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Bigfoot homes stomp way into older suburbs

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A developer offered $340,000 for the ranch John and Mavis Burr bought in Royal Oak 10 years ago. "The future for us is we have to sell to someone who wants to build another one of those," John Burr says about a mammoth house next door.


Across Metro Detroit, the practice of buying and tearing down small, older houses to build large homes buoys tax rolls but often annoys neighbors.


Bigfoot homes stomp way into older suburbs

Trend angers neighbors who feel squeezed

By Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News

John and Mavis Burr loved the home they bought for their retirement, with its landscaped yard overlooking Royal Oak

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