The Clinton Hill apartment where the Notorious B.I.G. grew up went on the market yesterday for $725,000, the Intelligencer reports. The decor looks more like it suits an elderly couple than a hip-hop all-star, but remember he hasn't lived there in decades?even though tour buses of devotees regularly make pilgrimages to the site.
Located in a multi-family townhouse surrounded by others just like it, 226 Saint James Street #3L is a 3BR/1BA unit on a tree-lined street. Back in 2004, it sold for $424,866, according to Streeteasy, making this a hefty flip if buyers jump at the chance to live where a small Biggie Smalls (before he was even called that) hung his hat.
"Hardwood floors, crown moldings, a coffered dining room ceiling and granite countertops" grace the long, skinny apartment, or so says the brokerbabble. Funnily enough, many of the late rapper's lyrics reference Bed-Stuy?Clinton Hill probably wasn't even, like, a thing in the 70s. In "Guaranteed Raw," Biggie raps: "Bed-Stuy Brooklyn where this rapper was originated/Your rhymes ain't shit, they must be constipated."
Another stark contrast to the somewhat girly, fully gentrified apartment pictured above? "So I guess you know the story, the rap-side, crack-side/How I smoked funk, smacked b_tches on the backside/Bed-Stuy, the place where my head rests/Fifty shot clip if a n_gga wan' test," goes "Machine Gun Funk." L'il Kim and Mos Def, by the way, are also from Bed-Stuy.
· Official listing: 226 Saint James Place #3L [Warren Lewis]
· Notorious B.I.G.'s Childhood Apartment in Brooklyn Selling for $725,000 [Intelligencer]
· Celebrity Real Estate coverage [Curbed]