*Nearly two months after the death of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s 4,148-square-foot estate in Bloomfield Township, Michigan is hitting the market with an $800,000 price tag.
The five-bedroom “castle” has reportedly been cleared of the music icon’s belongings and boasts “6.5 bathrooms, a marble-decorated entrance flows into a double-floor great room with hardwood floors, extensive floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fireplace,” writes Architectural Digest, adding: “The master suite is also awash in marble accents and includes a large walk-in closet, as do most of the bedroom suites in this grand abode.”
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Should it get a matching offer, the profit will be divided among Franklin’s four sons.
The home is located in the exclusive Hills of Lone Pine area and includes a massive deck that overlooks a spacious yard and two ponds. Other amenities include a three-car garage, a sauna, and a jetted tub.
According to the report, the home is part of the $2 million in property Franklin owned in and around the Detroit area.
Meanwhile, State Rep. Fred Durhal III, D-Detroit, introduced a bill that calls on the Michigan Department of Transportation to designate a portion of M-10 — from 8 Mile to I-94 — as a memorial to Franklin.
“The Lodge Freeway was close to her stomping grounds,” he said. “Her father’s church is in my district and so she was a staple in the community. We just wanted to make sure we paid the proper tribute to her.”
The bill — HB 6442 — will be considered when the Legislature returns to Lansing after the Nov. 6 election, the report states.
“Look at her funeral and memorial service and folks came out in droves,” Durhal said. “Franklin was a source of inspiration for thousands, both with her music and her dedication to civil rights activism. She always showed so much love for our city — this is a great way to show how much the people of Detroit loved her back.”
Aretha Franklin died in August after a battle with pancreatic cancer.