Jack White’s Detroit House

UPDATE: November 2018: The house has been pulled off the market by the current owners as of November 30, 2018. Looks like they were unable to get their dream price of $1.2 million. Based on other home sales in the area, Trulia estimates the house to only be worth $672,000.

July 2018: Jack White’s former home in Detroit is back on the market, this time for $1.2 million. That’s a huge jump from the last time the house sold, in 2007 for $590,000. Wow, that’s some real estate appreciation! The current owners have updated the home with dashes of blue and yellow paint, but the famous main staircase upon which Jack and Meg recorded Get Behind Me, Satan remains largely untouched.

April 2007: The AP reports that 1731 Seminole, the former Detroit, Michigan home of Jack White has finally sold to a retired couple from Maryland for $590,000. The selling price was $60,000 below the final asking price, and a far cry from the original $930,000 price tag that was attached to the property when the house was first put on the market in August of 2006.

White must have been anxious to sell, as he now lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and child. He spent a reported $200,000 worth of restoration/upgrades on the property–more than three times the $66,000 he gained in the sell, putting him in the red for net earnings on the real estate deal.

Note to self: Don’t take real estate advice from Jack White.

jack white laundry

To see more photos of the red, white, and black-heavy house, view my original post.

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15 replies on “Jack White’s Detroit House”

  1. Looks like a bargain. Detroit real estate market must really suck. That place would go for something at least $5 million in NYC. You would think the value of the place would be higher b/c it is where GBMS was recorded.

  2. The real estate market is slow right now, but when was the last time the Detroit market was doing well? He bought it above market value, thoroughly restored it and took a loss rather than let it sit empty any longer.

  3. What I love about the laundry room is that it’s in the basement. With cinderblock walls & exposed pipes. Just like the rest of us.

  4. christ on a bike, my house costs that in a north england suburb and its 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and quite compact. that house here would go for 5million ($10m) easy. i hope the prices there are still shit when im old and rich enough to waste money on mint quality houses in downtrodden areas. that chandellier thing is vile though

  5. Doesn’t surprise me he got burned on a real estate deal. Doesn’t seem like that bright a guy to begin with.

  6. He did not get burned on a real estate deal. The market in Michigan is so bad right now that many people are forclosing on their homes. Obviously, he wants nothing to do with his home state anymore. He’s not even coming here on his tour.

  7. I’m sure the White Stripes will play in Detroit, they haven’t announced half the tour dates yet.

  8. its too bad, but i understand putting negative things behind you and moving on, its counterproductive to stay there, i’m already used to Nashville being his new home, it really suits him much more now.

    if detroit was healthier he would have stayed, unfortunately its not the case.

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