Gallery: Midtown Detroit has a million-dollar vintage home for sale on Canfield

September 15, 2020, 6:25 PM

Ornate woodwork is among the pricey property's 19th century character. (Photos: Realcomp II Ltd.)

We're a long way from Old Detroit, back when the Cass Corridor wasn't a chic residential draw. Fresh proof is 669 Canfield St., a 135-year-old home listed for just over $1 million.

The 11-room house a block and a half west of Cass Avenue is touted as "the queen of historic Canfield" by broker Matt O'Laughlin of Alexander Real Estate Detroit. 

Historic achitectural details abound, including leaded glass. Six more photos are below.

The modernized home has four bedrooms, five baths, four fireplaces (vital in 1885) but no garage (needless then). 

"The three-story main house is 5,771 square feet, with a 1,521-square-foot carriage home in back," says the listing.

The historic brick road sets the perfect tone for this immensely charming setting, with a gorgeous backyard garden that separates the home from the carriage house. The interior space has all the original detail and character: grand stairway, wood moldings, stained-glass windows ... and original maid's quarters with separate entry.

Annual property taxes are $1,380 -- hardly of concern to those looking at million-dollar properties. 

"You have come a long, long way in the last decade, Detroit real estate," comments Jon Zemke, a rising Detroit residential redeveloper. "This asking price seems like it's geared toward out-of-towners with a lot of money to burn on a Detroit impulse buy," he adds on Facebook. "It wouldn't be the first such sale." 

Here's what's inside this upgraded Queen Anne-style survivor that has withstood more than a century and a quarter of Detroit evolutions:

Light-filled den is next to the main living room through an arched doorway.

Quaint, cozy office is ideal for this work-from-home era.

A fireplace and decorative window panel provides the living room's focal point.

There's nothing Victorian age about the 1885 home's kitchen.


Out back are a carriage house (aka apartment) and compact garden.


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