House of the Day: Detroit Gem in Need of Polishing

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Flipping through the Detroit MLS these days produces some sad-trombone listings, but we keep coming back to a 10,395-square-foot baronial Tudor listed for $759,000.

Since not even the Motor City can stay woeful forever (that’s our inner Pollyanna speaking), we decided to feature what appears to be a steal. Yes, it is in Detroit proper. Properties in the suburbs, while down in value, still carry heftier price tags than those in the city — where officials were literally giving homes away to first responders who would take them and just agree to please live there.

But this one? It looks like a gem that needs some polishing to us. Your thoughts, readers?

What you need to know: It’s the brick-and-limestone mansion built in 1922 for Charles Van Duesen, then the president of S.S. Kresge, one of the 20th century’s largest and best-known retailers. The Kresge chain was renamed the Kmart Corporation in 1977 and today is the parent company of Kmart and Sears. Let’s just say that Mr. Kresge had a good eye for the fine finishes and the wallet to back his tastes.

Located in Palmer Woods (for non-Detroiters: This is a good thing), the seven-bedroom mansion has gigantic rooms and has been completely restored. There is a large walnut-paneled central great hall with a fireplace and art-tiled flooring, another huge living room with a carved marble fireplace, and a dining room with a stenciled beamed ceiling. The library is built with quartersawn oak and there is lots of art-tiling in the bedrooms. The home has a billiards room and a two-bedroom apartment over the garage.

Kenan Bakirci, a Realtor with Max Broock Realtors in Birmingham, is both the owner and listing agent.

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