Rosedale Park Apartments for Rent
At the corner of Fenkell and Grand River in Detroit, Michigan, where Chase Bank is now, there once was a red barn. The first residents of the new Rosedale Park neighborhood, a so-called “streetcar subdivision,” were the Barkleys who in 1917 objected to the odors coming from the barn. It was torn down, leaving only the surrounding land and its wildflowers. So begins the saga of Rosedale Park, and its sister neighborhood north of Grand River, North Rosedale Park.
The early Rosedale Park families had rural mail delivery with boxes on Fenkell Avenue, country phones with five rings, artesian well water and no streetlights. Most of the surrounding property was farmland (minus the big red barn); Fenkell Avenue was a mud road and Grand River was a narrow strip with one streetcar track. The streetcars turned around where Wireless Champs now stands at the southwest corner of Grand River and Fenkell.
That’s all changed today; this southeast Michigan community is known for elegant homes and great neighbors, and it was listed in 2006 as the Rosedale Park Historic District. It is roughly bounded by Fenkell, Outer Drive, Grand River Avenue, Southfield Freeway, Glastonbury Street, Lyndon Street and Westwood Drive.
Rosedale Park Land Development Company platted a large portion of the Rosedale and North Rosedale Park neighborhoods to take advantage of its proximity to Grand River Avenue, a direct link to downtown Detroit. The city of Detroit annexed the subdivision in 1926, bringing water and sewer to the neighborhood and making the area more attractive.
By the 1950s nearly every lot in the neighborhood had a house resting on it. In the latter part of the 20th century, as the population in Detroit declined, Rosedale Park remained a desirable neighborhood because of its high-grade housing stock, charming curb appeal and active neighborhood association.
Homes in Rosedale Park are primarily brick and feature a mix of styles, including English Tudor Revival, Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, American Foursquare, Prairie, French Renaissance, Ranch, Garrison Colonial and Cape Cod and International style. The North Rosedale Park Home and Garden Tour is an important showcase; recently Hour Detroit magazine named the tour as one of the “101 Things Every Detroiter Must Do.”