First In, Last Out
They hit a side of the city that has struggled for years. Where BMWs and Priuses shelter in garages on the north and west sides of town, in East Ann Arbor, you're more likely to see worn-out Chevrolet pickups and rust-splattered Fords sitting in driveways. In the fall of 2012, about 38 percent of students at Allen Elementary, nearly 50 percent at Pittsfield, and 90 percent at Mitchell were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.
To be sure, other pockets of the city have experienced foreclosure, falling home prices, and protracted poverty in recent years. Yet nowhere else in the city can homebuyers regularly snag a single-family home for less than $100,000. Last year, twenty homes in East Ann Arbor sold for five figures--and that excludes condominiums and townhouses. Three of them were on Rosedale: 3303 for $58,000 (right next door to the one where police aided the eviction); 3195 for $70,000; and 3335 for $32,500--the lowest-priced home sold in Ann Arbor last year.
Of course, 3335 Rosedale was a tiny house with serious problems. Yet compared to the rest of the city, all of East Ann Arbor is a bargain. Duke, who produces the Observer's monthly Home Sales Map, calculates that the median price of all single-family homes sold in the city last year was $235,000. In East Ann Arbor, it was just $127,000.