In what seems like a pretty low-key, discreet transaction, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and wife Lori sold their Palmer Woods house this week to the head of the Michigan Opera Theater, the Detroit News reports.
Columnist Laura Berman writes that Duggan has moved to the Manoogian residence and Wayne S. Brown, the recently named president and CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre, and his wife, took the keys for Duggan's 5,000-square feet Palmer Woods home on Tuesday.
Berman writes that the home was never listed and "few even knew the Duggans intended to move."
Duggan had moved to Palmer Woods from Livonia shortly before he announced he was running for mayor. He got some criticism for the last minute move from some who thought it was more for politics than love of the city.
Berman writes that the sale was brokered by Austin Black II, the 33-year-old founder of City Living Inc.,whom she describes as "a next-generation player and a fixture in Detroit’s ongoing Midtown real estate revival."
Brown was named President and CEO of Michigan Opera Theatre on Jan. 1. He had been the director of the Music and Opera for the National Endowment for the Arts since 1997, where he managed NEA grants for music and opera projects and directed the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, according to the Michigan Opera Theater website. -- A.L.