May 18, 2024


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The quirky design of a house for sale in Michigan captivates

The exterior of an $895,000 home for sale in Michigan.

The exterior of an $895,000 home for sale in Michigan.

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If you squint when first looking at the photos of this unique house on the real estate market in Franklin, Michigan, it sort of looks like an edgy yellow diner with an attached garage. Or perhaps a stagnate monorail.

A four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence probably wouldn’t crack your top 10 guesses, but that’s what makes this home, listed for $895,000, so original.

Exterior Screen grab from Realtor

“I’ve never seen something like this before,” listing agent Shadia Martini told

The home, built in 1977, was designed by award-winning architect Don Paul Young of Young & Young Architects, and has gathered a few different admirers thanks to its shape.

Exterior Screen grab from Realtor

“The design is unique in how [the architect] separated the living area from the bedroom tower and connected them by a bridge,” Martini said to Realtor. “The living space is all horizontal, and the bedroom space is all vertical.”

Interior Screen grab from Realtor

The interior of the 2,940-square-foot home is as prismatic as the outside, and has some upgrades, including:

Exterior Screen grab from Realtor

It has an open floor plan, which allows an abundance of light to cascade through.

“I was looking at this space and was like, ‘Wow. This is genius.’ The way it is laid out is truly architectural genius,” Martini told Realtor.

Interior Screen grab from Realtor

Franklin is about 21 miles northwest of Detroit.

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TJ Macías is a Real-Time national sports reporter for McClatchy based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Formerly, TJ covered the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers beat for numerous media outlets including 24/7 Sports and Mavs Maven (Sports Illustrated). Twitter: @TayloredSiren