Auction for homes in Detroit's Boston-Edison district is July 10

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An estate located in the historic Boston Edison neighborhood of Detroit sold recently for $395,000.

How does moving into Joe Louis, James Couzens, Horace Rackham, Sebastian Kresge, and Henry Ford's old neighborhood sound?

On July 10, people will have a chance to purchase 8 + historical homes in the Detroit's Boston-Edison district through

The Boston-Edison Historic District is an instantly recognizable address in the heart of Detroit, containing more than 900 homes constructed between 1905 and 1925, and range in size from modest two-story vernaculars to impressive mansions.

The district was also designated as a Michigan State Historic site in 1973 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. 

Down payment help, incentives for buyers

Houses will be available in a wide variety of styles and prices so all can have a chance to own their own part of Detroit history. In addition, the Wayne County Down Payment Assistance program will be offering all buyers $7,500 in a down payment assistance program to help preserve the Boston-Edison District. Also, in part to aid in this amazing community effort to restore one of the nation's most historic districts, DTC, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health Systems (HFHS) and the Detroit Medical Center will be offering $25,000 to their employees in a work and live incentive program to help assist in the financing of their home auction purchases. There are also numerous grants available from the Historic Preservation Society to help promote and facilitate purchase for interested buyers.

Help before you buy

There will be a pre-registration auction workshop available with and First Merit Bank on Wednesday, July 9, at 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 130 in Detroit that will educate and assist prospective buyers on all the incredible programs available to them to help assist them in their participation and educate them on their available purchase options and programs for the live auction.

Auction information

The live auction will take place July 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dearborn Doubletree located at 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit. is offering these homes to the public in a live auction and continuing the grass roots effort already started by the mayor and City of Detroit to not only restore the Boston-Edison District but throughout the City of Detroit.

The Open House viewing schedule prior to auction is as follows:  Monday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 8, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Whose lived in Boston-Edison?

A substantial number of prominent Detroiters have lived in the neighborhood.

Some notable residents have included labor leader Walter P. Reuther, Rabbi Morris Adler, Detroit Tigers Harry Heilmann and Dizzy Trout, Michigan Supreme Court justices Franz C. Kuhn and Henry Butzel, U.S. Representative Vincent M. Brennan, and Michigan governor Harry Kelly, Sidney Barthwell, Congressman Charles C. Diggs, Jr., Motown record label owner Berry Gordy, Detroit Tiger Willie Horton, and dentist and pioneering WCHB radio station owner Wendell F. Cox to name a few.

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