2015 Annual Report – Grosse Pointe Real Estate

Higbie Maxon Agney is pleased to offer our 2015 Grosse Pointe Real Estate Annual Report – Within this report you will find information on average sale prices, sales volume, real estate trends, and much more.

HMA_report2015 was an extraordinary year for real estate in the community. The last twelve months recorded over $277million in residential sales alone; the largest number of homes sold in the past 5 years – 870; and the year culminated with the highest average price since 2011 – $318,803 – an increase of 48% over the last five years. The past year was also the best year in a decade for million dollar sales– 20 luxury homes sold at $1 million or greater.

Please click on the image to the left to access the full report.

Our goal is to give you an accurate and complete picture of the 2015 Grosse Pointe housing market. All of the graphs were produced internally for Higbie Maxon Agney using MiRealsource and Realcomp II, LTD multiple listing services.

Higbie Maxon Agney is the only brokerage in Grosse Pointe that tracks every single home sale in both multiple listing systems and seeks out and removes inconsistencies in the raw data. We are confident these are the best statistics currently available on the Grosse Pointe housing market, and we hope that you will find the contents of this report readable and useful!

We cannot predict what will happen in 2016 however, we can use this information to help our clients make informed and educated real estate decisions in the coming year.

We look forward to assisting you with any real estate needs you may have in the coming year.



Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Albert Kahn’s Hidden Gem – 1017 Lake Shore

When we think of Albert Kahn’s work in Grosse Pointe we naturally gravitate towards his large-scale projects, such as the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 257 Ridge Road, the Grosse Pointe Shores Municipal Building and 880 Lake Shore (to name but a few).

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However, when you reach the corner of Lake Shore, by the Ford House, heading towards St. Clair Shores, have you ever turned your head to the left and wondered who designed the quaint English Cottage hidden amongst the trees?


Designed by Albert Kahn 1017 Lake Shore is arguably one of his least talked about homes and is probably the most modest Kahn building in the Grosse Pointes. But size isn’t everything, and this secluded cottage has just as many intriguing details as one of Kahn’s larger mansions, and probably more charm.

Originally part of the Edsel B. and Eleanor Ford estate, the English Cotswold cottage was built in 1930, after the completion of the main estate in 1929.

The House is located on a large lot (200’ x 250’) and when it was first built it is believed it was surrounded by at least 57 large trees, some of which still remain. The house itself is 2,150 sq ft and is constructed of brick with a tile roof. Like many of his projects the house has beautiful brickwork, highlighted by the striking chimney at the side of the house.




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Grosse Pointe Open Houses for Sunday, June, 7, 2015 2-4 p.m.

HMA has two open houses this weekend- Sunday, June, 7, 2015, 2-4 p.m.

Michelle Agosta will be holding open 1035 Yorkshire, Grosse Pointe Park

Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 3 car garage colonial in Grosse Pointe Park on a great street.  Home has large rooms for entertaining with an open floor plan feeling.  Kitchen is newer with granite counters and breakfast bar.  Large master bedroom suite and walk in closet.  House is situated on a large lot that provides privacy and plenty of space for outdoor play. Plenty of grass plus a very large deck.  This home is move in ready and just waiting for its next owners! This 3,200 sq. ft. home is listed for $479,000.



For more detail visit: http://ow.ly/NV8h6



Drew Wrosch will be holding open 1485 Fairholme, Grosse Pointe Woods

Beautiful well maintained and updated Cape Cod style home on a quite family friendly street.  NEW kitchen with bamboo flooring and maple cabinets. NEW roof. Replacement windows. 3 fireplaces. Spacious master suite w/walk-in closet, fireplace, full bath. Central A/C AND attic fan. NEWER furnace. Fabulous enclosed walk-through breezeway w/fireplace. Large basement w/wet bar. Grosse Pointe schools and steps away from Sweeney Park! This 1,813 sq. ft. home is listed for $225,000.



For more detail visit: http://ow.ly/NV9i7


We look forward to seeing you!

For a full list of this weekend’s Open House’s visit: http://ow.ly/CWuaf


Welcome to 591 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores

Probably one of Grosse Pointes (if not Metro Detroit’s) most individual homes 591 Lakeshore is a remarkable house. If you look at the property from the outside, you only see a tiny bit of the story. For behind the copper outlined windows, which have helped earn the house it’s nickname of the ‘Darth Vader Home’, is an extraordinary contemporary interior.

Grosse Pointe is filled with some of the most beautiful Colonial Revival, Tudor and Georgian homes in the United States. Most Grosse Pointers would not suspect that inside 591 Lakeshore is one of the most beautiful and sumptuous interiors in the Pointes. The 8,539 sqft house is perfect for entertaining at any level, from an intimate gathering to a grand event.

Built in 1978 the house has magnificent views of Lake St. Clair and the slideshow below offers a glimpse of what 591 Lakeshore is all about.

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Please click here to view the full listing and over 90 photo’s of this extraordinary home.

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – the William Hawkins Ferry House, 874 Lake Shore.

This article includes research from Brian Vosburg, and his excellent architectural blog: grossepointemodernism.blogspot.com

The houses of Grosse Pointe offer a wonderfully rich and varied style of architecture. Over the years there have been many changes in architectural style around the communities, but when William Kessler designed the house for William Hawkins Ferry, it was a considerable departure from the style of homes Grosse Pointers had become accustomed to.

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The Pointes feature a number of modern buildings, which are the work of many artists who lead the way in popularizing modern design, including: the Grosse Pointe Central Library (Marcel Breuer); 203 Cloverly (The Saarinen’s); the 3 residences by Alden Dow, along with Kessler’s own home located on Cadieux, Grosse Pointe Park.

The architect

kesslerWilliam Kessler was born in 1924 in Pennsylvania. After serving in World War 2, Kessler studied architecture at the Chicago institute of Design, graduating with a BA in 1948. He then attended Harvard University, where he studied and taught with Walter Gropius. After graduating he came to live in Grosse Pointe, working for Minoru Yamasaki.

By 1955 Kessler had established a firm with fellow architect Philip Meathe to form Meathe, Kessler and Associates. He designed his own home in the Pointes, the renowned William and Margot Kessler House (in 1959), where he would reside until his death in 2002.


The artist

Hawkins Ferry

Courtesy of reuther.wayne.edu/images and http://grossepointemodernism.blogspot.com/

William Hawkins Ferry is recognized as a key figure in bringing modernist art and architecture to the attention of people in Detroit and the U.S. He attended Cranbrook School for Boys, learning from Modernist Maestro’s Eliel Saarinen and George Gough Booth. He continued his education at Harvard Design School, the same school Kessler would later attend, where he studied under legendary Bauhaus Founder Walter Gropius, and Marcel Breuer.

In 1964 Mr. Ferry commissioned fellow Modernist architect William Kessler to build an international style villa, to reflect his love of modernism. It was a unique collaboration between two very influential men.


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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 625 Lakeshore, aka the Harry Mulford Jewett House

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth Century two very different styles of homes began to appear on Lakeshore. The early Indian trail had begun to witness a tug of war between the wealthy Detroit businessmen wanting to build themselves a summer cottage and those wanting to construct a year round residence for their families next to the water. *

Land was at premium; the two vastly different types of property were replacing the original farmhouses. First came the summer cottages; typically in Queen Anne Style, they set the tone for many of the new homes that were built in the area at the ‘turn of the century’. Many of the properties were built in picturesque settings with well-manicured lawns and elegant flower gardens.

Example of Queen Anne style House

Example of Queen Anne style House

In stark contrast were the larger year round colonial revival style residences with their formal gardens. Grosse Pointe was fast becoming the place to live, and these new homes had begun to emerge, born from the desire of many families to escape the city and move to the suburbs.

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Colonial Revival Residence – 625 Lakeshore

The early 20th Century marked the growth of Detroit thanks to the introduction of the automobile, which marked the end of the Victorian, Queen Anne style era. Colonial revival architecture was now in vogue and many of the summer cottages that adorned Lakeshore were quickly being out numbered by year-round structures.

One early example of the new style year-round family home, which still stands proudly overlooking the lake, is house number 625 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, also known as the Harry Mulford Jewett house – originally named ‘Maplehurst’.

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