Aretha Franklin’s Cherished Childhood Home in Detroit is Up For Sale
The Detroit house that Aretha Franklin loved and called home until she was 18 is once again on the market.
Take a look at 10 pictures from the late singer's beloved childhood home below, and then soak in the opulence of the Queen of Soul's stunning Bloomfield Hills home that sold for $1.3 million last year.
La Salle Gardens Neighborhood
Aretha Franklin's family moved into the home on La Salle Boulevard in Detroit when she was just five years old. Her father, the late C.L. Franklin was a prominent minister in the area. This meant frequent visits from well-known Black musicians like Nat King Cole, Mahalia Jackson, and Sam Cooke, who a teenaged Aretha swooned over, according to the Detroit News.
Motown's Berry Gordy Jr. and Smokey Robinson also lived in the historic neighborhood.
Looking back on growing up in the house, Franklin noted, "It was the most beautiful home I had ever seen."
Tragedy Strikes Franklin Family
Long after Aretha had moved out of her childhood home, tragedy struck the Franklin family. In 1979, Rev. Franklin was shot twice during what was believed to be an attempted robbery.
Rev. Franklin remained in a coma for five years before passing in 1984.
The city of Detroit then renamed nearby La Salle Park in his honor.
Aretha Franklin sold the home in 2013 for $81,000
The Franklin Home Today
The brick home in Detroit is now on the market for $379,900. A pending sale fell through in recent months after the home was listed for sale in January.
According to the Zillow listing, the home features six bedrooms, five bathrooms, original wood flooring, and a fireplace. Some kitchen and bathroom renovations have already been done but there are still plenty of opportunities for a new owner to make improvements.
See 10 pictures of the home below and then take a look at Aretha's stunning Bloomfield Hills home which sold last year for $1.3 million.