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Mies Detroit Auction Postponed; "Dream Homes"; More!

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DETROIT—The two Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Lafayette Towers that were previously headed to the auction block are, well, not. Yet, at least. Curbed Detroit finds out that the city has exercised its right of first refusal as a potential buyer, in doing so officially postponing the sale while they pursue ways to take more control of finding the buyer. It's in Detroit's best interest to work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revise stipulations so someone responsible—read: won't let this place fall into foreclosure again—is found. More info this way. [previously; Curbed Detroit]

THE INTERNET—Recently surveyed 455 people about what defines a "dream home." Some findings: stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops won big in the amenities category, appealing to about half the respondents, while nearly 78 percent listed a walk-in closet as a must-have. Nearly 44 percent of respondents find four bedrooms ideal, and 35 percent would prefer a "Peaceful Lake-Front Cabin" as a vacation home. []

NYC—Rosie O'Donnell has bought a new Manhattan pad for some $8M. The comedian and talkshow host's new four-bedroom unit is located in the former St. Vincent's Hospital building, which was converted into condos late last year and is now 100 percent sold. [New York Post via The Real Estalker; Curbed NY]