No, Jay Z never lived in this particular two-bedroom duplex, but he did once live at 560 State Street, as documented in "Empire State of Mind." But it's highly unlikely that this condo, currently listed for $1.4 million, is what he envisioned when he was using the building as a stash spot.
In any case, the rustic-chic "historical yet modern" condo has some nice things going for it. The living area offers three huge windows and high ceilings, plus custom shelving made out of wood from a reclaimed NYC water tower. The main room bleeds into a huge open kitchen, outfitted with snazzy red cabinets and —in keeping with the whole local theme—New York State-sourced slate countertops and windowsills. The windows themselves face out onto the enormous "euro-inspired" brick common courtyard, adding "serenity to the home," and also what looks like a nice place to grill. The upstairs level houses a huge master bedroom with a big closet, a "quality-sized" second bedroom, a washer/dryer, and subway-tiled full bath, allowing you to feel vaguely like you are commuting at all times.
Speaking of commuting: it’s hard to imagine a location better suited to it, given that this place is right across the street from the 11 subway lines at Atlantic Avenue. Other perks include a full-time super, a laundry room (not that you’ll need it), and that sprawling courtyard.
- 560 State Street #4C [StreetEasy]
- Glam Condo in Jay Z's Onetime Boerum Hill Home Asks $1.5M [Curbed NY]