The city of Detroit is in the middle of an historic revitalization and what's old is new as more of the city's historic buildings and hotels are transformed into luxury living.
In this edition of Love This House, we took a look at three old factories that have or are undergoing a massive overhaul to welcome more people back into Detroit.
The Willy Overland Jeep factory is in the heart of Midtown and the Cass-Canfield neighborhood. It was built in 1912 and once served as a showroom and repair warehouse for the brand that gained fame in WWII. More than 100 years after its original construction, it's been converted into 66 unique units.
"I like to call this an authentic loft building because they have preserved and showcased some of its original features," Sabra Sanzota said. "You still have lots of exposed brick, those martini shaped columns that people love. They've got custom colored cabinets, soft close doors, they've got quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances."
If you're looking to get into Willys Overland Lofts, there are just six units left for purchase, two of which are penthouses - which include a private rooftop terrace. Prices range from $350,000 to $500,000 for regular units and $600,000 to $900,000 for the penthouses.
"We've noticed some of the penthouses, the more expensive units appeal sometimes to empty nesters but also young entrepreneurs," Sanzota said. "Some of the smaller units would appeal because they're in that perfect sweet spot to a young professionals who want to enjoy what midtown has to offer but also being close to work"
It's not just the converted warehouse or the lofts with the view that are drawing people in - the location is incredible. Avalon Bakery is right next door, Shinola's flagship store is just down the street, and the Q-Line stops just a block away.
"We see young professionals, people coming in from the suburbs, we see doctors who need a Pied-à-terre and they have to have a place close to DMC or Henry Ford," she said.
If the cost is scaring some away, it shouldn't. First time home buyers can get a break with the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) Tax reduction. It's a benefit that lasts for 15 years and drastically reduces how much it would cost to buy.
"What it does is give a discount on property taxes for a residential property. so deep that you pay just a fraction of what you would have paid without it," Sanzota said.
Around the corner from Willys is the Stuber Stone Lofts which dates back to 1916. It has the location features plus street level commercial space with thirteen loft units above. Prices start at $379,000.
"These units have extra tall ceilings it's a two story living room, most of them have a mezzanine level where most have them have put the master bedroom on that level--it makes for a very voluminous space that is filled with natural light," Sanzota said. "Here we have wall to wall warehouse style windows and you get to see your whole neighborhood from your dining room table."
If contemporary is more your style, the Selden is new from the ground up. Described as sleek, "neo-modern", this development now under construction along the Woodward corridor on the edge of Midtown will feature a dozen 1,200 square foot luxury condos, with first floor commercial and office space. Condos start at $449,000 and will be move-in ready this fall.
"We wanted to do something special here because these are buyers - people who are investing in their units so we hired a really cool group of guys to put some kick butt finishes in the units," developer Michael Ferlito told us during a tour of the construction. "We have quartz countertops, Padini cabinets out of Italy, hardwood floors, the list goes on and on. We really pulled out all the stops on this."
The developer's virtual reality tour gives you some idea of what the two bedroom, two bath units could look like once completed. Up on the rooftop more surprises are in store.
Ferlito showed us a tour of where everything will be placed on the roof - which includes a dog run so you can enjoy cocktails while your dog burns som energy.
"The best thing about the sky deck is the view. You can see everything from Ford Field to the ambassador bridge, the train station all the way up to Midtown and downtown skyline," Ferlito said.
Whether you're downsizing or moving on up and looking to embrace the city lifestyle - now may be the time jump in!