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Ransom Gillis House Detroit - Quicken Loans Zing BlogDespite images you might typically see when Detroit is in the news, the fact is there are plenty of beautiful homes in the city and some include mansions that need some love to bring them back to their former glory. That’s exactly what is happening to the historic Ransom Gillis home in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood.

Quicken Loans is proud to collaborate with HGTV, Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis, and the Brush Park Development Company to renovate the Venetian Gothic style mansion. The renovation process will be aired as an eight-part series premiering this November on HGTV.

The show began filming last week and will focus on the rehabilitation of the home using local fixtures and furnishings to reflect it’s rich history. The series will conclude with an open house that celebrates Detroit and welcomes local home buyers who are interested in calling Brush Park their new home.

Quicken Loans President Jay Farner is featured in several episodes of the series in which Curtis will transform the property with the help of community volunteers.

“Brush Park is a vital neighborhood that is about to see a significant investment in revitalization and new construction.  Once completed, this area is going to become an anchor for the growth of Detroit’s neighborhoods,” Farner said.

“Communities are built brick-by-brick, through effort and passion.  I am proud to say we have all of that here with this community, Nicole and this amazing home.”

Designed as a single-family dwelling by Henry Brush and George Mason, it was built between 1876 and 1878 and has been unoccupied since the mid-1960s. The house will be reconfigured into two separate residences.

The project marks the start of construction for a broader plan that involves redeveloping 8.4 acres of Brush Park to include both historic homes like the Ransom Gillis, and new residences to accommodate the growing interest in Detroit housing opportunities.

The new mixed-income development will be complemented by neighborhood-focused retail and public green spaces. Both for-sale and for-rent options will be available and at least 20 percent of the more than 300 residences will be affordable housing units. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.

“Both Quicken Loans and Nicole Curtis are passionate about the city of Detroit and its exciting, ongoing revitalization,” said Donna Stephens, senior vice president of ad sales for Scripps Networks Interactive, parent company of HGTV. “I can’t think of a more meaningful collaboration for Detroit than having these home and finance experts come together on such an impactful project.”

In addition to the series, HGTV and sister channel DIY Network will create companion short-form vignettes that illustrate the home-buying process, including selecting a neighborhood, finding the right home, buying the house and then turning it into a home that suits the buyers’ individual personality and needs.

Look for more information here on the Zing Blog closer to the big reveal, and be sure to tune in to HGTV in November to see this amazing transformation of a piece of Detroit history.


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