Higbie Maxon Agney Open Houses for this weekend

HMA has two open houses this weekend—- Saturday, July 16, 2016 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Darlene D’Amico will be holding open 19019 Wicklow Drive, Macomb Township

Saturday, July  16, 2016 from 1-3 p.m.

Exceptional brick colonial located in desirable Brook Run subdivision. Four bedrooms, Enormous First floor master with vaulted ceilings, bay window and walk in closet. Oversized Master Bath with jetted tub and extra-large shower. Living Room with dramatic two story foyer, fireplace and views of stairway balcony. First Floor library with wainscoting and large windows. Eat in gourmet kitchen with two bay windows and granite counter tops, island, stainless steel appliances, and extra cabinets. Three additional oversized bedrooms. Beautiful patio and awesome three car garage. This 2,800 sq. ft. home is listed for $339,000.

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Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 76 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Shores

Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

Charming Farm house with warp around porch, attached garage with work room. Beautiful grounds surround the house and patio with gazebo roof. Close walking distance to Lake Shore and the lake front community park. This house shows very well, move in condition and very well maintained. House received Grosse Pointe Shores Centennial designation in 2015. This 1,722 sq. ft. home is listed for $285,000.

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

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Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend—-Sunday, June 26, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open will be holding open 76 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Shores

Charming Farm house with warp around porch, attached garage with work room. Beautiful grounds surround the house and patio with gazebo roof. Close walking distance to Lake Shore and the lake front community park. This house shows very well, move in condition and very well maintained. House received Grosse Pointe Shores Centennial designation in 2015. This 1,722 sq. ft. home is listed for $285,000.

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

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

Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend-Sunday, May 22, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 436 McKinley, Grosse Pointe Farms

**CLASSIC 3-BEDROOM, 1 1/2 BATH, UPDATED FARMS COLONIAL ON DESIRABLE “M” STREET** UPDATED LARGE EAT-IN KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTERS AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. FORMAL DINING ROOM. LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE. HARDWOOD FLOORS. PORCH. FENCED-IN YARD WITH PATIO AND KOI POND. HALF FINISHED BASEMENT. CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING. 2-CAR GARAGE WITH ELECTRIC.  THIS 1,637 SQ. FT. HOME IS LISTED FOR $215,000.

 

 

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We look forward to seeing you!

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Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend-Sunday, May 1, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 436 McKinley, Grosse Pointe Farms

**CLASSIC 3-BEDROOM, 1 1/2 BATH, UPDATED FARMS COLONIAL ON DESIRABLE “M” STREET** UPDATED LARGE EAT-IN KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTERS AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. FORMAL DINING ROOM. LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE. HARDWOOD FLOORS. PORCH. FENCED-IN YARD WITH PATIO AND KOI POND. HALF FINISHED BASEMENT. CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING. 2-CAR GARAGE WITH ELECTRIC.  THIS 1,637 SQ. FT. HOME IS LISTED FOR $215,000.

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

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

 

Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend- Saturday, March 26, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 1296 Aline, Grosse Pointe Woods

Exceptional home in much desired area of Grosse Pointe.  Professionally finished basement with additional newer tiled full bath. Tasteful neutral decor, hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ceramic floor and recessed lighting. Paver driveway, patio and gated yard. This 1,260 sq. ft. home is listed for $169,000.

 

 

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend—Sunday, February 21, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Darlene D’Amico will be holding open 65 Lake Shore Lane, Grosse Pointe Shores

Meticulous three bedroom brick ranch, located walking distance to Lakeshore. Situated on a generous lot with mature trees and a two car attached garage. Updated Kitchen with bay window and new hardwood floors. This comfortable home has an open concept floor plan, large screened porch, plantation shutters, coved ceilings, and a marble fireplace. Gigantic basement with full bathroom, second fireplace, daylight windows, workroom, original bar, three separate storage areas and plenty of open space to enjoy. This 1,700 sq. ft. home is listed for $350,000.

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We look forward to seeing you!

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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 – The Varied Portfolio of Charles Howard Crane

With many prominent architects an identifiable architectural style is recognizable thanks to the consistent features that appear throughout their work. An excellent example of this, are the homes designed by Wallace Frost – the majority display a French Nomadic style, featuring stonework and exquisite detailing.

However, in the case of Charles Howard Crane, according to architectural historians, there is no “Crane style” that instantly identifies his work.

craneHoward Crane’s portfolio could be described as one of the most varied of any architect during the first quarter of the 20th Century. Having designed more than 250 theatre’s worldwide, including 62 in the Detroit area, it would be easy to conclude he was a prolific architect in this area, and only this area. But then there is Crane’s other work, his office buildings, the Olympia Stadium, and also his residential projects that are located in the area, including at least 6 (that we know of) in Grosse Pointe.

Born in 1885, Hartford, Connecticut, Crane moved to Detroit at the turn of the century. During the early stages of his career here it is reported he worked for Albert Kahn and Smith, Hinchman and Grylls.

Crane designed the first movie theater in the City of Detroit in 1911 – the Columbia Theater. In 1915 C. Howard Crane was commissioned to design the Majestic Theater. From research on Wikipedia, the Majestic Theater originally seated 1,651 people – at the time this was the largest theater in the world built for the purpose of showing movies. As his career grew, so did the size of the theaters he created. According to research on Historicdetroit.org, many of the large theaters he designed seated over 2,500 people. These grand constructions were given the name “movie palaces” and were designed for the type of entertainment that would use the building.

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The Columbia Theatre – Courtesy of historicdetroit.org

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – A Prized Find – 1013 Cadieux Road

Something of a rarity in Grosse Pointe are examples of modernist homes. They are few and far between. There are however five notable examples of contemporary architecture amongst the wonderful traditional buildings that define the architectural style of this community, there are – Koebel House (Grosse Pointe Farms) the Williams Hawkins Ferry House (Grosse Pointe Shores); the Louis Rossetti House (Grosse Pointe Park); the William Kessler House (Grosse Pointe Park), and the Frank & Anne Parcells House (Grosse Pointe Farms).

Featuring an abundance of modernist design ideas the first of these innovative homes to grace Grosse Pointe was Koebel House, designed by internationally acclaimed Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Built in 1937, it was arguably the first modernist house in the community. Next came the Louis Rossetti in 1940, the William Kessler House in 1959, followed by another Kessler Design for William Hawkins Ferry in 1964, while international renowned architect Paul Rudolph completed the quintet in 1970 with the Frank & Anne Parcells House.

Amongst these modern homes, the William Kessler House is a prized find. Located at 1013 Cadieux Road, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Photo Courtesy of plastolux.com **

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William Kessler was a talented designer. Having graduated from the Chicago Institute of Design in 1948 he went on to study at Harvard with Walter Gropius, the world famous German architect and founder of the Bauhaus. It is reported Gropius asked Kessler, upon graduation, to stay on as an instructor, which he did for a year. After leaving Harvard Kessler was hired by the firm of Minoru Yamasaki – who is best known for designing the World Trade Center and the Michigan Gas Building – and moved to Michigan to join the company.

Having worked at the firm for around five of years, Kessler decided to set up his own practice with Phil Meathe (who also worked for Yamasaki) – Meathe, Kessler and Associates. The firm was quickly recognized for its innovative, modern designs and the two men worked together until 1968.*

Examples of Kessler buildings in Michigan:

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Jack and Faye Beckwith House Farmington Hills: 1959 Courtesy of Michiganmodern.org

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Mount Clemens Federal Savings and Loan Association: 1961 Courtesy of Michiganmodern.org

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