THE ONLY PROBLEM IS IT’S IN DETROIT: Historic Mansion on the Market for $2.8mil

One of Detroit’s most opulent and historic mansions is on the market for $2.8 million.

While in New York, $2.8 million could buy a pleasant two-bedroom apartment, or in San Francisco, a modern three-bedroom family home, in Detroit that kind of money will purchase 49 rooms spread over three floors.

The Hecker Smiley mansion sits with a parking garage on one side and a gas station on the other, a rose between two thorns, on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

The 28,000 square-foot French chateau-inspired mansion also boasts 13 marble and onyx fireplaces and a secret passage, which was only discovered during the renovations.

According to, there is also a 5,721 square-foot carriage house at the rear of the mansion, which was once used by singer Paul Robeson and pianist Arthur Rubenstein as a performance hall.

TheHuffington Post reports that former Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley stayed there and Joe Biden recently visited.

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