An ancient woodhouse is being offered for sale for $1,800, making it the second-most expensive wooden house in the U.S. It’s also the most expensive wooden residence in Michigan.
The house, located on the banks of the Mississippi River, is a former log cabin that was built by an Illinois family in the early 1800s.
The family eventually moved to Detroit and opened a store, but it wasn’t until the late 1970s that they moved the cabin to the Detroit Institute of Arts, where it became one of the earliest examples of an ancient American cabin.
The woodhouse, which is built of 1,800 feet of single-paned oak and boasts a top-notch cabinetry, is one of just seven wood houses that have ever sold for more than $1 million.
The other nine were built in the 1970s and 1980s.
For $1.25 million, the home is available for sale in a historic district that includes the Detroit Museum of Art, the Michigan Historical Society, the Detroit History Museum, and the Michigan Art Museum.
The home features four floors, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, a bathtub, and a fireplace, all with stone walls.
The price tag includes $1 for all exterior furnishings and $400 for the interior.
The seller says the house is in excellent condition with no structural damage.
The owner also says that the house has never been damaged in the course of its ownership.
The buyer wants to make it available for public tours of the home in 2019.
“This is a really great house, and it is a unique and beautiful place, so I just want to bring it out to the public and let them experience it,” the buyer said in a video posted to Facebook.
The listing includes the listing number and description, which you can read below.
“I am a big fan of the Detroit skyline.
This is a great addition to the landscape of this great city.
The interior is just stunning, and I think it’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture I’ve seen in a while,” said Wayne County Historic Preservation Supervisor Steve Loomis in a statement.
“The exterior of the house was originally constructed in the 1800s, and was one of only three original wood-framed structures left in the United States.
I am thrilled to be able to offer the home to the community for an exceptional price.”
The listing is currently on the market.