked for homes that are listing for under $160,000 and don’t need much work at all. Prices vary widely throughout the city, so we tried to pick out some of the best houses in a variety of neighborhoods. If your heart is set on downtown living, the closest you can get is Lafayette Park at this point.

Did we miss a great house you’ve seen recently? Let us know in the comments.

Note: Map points are numbered from west to east. Links to listings are located underneath each photo.

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1. 14427 Penrod St

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14427 Penrod St
Detroit, MI 48223

This Rehabbed and Ready house is located in Rosedale Park, close to the Southfield Freeway and plenty of shops and restaurants. It has three bedrooms, one and a half baths, new carpeting, a new kitchen, and a basement for storage. It’s listed for $99,900.

2. 16213 Ashton Ave

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16213 Ashton Ave
Detroit, MI 48219

If your budget is right at $150K, this large home in North Rosedale Park might fit your needs. It’s recently renovated and has three bedrooms, new kitchen and baths, and a fenced yard. It’s listing for $149,900.

3. 16523 Ohio St

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16523 Ohio St
Detroit, MI 48221

This three bedroom house is located just south of Marygrove College, just outside the Fitzgerald neighborhood. It’s been maintained through the years but could stand to be updated. It’s listing for $59,000.

4. 18411 Pennington Dr

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18411 Pennington Dr
Detroit, MI 48221

This three bedroom brick home has been maintained throughout the years. It’s located in the Bagley neighborhood and includes a rec room, a family room, and a two car garage. It’s listing for $119,900.

5. 4800 Leslie St

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4800 Leslie St
Detroit, MI 48238

Here’s a four bedroom, one and a half bath home located across from Russell Woods park. It has a newer kitchen, a den with built-in bookshelves, and a sun room. Also included is a two-car garage. It’s listed for $119,000.

6. 708 W Euclid St

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708 W Euclid St
Detroit, MI 48202

If you want to be right in the middle of the city, New Center has that strategic location. Located just north of Virginia Park Street on Euclid, this newly renovated townhouse has three bedrooms and two baths, and it’s near the Fisher Building, Henry Ford Hospital, and the Lodge. It’s listed for $129,000.

7. 1550 Cherboneau Place, #120

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1550 Cherboneau Pl
Detroit, MI 48207

This midcentury modern co-op in Lafayette Park is just under 1,000 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bath. It’s located near Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut, the Riverfront, and downtown, and it’s listed for $84,900.

8. 936 E Grand Blvd

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936 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48207

Islandview has been hot this year, and this three bedroom house is located just down East Grand Boulevard toward Gratiot. It’s in decent condition, but could use some updates. It’s close to Eastern Market and West Village and it’s just down the street from Belle Isle. It’s listed for $125,000.

9. 250 E Harbortown Drive

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250 E Harbortown Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

If you have a little extra to spend, this Harbortown condo puts you close to the Riverfront with 9th floor views. It’s on the smaller side at 800 square feet, and the community has swimming pools and a marina. The one bedroom condo is listing for $160,000.

10. 10757 Marne St

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10757 Marne St
Detroit, MI 48224

This three bedroom house on the far east side has an extra kitchen in the finished basement. The rooms are kind of small, but it has plenty of them to choose from. It also includes a landscaped fenced yard, a garage, and a shed. It’s listed for $69,900.

1. 14427 Penrod St

14427 Penrod St, Detroit, MI 48223

This Rehabbed and Ready house is located in Rosedale Park, close to the Southfield Freeway and plenty of shops and restaurants. It has three bedrooms, one and a half baths, new carpeting, a new kitchen, and a basement for storage. It’s listed for $99,900.

14427 Penrod St
Detroit, MI 48223

2. 16213 Ashton Ave

16213 Ashton Ave, Detroit, MI 48219

If your budget is right at $150K, this large home in North Rosedale Park might fit your needs. It’s recently renovated and has three bedrooms, new kitchen and baths, and a fenced yard. It’s listing for $149,900.

16213 Ashton Ave
Detroit, MI 48219

3. 16523 Ohio St

16523 Ohio St, Detroit, MI 48221

This three bedroom house is located just south of Marygrove College, just outside the Fitzgerald neighborhood. It’s been maintained through the years but could stand to be updated. It’s listing for $59,000.

16523 Ohio St
Detroit, MI 48221

4. 18411 Pennington Dr

18411 Pennington Dr, Detroit, MI 48221

This three bedroom brick home has been maintained throughout the years. It’s located in the Bagley neighborhood and includes a rec room, a family room, and a two car garage. It’s listing for $119,900.

18411 Pennington Dr
Detroit, MI 48221

5. 4800 Leslie St

4800 Leslie St, Detroit, MI 48238

Here’s a four bedroom, one and a half bath home located across from Russell Woods park. It has a newer kitchen, a den with built-in bookshelves, and a sun room. Also included is a two-car garage. It’s listed for $119,000.

4800 Leslie St
Detroit, MI 48238

6. 708 W Euclid St

708 W Euclid St, Detroit, MI 48202

If you want to be right in the middle of the city, New Center has that strategic location. Located just north of Virginia Park Street on Euclid, this newly renovated townhouse has three bedrooms and two baths, and it’s near the Fisher Building, Henry Ford Hospital, and the Lodge. It’s listed for $129,000.

708 W Euclid St
Detroit, MI 48202

7. 1550 Cherboneau Place, #120

1550 Cherboneau Pl, Detroit, MI 48207

This midcentury modern co-op in Lafayette Park is just under 1,000 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bath. It’s located near Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut, the Riverfront, and downtown, and it’s listed for $84,900.

1550 Cherboneau Pl
Detroit, MI 48207

8. 936 E Grand Blvd

936 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48207

Islandview has been hot this year, and this three bedroom house is located just down East Grand Boulevard toward Gratiot. It’s in decent condition, but could use some updates. It’s close to Eastern Market and West Village and it’s just down the street from Belle Isle. It’s listed for $125,000.

936 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48207

9. 250 E Harbortown Drive

250 E Harbortown Dr, Detroit, MI 48207

If you have a little extra to spend, this Harbortown condo puts you close to the Riverfront with 9th floor views. It’s on the smaller side at 800 square feet, and the community has swimming pools and a marina. The one bedroom condo is listing for $160,000.

250 E Harbortown Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

10. 10757 Marne St

10757 Marne St, Detroit, MI 48224

This three bedroom house on the far east side has an extra kitchen in the finished basement. The rooms are kind of small, but it has plenty of them to choose from. It also includes a landscaped fenced yard, a garage, and a shed. It’s listed for $69,900.

10757 Marne St
Detroit, MI 48224