Kwame Kilpatrick Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Sep 22, 2008 11:39am

Vicki Mabrey reports: Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit’s embattled mayor, has finally left the building. The Manoogian Mansion, to be exact. That’s the name of the 4,000-square-foot Italian- and Spanish-influenced residence where Detroit’s mayors live. The mansion, built in 1928 for $300,000, was lost by the original owner during the Depression. In 1939, it was auctioned off and purchased by Armenian immigrant Alex Manoogian for $25,000. Manoogian donated the 15-room mansion to Detroit in 1965 to give thanks to his adopted city. Kilpatrick, his wife and two sons left the mansion Thursday. Friday was his official last day in office.
Newly sworn-in acting Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. says he’s not moving into the mansion, so it will sit empty for a few months until Detroiters elect someone new to take over the reins. Hopefully, that person will return stability and prosperity to the city. In the meantime, hope they’re protecting the copper pipes.
Last year, Reuters ran a wire story headlined "Houses Cheaper Than Cars in Detroit," detailing the low prices paid during an auction of foreclosed Detroit properties. It’s tragic, in a city with such glorious architecture and a proud history. Its economy is suffering terribly and it has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Checking online, I see that houses in the 48214 zip code, where the Manoogian is located, range in price from $350 for an 889-square-foot bungalow being sold "as is," to $725,000 for a 9,607-square-foot, seven-bed, six-bath mansion. There’s even a castle — asking price $668,000 for seven bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Just in case you want a mansion you can put your name on it. I’m most familiar with the areas known as the University District, Sherwood Forest and Palmer Woods, because that’s where my cousin Leigh lives with her husband and two daughters. Amazing houses, and some might actually be cheaper than a car — depending on what you drive. Here’s an absolute STEAL right on the Detroit Golf Club. It’s less than you’d pay for a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment — and at six bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and 7,228 square feet, it’s even bigger than the Manoogian.

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