Gallery: See $1-million Palmer Woods home for sale by NFL vet Ron Bartell, a Detroit entrepreneur


A larger-than-life Louis Armstrong portrait greets visitors opposite the front door. See nine more scenes below. (Photos from Realcomp)

“This house is too big for one guy alone,” Detroit restaurateur Ron Bartell tells the Free Press about his five-bedroom Palmer Woods home. His family lives in California, so the former NFL player out his second home on the market three weeks ago for $1.1 million.

He’ll look for a smaller Detroit base in Midtown, real estate freelancer Judy Rose writes at the Freep in her weekly “House Envy” feature.


Bartell’s home office has halmets from his jobs with the Rams (2005-11) Raiders (2012) and Lions (2012-13).

Bartell, a Renaissance High graduate who turns 39 on Feb. 22, was a Lions cornerback in 2012-13 at the end of an eight-year pro football career.

In 2015, he opened Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles on Livernois Avenue, two miles west of the house he bought in 2018. In 2020, he started Kahn Cannabis Co. dispensary in the Russell Industrial Center north of downtown. Rose describes other business visions:

This spring he plans to open a second restaurant called Petty Cash close to downtown, and he’s involved in other development projects on the city’s north end of Livernois.

The 5,075-square-foot house for sale dates to 1965 and is three blocks west of Woodward Avenue, just north of seven mile. It has stained-glass door panels, a two-story atrium foyer and four full bathrooms. The agent, Miranda Morrow of National Realty Centers in Northville, describes it as a “classic California contemporary mansion in one of Detroit’s finest neighborhoods.”

Her listing has 53 photos, including these eight:

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The property is near Woodward Avenue and 7 Mile Road.

The midcentury-style seating area off the dining room has a fireplace and sunken conversation pit.

The “spa-like master suite” has a fireplace and walk-in closet.

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