Secure Realty

Secure Realty Our firm specializes in historic restorations in the city of Detroit. Follow us to see our amazing transformations!

We are changing a Historic Detroit neighborhood through the use of Architectural Art to create a sense of place and combat blight. We can help you with all your real estate needs. We full service brokerage and development firm and specialize in cash flow asset investing.

Paint is starting to go on the building now. Pretty soon this property will look a whole lot different than it ever has....
06/18/2019

Paint is starting to go on the building now. Pretty soon this property will look a whole lot different than it ever has. We are power washing the old foundation to remove the flaking painted surface in preparation for a clear sealer that will protect it. The team is adding a second layer of torch down on over the garage in preparation for the roof deck. Drywall inside is now done and painted in preparation for even more rainy days and tiling. We have harvested nearly all of the one by old growth wood from the small shotgun house we will tear down and are in the process of repurposing it as distressed wood base and case mouldings. These old homes are nothing short of a labor of love but it's being built to last another 100 years!

Ok so siding clearly was in worse shape than we thought. Basically have had to redo half the house. The joys of historic...
05/17/2019

Ok so siding clearly was in worse shape than we thought. Basically have had to redo half the house. The joys of historic Restoration.... Only a few more days left to wrap up the exterior siding patch work from hell. We have also now mostly primed the Eastern wall of the house. Final spray foam insulation goes in the early part of the week and drywall would begin Friday. We are on target to finish this project sometime in July it looks like.

IMPORTANT!!!

Our zoning for the building meeting next door was pushed back to early June to deal with final variances. If everything goes well we will be excavating and pouring new foundation next door early July. For anyone who wants to help please write to to the board of zoning appeals in support of our project at 1786 W Willis to have them Grant our variance request! You can email them at [email protected] A quick one to two sentence email of support would go a long way to help us bring a new beautiful building to Woodbridge!

Work on the exterior continues to move forward although at a slightly slower pace since spring tends to be busy for us a...
04/25/2019

Work on the exterior continues to move forward although at a slightly slower pace since spring tends to be busy for us as we start doing maintenance to our other buildings after the long winter. Our roof is finally done! We ran into a nasty surprise in the garage. The old roof had been letting water leak for who knows how long forcing us to replace a number of joists. This whole project has had this issue. In all we had to re-sheet all of the roof after the tear out and rebuild it. At least now it's going to easily last a few decades. Work on the siding continues. We have been adding ornamental bond around the perimeter that will allow us to bring some color to even the structure.

It's been an interesting week to say the least, some of which has been incredibly frustrating thanks to an over zealous ...
04/13/2019

It's been an interesting week to say the least, some of which has been incredibly frustrating thanks to an over zealous building enforcement inspector. The outside is truly beginning to transform itself as we continue focusing on restoring this old beauty. Unfortunately we got a visit from a random building official demanding we obtain a right of way permit.

This permit "allows" us to encroach on city owned property (sidewalk) while we do work on the Western property line. What's the big deal you ask? The permit is $400 a day! You can see from the first photo that the pump jack system is literally encroaching inches on the sidewalk.

I find it amazing that the city hasn't bothered to replace any of that broken concrete ever yet can come and demand we pay exorbitant fees when we are simply trying to do something good in the area. By the end of this whole thing this corner will become a new beacon for a forgotten corner complete with new sidewalks we will also pay to replace. We love this city, the energy, the amazing things that are happening but sometimes dealing with the bureaucracy is frustrating.

So our only choice for now is to remove the system which makes it faster and safer to do the work in order to avoid paying thousands that were never budgeted for. Our folks will now have to try and work on a 2ft wide path we own between the sidewalk and the home . At some point we will be forced to pay for this egregious permit but until then we can't help but feel frustrated at the ridiculous demands the city sometimes places.

At least this week we got our first rough green tag. Electric passed. We have both plumbing and HVAC inspections next week. If all goes well drywall will begin within 2 weeks.

All the ugly asphalt siding is now totally gone!  The windows are almost all in now and roof work is well on its way.  T...
04/04/2019

All the ugly asphalt siding is now totally gone! The windows are almost all in now and roof work is well on its way. These windstorms did a number on the underlayment the roofers put up so unfortunately a good chunk is going to have to be redone. They did manage to put some of it up on the south western peak. We are choosing a historic diamond pattern. By sheer luck it happens to match the diamond pattern of the trim on the peaks.Electric is now almost done as well as plumbing. Exterior siding work will begin next week. this house will begin to look very different in the next few weeks!

We got a great bit of news yesterday.   The asphalt siding we uncovered was asbestos free!  As a builder that's one of t...
03/21/2019

We got a great bit of news yesterday. The asphalt siding we uncovered was asbestos free! As a builder that's one of the things you always dread in these old historic homes. Since everything came back negative naturally we started removing the old ugly faux siding to discover the old original cedar lap siding was still in great shape. Best of all none of it appears to have ever been painted. Double score! Nothing is worse than having to strip paint... Nothing... So on we go to remove this old crap, expose the original details and replace the nasty vinyl replacement windows with new high quality historically accurate fiber windows!

Winter is thawing and work is beginning on the exterior!  We took off all the nasty aluminum siding to reveal an even na...
03/15/2019

Winter is thawing and work is beginning on the exterior! We took off all the nasty aluminum siding to reveal an even nastier asphalt siding! luckily the surface is stable enough to properly cover with the new lap siding we will be installing. New historically accurate windows also come next week to replace the replacement vinyl. As those are installed we will return the old center mullions that were removed and bring back some of that old home charm. As a bonus gift we've uncovered terrific peak wood detail we plan to restore and incorporate to the rest of the home! We have also been working diligently inside. Electric an plumbing are all set. HVAC will begin to lay lines this coming week.

If more people thought this way we would have more beautiful walkable cities.  Density creates the need for walking spac...
03/11/2019
Opinion | The New ‘Dream Home’ Should Be a Condo

If more people thought this way we would have more beautiful walkable cities. Density creates the need for walking spaces, storefronts and generally interesting settings that people see on foot. You miss a lot when you zoom by in a car.

Builders want to sell us huge, unsustainable monstrosities. That’s not what we need.

The dream that is Detroit is alive and well with the latest round of investment announcements. This one brings with it n...
02/26/2019
FCA to open Jeep factory in Detroit, invest $4.5 billion in southeast Michigan

The dream that is Detroit is alive and well with the latest round of investment announcements. This one brings with it nearly five thousand jobs and that much more opportunity for the city and it's residents.

#investments #detroit

The Mack Avenue Engine plant in Detroit will be converted to an assembly plant building the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

It might be cold outside but the team has now officially entered full steam ahead on our new development.  We are back i...
01/29/2019

It might be cold outside but the team has now officially entered full steam ahead on our new development. We are back in Woodbridge turning this old historic mess into 2 two bedroom apartments. Once the spring rolls around we will break ground next door on a new 6 unit building to complement and liven this derelict corner of Rosa and Willis!

Interesting Detroit story on NPR regarding its finances and improvements.  The takeaway continues to reiterate selective...
01/02/2019
Detroit's Big Comeback: Out Of Bankruptcy, A Rebirth

Interesting Detroit story on NPR regarding its finances and improvements. The takeaway continues to reiterate selective investment in the city. We have invested in the city for over 9 years now and we know first hand blocks matter. Liquidity continues to slowly open up which brings the greatest opportunity moving forward. #investments #finance

Five years after filing for bankruptcy protection, Detroit has achieved a financial feat few experts predicted. But some worry the growth is leaving long-time Detroit residents behind.

Our historic buildings can only be saved if people like you choose to help save them.  Consider signing the petition and...
11/30/2018
Sign the Petition

Our historic buildings can only be saved if people like you choose to help save them. Consider signing the petition and tell council our buildings and our history is important.

Fort Shelby Residential LLC: Save the Detroit Saturday Night building

Gilbert definitely has vision for the city of Detroit.  I question the need to build such a a large building given how m...
10/29/2018
Latest Hudson’s site renderings show tower rising higher into Detroit’s skyline

Gilbert definitely has vision for the city of Detroit. I question the need to build such a a large building given how much empty land there is still in the core. What is strange is how late in the cycle we are in to build something like this. The occupancy figures definitely show there is demand to fill it but will it persist to maintain financial projections? One thing is for sure, when this thing is complete it will be a beacon of downtown.

The new design adds depth, dimension, and height to the tower.

Welcome to Dream! Our latest architectural art project is nearly complete.  The artwork and the front of the building is...
10/23/2018

Welcome to Dream! Our latest architectural art project is nearly complete. The artwork and the front of the building is finally finished and with it we brighten a once desolate corner of Detroit. To us its a testament that the American dream is still alive and a message to dream the impossible. Dreamers change the world. Dream!

Leasing has been going well and our new tenants will begin to move in early November. We still have a few units left for folks looking to call midtown Detroit home. For info feel free to message us!

Great write up this morning from Curbed Detroit on our building on Woodward and 94!  The art component started yesterday...
10/05/2018
Former ‘ugliest apartment building’ gets fresh new look

Great write up this morning from Curbed Detroit on our building on Woodward and 94! The art component started yesterday and should be finished in a few weeks. This will complete our fifth architectural art piece in the area and bring vibrancy to another little corner of Detroit.

Updated apartments are ready for tenants in this now brightly-colored building.

We have finished the first of our units!  We are actively leasing for one and two bedroom apartments at 89 E Edsel Ford ...
10/03/2018

We have finished the first of our units! We are actively leasing for one and two bedroom apartments at 89 E Edsel Ford Fwy. Only 2 blocks from WSU and one block from the Amsterdam Q line stop. Rent for 1 bedroom apartments are from $1050-$1325 and 2 bedrooms 2 bath units run $1750-$1900.
The units boast beautiful Maple cabinetry cabinets, granite counter tops, full tiled back splashes and porcelain floors, hd hickory laminate flooring, closed cell foam insulation for superior sound mitigation, tankless water heaters, individual room high efficient temperature controls, Central monitored alarm with WSUPD response, all snow and lawn maintenance and gated parking available. Feel free to message us to lease a unit. Take a look at the pictures of one of our one bedroom units with private deck!

We are a member of the National Fair Housing Alliance. The federal Fair Housing Actprohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability. For more information, visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing.

And then there were sidewalk!  Busy week ahead as we race to finish the rear deck/stairs, begin to install fence posts a...
09/15/2018

And then there were sidewalk! Busy week ahead as we race to finish the rear deck/stairs, begin to install fence posts and hopefully begin to rototill soil in preparation for hydroseed.

As a University of Michigan alumni, I wholeheartedly agree with an expansion into Detroit.  Detroit if finally becoming ...
09/10/2018
University of Michigan mulling larger footprint in Detroit

As a University of Michigan alumni, I wholeheartedly agree with an expansion into Detroit. Detroit if finally becoming the powerhouse it was in decades past. Expanding into this market would go a long way towards helping the city but also opens up U of M to a whole new cohort that may not necessarily want to be in Ann Arbor.

Purchase, renovation of Rackham Building could lead to "more substantial" physical presence in Detroit, university President Schlissel says.

Basement retaining wall nearly complete.  After a contractor fiasco we are back on pace to deal with concrete excavation...
09/08/2018

Basement retaining wall nearly complete. After a contractor fiasco we are back on pace to deal with concrete excavation Monday and hopefully finish exterior concrete in a week. Rear deck structure addition and stairs is starting to go in so we can immediately deal with rear siding work.

Work continues on the outside and inside. The old crumbling concrete steps have been replaced by more complimentary wood...
08/24/2018

Work continues on the outside and inside. The old crumbling concrete steps have been replaced by more complimentary wood stairs that will help bring additional color lower on the building. Concrete excavation has also begun. The rear of the building egress has now been dug out and cut open. This entrance will lead to the private office suites of the building. We are on pace to finish the third level within the new week or so with the second level following shortly after. We are hunting artists to paint the mural in the front as we speak. A bronze statue has also been commissioned and will sit out front to tie everything together!

Detroit is a process.  It has made great strides but there is a lot of work still left to be done.   Gilbert has done an...
08/21/2018
Billionaire Dan Gilbert has already bet $5.6 billion on Detroit's future, but money can't solve his biggest challenge

Detroit is a process. It has made great strides but there is a lot of work still left to be done. Gilbert has done an amazing job at creating critical mass in the core and his efforts have bolstered the immediate surrounding areas. Periphery neighborhoods such as the Villages, Marygrove, Clark Park area and many others would not have been possible had the immediate greater downtown area not established itself.

While many folks provide criticism over the growing divide, the reality is we need a strong core to make surrounding areas viable. We have a long way to go to become the city we want to be but that's the real opportunity. Every time we move a little forward the goal post shifts and creates more opportunity where none existed.

We have seen first hand through our developments how boundary expansion has shifted. What were once no go zones for us and many others have now become areas of investment. This is how we transform the landscape. We are literally moving neighborhoods one block at a time. It's an exciting time to be in the city and we are thrilled to continue to be a part of it.

Dan Gilbert, the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has invested $5.6 billion across 100 Detroit properties in the past eight years. To achieve his mission of revitalizing the city, he needs Detroiters on his side.

Its been a long journey for the Stott but I am ecstatic it has finally arrived.  I remember talking to Emre back in 2012...
08/14/2018
David Stott tower to reopen in downtown Detroit with luxury priced rents

Its been a long journey for the Stott but I am ecstatic it has finally arrived. I remember talking to Emre back in 2012 trying to figure out how to make this deal work. Back then the asking was a little over $3mm. It truly is remarkable how in only 6 years this building has come alive and rents are hovering close to $3 psf!

With 200k sq ft of office, 100k sq of retail and 425k sq ft of residential coming online in a few short years, this litt...
08/09/2018
Detroit is building a $1 billion 'city within a city' on the site of a dead department store

With 200k sq ft of office, 100k sq of retail and 425k sq ft of residential coming online in a few short years, this little stretch of Woodward will be a very different place. There are many exciting things happening that will radically transform our business climate.

On the site of a former department store, Detroit megadeveloper Bedrock plans to build an 800-foot-tall tower with 1 million square feet of retail, office, residential units, and public space. Its architects call the development a "city within a city."

Small infill development is critical for bridging the gaps in Detroit and creating a seamless urban core.  This one is p...
08/08/2018
$2.4 million mixed-use redevelopment planned for Midtown

Small infill development is critical for bridging the gaps in Detroit and creating a seamless urban core. This one is particularly of note because of its close proximity to the heavily residential area of Woodbridge where many of our projects are.

A vacant building is being converted into single-unit apartments and commercial space, with Slyde Detroit fast-casual restaurant as the first tenant to sign on.

Public art is one of the cheapest ways to increase value and differentiate.  Detroit has done a fantastic job of incorpo...
08/06/2018
Smithsonian names Murals in the Market one of the best mural festivals in the world

Public art is one of the cheapest ways to increase value and differentiate. Detroit has done a fantastic job of incorporating art in its comeback. We believe strongly in providing projects with a public art component. It simply makes things that much more interesting!

The festival returns September 13-22 with 30 new murals, 10,000 free maps, guided tours, and a block party.

We are getting close! Most of the exterior is painted now in preparation for the public art component.  Two of the three...
07/18/2018

We are getting close! Most of the exterior is painted now in preparation for the public art component. Two of the three floors have finish flooring, full kitchens and trim. The backsplashes are currently being installed. The electrician's started today to finish unit electrical. A concrete company has been selected and will start in the next 2 weeks. We are steadily on pace to complete the building sometime in September. The race to the finish is intensifying on all angles!

Address

4759 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI
48208

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Secure Realty posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Shortcuts

Nearby realtors & realty services


Other Real Estate Developers in Detroit

Show All