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Will Kid Rock’s former Detroit mansion strike right chord as corporate retreat?


Controversial rock star Kid Rock’s former Detroit riverfront estate remains on the market for $2.2 million, but the listing broker is trying a new strategy.

Tim Cook, managing director of Southfield-based BulkREOnetwork LLC, is now marketing the property for sale as a corporate retreat instead of just as a private residence.

“I envisioned for this use due to the layout of the house and property, location on the river, and the boat house which is ideal for entertaining and hosting events,” he said in an email earlier this month.

The property, which sits at 9090 Dwight St. just a few doors away from the Manoogian Mansion, home to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, was listed for sale in September, originally as a private residence.

The 7,600-square-foot house was owned by the Macomb County-raised musician until August 2019, when he sold it for $2.2 million. It is currently owned by Detroit Boathouse LLC, which is registered to Kevin Washburn in Grosse Pointe and which granted a $1.83 million mortgage to the Dwight W. Edwards Living Trust in August 2020, according to Wayne County land records.

The Detroit News reported in July 2019 that Robert Ritchie, the rock star’s birth name, bought the house in January 2012. Public records list the purchase price at $300,000.

It’s not known how much he spent renovating it, however, Cook’s listing says the “previous owner completed several renovations including the impressive boathouse with an outdoor shower, new break wall, attached two-car heated garage, two outdoor TVs (operational year-round) along with a state-of-the-art entertainment system.”

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