DETROIT – It’s as if he left with just the clothes on his back. We went inside Kid Rock’s former Detroit mansion where he left so much behind, and it looks like he could still be living there.
Amy Trahey showed us around the home she recently purchased for just over a cool $2 million. Built in 1930, the six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot colonial is just one of six riverfront homes in Detroit. It’s located on Dwight Street, a few houses down from the mayor’s residence, the Manoogian Mansion.
Rock bought the home in 2012 and lived there until he sold it in 2019 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The original buyers who purchased it from Rock didn’t live in the home and kept it as is before relisting it.
Trahey says she plans to make the home of her primary residence and fix up some things, but leave everything just the way it is with all of Kid Rock’s furnishings, bed sheets, towels, blinds, liquor bottles, memorabilia, light fixtures… you name it.
The Lansing native’s plan is to use the home for events like weddings, birthday parties and charity and political fundraisers.
“It’s a way for me to make money to help pay for the maintenance of this property, which is significant,” Trahey told MLive. “I think it’s also a great opportunity to share this space with others. People want to get married by the water. How great would it be to do it here, close to the city and airport?”
Patriotism is the theme with numerous brass eagles, eagle lamps and American Flags spread throughout the home. Nearly every window blind in the house has the “Made in Detroit” logo on it. There’s also Badass beer logos all over the place – the beer brand developed with Kid Rock – including unopened cases of the beverage. The large dining room table also has American Badass on it.
Rock’s favorite bourbon whiskey must be Jim Beam. There’s unopened bottles of it all over the house, including on shelves and in bars in the living room, kitchen and large finished basement.
The basement is an entertainer’s dream. There are recliners, a TV, a poker table from the Palms Casino, a large bar, tables and booths and a mural.
The entertainment continues outside in the large backyard where there’s a patio, original seats from the old Tiger Stadium and a clocktower next to the boat house, which has a huge patio on top of it. The home has views of Belle Isle and the Detroit Yacht Club, along with Downtown Detroit in the distance.
“I feel like this is a special property. I love entertaining and this is an ideal spot to do it,” added Trahey. “This place has to be shared with people. It’s just epic. The boat house and views are breathtaking. Using it in winter might be more inside events, but the showcase is in the back. The river looks like a lake and it draws you in. You can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it.”
Once upon a time, Trahey says she didn’t even know who Kid Rock was. She was introduced to his music by her late husband, Brian. An experienced diver, he died last July in an accident while an underwater inspection of a dam for her company Great Lakes Engineering Group. Traey says this home is a way to connect to him.
“He loved Kid Rock and took me to some of his concerts. I didn’t even know who Rock was before I met my husband. He liked rock n’ roll and I grew up liking rap.”
Trahey started Great Lakes Engineering in 2000. The company’s focus is bridge inspection, design and construction. She also founded Trayco Investment Properties.
“I was fortunate to build 23 great years of memories with my husband and I want to help other people build great memories as well. I invest in other properties and want to offer them to people to have great experiences. Other places I have will be like Airbnb’s, but I don’t plan on having people stay overnight at Kid Rock’s home. It’s a little more unique.”
If you want to hold an event at Trahey’s house, Kid Rock’s old mansion, contact [email protected]
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