Price: $70,000 or best offer
Location: Wayne, MI
Contact: Thelma Dasho, 734-466-4743
The History: Built circa 1872, this Italianate is believed to be the oldest house in town. Local lore holds that the home’s original owner, Captain William Steers, used the square cupola atop its two stories as a sort of captain’s walk to survey his surroundings on all four sides—though in this landlocked location he would have been hard-pressed to spot a ship on the horizon. These days the home is known as the Francisco House, after the family that owned it for much of the 20th century. In the early 1980s, Mary Simon—née Francisco—put extensive work into the property, but the house’s most recent owner let it fall into disrepair.
Shown: The Francisco House sits on a nearly quarter-acre lot. Though close to the city center, it’s on a road with no through traffic.