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Which Detroit properties nabbed the biggest sales of the year? Curbed’s year-end roundup includes some newer closings in Corktown and Palmer Woods, along with a few notable properties that were listed earlier this year. Five properties are coming in at $1 million or more, with the rest between $700K and $900K.

Many neighborhoods are represented on the list, including Palmer Woods, Corktown, the Riverfront, and Brush Park. As condos finish construction at City Modern and elsewhere in Brush Park, we could see many big ticket sales next year. Willys Overland Lofts in Midtown continues to have a good year, with three lofts making the map.

Missing this year is Boston-Edison, which had huge sales of notable mansions in 2017. This year, some of the larger sales came in between $450K and $650K.

Let us know if you see a great listing or sale that we missed. Hit us up on the tip line.

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1. Former Bullock-Green Hardware Co.

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2560 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

$1,925,000

This Michigan Avenue building was once a very expensive rental, which turned into a very expensive sale. Technically, there are some apartments in this building, so it is a multi-family residence. But the expansive main living quarters are the real show-stopper here, with plenty of room for an event space. It sits across from Michigan Central Station.

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

2. Brush Park building/loft

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2959 John R St
Detroit, MI 48201

$1,250,000

This whole building somehow encompassed one loft, selling in October for $1,250,000. It’s 4,400 square feet, with a garage and rooftop patio, right by the arenas, Midtown, and downtown.

Photo by Stylish Detroit

3. Massive Corktown loft

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1535 Sixth St
Detroit, MI 48226

$1,250,000

This 6,000-square-foot Corktown loft has listed multiple times in the last couple years. It takes up an entire floor of the building, and has inlaid tile mosaics in the floor, an elegant kitchen, and huge windows with views across the city. It once listed for $1.6 million, then earlier this year for $1,398,000. We have word that it closed for $1,250,000.

Photo by Mark Krysiak

4. Corktown loft

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1535 Sixth St
Detroit, MI 48226

$1,1250,000

A 6,000-square-foot Corktown loft sold off-market in late October. This building has expansive spaces right next to downtown.

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5. Indian Village mansion

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1763 Iroquois Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

$1,000,000

The first on our list is the only million dollar sale so far this year in Detroit. This 1916 limestone mansion in historic Indian Village never quite hit the market, but the new owners knew it was the house for them when they first saw it. They don’t plan many renovations—it’s quite nice as it is—and they plan on raising their family here. It’s the most expensive in a neighborhood that’s seen many big sales this year.

Photography by Scott Gaffan

6. Palmer Woods Contemporary

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19455 Cumberland Way
Detroit, MI 48203

$900,000

Palmer Woods has some of the most distinctive homes in the city, including this sprawling contemporary. Its entryway is reminiscent of a cathedral to some, and the house also included a conversation pit and vast entertaining space.

Photo by Nev Muftari for TrueSpaces

7. Morgan Waterfront Estate home

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50 Sand Bar Ln
Detroit, MI 48214

$849,900

Houses in the gated Morgan Waterfront Estate always seem to make these lists. This one’s coming in at a modest size for the neighborhood at 4,280 square feet, with tall ceilings, four bedrooms, a four-car garage, and access to the Detroit River. This gated community sits next to the decommissioned Conners Creek Power Plant and across from Belle Isle.

8. Willys Corner Penthouse

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444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

$832,592

It’s been a busy first half of the year at Willys Overland Lofts in Midtown. The first of three big sales is a two-story corner penthouse with two bedrooms, two baths, and a big outdoor terrace. It sold for $294 per square foot.

9. English Tudor

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19425 Gloucester Dr
Detroit, MI 48203

$830,000

This six-bedroom Palmer Woods home sits on a double lot and features five fireplaces, Pewabic tiling in the sun room, original details, and stately elegance.

Redfin

10. Midtown gallery/church/funeral home-turned-condo

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4468 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

$828,000

This odd Midtown building has been used for a lot of purposes in the past, and was recently converted to condos. The listing offered either separate condos or the whole building, and we’re told the buyer bought the whole building.

Photo by Stylish Detroit

11. Glam Willys corner loft

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444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

$828,000

The next big sale at Willys is this glam corner loft that sold in February. This loft comes in at just under 2,500 square feet, with two bedrooms, two and a half baths, expansive city views, and a huge deck for outdoor space. This one sold for $333 per square foot.

Photo by Stylish Detroit

12. Two-bedroom Willys loft

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444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

$825,000

The third loft at Willys that sold for over $800K is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit on the fourth floor. This one’s smaller than the last, and sold for $359 per square foot.

13. Cotswald Manor

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19344 Cumberland Way
Detroit, MI 48203

$815,000

This Costwald Manor in Palmer Woods sold yet again this year. This 1927 Robert O. Derrick-designed home has grand wood archways, five fireplaces, a library with hidden wet bar, a winding staircase, and a beautiful yard.

Redfin

14. Waterfront single-family home

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149 Keelson Dr
Detroit, MI 48215

$780,000

It’s rare to find a single-family home along the shoreline in Detroit. This house at the gated Shorepointe Estates listed this summer for $999,995, and sold in October for $780,000. It was built in 2000 and had lovely views, a beautiful kitchen, and quality finishes for a newer build.

Photo by Planomatic

15. City Modern condo

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2648 John R St
Detroit, MI 48201

$702,060

Expect to see many of these on next year’s map (and perhaps more by the end of the year). City Modern started opening to residents late this summer. This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath carriage house is one of the first big sales. At just over 2,000 square feet, it sold for just over $700K. Brush Park is a different world these days.

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1. Former Bullock-Green Hardware Co.

2560 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

$1,925,000

This Michigan Avenue building was once a very expensive rental, which turned into a very expensive sale. Technically, there are some apartments in this building, so it is a multi-family residence. But the expansive main living quarters are the real show-stopper here, with plenty of room for an event space. It sits across from Michigan Central Station.

2560 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

2. Brush Park building/loft

2959 John R St, Detroit, MI 48201
Photo by Stylish Detroit

$1,250,000

This whole building somehow encompassed one loft, selling in October for $1,250,000. It’s 4,400 square feet, with a garage and rooftop patio, right by the arenas, Midtown, and downtown.

2959 John R St
Detroit, MI 48201

3. Massive Corktown loft

1535 Sixth St, Detroit, MI 48226
Photo by Mark Krysiak

$1,250,000

This 6,000-square-foot Corktown loft has listed multiple times in the last couple years. It takes up an entire floor of the building, and has inlaid tile mosaics in the floor, an elegant kitchen, and huge windows with views across the city. It once listed for $1.6 million, then earlier this year for $1,398,000. We have word that it closed for $1,250,000.

1535 Sixth St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Corktown loft

1535 Sixth St, Detroit, MI 48226
Redfin

$1,1250,000

A 6,000-square-foot Corktown loft sold off-market in late October. This building has expansive spaces right next to downtown.

1535 Sixth St
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Indian Village mansion

1763 Iroquois Ave, Detroit, MI 48214
Photography by Scott Gaffan

$1,000,000

The first on our list is the only million dollar sale so far this year in Detroit. This 1916 limestone mansion in historic Indian Village never quite hit the market, but the new owners knew it was the house for them when they first saw it. They don’t plan many renovations—it’s quite nice as it is—and they plan on raising their family here. It’s the most expensive in a neighborhood that’s seen many big sales this year.

1763 Iroquois Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

6. Palmer Woods Contemporary

19455 Cumberland Way, Detroit, MI 48203
Photo by Nev Muftari for TrueSpaces

$900,000

Palmer Woods has some of the most distinctive homes in the city, including this sprawling contemporary. Its entryway is reminiscent of a cathedral to some, and the house also included a conversation pit and vast entertaining space.

19455 Cumberland Way
Detroit, MI 48203

7. Morgan Waterfront Estate home

50 Sand Bar Ln, Detroit, MI 48214

$849,900

Houses in the gated Morgan Waterfront Estate always seem to make these lists. This one’s coming in at a modest size for the neighborhood at 4,280 square feet, with tall ceilings, four bedrooms, a four-car garage, and access to the Detroit River. This gated community sits next to the decommissioned Conners Creek Power Plant and across from Belle Isle.

50 Sand Bar Ln
Detroit, MI 48214

8. Willys Corner Penthouse

444 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201

$832,592

It’s been a busy first half of the year at Willys Overland Lofts in Midtown. The first of three big sales is a two-story corner penthouse with two bedrooms, two baths, and a big outdoor terrace. It sold for $294 per square foot.

444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

9. English Tudor

19425 Gloucester Dr, Detroit, MI 48203
Redfin

$830,000

This six-bedroom Palmer Woods home sits on a double lot and features five fireplaces, Pewabic tiling in the sun room, original details, and stately elegance.

19425 Gloucester Dr
Detroit, MI 48203

10. Midtown gallery/church/funeral home-turned-condo

4468 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Photo by Stylish Detroit

$828,000

This odd Midtown building has been used for a lot of purposes in the past, and was recently converted to condos. The listing offered either separate condos or the whole building, and we’re told the buyer bought the whole building.

4468 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Glam Willys corner loft

444 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201
Photo by Stylish Detroit

$828,000

The next big sale at Willys is this glam corner loft that sold in February. This loft comes in at just under 2,500 square feet, with two bedrooms, two and a half baths, expansive city views, and a huge deck for outdoor space. This one sold for $333 per square foot.

444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Two-bedroom Willys loft

444 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201

$825,000

The third loft at Willys that sold for over $800K is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit on the fourth floor. This one’s smaller than the last, and sold for $359 per square foot.

444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

13. Cotswald Manor

19344 Cumberland Way, Detroit, MI 48203
Redfin

$815,000

This Costwald Manor in Palmer Woods sold yet again this year. This 1927 Robert O. Derrick-designed home has grand wood archways, five fireplaces, a library with hidden wet bar, a winding staircase, and a beautiful yard.

19344 Cumberland Way
Detroit, MI 48203

14. Waterfront single-family home

149 Keelson Dr, Detroit, MI 48215
Photo by Planomatic

$780,000

It’s rare to find a single-family home along the shoreline in Detroit. This house at the gated Shorepointe Estates listed this summer for $999,995, and sold in October for $780,000. It was built in 2000 and had lovely views, a beautiful kitchen, and quality finishes for a newer build.

149 Keelson Dr
Detroit, MI 48215

15. City Modern condo

2648 John R St, Detroit, MI 48201
via Estately

$702,060

Expect to see many of these on next year’s map (and perhaps more by the end of the year). City Modern started opening to residents late this summer. This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath carriage house is one of the first big sales. At just over 2,000 square feet, it sold for just over $700K. Brush Park is a different world these days.

2648 John R St
Detroit, MI 48201