1912 – Detroit, MI – $2,500

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Added to OHD on 5/16/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/17/19   -   23 Comments
129 Lawrence St, Detroit, MI 48202

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  • $2,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 4336 Sq Ft
  • 0.21 Ac.
Location, location, location!! Come rebuild your dream home. Property located north of historic Boston Edison District. Buyer must submit an estimated cost of renovation and proof of funds to meet the estimated costs Please note that the Detroit Land Bank Authority is entitled to a tax capture for the 5 tax years subsequent to transferring ownership of the property. The tax capture may be incompatible with tax abatement that are otherwise available to the selected purchaser. DLBA will review requests to waive its tax capture rights and may require a payment in lieu of taxes to approve such requests. The payment will be determined upon reviewing the development proforma and effect of any tax abatement on the purchase and development financing.' BATVAI
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Leonard Pickett, RCH Brokerage Legacy
(248) 440-2268
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23 Comments on 1912 – Detroit, MI – $2,500

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Cora inspired me to go house hunting in Detroit (by internet, of course) with the article she linked to about a guy that bought a $500 house.

    Her comment: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/05/10/may-10-2019-link-exchange/#comment-250006

    The article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/drewphilp/why-i-bought-a-house-in-detroit-for-500

    I expected the neighborhood to be the same condition as this home looks but was surprised it’s one of the nicer looking neighborhoods with some pretty homes on this street.

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
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      1980 board & batten modern

      I am glad Cora gave you the nudge, smile. It is nice to inspire interest in an area that needs it. I am glad to hear what you said about this neighborhood as it is hard to tell by the pictures of this poor place-but still has some nice features and an interesting exterior–from the front.

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 855 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      I totally did the same thing after reading the article. so many poor houses for sale 🙁

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    • MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 10 comments
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      1945 Craftsman
      Athens, TN

      That area is very nice. It is one of the neighborhoods that has held up over time. Check out Curbed Detroit to read about the different neighborhoods in Detroit. I have lived in Woodward/7 mile and Grand River/Telegraph areas. Old Redford is a revitalization area and Rosedale Park has some beautiful homes.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I hope to start posting more Detroit homes, I’d love to at least feature the potential and perhaps someone would be excited to be part of the comeback (I’ve read numerous articles about how Detroit is growing for the better!)

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        • MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 10 comments
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          1945 Craftsman
          Athens, TN

          The architecture of Detroit homes is amazing. I have been trying to move back for health reasons and am looking north of 9 mile along the Woodward corridor, but that area has become ridiculously expensive. The only hesitation I have about living in the city is that my disabled brother will eventually have to live with me. He bought my grandparents home at 6 and a half and Woodward in 1980, and just adored that home. In 2004 he was awakened by robbers who duct taped him up and did horrible things to him. He got in his car, and with his dog and the clothes on his back moved here near me in TN. He refuses to ever step foot in the city again. He can’t walk or use his left arm, and has horrible PTSD from the experience. So I need to move to the suburbs, but I can’t find anything livable with a basement, attic bedroom and garage under 110k. I am so frustrated and I only have 2-5 years before I will be on borrowed time without treatment at U of M.
          Pontiac has an area called Indian Villiage that has some gorgeous homes too. NW part of the city near Waterford/N. Sylvan Lake.

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Essentially a free house here with a token price tag perhaps to discourage anyone from buying it for salvage. I’d also assume the Detroit Land Bank Authority has some rules and protective covenants that go with the property. To begin work on a house like this you need to think about costs along the lines of a new build for a house of a similar size. Not that this house needs to be dismantled completely but it is going to need major work. That will include all new systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC) and some structural work (missing porch as well) Someone must truly want to bring back this former grand home along the lines of a labor of love rather than thinking resale value. (meaning zero post renovation profit potential-I don’t think the Detroit market has much potential in faded neighborhoods)

    The well written urban pioneering story linked to above was truly a testament to a person’s determination to bring back a derelict home that had been written off as worthless by most. I felt kind of sad seeing the poor ruin of a house next door remaining in its horrible condition. The foundation looks sound and based on what can be seen I do believe it could be rehabilitated into a residence again. But such miracles take money and a lack of investment led to the extreme decline seen in this neighborhood. I’m past the age where I could take on a major foundation to roof rehab. (even if I could my wife would either divorce me, have me committed to a mental health facility, or both) Nonetheless, I will cheer and praise those who are willing to take on the risks associated with total rehabs of that magnitude. The subject of this post could be a very nice rehabilitated home if someone wanted to and had the resources to accomplish the job. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

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  3. AvatarScott says: 60 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    I remember hearing stories about how St. Paul, Minnesota was selling foreclosed mansions for $1.00 back in the 1970s if the buyer was willing to restore the home and occupy it as a single family residence.

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  4. AvatarCandi says: 28 comments
    Richwood, OH

    My oh my, what a labor of love this would have to be…. But goodness can you imagine the pride if someone took this and brought it back to glory…
    I am shocked that so much of the woodwork is still intact. I want to see more pics 🙂 .
    I am in love with the thought of someone saving this. Not me of course, I am a Buckeye, that state up north isn’t an option. 🙂 LOL
    Definitely the eye soar of the neighbor, as it seems to be surrounded by nice houses that all tend to look well maintained. Fingers crossed that someone saves this and some how some way an update makes it back around for us to see.

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  5. AvatarScott says: 60 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    This Old House did a Detroit rehab project a couple of seasons ago. The condition of the house when they started was appalling.

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  6. RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Oh my!

    Just my kind of house!

    The roof looks new:

    https://goo.gl/maps/FZdTpsjboWdKCotLA

    If this house were IN the Boston Edison neighborhood, it would be a steal and a good investment. But it is, as noted, just a bit north. In Detroit, a few blocks can make all the difference.

    This is just four short blocks directly south:

    https://goo.gl/maps/U1xKwQsVfwv4Ka8P9

    But just one block south? Most of the houses are gone:

    https://goo.gl/maps/eti6vE6mVYBPTS4u7

    And the two houses directly behind the Lawrence Street house are boarded up:

    https://goo.gl/maps/khs43BfY4JSwoEyKA

    However, Lawrence Street itself looks good, with this house being the one bad house on the block.

    Also, I see nothing about the house which doesn’t seem fixable. As Candi noted, much of the interior trim seems intact, as with the staircase.

    Soooooooo tantalizing!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Every time a Detroit house pops up, (no matter what the deal 😉 heheheh), you are always so super enthusiastic about houses we see in your hometown Ross. Are you selling yourself as well as others the proposition of living there? I guess it just seems that way to me; and I get it. There are some really great houses, pretty cheap, in my hometown, (Evansville, In): but would I live there again – probably not. Would you sell your nicely restored manse out there on the peaceful prairie and move back MoTown? Just curious 🙂

      https://circaoldhouses.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/fixerupper23.jpg

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      • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        Before I purchased the Cross House, I was seriously looking into moving to Detroit. My family left the city in 1970.

        My “restored manse” is far from being restored! And I expect to live out my days working on it.

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  7. AvatarDeeDee says: 8 comments
    Granville, OH

    Does it need to be residential? I am thinking of the homes on Broad St Columbus- huge mansions just crumbling and so many are now restored and used by agencies and law offices and nonprofit centers. A beautiful road with the unique old buildings

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  8. CoraCora says: 1891 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Awwww, thanks for sharing the article! I’ve read it 3 more times since I posted it.😬

    It’s fun to dream about what this beautiful house could be if someone with the mindset of the author came along and restored it. It must’ve been a stunning home when new.

    If only Detroit could clone him!

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  9. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 948 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    My heart is hurting looking at this. How lovely it must have been. I hope someone who knows and cares takes it on and brings it back.

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  10. AvatarDave says: 233 comments
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    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    I took on a project very similar to this 2 years ago, and am about 1/2 way through the restoration. Yes, this would be a labour of love project; not for the faint of heart or wallet. That being said, the are lots of older people like myself doing these houses as
    “retirement projects”, so never give up hope!(I call them retirement projects so I don’t have to stick to a budget) HA

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  11. AvatarStacy says: 210 comments
    1900 Maybe Craftsmen
    TX

    Bet she was grande in her day.. Seems there could be a way to prevent these old homes from falling into such despair. I don’t guess I really understand why people, cities, towns don’t care more about them. They are beautiful history we can’t get back or even copy really, times were different & these homes not only are history, they have history.. People say my understanding empathy, excitement & intrest for history & relics left behind is beyond my years… I would hope that’s not so but I only see the lack of concern for our history just keeps falling like these great old homes.Sentimental dosnt seem to mean much anymore.. Idk, generations who don’t grow up knowing the value of hard work or too many folks getting their feelings hurt over the past, over history. I’m young, but very greatful for my old soul & others like you all who share my interest..

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    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Hi, Stacy!

      Detroit has lost half its population since 1950. This is common to “rust-belt” cities. The result is devastating to the housing stock, with way more homes available than buyers.

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  12. AvatarTomascz says: 39 comments

    The headliner on the sale tells you everything you need to know about why the house and the neighborhood looks the way it does. Somebody has already tried to rehab this place judging from the sunburned fragments of Tyvek and blue tarp framing the weathered OSB sheathing.
    Houses like this just make me angry and break my heart.
    The city of Detroit has been living on borrowed money and usurious property taxation since about the time of WWII and its administrators and governors have put little back. Eventually the cities economy collapsed under the weight of the debt and the loss of jobs and the city is still trying to collect those lost dollars from anybody it can.

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    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Tomascz, you paint a far darker picture of Detroit than is accurate.

      Does the city have problems? Yes. Oh yes!

      But Detroit is one of the few “rust=belt” cities which is making a comeback. The transformation of downtown has been nothing less than astonishing these past five years, and neighborhoods like Boston-Edison, Indian Village, and Brush Park have been experiencing impressive improvements.

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      • AvatarTomascz says: 39 comments

        You say tomato, I say tomato. I grew up in and around Detroit and my family goes way, way back in Detroit and Michigan. I love Detroit and I love Michigan. I love most of its history, but it’s had its share of grifters, some of whom I’m related to. I certainly love its architecture, both vernacular and grand.
        It remains to be seen whether a bunch of speculative capital dumped on Detroit by venture capitalists who bought a lot of nice neighborhoods at rock bottom prices with leveraged money and lots of promises will bring back a city whose industry has been almost totally demolished and whose governance has changed little if at all.
        For the sake of Detroit, I hope your view prevails.

  13. AvatarMystic says: 72 comments
    Huntley, IL

    There are so many lovely homes in the area all boarded up, so sad, could be a beautiful area again.

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