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In Motor City Suburb, a $14.5M Former "Consulate" Offers Plenty of Parking Space

Sure, it's in the suburbs, but this nearly 16,000 square foot, 5-bedroom, 7.5 bath estate in Northville has such a bizarre backstory, we're tempting the whirlwind to explore it. It's on the market for $2.3 million more than the auction price for Detroit's Fisher Building, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in Michigan. In 2004, the mansion's original owner, Dr. Thomas Prose, willed it to the Czech government, got himself appointed "honorary consul for Ohio and Michigan," and asserted that he didn't need to pay property taxes because the estate was technically on foreign soil.

the bizzarre backstory and stunning gallery at Curbed Detroit >>