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The Motown Mansion Has Been Restored! Berry Gordy’s Former Home Lists for $1.3M

The Motown Mansion Has Been Restored! Berry Gordy’s Former Home Lists for .3M

Motown Mansion

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We heard it through the grapevine: The Motown Mansion is on the market. The Detroit, MI, home is named for legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. The music producer lived in the 10,500-square-foot manse from 1967 to 1969, but he owned it until 2001, according to listing agent Deborah Smith. 

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Built in 1917 in the Boston-Edison historic district, the 10-bedroom home has had only four owners. It was in serious need of TLC when current owner Cynthia Reaves moved in in 2002.

“After Gordy moved to L.A., it fell into disrepair. The original structure has a lot of marble, a lot of woodwork, and some of those things had to be restored,” Smith says.

Reaves restored the mansion to its former glory, says Smith. She even won a historic preservation award in Michigan for the house rehab. The house is listed for $ 1,295,000, and Smith says some prospective buyers already think the home is some kind of wonderful.

The new owner must maintain the integrity of the home’s historic structure, Smith says. Reaves is also “looking for someone who can understand and appreciate and carry on the legacy of this home.”

Restored ballroom in Motown Mansion

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Restored Ballroom in Motown Mansion

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Restored ballroom in Motown Mansion

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The stunning residence includes a living room that spans the west side of the house, a sunroom with leaded french doors, a working pub, and a ballroom with a stage. “It’s fantabulous,” Smith says.

Bowling alley

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Bowling Alley

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Bowling alley

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A separate 4,400-square-foot poolhouse, built by the home’s second owner in 1929, includes a bowling alley and an Olympic-size pool. Even there, Motown’s past is present. “Heat Wave” singer Martha Reeves took a turn on the lanes in the ’60s and even signed the scoring table. “Her signature is still there,” Smith says.

She’s one of many notable personalities who have visited the property.

“When you’re in the house you can just imagine the Motown artists who performed on the stage in the basement of this house.” And we don’t have to imagine, because Reaves has photographic evidence of the one and only Marvin Gaye gracing the stage at Motown Mansion.

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