After sitting on the market for 12 years, rapper 50 Cent’s 50,000-square-foot mansion in Farmington, Conn., has finally sold — for millions of dollars below the original asking price.
The opulent 19-bedroom, 25-bathroom home at 50 Poplar Hill Drive (we see what you did there, Fiddy) was originally listed for $18.5 million in 2007. However, a deal was recently brokered by Jennifer Leahy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $2.9 million.
Of course, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill mansion. Set on 17 acres, the estate has “a substantial night club,” multiple game rooms, an indoor court, a green-screen room, a recording studio, a full gym, a home theater, a conference room, a pool “grotto,” separate guest houses, a basketball court, and landscaped gardens.
“It is one of the few homes in Connecticut that have approved grounds for landing a helicopter which makes for easy access from/to New York City,” a listing from Douglas Elliman stated.
The sale was reported by The Wall Street Journal on Monday.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, purchased the mansion in 2004 from boxer Mike Tyson for $4.1 million, and then sank millions of dollars into it for renovations, according to the Associated Press.
The Journal reported that the house was costing Jackson about $70,000 a month, citing documents related to the rapper’s 2015 bankruptcy filing. The sale’s proceeds would be donated to the rapper’s nonprofit, G-Unity Foundation Inc, the Journal reported.
In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Leahy, the listing agent, declined to name the buyer. Leahy could not immediately be reached by the Globe for comment.
In a January appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the rapper talked a bit about why he didn’t want the house anymore.
“I don’t want a big house no more. I experienced that with the Tyson mansion,” Jackson said. “You look down the hallway, and you go — [you know] whenever you look down a hallway in your house and you don’t want to go down there?”
Colbert cracked up before asking, “Because it’s so long?”
“You go, ‘I don’t care what’s going on down there, I don’t want to go over there,’ ” Jackson said. “And things would break because you didn’t use it . . . Because you didn’t turn it on, now the light is flickering.”
“That’s too big of a house,” Colbert agreed.
“I didn’t need it . . . It’s a party space, an event space,” Jackson said.
More photos of the house, as provided by Douglas Elliman representatives:
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.