28415 Streamwood Ln, Southfield

$1,500,000   |   5 beds   |   4 baths

28415 Streamwood Ln
Southfield, MI

One of the most special estates in Oakland County in decades.

Never listed before, this incredibly rare, nearly 5-acre secluded estate includes a 4000 sq ft mid-century modern home with a 1700 sq ft custom guest house/entertainment space situated on gorgeous land overlooking the confluence of the Rouge and Franklin Rivers. For several decades, the home was the primary residence of a world-renowned New York Metropolitan Opera star with Detroit roots who even sang the national anthem during the 1984 World Series for the world champion Detroit Tigers.

Centrally and most conveniently located in Metro-Detroit in the northernmost area of Southfield 20 minutes from downtown Detroit, 30 minutes from Ann Arbor, Metro-Detroit airport, and minutes from Franklin and Birmingham. The estate is located at the end of a quiet, secluded cul-de-sac directly adjacent to a 20-acre nature preserve and foot trail. The preserve is named by the city after the owner of this listing who once owned the 20-acre parcel as well. Beyond his career as a MET star, he worked tirelessly as a conservationist for much of his life and largely gifted the heavily wooded land to the city to serve as a permanent preserve for native flora including Trillium flowers, old growth trees including Black Walnut, migratory birds including Blue Herons, and other beloved Michigan wildlife.

Main House Summary

Designed with the idea of bringing nature inside, this mid-century modern home features unparalleled privacy, expansive living spaces, and cathedral ceilings with walls of windows overlooking the scenic, wooded panoramic views. This spacious home has 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and a guest in-law suite with a 4th full bathroom that offers the luxury of space for the larger or multi-generational family.

The house is a two-story residence, originally built in 1952 with an addition built in 1974 that doubled the home’s square footage. The interior layout includes a formal living room with large windows facing the front of the property and a broad central fireplace with marble surround, built-in display shelving; a vaulted-ceiling formal dining room with floor to ceiling windows viewing the rear wooded landscape; a kitchen with connected cozy sitting room with fireplace and a connected breakfast/casual dining room with wooded views. In addition to four large bedrooms including a master suite, a private lower-level in-law suite connects to the main house. The lower-level in-law suite features a combination living room/bedroom with a kitchenette, full bathroom, separate exterior entrance, and an interior stairway connecting to the main level. Total livable square footage is 3,691 as recorded by the City of Southfield; and 4,097 square feet per an appraisal report. There is a 3-car heated garage with 484 square feet including workspace, and the adjacent unfinished basement area is 1,526 square feet.

Original and intact interior finishes include white oak hardwood flooring, beautiful and custom-built clear birch wood paneling on living room walls and ceiling, slate flooring in the front foyer, and mid-century ceramic bathroom tiling and fixtures. The later addition provided expansive Anderson floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the breathtaking rear wooded landscape.

Guest House/Entertainment Space

Built in 1980 with over 1,700 square feet of livable space, the custom building was designed to function both as a guest house and entertainment space with an open floor plan on the first floor, a mezzanine-level bedroom/office, and a top-level living area. The unique exterior features a contemporary interpretation of a barn with a 2-story barn door, repurposed stained-glass windows and the rustic interior was constructed with reclaimed, 19th-century barn wood and exposed wood beams. The full kitchen has a dishwasher, refrigerator, and a gas stove/oven, and a full bathroom with a shower is located off the kitchen. There is a lovely covered front porch overlooking a large garden, a back porch overlooking the river, and a side lean-to for gardening equipment.

Arts and Craft Barn

With such an inspirational setting on the river’s edge, this is the perfect sanctuary for the artist, poet, author, musician, or craftsman. Gaze through the glass windows, and watch nature gracefully unfold before you. From here you will enjoy the wildlife up close and spot deer, foxes, coyotes, ducks, eagles, herons, and other birds on their migratory path. Built in the 1980s from reclaimed, 19th-century Michigan chestnut barn wood including a wall of huge barn doors. The building has electrical service. The building floods occasionally from the Rouge and Franklin River storm waters, however, its concrete flooring and drainage withstand these occasional occurrences. The building should be used as an occasional, fun event or project space and not for the storage of valuables. It is being sold in as-is condition along with the rest of the estate.

Main House Details

Primary Living Spaces

Formal Living Room – custom-built clear birch wood paneled ceiling and walls, broad fireplace with built-in marble surround, display shelving, large picture window overlooking the landscaped front yard, and white oak hardwood flooring.

Formal Dining Room - vaulted ceiling, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the scenic rear wooded landscape, dining room flooring is hardwood oak trim around included antique 19th century Tabriz Persian rug, and maple privacy doors to the breakfast/casual dining room.

Kitchen and casual dining room– kitchen opens to the casual dining room and a cozy sitting room with a fireplace, cabinetry built with historic, 19th century reclaimed Michigan chestnut barn wood, a built-in double oven, glass cooktop, matte black quartz countertop, and undermount sink with a pull-down faucet.

Sitting Room – off kitchen, fireplace, large Anderson windows, door to exterior beck deck.


Master Suite - Anderson window walls overlooking breathtaking scenic river views, full wall closet, office nook, and original white oak hardwood flooring under carpeting.

Second (Original) Master Bedroom – overlooking backyard and sharing bathroom with the master suite through a Jack and Jill concept.

Front Bedroom - overlooking the front yard with original white oak hardwood flooring.

Side Bedroom – off hall connecting to the front foyer, kitchen, and full bathroom – could also be used as a family room or home office. Original white oak hardwood flooring.

Guest Suite Bedroom - in the lower level, Anderson windows, reclaimed historic barn wood accents.
Four Full Bathrooms

Master suite bathroom with shower, original mid-century tile, shared with 2nd master bedroom through a Jack and Jill concept
Bathroom off kitchen with tub, original mid-century tile,

Hall bathroom with tub, original mid-century tile, built-in vanity area, privacy glass window.

Lower-level in-law suite bathroom with shower and reclaimed 19th-century barn wood accents.
Lower-Level In-Law or Guest Suite

Private exterior access and private stairwell from main house access to the lower-level guest suite. The suite includes:
Kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, and stovetop.
Murphy bed and built-in book shelving and drawers.
Private full bath.
Large window views of scenic, wooded landscape and river.

Lower-Level Garage and Basement

3 car garage – two tandem spaces and one single (22.6 x 20) with direct access to the basement
Unfinished basement with utility room/workshop, storage rooms, and laundry facilities.
Unfinished basement area 1,526 sq ft per report.


Both the main house and the guest house are serviced by well water, but city water is available at the street, along the driveway. City water line installed to house for optional connection.
City sewer service, connected.
Foundation for the original main house is concrete block.
The main original portion of the dwelling is serviced by a gas-fired hot water heating system and the addition is serviced by gas forced air heating.
Three gas forced air furnaces in the house.
Central air conditioning is throughout most of the house. One AC unit is new in 2021.
Plumbing pipes are a mixture of cast iron, galvanized steel, and copper.
Per the City Report, no evidence of asbestos.
The main house square footage, combined with the guest house, is a total livable area is 5,667 sq. ft.

Exterior Features

Circular drive, freshly sealed and coated 2021.
Original exterior was maroon-colored brick.
The end by the father-in-law’s bedroom, is all brick covered with mahogany siding

Master bedroom addition is wood mahogany, no brick underneath.
Windows recently scraped and painted.
Freshly re-done front deck approach and newer landscaping.

Area Information

Nearby Schools

North Southfield school district or residents can opt into the nearly equidistant Birmingham school district for a nominal extra fee depending on grade ($12-13k/yr in 2022).
Detroit Country Day School is 1.5 miles away
Brother Rice/Marian parochial schools 2.5 miles away

Rouge River

The River Rouge is a 127-mile river in the Metro Detroit area of southeastern Michigan. It flows into the Detroit River at Zug Island, which is the boundary between the cities of River Rouge and Detroit. The river's roughly 467-square-mile watershed includes all or parts of 48 municipalities, with a total population of more than 1.35 million. It drains a large portion of central and northwest Wayne County and much of southern Oakland and a small area in eastern Washtenaw County. Nearly the entire drainage basin is in urban and suburban areas, with intensive residential and industrial development areas. Still, more than 50 miles of the River Rouge flow through public lands, making it one of the most accessible rivers in the state.

Franklin River

The Franklin River is the Franklin, MI tributary of the Rouge River. For additional information, visit the property’s website for the entire posted listing and all photos

Property Details