Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Acres.... What Goes In A Plat?

So as we know, the Eppstein Residence is for sale. The price has been reduced to $455,000. This makes it the lowest priced Frank Lloyd Wright that we can find in the US and the only one for sale in Michigan.

The Acres is located centrally between Chicago & Detroit as well as being located centrally between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. It is also pretty close to central between Grand Rapids and South Bend.
Below photos of the plat map and areal of the acres from 2 angles as well as a broader map.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Little Can Go A Long Ways.........

Here is the latest update with the interior photos of before and after. There are a couple of other things that have been done to the interior too such as cleaning the woodwork and replacing some of the block window glass. The home looks better than it has in years and is pretty much move in ready.

Carport Storage Room (BEFORE)
Interior Of Entry Door (BEFORE)


Interior of Entry Door (AFTER)
Carport Storage Room (AFTER)
Bathroom (AFTER)
Bathroom (BEFORE)

General Purpose Room Windows (BEFORE)
General Purpose Room Windows (AFTER)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Frankly It's Still A Frank Lloyd Wright For Sale

Well the owner has done about all he can with the home. The exterior is complete and there is a little more work to do for the interior. We have estimates for finishing some of the woodwork and installing new knobs on the doors which would be time period accurate of course. Appliance package could be negotiated in there too. The estimates range from $12,000 to $35,000 for the refinishing of the interior wood work, carport shed door, knobs, bathroom fixtures and repairing of a couple of windows.
 It would be nice to see someone live in this home as it has been empty for about 16 years.
This past Sunday, July 19th, the open house went well. There was at least one person with some serious intent. Then we had the usual tourers who aren't looking to buy but just curious since it is a Frank Lloyd Wright home. That is fine though, I know more about this home and The Acres than any property I have ever listed or sold. It is good to be able to share the story of the home with others. I am also still rather surprised at how many local people do not realize these homes are even here. But what is even more surprising is that there is virtually no local interest in the home. I have had potential buyers come from New York, Texas, Washington, California and Arizona. At the time there was still a lot of exterior work to do and the ceilings were out. I think they have all found other homes since. We have had only one serious local buyer but they couldn't get the financing to work.
 So close to being finished.... yet so far. I have faith though, someone will grab it and refinish the interior and the next thing you know..... it will be the best looking FLW in SW Michigan.
 I will tell you this..... for renovation loans..... Prime Lending has a fantastic jumbo that would cover the work. Also, the owner is willing to negotiate on the work as well.
It is undeniably possibly the best deal on a Frank Lloyd Wright home anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Centrally located between Chicago, Detroit and South Bend.
 I will be doing some additional advertising this coming week. The site, though I have mentioned it in the forums, it has not been posted on the site yet. Perhaps that will be the ticket.
We will have to wait and see.

Q&A With Marika & Tony

The home is finished now and ready for living. Marika and Tony were gracious enough to do a questions and answers session to give people a ...