What you want, baby, I got it. It may not be respect, but it is a piece of real estate with some serious soul history. And it’s available.
The world lost one of its great talents when Aretha Franklin died in August. Now, her suburban home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has been listed for sale. It’s not the dark and edgy den of a dystopian rocker, or the glitzy, mirrored backdrop of a self-absorbed star. No, the Queen of Soul lived in a practical, spacious family home.
Priced at $800,000, the five-bedroom, 4,148 square-foot red brick house is located in a gated community. Custom-designed and built in 1990, its back yard flows into a community compound including two pools, a swimming pool and tennis courts; the clubhouse is next door. The house overlooks the activity from two elevated decks.
Franklin bought the house in 1997 and lived here until, during the last year of her life, health issues caused her to move to a Detroit condominium. A circular drive sweeps up to the front door, as befits the home of a queen. The front entry steps into a two-story marble foyer, which, in turn, opens to a two-story great room with a fireplace, wet bar, wall of windows and upper-level bridge. The vast kitchen has a large central island, black granite counters, white cabinetry and black and white marble floors. A spacious first floor master suite has wood floors, his and her walk-in closets, and elegant marble bath with a jetted tub and marble shower. Also on the first floor are a granite-countered powder room and a library with French doors.
The bridge floating above the great room connects the two sections of the second floor, each of which has two large bedrooms and en suite marble baths. On the lower level, some deterioration has set in, but, for the homeowner seeking more space, this would be an ideal location for a sixth bedroom.
There is an integrated three-car garage, and the house is surrounded by mature trees and landscaping. The décor has most likely not been touched since 1997, but the bones of the house are good and the layout is practical and functional for a family. And to sing in the shower that Aretha might have sung in…it’s goose bumps making.
So, You better think (think), because Ain’t No Way that someone won’t want the castle of the Queen of Soul.