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It's not only the residents of Boston-Edison who think the neighborhood is a great place to live.  The Metro Times calls Boston-Edison "one of the most appealing neighborhoods in Detroit," and "one of Detroit's richest sources of history;" and Detroit Home readers voted Boston-Edison the area's "Best Historic Neighborhood." We agree. In addition to the The Metro Times, both The Detroit News and Model D has profiled Boston-Edison and the surrounding area.  Curbed Detroit covers the neighborhood extensively, and Experience Detroit includes the neighborhood on its tour of historic neighborhoods.

Excerpts from Articles

A few sentences from a select few articles about the Boston-Edison Historic District.

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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    The 7 Detroit neighborhoods where home values grew the most in 2020 | By: Louis Aguilar, Bridge Michigan

    Residential property values in Detroit have grown by more than $1 billion in combined worth since 2019, with virtually every neighborhood seeing gains, according to a city of Detroit analysis.

    At a recent news conference, Mayor Mike Duggan said “189 out of 194 neighborhoods in the city saw their property values rise,” based on 2021 assessments. To watch the news conference, use this link. (The property value discussion starts around the 8:30 mark.)

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:53 PM | Anonymous

    MI Dream Home: Former Kresge family estate in historic Boston Edison for sale | By: Cal Abbo, The Detroit News

    A 16,000-square-foot mansion isn't the only impressive feature on the historical Kresge family estate. The property also includes two carriage houses, a playhouse, koi ponds, a rock garden, a tennis court, a greenhouse, a gazebo, several fountains, bamboo groves and a small bridge.

    The property is only a few miles from downtown Detroit and is just a short drive to the Midtown museum district or any of the sports arenas.

    "It's located at the very keyhole of the Detroit freeway system," Robert Kortze, a member of the Stockton Team at Keller Williams Realty, said. "Only minutes away from I-75, I-94, and I-96, the Lodge and Davidson freeways make suburban shopping within a 15-minute drive."

    The mansion includes 14 bedrooms, 10 gas fireplaces, and eight bathrooms, a library, a music room, indoor fountains, a bank vault and a large secret room. The carriage houses can fit up to nine cars in total. Each has a two-bedroom apartment on its upper floor.

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:14 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    The Detroit News, Michael H. Hodges (Touring Detroit in your car)

    After a while, there's only so much lockdown a person can take. And while walks around the neighborhood are fine, after a while it gets old.And who hasn't exhausted their store of indoor activities and busy work?So here's a modest proposal: Get in your car and tool around the city of Detroit.

    Drive around the mansion district west of Woodward between Edison and W. Boston, and you can't help but be struck by the buckets of money that must have been sloshing around Detroit in the teens and 1920s.

    Two noteworthy houses by Albert Kahn are worth seeking out -- 150 W. Boston, built in 1915 for department store magnate Benjamin Siegel, and 610 Longfellow, which Kahn designed in 1910 for James Couzens, the Ford executive who went on to be both Detroit mayor and U.S. senator.

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019 2:12 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Detroit Free Press, June 8, 2019, Judy Rose (A look inside the Kresge mansion)

    The grand, white Mediterranean Revival home that S.S Kresge built on Boston Boulevard will be listed for sale next weekend for the first time in 25 years.

    At more than 20,000 square feet, it’s one of Detroit’s largest mansions, and it sits on what’s believed to be the city’s largest residential lot — almost four acres, wrapped with a decorative iron fence.

    What’s more, the 1914 mansion, designed by the Cleveland firm of Meade and Hamilton, is in excellent condition.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:19 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    The Detroit News, April 11, 2019, Maureen Feighan (Motown, Berry Gordy Jr., and Boston-Edison)

    In the corner of a spacious pool house in Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison District, where Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. once entertained music royalty, hangs a photo of Gordy himself, laughing with pop superstar Michael Jackson.

    The picture, situated in the very spot it was taken decades ago in the 1980s, is one of dozens of images that hang throughout the “Motown Mansion,” the home Gordy owned from the 1960s through the early 2000s. The photos tell the story of a place that’s more than a house. It’s a legacy.

    "There are many beautiful homes in Detroit,” said new owner Alan Brown, who bought the mansion in 2017. “There are a small number of truly historic mansions with the design integrity this has, but there’s only one Motown Mansion that has this legacy attached to it."

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:05 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    The Detroit News, November 15, 2018. (2018 Holiday Home Tour Preview Party)

    Built in 1917 by lumber magnate Nels Michelson, the iconic Motown Mansion in Detroit's Historic Boston-Edison Historic District has hosted everyone from politicians to movie stars. Berry Gordy was the fourth owner of the 10,000 square foot mansion. And while it won't be featured on the soldout Boston-Edison Holiday Home on Dec. 9, it will open its doors for the preview party on Dec. 8.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:14 PM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, September 13, 2018 (2018 Junior League of Detroit Designers' Show House)

    Actor Hill Harper chuckles at the size of the investment he's had to make to bring the iconic Charles T. Fisher mansion back to life in Detroit's Historic Boston-Edison District, but it's worth it, he said on Thursday. And he hopes there is a spillover effect.

    "If it inspires one person, or 10 people or 100 people or 1,000 people to do the same thing, in this neighborhood or around the city of Detroit, then we're going to be providing jobs and beautification and that helps communities," said Harper, standing in the living room. "...This house, to me, is Detroit's White House."

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 9:48 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Robin Runyan, Curbed Detroit,  August 3, 2018 (A look at five houses for sale in Boston-Edison)

    Looking for a home in one of Detroit’s most beautiful neighborhoods? Or just dreaming of fixing up a historic home to its original grandeur? We’ve rounded up five homes for sale in Boston-Edison right now, ranging in price from $299,000 up to $599,000. Some have gone through a total rehab, while others could use some love. Which would you choose?

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 9:44 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, August 2, 2018 (Boston-Edison House Concert Series)

    Talk about a beautiful place for a summer concert: a home in Detroit's lovely Historic Boston-Edison Neighborhood. That'll be the setting of Boston-Edison's Summer Jazz Party on Saturday, featuring the Mike Jellick Trio.

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 4:35 AM | Andrew Moskalik (Administrator)

    Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, April 29, 2018 (Junior League of Detroit’s Show House Sneak a Peek weekend)

    Just how grand is the Charles T. Fisher mansion in Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, the largest privately owned home in district?

    It has a ballroom and a small gymnasium.

    The ballroom is in the basement, which also has a pub, billiards room and liquor vault. The gym is on the third floor of the house, which was built for Fisher and his wife Sarah.

    Both were available for a tour Sunday as part of the Junior League of Detroit’s Sneak a Peek weekend that let guests inside the 1922 mansion before its big makeover as the league’s 2018 Designers’ Show House. Visitors on the tour were not allowed to take photos of the mansion’s interior.

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