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If only they'd thrown in the football team too they might have made it a cool million.
At an auction on Monday, the Pontiac Silverdome,

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Pontiac Silverdome Sold for $583,000: Here's the House the New Owners Could Have Bought

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If only they'd thrown in the football team too they might have made it a cool million.
At an auction on Monday, the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the NFL's Detroit Lions, was sold to a Canadian developer for $583,000. Roughly half of what a New Jersey couple recently paid for the one-bedroom bungalow where Bruce Springsteen wrote "Born to Run" and a 99% discount on the $55 million it cost to build the stadium 35 years ago.

The Silverdome's new owners say they plan to use it as a home for a professional soccer team. But assuming they were just in the market for any old house, just what could their money have gotten them here in Seattle?

Presenting...

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...the townhouse in Magnolia...

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...versus the dome in Michigan.

What: Magnolia townhouse vs. Michigan dome

Where: Near Discovery Park vs. Near Detroit

How much: $585,000 vs. $583,000

Square feet: 1,490 vs. 430,000

Bedrooms: Two (one master, one guest) vs. 103 luxury suites (including the owner's -- that's you)

Bathrooms: 1.75 vs. No actual figures, but we're guessing more than two

Parking: One garage spot vs. 12,464 on-site, with another 8,700 off-site

Built: This year vs. 1975

Listing agent: Dan Wilcynski of Windermere Real Estate vs. City of Pontiac

Sustainability bona fides: Certified LEED Platinum. Rooftop solar panels, bamboo floors and dual-flush toilets vs. Holes in roof provide cost-effective ventilation

Biggest crowd: Probably during the open-house with the salmon-cake spread vs. 93,173 for Wrestlemania III

Haunted? Probably not vs. Almost certainly -- the Lions won only one playoff game in 26 years at the Silverdome, enough reason to think the place might still be filled with ghosts

Verdict: You can't go wrong with treated cedar siding. That stuff is durable and keeps your house smelling like a shaded glen all year round. Magnolia wins.

 
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