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Abandoned Queen Anne Victorian For Sale Under $10K – New Info About Former Owner
April 17, 2021
OHU50K NOTES $9,900
It ‘s abandoned now, but a wonderful elderly man lived in the house from the 1960s right up until 2014. OHU50K is featuring this property today not in the hopes that the house will be saved, but because it is attached to an interesting story…..or two. See the tragic, heartwarming and sad history that has transpired here in the “History” section below.
Investment opportunity in this multi-family located near Detroit’s Poletown East neighborhood, near Warren Meldrum Park, Callahan Playground, and Faygo Beverages! Estimated rehab 223$k. Sale contingent on buyer/seller executed development agreement. Please note that the Detroit Land Bank Authority is entitled to a tax capture for the five tax years subsequent to transferring ownership of the property. The tax capture might be incompatible with tax abatements and lot combinations that are otherwise available to the selected purchaser. DLBA will review requests to waive its tax capture rights and may require a payment in lieu of taxes to approve such requests. The payment will be determined upon reviewing the development proforma and effect of any tax abatements on the purchase and development financing.
This abandoned Queen Anne Victorian for sale in the East Poletown neighborhood of Detroit may look like ghosts will fly out of the broken windows at any moment, but it was once the belle of the block. Built in 1890, with stained glass windows, imbricated shingles and a tall tower, the house stood proudly at the corner of Moran and Garfield for decades before being converted into a multi-family home. In fact, the house was built on part of the massive land holdings of the Moran family – a farm that in present-day Detroit would stretch along the Detroit River for several blocks and extend three miles back from the Detroit River.
Grandfather Charles Claude Moran, an early settler of Detroit, was murdered by his brother-in-law, John Hacker, in 1775. Hacker, along with two others, including a woman, were executed for the crime. This left Moran’s widow the farm. After her premature death, her son Charles Moran inherited the holdings.
According to Wikipedia,Charles Moran fought in the War of 1812 after enlisting at the age of fifteen, and was serving under General William Hull when Hull surrendered Detroit to the British. As a member of the territorial militia rather than the regular army, Moran was paroled instead of being sent to Canada as a prisoner of war, and he continued to participate in the defense of Detroit. He received a bounty of 160 acres for his service, but was unsuccessful in petitioning Congress for compensation for damage to his Detroit properties caused by the American forces.
He served as a county judge in 1831 and again from 1837 to 1841, and held various other positions including justice of the peace and alderman. He spent most of his later years managing the family estate, known as the Moran Farm. Rather than sell the farm off, he subdivided it into city blocks and leased them out, opening streets across it as he did so.
Charles Moran died suddenly at his home with the cause reported as “heart disease superinduced by indigestion.” Charles was the sole remaining heir to the Moran family fortune, which at his passing was estimated at $4 million (equivalent almost $100,000,000 today).
If you would like more background about the latest owner (Algernon Allister who died in 2014) and latter-day history of the house, please read the both heartwarming and sad 2008 article at John Carlisle’s detroitblog.org.