Notorious B.I.G.’s Bed-Stuy Childhood Home for Sale
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.