Everyone gets their start somewhere. For rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G., it all began in 972 square feet on the edge of gang-ridden Bed-Stuy. Today, the historic Brooklyn neighborhood is hipster central: artsy but not over-the-top cool. And Wallace’s former 3-bedroom is no exception, just hitting the market for a pricey $725,000.
The rap legend nicknamed “Big” because of his weight at age 10 reportedly worked as a bag boy at Met Food around the corner from the eight-unit limestone building. He began selling drugs at age 11, and by the time he was a teenager, “Biggie Smalls” was a rapper who had already seen the inside of a jail cell.
A few years ago, the apartment was renovated to update the kitchen from its original 1906 construction, while preserving the home’s traditional style. An east-facing living room with large windows leads into a defined dining area with a coffered ceiling. Crown molding and hardwood floors are also reminders of the home’s historic roots.
The apartment last sold in 2004 for $424,866, according to property records. Now asking $725,000, it’s 57 percent more expensive than the median home value in New York. This could be due to Wallace’s name, which has undoubtedly left a mark on the East Coast hip-hop scene leading up to and following his death on March 9, 1997.
Clinton Hill home values are expected to rise 4.2 percent next year while New York as a whole remains flat. An estimated mortgage payment on Wallace’s childhood home is $2,585 a month, assuming 20 percent down on a 30-year fixed mortgage.
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