Friday, October 28, 2016

What will $1.6M Buy You in Michigan?

My friend Dean Farris sent me a link to a 1929 historic home for sale in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and I am ready to pack my bags and head up north! I have been pouring over each and every single one of the images, and I have watched the virtual tour more times than I care to admit. This is truly one of the most beautiful homes I have seen.

With the birth of the automobile in the early 1900s, Grosse Pointe became a preferred suburb for business executives in addition to a retreat for wealthy Detroiters, and many of the spectacular mansions remain beautifully preserved.  Today we will tour one of Grosse Pointe's most significant estates... a Georgian beauty designed by Raymond Carey and featured in the Buildings of Detroit. Featuring seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and 8,630 square feet, this home was exquisitely renovated and decorated to perfection by the late designer, Daniel Clancy. And the architectural details are a prime example of why I am passionate about old homes... it is next to impossible to replicate this workmanship today.


They truly don't make them like they used to! This home is simply stunning, and I could move right in without changing one thing. Click here to see the listing, and you will want to take the virtual tour, I promise. Priced at $1.6M, this home is an absolute steal.  


  1. Wow so much goodness! I especially love the outdoors! Xx jana

  2. Beautiful estate home. It's amazing what one can buy for $1.6 million in different parts of the country!! Sadly it doesn't get one anywhere near as stately a home here in California ;)


  3. Oh my gosh! I think I am in love. So inviting and lovely and well done. Let's hope the new owners keep it that way. Worth every penny of the asking price. The video tour is better muted, je pense, but the photo virtual tour is wonderful on a wide screen monitor, because the eye can scan the room in the same way it would in person, so it feels very present and immediate. Wouldn't it be marvelous if all the houses we love to see online could be presented this way? It's the next best thing to being there. This house really has it all, doesn't it? New money could never buy what this house represents. It has breeding, and that's something that people no longer understand in these days of splashy one-upmanship and immediate gratification. Love the way it is laid out, with the two dependencies. It would be perfect for entertaining. I'm packing my bags now!

  4. Now I know why it's sitting the property taxes are exorbitant! $28k/yr based on assessed value of $650k! To give this perspective our house in Seattle has an assessed value of $1.1M and our property tax is $11k.
    The taxes will go up based on the sales price so it may go up another 30percent

  5. If that could only be dropped off in Palm Beach you would need ... maybe 65 million to touch it. It's that old location location location beast sadly.

  6. Anna & AloysiusNovember 9, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Thank you, dear Andrea, for sharing such lovely thoughts about Dan Clancy! It is indeed a beautiful home, and one of many historic properties in charming GPF! Dan was very gracious, and your words are a befitting tribute...keep up the great work: you have a beautiful blog! With kind regards from Anna & Aloysius xo


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