In October 2018, developer Anthony O. Kellum bought Aretha Franklin's home for $300,000, shortly after her Aug. 16 death, Aaron Mondry of Curbed Detroit reports. At the time, it needed some major work.
Since then, there have been improvements, but apparently not enough.
The 5,623-square-foot, six-bedroom home at 18261 Hamilton, on the seventh hole in the Detroit Golf Club community on a private road, is back on the market, this time for $750,000. But the current listing says: "This home requires major renovation."
The home was named the “Rose Estate” because of the rose imagery in the home, and because she produced her ablum "A Rose Is Still A Rose" while she lived there, Curbed notes.
Here is the description of the home on the website Realtor Christine Winan:
Aretha Franklin’s “Rose Estate” is a magnificent home that is filled with potential. Built in 1927, this 5,623 square foot mansion backs to the 7th hole of the Detroit Golf Club. The centerpiece of the home is a 32’x 17’ great room with 30’ arched ceiling with a rose-colored crystal chandelier. The first floor is completed with a formal dining room, library, family room, kitchen and breakfast. The solarium with stone-arched walls overlooks the terrace and golf course. The central staircase leads to a master suite on the north side with master bedroom, 25’x16’ master bath, dressing room and 2 more bedrooms and bath. 2 large bedrooms on the south side are connected with a beautifully tiled bathroom. The all brick home has a slate roof, ornate copper gutters and 3 car garage. This home requires major renovation. Proof of funds required prior to all showings.