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mary anger subdivision
Royal Oak real estate is very hit-or-miss if you're not a millionaire. But here is a very quirky house that I really like:



It is located at 836 North Maple Street, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a finished basement, and contains 900 square feet. Asking price is $125,000.

The exterior could obviously stand to be de-aluminum-ized, but there seems to be just enough style left to be able to bring out the Arts and Crafts look that the builder probably intended, although there is sadly no fireplace.



One of the most interesting things about the house is its location. When landowner Mary J. Anger subdivided this area in 1924, it looked like this:




The Mary Anger Subdivision in Royal Oak, 1925. (Source.)


In the early days, the Grand Trunk Railroad followed Woodward Avenue, but at some point it was rerouted about a half a mile east and cut through this subdivision. Part of the Mary Anger Subdivision had to be replatted:


836 N. Maple St. is on lot #8 of the re-plat.


This street sort of ends on a cul-de-sac, although it was never intended to be that way. I love how the street seems hidden, with lots of trees, and I *love* that it's right next to railroad tracks. For all the noises that I hate, the sound of trains is one that I really enjoy. It's one of the few things I miss about living on Wabash Street.

This replat is dated 1943, which is kind of confusing. The real estate website claims that 836 North Maple Street was built in 1920, but the house definitely follows the curve of the replatted street. Could it have been moved? Or was the house just built in the late 1920s and the replat was just following the unofficial dirt road carved out by local residents years before the city of Royal Oak recognized it? The railroad's new route appears on this redlining map from 1939.

The backyard appears to have a lot of mature trees, and it butts up to the Royal Oak Middle School running track. The sound of football games and the odor of Axe Body Spray might be detriments to living here, but otherwise it seems like a lovely place.




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