Do you take the road less traveled? Find beauty in unexpected places? Want to be a part of a real Detroit neighborhood? This may be the place for you. Let’s start from the beginning. One sunny January day in Los Angeles, my fiancée and I (and our mutt, Sebastian) picked up everything and drove to Detroit. Why?! You ask… Well, to be a part of this city’s incredible story, of course! Two years later, we are excited to share that experience with you.
We chose to plant our roots in the North End for many reasons… Its historic character and easy access to the heart of the city. And also because it’s a place where our investment, energy and TLC would have the most impact. North End may not be the prettiest girl at the party, but she’s got character and soul, and represents Detroit’s past, present and future in a way many other downtown neighborhoods do not.
This is one of many forgotten homes, destined for demolition that we saved and gave a new shot at life. To do this, we hire community members who are down on their luck or have trouble finding conventional employment. We even started a non profit to help make sure these guys are getting great training and job opportunities in a skilled trade of their choice. (Ten jobs were created and lives changed in the making of this particular home.) Now, I go on this tangent for a reason, so you’ll understand all that went into the home. It wasn’t shipped in from the suburbs. It didn’t come from a box. She’s old with bones that may creak or stand a little less straight than they used to, but she’s back in action and ready to be loved again.
Downstairs you’ll enjoy the cozy living room with a smart TV, plus the separate sitting room stocked with books and games. In the back you’ll find a fully equipped, eat-in kitchen, and in between you’ll be thankful for the downstairs bathroom and bedroom on those particularly stumble-prone nights… ;) Upstairs offers three more large bedrooms, two with queens and one with two twins. All bedrooms are equipped with ultra comfortable high-density, 10-inch foam mattresses that magically both my fiancée and I have fallen in love with (she prefers firm, while I’d rather sleep on a cloud). Each piece of furniture and item on a shelf has a unique story to tell. We are avid thrifters and estate sale scavengers, and we’ve furnished this home with some of the most delightful of our finds so you can experience a piece of the treasure hunt. If you appreciate vintage style and quirky nick-nacks, we get you. You’ll love it here.
Now let’s talk about Detroit. If you’re visiting then you’ve surely heard a lot about this city. Much of it is true, including the exciting stuff about the incredible transformation underway. And let’s be real, some of the other stuff is true too. If empty houses and vacant lots creep you out, this may not be the spot for you. Our neighborhood in particular, sitting blocks north of the future M1 rail, is bound to experience the transformation in a huge way. Which means it’s got plenty of room to grow, and may never look the same. We choose to cherish it as it is, admiring the tree branch sprouting through a forgotten shop window, finding poetic beauty in the untamed convergence of man and nature. And we hope you will too.
If you’ve read this far, I think we’ll get along great and you’ll probably be very happy here. Say the secret phrase “North End looks nice” in your inquiry and your booking is a lot more likely to be accepted. We’d like to hear why you’re coming and that you understand (and are excited about) where you’ll be staying. If you do all this, we can’t wait to meet you.