25 bargains, busts in tax-foreclosure auction in Detroit

Update: The Palmer Park mansion has been removed from the auction.

Looking for a good deal on a mansion in Palmer Park? Or maybe a slice of the Heidelberg Project? How about some churches, a car wash and motel?

On Thursday, bidding began on most of the more than 20,000 Detroit properties that ended up in the Wayne County Tax Auction this year because of delinquent taxes.

As many as 10,000 houses may still be occupied, according to an estimate by Loveland Technologies, which has created a map of every tax foreclosed property in Detroit.

Most of the properties won’t sell until the second phase, when properties begin with a $500 bid in the fall. Minimum bids are currently the cost of the unpaid taxes.

Click on any of the links below to see more information on each property. The images are from Google Maps unless otherwise stated.

Mansion at 1465 Balmoral Dr. in Palmer Park. Taxes owed: $52,097.
Mansion at 1465 Balmoral Dr. in Palmer Park. Taxes owed: $52,097.
The Genesis Lutheran Church at 1815 Seminole in Indian Village. Taxes owed: $98,300.
The Genesis Lutheran Church at 1815 Seminole in Indian Village. Taxes owed: $98,300.
Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ at 1945 Webb. Taxes due: $5,333.
This house at 520 Fiske Dr. is more than 9,000 square feet. Taxes owed: $38,458.
This house at 520 Fiske Dr. is more than 9,000 square feet. Taxes owed: $38,458.
Two-story brick home at 926 Alter. Taxes owed: $25,051.
Two-story brick home at 926 Alter. Taxes owed: $25,051.
Some homes, like this one at 9348 Cutler, will likely never sell. Taxes due: 8,122.
Some homes, like this one at 9348 Cutler, will likely never sell. Taxes due: 8,122.
This building at 4641 is in the heart of the Grand River Creative Corridor. Taxes due: $5,865.
This building at 4641 Grand River is in the heart of the Grand River Creative Corridor. Taxes due: $5,865.
This commercial building at 2821 E. Grand Blvd. Taxes owed: $3,758.
This commercial building at 2821 E. Grand Blvd. Taxes owed: $3,758.
The Sin City Deciples' motorcycle club was intentionally burned last year at 8929 Gratiot. Taxes due: $4,477.
The Sin City Deciples’ motorcycle club was intentionally burned last year at 8929 Gratiot. Taxes due: $4,477.
The City Airport Inn at 10945 Gratiot. Taxes owed: $45,452.
The City Airport Inn at 10945 Gratiot. Taxes owed: $45,452.
Hope Hospital has been gutted by scrappers at 801 Virginia Park. Taxes owed: $94,496.
Hope Hospital has been gutted by scrappers at 801 Virginia Park. Taxes owed: $94,496. Photo by Steve Neavling
Two-story house at 248 Trowbridge just north of New Center.
Two-story house at 248 Trowbridge just north of New Center. Taxes owed: $10,186.
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This house at 3428 Heidelberg is part of the world-famous Heidelberg Project. Taxes due: $1,264. Photo by Steve Neavling
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The Number House at 3632 Heidelberg is in the heart of the Heidelberg Project. Taxes due: $6,853. Photo by Steve Neavling
Two-story brick house at 700 W. Euclid. Taxes owed: $20,900.
Two-story brick house at 700 W. Euclid. Taxes owed: $20,900.
Car wash at 14564 Schaefer. Taxes owed: $44,490.
Car wash at 14564 Schaefer. Taxes owed: $44,490.
This 6,000-square-foot house at 712 Atkinson is 105 years. Taxes owed: $32,600.
This 6,000-square-foot house at 712 Atkinson is 105 years. Taxes owed: $32,600.
Large, 90-year-old house at 2254 Chicago. Taxes owed: $161,226
Large, 90-year-old house at 2254 Chicago. Taxes owed: $161,226
Uniquely designed house at 2235 Edison.
Uniquely designed house at 2235 Edison. Taxes owed: $9,843.
Building designed by MBAD/ABA Museum at 6800 Taft near W. Grand River.
Building designed by MBAD/ABA Museum at 6800 Taft near W. Grand River. Taxes owed: $9,300.
This 91-year-old house is at 174 W. Grixdale. Taxes owed: $19,300.
This 91-year-old house is at 174 W. Grixdale. Taxes owed: $19,300.
This house sits on a wide lot at 175 W. Grixdale. Taxes owed: $33,900.
This house sits on a wide lot at 175 W. Grixdale. Taxes owed: $33,900.
This 6,700-square-foot house is at 18476 Wildemere. Sold for $310,000 in 2002. Taxes owed: $24,400.
This 6,700-square-foot house is at 18476 Wildemere. Sold for $310,000 in 2002. Taxes owed: $24,400.
This two-story brick house is at 16603 Warwick. Taxes due: $13,141.
This two-story brick house is at 16603 Warwick. Taxes due: $13,141.
Gorgeous home at 2464 W. Boston Blvd. Taxes due: $25,800.
Gorgeous home at 2464 W. Boston Blvd. Taxes due: $25,800.

 

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.