Home tour this weekend as Detroit readies auction of houses in Boston-Edison, Osborn neighborhoods

Detroit, MI (WXYZ) - Open houses for the Boston Edison and Osborn communities will take place this weekend as city of Detroit expands its online home auction program.

More than 1,000 people came out to tour available homes in East English Village two weeks ago.  Nearly 6,000 people registered for the auction of homes posted on BuildingDetroit.org . In the first week of the auction, winning bids were placed on five houses in the neighborhood.

"This confirms what we have said all along," Mayor Mike Duggan said. "The demand for living in Detroit is not just downtown or midtown, it extends into our neighborhoods. The success of this auction and the prices these homes are selling for prove that."

13 new listings in Boston Edison  and 10 in the Osborn  community have been posted. Starting May 27, the city's land bank will begin auctioning two of the homes per day, one in each neighborhood. Opening bids are $1,000.

Duggan announced the expanded auction program during a press conference Monday inside 2224 W. Boston Boulevard. The 4,200 square foot home features six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The interior of the home features Pewabic pottery, including a unique interior fountain. The home was built in 1927.

The city plans to expand the auction neighborhood-by-neighborhood and hopes to sell 400 homes by the end of the year.

The Boston Edison tour will held from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 and will begin at 2224. W. Boston Blvd. The Osborn community tour will be held the next day, Sunday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m.  The Osborn tour will begin at Matrix Human Services, located at 13560 E. McNichols. 

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