1951 Contemporary – Detroit, MI

Added to OHD on 5/11/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   29 Comments
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17741 Redfern St, Detroit, MI 48219

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  • $55,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1269 Sq Ft
1951 Better Homes and Gardens Five Star Home, Design 2205. Unique and quintessential mid century modern project home. Good bones, roof and foundation on a double lot in a well kept and tranquil neighborhood. 3 BR, 1.5 bath with oversized garage and storage. Awesome walk around stone fireplace, large kitchen and windows. Herman Miller main lighting fixture. Great candidate for the Detroit Home Mortgage program.
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Vincent Mazzola, O'Connor Real Estate
(313) 963-9891
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29 Comments on 1951 Contemporary – Detroit, MI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11842 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Ross for sharing.

    • RossRoss says: 2468 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Thank you, Kelly!

      This house is a treasure.

      I would love love love to carefully restore the house, including returning to the original carport. I am mad for the zig-zag flourish next to carport (image #3) which so typifies the era. Above the flourish the roof was open to allow light/rain to hit the planter below. Another feature which needs to be restored.

      The lost original flooring was obviously tiles. Cork? Kentile? I would resurrect the flooring.

      Were all the interior doors painted? Or were they wood?

      Oh my! What a fun project this could be!

      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1114 comments
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        1947 Ranch

        I completely agree Ross, a treasure. In fact, I would buy it just for the kitchen alone, but I’m crazy about the whole thing. We’re working on our on MCM 1947 ranch which has very similar brick work and a planter like the one here. Now I just have to decide WHAT to plant in it–decisions, decisions…

      • gordonr says: 78 comments

        i would love to work with you and work on the landscaping…..i want to mow the lawn right now!

  2. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Aww this house is SO worth saving. Great little neighborhood and can’t beat that price unless there’s more to it. ? Someone rescue this.

  3. Patrick says: 30 comments

    This wonderful MCM beauty deserves a full restoration to save the original features without destroying it’s intended modern look. I love everything about it. Why can’t I find something like this in my entirely beige town? Thanks for posting MCM listings. My mind is so confused. My favorite styles are MCM and Arts & Crafts.
    My crappy old colonial cottage surely doesn’t reflect my desired taste.

  4. Deborah Shiller says: 1 comments

    In love with it just the way it is! I don’t know that I would change much at all!

  5. Glen says: 69 comments

    Pretty frickin cool! Nice to see a house in Detroit that is still standing and has not been burnt to the ground.

    • RossRoss says: 2468 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Detroit has been though a lot but is currently experiencing a significant and impressive rebound. There is a ton of activity downtown with new hotels and condos and apartments and restaurants and retail. Oh my!

      The city is also graced with gorgeous intact neighborhoods like Indian Village, Alden Park, Palmer Woods, and so many others.

      The house here is on a large lot NW of downtown.

      • MaggieMay says: 65 comments

        Hi! I am from Detroit and used to rent an apt at 6/Lahser. I was wondering how this area is crimewise. I am interested in possibly purchasing this home but cannot be in high crime areas. I am in TN now so I couldn’t even check it out. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

  6. TGrantTGrant says: 851 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Oh my! What a MCM delight this is. So much intact and I agree with Ross, peel back the add ons and return the original carport and design features. I’ve a good mind to quit my job today and move. I’m tired of living in hurricane central anyway!

  7. BethanyBethany says: 3501 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Is this house to young to have some kind of legal protection against getting HGTV’d?

  8. StevenFStevenF says: 826 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Wow…this is a dream and LOVE the original pictures. Transport your mind back to this era, when Detroit was still the car capital of the world – home of some of the best design minds. As Ross highlighted, the zig zag flourish is awesome. I don’t mind the current exterior color, but the original color scheme MUST BE RESTORED.

  9. ddbackerddbacker says: 508 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    I wonder if the old photos depict this very house as it appeared in 1951 or just a representation of this BH&G model?

  10. Jennifer HTJennifer HT says: 775 comments
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    Anthem, AZ

    LOVE. I would love to fix this up.

  11. Leanne says: 46 comments

    I love this house!!! I hope it doesn’t end up shiplapped, with an all white kitchen with marble counters. P.S. Please keep posting MCMs.

  12. respectthishouserespectthishouse says: 63 comments
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    sweet 50s ranch Nashville, TN

    Yellow dishwasher and commode, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, will you marry me?

  13. JRichard says: 205 comments

    As I’ve said elsewhere, Detroit has plenty of interesting and comparatively cheap houses, many of which are relatively unspoiled by re-muddling. That seems to be changing at a rather rapid pace. Five years ago, you could buy a mansion there for less than 100K. Generically renovated flips are increasingly common.

    • MaggieMay says: 65 comments

      Detroit homes have the most exquisite detail and architecture. My father used to work in the Guardian Bldg. downtown. What a masterpiece that buiding is!

  14. Qabbott says: 28 comments

    I wonder if the original blueprints for that design number are still available? Imagine how awesome it would be to build a modern duplicate!

  15. Laura says: 15 comments

    A little elbow grease and time and…. 🙂

  16. FG says: 89 comments

    Hopefully the missing floor tiles were asbestos, removed and cleaned correctly (while there is a lot of hysteria about asbestos, having had it removed makes getting a mortgage and future sales that much easier).

    Really a great house in a lot of ways.

  17. KarenZKarenZ says: 1200 comments
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    I see that this is pending sale-is it you Maggie May? I sure hope so! Whoever buys it, I sure hope that they refurbish that sweet yellow kitchen!

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