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Notorious B.I.G.’s famed NYC apartment hits market for $1.7M

Notorious B.I.G.’s famed Brooklyn home is up for sale at $1.7 million, The Post can report. 

Born Christopher George Latore Wallace, the legendary New York rapper owned the apartment in 1994 and resided there with his wife, Faith Evans, and her daughter, Chyna Tahjere Griffin, until his untimely death in 1997.

While living at the residence, located in the Fort Greene neighborhood, Biggie Smalls released one of his most notable albums: “Ready to Die.” 

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex is just blocks away from the street that was named after the iconic musician.

The enormity of Biggie’s legacy may be felt through the countless depictions of him in street art and murals across the city. The rapper grew up in Clinton Hill at 226 St. James Place. His childhood apartment now rents for more than $4,000 a month, The Post previously reported.

The home was even featured in the documentary “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.”

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex is one block away from Fort Greene Park.
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The expansive living area with 12-feet high ceilings and an arched window.
The expansive living area features 12-foot-high ceilings and an arched window.
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The chef’s kitchen features a Bosch 5- burner stove top, Deep double sink, Glassos and Carrera countertops, as well as two stainless steel ovens.
The chef’s kitchen features a Bosch five-burner cooktop, deep double sink, Glassos and Carrera countertops and two stainless steel ovens.
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A view of the open floor plan which holds stairs that lead to the bedroom.
Next to the dining area is a staircase that leads to the bedroom.
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The current owner, Carolina Duncan, is a notable costume designer who has worked on award-winning series including “The Affair” and “When They See Us.”  

Duncan gave the home a gut renovation after purchasing it in 2011. Pegged as a “chic artistic haven,” the apartment features amenities like a custom library, walk-through closets and tons of lofted space. 

The newly renovated library with built-in bookshelves.
The recently renovated library boasts built-in bookshelves.
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The dining space.
The dining space.
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The expansive walk-in closet.
The spacious walk-in closet.
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The primary bathroom is a sanctuary from the city with both an oversized walk-in shower and freestanding deep soaking tub.
The primary bathroom is a sanctuary from the city with both an oversized walk-in shower and a freestanding deep soaking tub.
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“When I moved in, the basement was just a raw space with concrete floors,” Duncan 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.” 

“Upstairs had been carved into a series of puzzling small rooms so I did the opposite, and knocked down all the walls to create a lofted open space,” she added. “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.” 

The freestanding soaking tub situated next to built-in bookshelves.
The freestanding soaking tub is situated next to built-in shelves.
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One of two bedrooms.
One of the two bedrooms.
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One of two renovated bathrooms which doubles as a powder room.
One of the two renovated bathrooms, this one also serving as a powder room.
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The living room comes with a wood-burning fireplace.
The living room comes with a wood-burning fireplace.
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Other features include a newly installed chef’s kitchen, 12-foot-high ceilings, an immense arched window, a wood-burning brick fireplace and large timber beams.

The building itself attracted “American Horror Story” actor Denis O’Hare, who resided in the building for 20 years. 

Josh Doyle of Compass holds the listing. 

Biggie, Tupac and Redman
Rappers Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and Redman pose for a portrait backstage at Tupac’s show at the Palladium on July 23, 1993 in New York, New York.
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Theories surrounding Biggie’s murder continue to draw interest. After nearly 25 years, the Mafia-style assassination that took the rapper’s life remains one of the most confounding mysteries in music history.

The Brooklyn-born hip-hop legend was shot dead by a bow-tied assassin on March 9, 1997, while sitting in a green Chevy Suburban parked on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

He was struck with four GECO bullets — rare, metal-piercing 9mm ammo manufactured in Europe and sold only in certain California and New Jersey shops.

Violetta Wallace, left, mother of Biggie Smalls, also known as "The Notorious B.I.G.," poses for photographers with Sean "Diddy" Combs, center, and rapper Lil' Kim during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in New York.
Voletta Wallace, left, mother of Biggie Smalls, also known as “The Notorious B.I.G.,” poses for photographers with Sean “Diddy” Combs, center, and rapper Lil’ Kim during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in New York.
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The drive-by hit was a major salvo in a brutal East Coast-West Coast rap feud that had claimed the life of Biggie’s rival Tupac Shakur six months earlier. September 13 marks 25 years since Shakur’s death.

In a 2017 interview, Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, told The Post that it “still hurts that nothing has been done.”

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