This $1.85 million Alvin E. Harley-designed mansion in Detroit’s Palmer Woods has a ballroom


When you think of Detroit real estate, million-dollar homes likely don't come to mind thanks to sensationalized headlines about $500 homes and HGTV flippers. Well, there's a 99-year-old $1.85 million beauty in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood that has us considering selling off our Beanie Baby collection and our beloved 2004 PT Cruiser just to spend the weekend roaming the halls of this beautifully preserved and carefully restored mansion.

This French Gothic revival home in Palmer Woods was designed by Alvin E. Harley in 1922, originally for Charles Van Dusen, president of Kresge Corp. Boasting more than 10,000 square feet of immaculate living space, the home features 8 bedrooms, 5.5+ bathrooms, a solarium, a billiards room, and a ballroom. As for the details, this house has got them in spades. We're talking ornate plaster ceilings, art tiled floors, multiple hand-carved fireplaces, stunningly detailed woodwork, handpainted ceiling beams imported from Europe, African mahogany, and gleaming hardwood floors. Oh, and there's a 2-bedroom apartment above the four-car garage. Can we live there? Will you take the Princess Diana Beanie Baby as a down payment? No? Sigh. A Detroiter can dream.

This home is listed by Nika Jusufi of Nika & Co.