What does £195,000 get you these days? In the UK in most cities, it is something modest. But hop over the Atlantic and it might well secure you this 1950s Mies Van Der Rohe-designed townhouse in Detroit, Michigan.
From a UK perspective, this is so much house for the money, with a giant of an architect thrown in for good measure.
The houses date from around 1959, despite looking so much later. That’s forward-thinking modernist design for you. But it does need work.
Not a lot of work and to be honest, the fact that it needs work is perhaps a plus. This is a project for someone to lift the basic design into something so much stronger. To get an idea of just what you can do without losing all that’s good about the original, check out this one http://www.wowhaus.co.uk/2015/04/14/on-the-market-1950s-mies-van-der-rohe-designed-townhouse-in-lafayette-park-detroit-michigan-usa/ from around a year ago.
In fact, what you current have is really just a blank canvas. The kitchen probably needs an update but everything else looks like it is pretty much the bare bones of the original house. Hopefully someone sympathetic with an eye for design picks this up.
If that is potentially you, then you probably want to know that this heavily-glazed place has 1,400 sq. ft. of living space, including three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as the downstairs reception areas, which have something of an open feel about them.
There is a service charge that covers everything from security snow removal and window washing through to cable and internet. But even allowing for that, the $279,000 asking price seems great value looking from our perspective.
Now, what are the job opportunities like in Detroit right now? I might have a look later.
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Via Curbed Detroit