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Seven Downtown Detroit Buildings You Could Buy Right Now

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A good chunk of downtown Detroit's real estate has changed hands in the last two years, but there are still opportunities for aspiring Dan Gilberts. Instead of Campus Martius, however, the cheaper properties are now slightly off the beaten path. If, like us, you're just trying to predict the next big development project, here are seven of downtown's biggest, most important buildings on the market right now.

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BEI Building

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The BEI Building has 40,000 square feet of office space, but only a third of it is actually in use. Is a residential conversion in order? The large windows and historic architecture (built in 1910) could make for some neat apartments. [ASK: $1,200,000]

1260 Library

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Tidy and attractive, this little building has gone through three different facades since it was built in 1926. Just across from the Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library, the building has 19,800 square feet of office space and retail. [ASK: $1,950,000]

Michigan Building

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Home to the famous theater/parking garage conversion, the Michigan Building is a downtown landmark. It's definitely a fixer-upper, but nothing too drastic (at least by Detroit standards). For a parking garage and 245,000 square feet, the price tag is a steal. [ASK: $3,000,000]

415 Clifford

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This building is owned by Wayne County and it's completely vacant, so it's a safe assumption that the maintenance hasn't been great. Built in 1939, the building has 81,000 square feet. [ASK: $3,000,000]

Globe Building

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Built in 1888, the Globe Building would be a prize for any downtown property baron. Inside, you'll find 58,000 square feet of loft syle office space and a gigantic atrium zone. [ASK: $4,000,000]

Marquette Building

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The Marquette Building's spot next to Cobo Center makes it all the more valuable. Built in 1899, the Marquette narrowly escaped demolition in the 1970s. The 164,00 square feet is currently used as office space, though the listing describes it as "an ideal residential conversion." [ASK: $6,500,000]

Guardian Building's Foot Stool

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The base of the Guardian Building is home to an unattractive glass pedestal—a product of the 1970s. Naturally, Wayne County owns it, and they've been trying sell for quite some time. But instead of naming an asking price, the county is simply "soliciting offers." If Dan Gilbert hasn't bought it yet, it's probably a bad deal. [ASK: Unknown]

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BEI Building

The BEI Building has 40,000 square feet of office space, but only a third of it is actually in use. Is a residential conversion in order? The large windows and historic architecture (built in 1910) could make for some neat apartments. [ASK: $1,200,000]

1260 Library

Tidy and attractive, this little building has gone through three different facades since it was built in 1926. Just across from the Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library, the building has 19,800 square feet of office space and retail. [ASK: $1,950,000]

Michigan Building

Home to the famous theater/parking garage conversion, the Michigan Building is a downtown landmark. It's definitely a fixer-upper, but nothing too drastic (at least by Detroit standards). For a parking garage and 245,000 square feet, the price tag is a steal. [ASK: $3,000,000]

415 Clifford

This building is owned by Wayne County and it's completely vacant, so it's a safe assumption that the maintenance hasn't been great. Built in 1939, the building has 81,000 square feet. [ASK: $3,000,000]

Globe Building

Built in 1888, the Globe Building would be a prize for any downtown property baron. Inside, you'll find 58,000 square feet of loft syle office space and a gigantic atrium zone. [ASK: $4,000,000]

Marquette Building

The Marquette Building's spot next to Cobo Center makes it all the more valuable. Built in 1899, the Marquette narrowly escaped demolition in the 1970s. The 164,00 square feet is currently used as office space, though the listing describes it as "an ideal residential conversion." [ASK: $6,500,000]

Guardian Building's Foot Stool

The base of the Guardian Building is home to an unattractive glass pedestal—a product of the 1970s. Naturally, Wayne County owns it, and they've been trying sell for quite some time. But instead of naming an asking price, the county is simply "soliciting offers." If Dan Gilbert hasn't bought it yet, it's probably a bad deal. [ASK: Unknown]