The Notorious B.I.G’s famed Fort Greene apartment, where he recorded his classic album Ready to Die, just hit the market for a whopping price.
As reported by the New York Post, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex property is now on sale for $1.7 million and is one block away from Fort Greene Park. It’s also located mere blocks away from the street that was named after the legendary musician. The apartment includes 12-foot high ceilings, arched windows, a recently renovated library and office space, and massive walk-in closets. The apartment’s current resident, Caroline Duncan, gave the apartment a gut renovation in 2011. She herself is a famed costume designer who designed the costumes seen in The Affair and When They See Us.
“When I moved in, the basement was just a raw space with concrete floors,” she told the Post. “I framed and put up all the walls and created a bathroom with barn wood and modern finishes, a massive walk through closet to showcase my collection of clothing and accessories, a laundry room and bedrooms.”
She went on to say that the apartment’s upstairs area “had been carved into a series of puzzling small rooms” when she bought the property, so she “knocked down all the walls” and created “a lofted open space.” “I loved the neighborhood, the proximity to Fort Greene Park, the fact that the building is on the Historic Register and had the bones of a true artist’s residence,” Duncan added.
The apartment is located in close proximity to Biggie’s childhood home in Clinton Hill, which was reported by the Post as having been rented out for $4k a month. The building sold in 2013 for $825,000, and in addition to its three bedrooms, also offered a den and separate dining room along with hardwood floors and high ceilings.
“It’s so calm and residential now,” broker Fabienne Lecole told the Post. “It’s hard to imagine it’s the same street that he sang about with all the drugs and gunfire. It couldn’t be more different.” Kathleen Perkins, a real estate broker, also added, “The neighborhood is all hipsters and millennials, people in finance, and tech people.”