Rebuilding Detroit, One Neighborhood At a Time

We’ve been telling the story of various Detroit neighborhoods where I feel there is ripe opportunity for investment and rebirth. Today, I’d like to discuss Islandview, Pingree Park and English Village.

Islandview is west and north of West Village, including streets like Concord, Baldwin, Sheridan, Townsend, Field, E. Grand Blvd., and Canton. Baldwin Street was the eastern Detroit city limit until 1891.

While West Village housing stock is a mix of single family properties, duplexes and some new construction, Islandview’s rebirth is a natural westward expansion beyond West Village.

Grand Boulevard was once exactly what the name implies: a grand boulevard of majestic mansions. Field Street, east of the boulevard, is home to nice, big houses not quite as grand as those found on the boulevard.

There are duplexes on Concord and Helen, an area still a little rougher than neighboring blocks.

Thanks to the expansion of West Village, Islandview gets an A+ gentrification rating. It’s a prime place for rebirth!

North of Indian Village is the Pingree Park neighborhood, with housing stock similar to what you’ll find in West Village and Islandview. On the other side of Mack Avenue, you’ll see

We’re seeing a large influx of people moving in to this neighborhood from out of state and from the suburbs, which is driving pricing up. Pingree Park also receives an A+ gentrification rating.

This neighborhood hits Warren on its north end, with shallow blocks and lots of possibility for interested investors.

Finally, English Village is the area just east of Indian Village. In English Village, you’ll find a lot less population density because many houses have been demolished over time. That means a lot more vacant land available for something new.

Paint your vision of English Village because it’s ripe. English Village runs all the way to Cadillac, where there is some great housing stock attracting younger, hipper people.

On the other end is Fisher, which evokes a West Village sensibility and draws homeowners who desire Indian Village but can’t quite afford it.

The rest of English Village is yearning for developers to do something to give the neighborhood new life. There, you can still find lots of good properties for well under $100,000, which is no longer possible in West Village.

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