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Touted by Barbara Corcoran on The Today Show last Friday, this one-story, 1,700-square-foot home in Lansing, Mich., boasts more pedigree than meets the eye. The three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home was built in 1958 by William Kessler, the architect who designed the nearby Michigan Historical Center and was called "the dean of Detroit's architectural community" by the Detroit Free Press at the time of his passing in 2002. It was here where Kessler, who studied under Bauhaus master Walter Gropius at Harvard, lived, originally moving to the area to work at the firm of Minoru Yamasaki (best known for designing the World Trade Center in NYC). Kessler was obsessed with "human-scale" architecture—creating comfortable, sensory spaces out of every environment, no matter how modern—so it's likely that his own home, with three peaked sections (dining room/lounge, living room/kitchen/family room, bedrooms), is pretty comfortable. For $159K, own this bit of architectural history in the very same town that boasts Malcolm X and Steven Seagal among its famous former residents.