They have gone up in price in recent years, but this 1950s Mies van der Rohe modernist townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA still looks great value.
As you might be aware, Lafayette Park was a forward-thinking development dating back to the late 1950s, with Mies van der Rohe producing designs for affordable modernist architecture that really has stood the test of time.
In fact, if designs like these were proposed today, they would still be seen as fairly radical/ What went wrong in 60 years? I really don’t know. But I do know that these houses have steadily grown in value due to the area having something of a lift and the architecture being re-evaluated and rediscovered in recent years.
The first of the ones I featured was at $225k, but just a few years prior to that, these houses were changing hands for something like $80k-$90k. If only we had known then.
But even now, this is still affordable modernism, although you would have to be looking in the area for it to be the right option. If you are – or you just want to know more for future reference – please read on.
This particular townhouse looks like it hasn’t been overly modernised, which is obviously a good thing. Much of what you see is original, which might well include the bathroom and some of the kitchen fittings, along with the storage within. The staircases too, of course.
Of course, the floor to ceiling windows are an original feature and perhaps the key selling point here.
What might not be original is all of that carpeting. I’ve seen examples of these houses with wonderful wood flooring in the past and I do wonder if some of that is lurking under the carpet. Maybe something to check yourself or with the agent.
A nice layout too and a decent amount of space, especially when you take into consideration that lower level. More on that in a moment. But for now, let me tell you that the house has 1,400 sq. ft. of living space within, all of which is quite well thought out.
The ground floor is made up of the foyer area, a dining room, a living room and between the two, a galley-style kitchen. There’s also a bathroom on the ground floor.
Head upstairs and you will find a master bedroom, two further bedrooms and a bathroom. But that’s not quite all of the space.
You can go down from the ground floor too, taking in a large basement with living space, a laundry area, storage and workspace. Very useful.
Talking of useful, the development is run as a ‘co-op’. You pay an association fee and you get plenty of benefits, such as building and grounds maintenance, security, water, ‘basic’ cable TV and internet, window washing, insurance, trash pick-up, snow removal and much more. If it’s a reasonable fee, that is another big selling point.
So much to appreciate with this one. The price is $300,000, which is similar to the last one I featured last year. If these were well-located in a UK city, the price would be far in excess of that.
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