Grandmont Rosedale's sixth annual Open House tour, scheduled for Sunday, May 1, will offer visitors and potential home buyers a glimpse into one of the city's most community-oriented and stable neighborhoods.
Visitors will begin at the Welcome Center in the North Rosedale Park Community House, located at 18445 Scarsdale. Open 1 - 5 p.m., tour-takers can get a list of 20 properties for sale in the Grandmont Rosedale collection of neighborhoods, meet residents, view a presentation on the neighborhoods, and learn about tax abatements for new buyers from a City of Detroit assessor. Shuttle bus tours will run throughout the afternoon.
"There are just so many good things to say about the Grandmont Rosedale area and the four neighborhoods that comprise it," says Marsha Bruhn, chairperson of the event. "First of all, it's wonderful park-like setting. We have tree-lined streets, and lovely boulevards. We have very high-quality homes, many of them custom-built, starting from the 1920s and 1930s, and some built later."
The homes for sale, which are priced from $65,000 to $140,000, reflect the community's diverse architectural styles, from bungalows to Arts & Crafts homes, colonials and Tudors.
The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
will also showcase five fully restored homes, thanks to investment from the Kresge and Ford Foundations, which balance historic charm with new kitchens and updates. This new program allows the GRDC to acquire foreclosed homes through the National Community Stabilization Trust and sell them, fully renovated, at a profit.
Bruhn says, with community events, a weekly farmers market, activities for kids, and neighborhood shopping nearby, Detroiters looking for a community experience should consider the Grandmont Rosedale district. It's located near the intersection of the Southfield Freeway and Grand River.
"We have so many committed neighbors who maintain their property, are involved in their community organizations, like living in the city, like being part of the neighborhood," Bruhn says. "Here, we say, it's not just buying a house, you're buying a community. You're buying into a close-knit neighborhood of residents."
For more information, directions and listings, visit grandmontrosedale.com.
Source: Marsha Bruhn, chairperson, Grandmont Rosedale Home Tour
Writer: Ashley C. Woods