Detroit's historic 'Motown Mansion' sells for $1.6 million

Historic estate, former home of Berry Gordy, has a new owner

By Ken Haddad, Alex Atwell - Photojournalist

DETROIT - Detroit's historic "Motown Mansion" has a new owner.

The Boston Edison estate sold for $1.65 million, making it the second largest residential sale in Detroit this year.

Built in 1917, the 'mansion' includes 10,500 sq ft, and an 4,400 sq ft pool house. The main residence has 10 bedrooms, five full bathrooms and four fireplaces.

Nels Michelson built the home in 1917. He came from Denmark to the United States with almost nothing and settled in northern Michigan. He started in the lumber business with a single mule to haul the lumber. He saved his money until he had enough to buy a lumber mill. In 1906, he created the Grayling Lumber Co.

He invested his money into Detroit, a city that, at the time, was showing potential.

He moved his family to the city, started a home building company and built the mansion at 918 West Boston Blvd.

Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, lived in the house from 1967-1969, but owned the property until 2002.

Catch Local 4 News at 5 today for an interview with the new owner of the mansion.

Alex Atwell highlighted the home back in 2015 for Uniquely Detroit:

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