Revisiting Michigan Celebrity Homes: Aretha Franklin
As we wrap up the year, we're revisiting some of the sweetest houses in Michigan that have belonged to some of our state's most prominent figures.
For our final entry, we're taking a peek inside Aretha Franklin's Bloomfield Hills home which sold for $1.3 million earlier this year. As you'll see in the pictures below, this stunning house features some of the original appliances that were used by the Queen of Soul before her death in 2019.
This article originally appeared on April 1, 2022.
Nearly four years after her death, Aretha Franklin's former Bloomfield Hills home has been sold for $1.3 million. It is stunning.
The Queen of Soul's six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home hit the market in July of 2019 after she lost her lengthy battle with cancer. Aretha Franklin was just 76 years old.
Something Old, Something New
Interior designer Rodney Howell staged the home as it was prepared for sale. He brought in some new furniture in order to stage the home but a lot of what you'll see in the photos below is original. The appliances in the kitchen, for instance, are the ones used by Aretha herself.
Another original piece that is a focal point in the home is a beautiful red piano. The piano was moved from Franklin's Detroit home and it really is the centerpiece of the home's main floor.
Howell told WDIV in 2019 that Aretha's bedroom with its attached master bathroom is one that's fit for a queen.
"Everything here in the bathroom is original," Howell said. "Of course, this is the tub that the queen bathed in, as well as the shower -- you see the roses that are on the glass here."
The 4,200 square foot home is located in a gated community in Bloomfield Hills, at 4585 Kiftsgate Bend.
Amenities and Then Some
Although the Queen of Soul wasn't using this beautiful home as her main residence at the time of her death, it certainly provided all the comforts fit for someone of her stature.
The home features a finished basement, sauna, tennis court, pool, and a glorious deck on the back of the home.
Rest in peace, Aretha. We're sure your home will provide its new owners with many years of comfort and probably some fond memories of the music you shared throughout your career.