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The most expensive homes sold in Detroit this year

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2017 saw quite a few million dollar sales around Detroit. Major properties have sold around the city, from downtown to Boston-Edison and Palmer Woods. The top sales of the year are a mix of condos, lofts, and historic homes, with the largest sale so far a private sale of the largest residence in Detroit.

All of our sales came in at $700,000 or more, with three mansions on Boston Boulevard snagging over $1 million each. The most notable was the sale of the Motown Mansion, which had been on the market for two years.

Will we see the million dollar trend continue in 2018? The demand to purchase homes is rising downtown, but only a few properties are listed right now in the city for over $1 million. We could likely see more condos selling at the $600-800,000 range, especially as more become available at City Modern.

2017 was indeed a memorable year for pricey real estate in Detroit.

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1. Bishop’s Mansion

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1880 Wellesley Dr
Detroit, MI 48203

$2,700,000

The most expensive home sale of the year is the private sale of the largest residence in Detroit. In October, the Bishop’s Mansion in Palmer Woods reportedly sold fully furnished to a California investor who “collects historic homes.” The 35,000-square-foot residence was home to Great Faith Ministries.

Photo courtesy of Tony Rodriguez

2. Book Cadillac Penthouse

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1135 Shelby St
Detroit, MI
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$1,795,000

This condo atop the Westin Book Cadillac listed in January for $2.5 million, and many were skeptical of that price. It’s 2,500 square feet, with high end finishes. This could be a good indicator for condos for sale now and further down the pipeline.

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3. Berry Gordy’s Motown Mansion

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918 W Boston Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

$1,650,000

After being on the market on and off for two years, the Motown Mansion finally sold for $1,650,000. Berry Gordy Jr. briefly lived here in the late 60s and early 70s, and has been maintained in recent years by Cynthia Reaves. The property has ten bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a 4,000-square-foot pool house, and a 1,000-square-foot carriage house over the five car garage. The pool house includes a billiard room and a bowling alley. More photos of this opulent estate can be found here.

4. The Charles T. Fisher Mansion

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670 W Boston Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

$1,250,000

The largest home in Boston-Edison sold this spring. The home, designed by George Mason, is 18,000 square feet with 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a pub, a private chapel, gymnasium, a prohibition liquor vault, and a finished carriage house.

Fisher Mansion
The Fisher mansion in the Historic Boston Edison District
Michelle & Chris Gerard

5. Briggs “Stone Hedge” Mansion

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700 W Boston Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

$1,035,000

It was a good year for mansions on Boston Boulevard. The third to sell for over $1 million is this impressive stone mansion once owned by Detroit Tigers owner Walter O. Briggs. It spans over 9,500 square feet (plus a carriage house) and has three built-in safes in the basement, plus carvings of old baseball players in the study.

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6. The Campbell Symington House

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3977 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

$776,000

This historic Midtown home listed in June for $499,900. It was in decent condition, but the multifamily home could definitely use some upgrades. It sold for well above its asking price at $776,000.

Photo by Jason Grube

7. West Canfield Victorian

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627 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

$755,000

This incredible 1874 West Canfield Victorian found a buyer the day it hit the market. Houses in this historic district rarely go up for sale, and this one had been meticulously restored. It was once owned by Beulah Croxford, who led preservation efforts in Detroit in the 60s and 70s.

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8. Willys Loft

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444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

$739,826

We don’t know too much about this sale, but a three bedroom, two bath loft at Willys in Midtown closed for over $700K in September. That’s coming in at $323 per square foot. Many went up for sale this year, including this colorful loft for $850,000.

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9. Corktown Loft

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2003 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226

$700,000

This multi-level Grinnell Place loft listed in late June for $695,000. The 1,500-square-foot unit with crazy views and high end design has big windows, a spiral staircase, and a rooftop deck. Readers thought it was asking too much, but it sold for over asking at $700,000. Attractive lofts in walkable areas are nearing $500 per square foot.

10. Indian Village Mansion

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2240 Seminole St
Detroit, MI 48214

$700,000

This 6,000-square-foot Indian Village home, with carriage house, listed in July 2016 for $750,000. It has a beautiful kitchen, a bright sun room, and great woodwork throughout the house.

11. Palmer Woods Manor

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19344 Cumberland Way
Detroit, MI 48203

$700,000

This Palmer Woods home listed in 2015 for $525,000 and then again for $725,000 in 2016. It’s another 6,000-square-foot mansion, with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, five fireplaces, a grand staircase, wood paneling, and a huge kitchen. Beautiful, yet dated.

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1. Bishop’s Mansion

1880 Wellesley Dr, Detroit, MI 48203
Photo courtesy of Tony Rodriguez

$2,700,000

The most expensive home sale of the year is the private sale of the largest residence in Detroit. In October, the Bishop’s Mansion in Palmer Woods reportedly sold fully furnished to a California investor who “collects historic homes.” The 35,000-square-foot residence was home to Great Faith Ministries.

1880 Wellesley Dr
Detroit, MI 48203

2. Book Cadillac Penthouse

1135 Shelby St, Detroit, MI
Andy Schwartz - Stylish Detroit Real Estate Photography

$1,795,000

This condo atop the Westin Book Cadillac listed in January for $2.5 million, and many were skeptical of that price. It’s 2,500 square feet, with high end finishes. This could be a good indicator for condos for sale now and further down the pipeline.

1135 Shelby St
Detroit, MI

3. Berry Gordy’s Motown Mansion

918 W Boston Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

$1,650,000

After being on the market on and off for two years, the Motown Mansion finally sold for $1,650,000. Berry Gordy Jr. briefly lived here in the late 60s and early 70s, and has been maintained in recent years by Cynthia Reaves. The property has ten bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a 4,000-square-foot pool house, and a 1,000-square-foot carriage house over the five car garage. The pool house includes a billiard room and a bowling alley. More photos of this opulent estate can be found here.

918 W Boston Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

4. The Charles T. Fisher Mansion

670 W Boston Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Fisher Mansion
The Fisher mansion in the Historic Boston Edison District
Michelle & Chris Gerard

$1,250,000

The largest home in Boston-Edison sold this spring. The home, designed by George Mason, is 18,000 square feet with 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a pub, a private chapel, gymnasium, a prohibition liquor vault, and a finished carriage house.

670 W Boston Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

5. Briggs “Stone Hedge” Mansion

700 W Boston Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Photo by Planomatic

$1,035,000

It was a good year for mansions on Boston Boulevard. The third to sell for over $1 million is this impressive stone mansion once owned by Detroit Tigers owner Walter O. Briggs. It spans over 9,500 square feet (plus a carriage house) and has three built-in safes in the basement, plus carvings of old baseball players in the study.

700 W Boston Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

6. The Campbell Symington House

3977 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Photo by Jason Grube

$776,000

This historic Midtown home listed in June for $499,900. It was in decent condition, but the multifamily home could definitely use some upgrades. It sold for well above its asking price at $776,000.

3977 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

7. West Canfield Victorian

627 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
Photo by Planomatic

$755,000

This incredible 1874 West Canfield Victorian found a buyer the day it hit the market. Houses in this historic district rarely go up for sale, and this one had been meticulously restored. It was once owned by Beulah Croxford, who led preservation efforts in Detroit in the 60s and 70s.

627 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Willys Loft

444 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201
Estately

$739,826

We don’t know too much about this sale, but a three bedroom, two bath loft at Willys in Midtown closed for over $700K in September. That’s coming in at $323 per square foot. Many went up for sale this year, including this colorful loft for $850,000.

444 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Corktown Loft

2003 Brooklyn St, Detroit, MI 48226

$700,000

This multi-level Grinnell Place loft listed in late June for $695,000. The 1,500-square-foot unit with crazy views and high end design has big windows, a spiral staircase, and a rooftop deck. Readers thought it was asking too much, but it sold for over asking at $700,000. Attractive lofts in walkable areas are nearing $500 per square foot.

2003 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Indian Village Mansion

2240 Seminole St, Detroit, MI 48214

$700,000

This 6,000-square-foot Indian Village home, with carriage house, listed in July 2016 for $750,000. It has a beautiful kitchen, a bright sun room, and great woodwork throughout the house.

2240 Seminole St
Detroit, MI 48214

11. Palmer Woods Manor

19344 Cumberland Way, Detroit, MI 48203

$700,000

This Palmer Woods home listed in 2015 for $525,000 and then again for $725,000 in 2016. It’s another 6,000-square-foot mansion, with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, five fireplaces, a grand staircase, wood paneling, and a huge kitchen. Beautiful, yet dated.

19344 Cumberland Way
Detroit, MI 48203