News: Jay Z's Pre-Fame Brooklyn Hideout Hits The Market

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 8:51PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Diehard Jay Z fans wishing they could attain a piece of history will have their chance this weekend as reports claim Young Hov's old apartment building has a vacancy.

According to reports, interested buyers can show off their love of Jigga Man for nearly $900,000.

In 2009, Jay-Z immortalized Brooklyn's 560 State Street by mentioning it in his anthemic "Empire State of Mind". "Took it to my stash spot, 560 State Street/Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whipping pastry," he rhymed, recalling his rise and realization of the American dream. Unit 2C in the Boerum Hill building is currently on the market for $869,000, featuring two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms within 1,060-square-feet. There's a open house at 1 p.m. this Sunday, and if any brokers still refuse to use the fact that Jay once lived in the building to sell this place, they're losing. Hard. Though it's not the same unit (Jay-Z apparently lived in 10B), that's still a pretty unique selling point. (Complex)

Jay's longtime late friend and rap mogul Notorious B.I.G.'s childhood apartment hit the bidding block earlier this year.

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. (Curbed)

Listing agent Judith Lief previously provided details on the crib's former occupants.

Asked if she was aware of the condo's significance in music, listing agent Judith Lief said this morning, "You must be kidding. I am." Lief told Daily Intelligencer that "very lovable people" own the place and she wouldn't want its past to affect its future. "The tour buses that come by regularly are enough," she said. "I don't really know yet what impact, if any, [Biggie's looming presence] will have on the sale. I think it'll be notable, but I don't know if novelty translates to a purchase." (NY Mag)

Prior to going up in flames last week, rap star Eminem's Detroit childhood home hit the real estate market this year.

The home where Eminem spent most of his teenage years is on the auction block. WWJ's Sandra McNeill stopped by the house on Dresdan Street on Detroit's east side. The Michigan Land Bank has put the homeonce owned by the rapper's mother, Debbie Nelson, up for sale. The brick bungalow sits behind tall weeds and is boarded up in a block where nearly every home appears to be vacant and some stripped of anything valuable. (CBS Local)

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