Almost every home comes with a little bit of history (sometimes charming, other times a little eerie), but would you willingly move into a former insane asylum?
One bygone institution in Traverse City, Michigan is now making that option readily available. The Traverse City State Hospital, which opened in 1885 and finally shuttered its doors in 1989, has been the site of a massive mixed-use renovation.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons occupies the former asylum's 63 acres and will offer a combination of commercial offices, residential homes and retail spaces, including bakeries and wine bars. Curbed estimates that by the time construction finishes 1,000 people will live there and 800 will work on the grounds.
Though the interiors have been completely overhauled, much of the complex's early touches were preserved. Many of the original arched windows and entryways are still intact throughout the various Italianite-style brick buildings on the property.
Condos at the one-time asylum are currently going for around $500K. So, would you move into a new home with such a, erm, storied past?
Check out before and after photos of the abandoned-now-revived hospital:
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