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Riverford Heights, Detroit
Are you in the market to buy a new home, but you can't decide whether you want the peace and quiet that comes with the suburbs' tree-lined streets, or the street cred that comes with a Detroit address? Permit me to introduce you to 23040 Leewin:



This 1,109 square foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was foreclosed upon by its previous owners, and is now for sale for just $36,000. It lies near the far northwest corner of Detroit in what was once Redford Township, until being annexed by the city in 1926. In true suburban style, some of these streets have no sidewalks, and mail is delivered to curbside mailboxes.

This area used to be owned by the Riverford Hills Land Company, whose offices were in the Vinton Building in downtown Detroit. This subdivision, adjacent to the River Rouge, was platted in 1919 and named Riverford Heights.



According to the real estate listing, the house was built in 1935 on lot number 54 of the subdivision.

In 1958, this large lot was divided into four smaller ones.



The house--clearly a fixer-upper--lies towards the back of the 265-foot-deep lot, at the end of a pine-tree-lined driveway.



It comes with a garage with a Dutch gambrel roof and apparently some sort of work or living space above.



I haven't had the honor of driving through this subdivision, but judging as best as I can from Google Street View, it seems perfectly pleasant. This would be your next door neighbor:


This city is a war zone.

That is very neat... very tucked away and surrounded by cool mid-cen modern homes... the house likely sat by itself in the woods for a few decades!

Poltergeist

I like the photo on realtor.com where it shows you what your kitchen would look like if you opened every single cupboard at once. Very helpful.

Re: Poltergeist

With all of these Indian street names, I wonder if there are any local burial grounds that would explain the poltergeists. Maybe the realtor was trying to show off the fact that all of the hinges still worked? I will probably still gut that house anyway when we buy it. :)

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