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Saturday: Boston-Edison Opens 18 Auction Houses For Exploration

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What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than wandering through abandoned, century-old houses before they go to auction? This Saturday (4/25), the Detroit Land Bank is opening up eighteen Boston-Edison houses that'll be auctioned off in May. Conditions range fixer-upper to mushy woodpile, with most falling somewhere in-between. Care for a map of what's available? Before you get lost in Pewabic tile solariums and smashed turquoise kitchens, know these things:
· The open house runs from 1-5 pm on Saturday. Pre-register here.
· Click the "WEBSITE" link next to any house for more photos and info.
· They're not on this map, but a handful of Virginia Park houses will also be open Saturday.
· Before visiting any house, you must check-in at 2224 W Boston. It's the glorious tudor in the photo above.


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Cavernous Colonial

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Built in 1916. Comes with wainscoting and a clawfoot tub. [6 beds/5 baths/3,300 SF]

Blackened Beauty

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Smoke-damaged but solid, built in 1915. [4 beds/3 baths/4,900 SF]

Georgian Gem

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Built in 1915 and in surprisingly good shape. Historic details abound. [6 beds/4 baths/3,000 SF]

Rainbow Remod

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In decent shape with a sunny interior. Built in 1922. [4 beds/3 baths/4,200 SF]

Surviving Solarium

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Decent shape with a glorious solarium. [6 beds/2.5 baths/2,800 SF]

Mid-Century Mystery

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We have no idea how a 1961 split-level home ended up in Boston-Edison, but we're sure glad it's here. Equally mysterious is the interior, which seems to be in great condition. [3 beds/1.5 baths/2,000 SF]

Gutted Luxury

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Gutted 1920s Georgian with historic details intact. [4 beds/2 baths/3,400 SF]

Return of the Tudor (Registration Site)

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The flagship home of the land bank's first Boston-Edison open house has returned. Pewabic tile and a solarium await. [6 beds/3.2 baths/3,400 SF]

Smaller Problem

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Smaller, but with the same historic detail and significant problems found inside its peers. The floor is partially collapsed. [3 beds/1 bath/1,400 SF]

Disaster Zone

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For reasons unknown, this property won't be ready to tour during Saturday's open house. A few photos of the interior can be found at the link provided. [4 beds/2.2 baths/4,000 SF]

Tudor of Blue

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Get lost in the unique architecture and original blue kitchen tile. [4 beds/2.2 baths/3,800 SF]

Controlled Burn

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An isolated fire and subsequent water damage are the big problems with this stately colonial. [5 beds/3.5 baths, 3,200 SF]

Brick Eyebrow

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A friendly brick fixer-upper with an eyebrow dormer. [4 beds/2.5 baths/2,300 SF]

Roof Required

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The roof looks like the largest of many problems in this 1916 house. [4 beds/2.5 baths/3,000 SF]

Worse for the Weather

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This house has a million different issues, most of them stemming from a huge amount of water. [4 beds/1.5 baths/2,500 SF]

Mold and Gray

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Built in 1910, it's the oldest house in the Boston-Edison auction. And it shows. [3 beds/1.5 baths/1,500 SF]

Comforting Carpet

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Carpet is a rarity in these auction homes, but this one has acres of the stuff. Carpet aside, the interior looks promising. [2 beds/1.5 baths/2,300 SF]

Trophy Tudor

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Its radiators and hot water heater are missing, but this 1917 tudor looks almost move-in ready. [5 beds/2.5 baths/2,900 SF]

Arches Aplenty

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Interior arches and a great fireplace make this one stand out, but still needs plenty of work. [4 beds/2.5 baths/2,930 SF]

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Cavernous Colonial

Built in 1916. Comes with wainscoting and a clawfoot tub. [6 beds/5 baths/3,300 SF]

Blackened Beauty

Smoke-damaged but solid, built in 1915. [4 beds/3 baths/4,900 SF]

Georgian Gem

Built in 1915 and in surprisingly good shape. Historic details abound. [6 beds/4 baths/3,000 SF]

Rainbow Remod

In decent shape with a sunny interior. Built in 1922. [4 beds/3 baths/4,200 SF]

Surviving Solarium

Decent shape with a glorious solarium. [6 beds/2.5 baths/2,800 SF]

Mid-Century Mystery

We have no idea how a 1961 split-level home ended up in Boston-Edison, but we're sure glad it's here. Equally mysterious is the interior, which seems to be in great condition. [3 beds/1.5 baths/2,000 SF]

Gutted Luxury

Gutted 1920s Georgian with historic details intact. [4 beds/2 baths/3,400 SF]

Return of the Tudor (Registration Site)

The flagship home of the land bank's first Boston-Edison open house has returned. Pewabic tile and a solarium await. [6 beds/3.2 baths/3,400 SF]

Smaller Problem

Smaller, but with the same historic detail and significant problems found inside its peers. The floor is partially collapsed. [3 beds/1 bath/1,400 SF]

Disaster Zone

For reasons unknown, this property won't be ready to tour during Saturday's open house. A few photos of the interior can be found at the link provided. [4 beds/2.2 baths/4,000 SF]

Tudor of Blue

Get lost in the unique architecture and original blue kitchen tile. [4 beds/2.2 baths/3,800 SF]

Controlled Burn

An isolated fire and subsequent water damage are the big problems with this stately colonial. [5 beds/3.5 baths, 3,200 SF]

Brick Eyebrow

A friendly brick fixer-upper with an eyebrow dormer. [4 beds/2.5 baths/2,300 SF]

Roof Required

The roof looks like the largest of many problems in this 1916 house. [4 beds/2.5 baths/3,000 SF]

Worse for the Weather

This house has a million different issues, most of them stemming from a huge amount of water. [4 beds/1.5 baths/2,500 SF]

Mold and Gray

Built in 1910, it's the oldest house in the Boston-Edison auction. And it shows. [3 beds/1.5 baths/1,500 SF]