This home sits in a neighborhood with a fascinating past, a unique present, and several exciting futures. The property was near the epicenter of Black Bottom. Originally part of the original St. Aubin Ribbon Farm, this neighborhood was subdivided and developed into immigrant worker housing in the 1880s. Heirs of the St. Aubin estate owned it for a while (presumably as a rental) and eventually sold it to the Italian Trotto family, post depression. Nobody knows what happened over the next half century, but it was torn down in the mid-to-late 80’s and the parcel found its way into the annual tax auction.
Today the home is surrounded by an urban prairie with a scattering of neighbors, a well performing school, a police station, Germack's coffee and nut roasting plant, and the artist Carlos Nielbock. This new landscape was shaped by the Detroit Blight Authority several years ago in their attempt to remove several of the homes that had fallen into disrepair after the economy shifted and DTE removed gas service from the neighborhood.
Moving forward, there's a possibility that we can expect some significant development for the region. Eastern Market has published one version of what this might look like through their 2025 Plan. This and several other proposals have been made which may potentially determine the direction of this neighborhood.