Only a handful of single-family houses in Detroit can claim to have direct, private water frontage along the Detroit River. A home on the city's east side next door to the Manoogian Mansion is one of them and it’s on the market for $2.2 million.
This waterfront home built in 1921 on a 0.69-acre lot boasts direct views of The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle and of downtown Detroit from its backyard.
The stately colonial at 9230 Dwight St. nestled in the Berry Joseph Subdivision, a historic district on Detroit’s lower east side, is available to purchase for the first time in nearly 30 years.
“My father actually sold them this house when they bought it,” said selling agent Jimmy Saros, of Saros Real Estate Services, about the current owner and her husband.
The house is next door to the mayor's residence and a few houses away from a property once owned by Kid Rock, which was also recently listed at $2.2 million and was pending sale.
With an abundance of historic character, high ceilings, a grand staircase with original banisters, original crown molding, oak hardwood floors and tile, the home is estimated to have 5,458 square feet of finished, above-ground living space, according to the Realcomp listing.
It has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, four fireplaces and a sitting room with a Pewabic fountain that overlooks the water. The third floor features a large entertainment room with a pool table.
The well-manicured backyard has a pond and a circular driveway with a fountain in the middle that leads to a path to the three-car garage and boat garage that opens to the Detroit River.
“Like many waterfront properties, the backgrounds are really like the front of the house,” Saros said. “This is only one of three homes with a boat garage.”
Saros said Detroit zoning code doesn't allow boat garages anymore, so it’s grandfathered in.
The historic home also has modern-day features, with updated windows, central air conditioning, walk-in closets, including a walk-in cedar closet in the primary bedroom, and large, open rooms that flow into each other, unlike some older homes where rooms can be very divided.
A 1995 Detroit Free Press article notes the last time the house was sold. It was purchased by husband and wife Zdenko and Nada Mrakovcic, who emigrated from Croatia and became Detroit boosters and investors after moving to the area from New York.
“Last October, they sold their Grosse Pointe home and bought the riverfront house adjacent to the Manoogian Mansion for more than $600,000, making them next-door neighbors of Detroit's first couple, Dennis and Trudy Archer,” the article read.
For the first time since the Mrakovcices bought it in 1994, the property was listed for sale July 28.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Mansion for sale is on Detroit River, listed for $2.2M