Eminem 2013: Rapper's Childhood Home in Detroit Up for Sale
The small brick home where Eminem spent many of his teenage years, and that is on the cover of 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, is now for sale.
The house used to be owned by Eminem's mother, Debbie Mathers, now known as Debbie Nelson. Now, however, The Michigan Land Bank has put the property up for auction. They have owned it since Oct. 5, 2012, according to MLive. Buyers can own the Detroit home on 19946 Dresden St. for a $35 processing fee and the right bid. Currently, there is no minimum bid on the home. Taxes on the house are posted as between $7,000 and $8,000 a year.
"[The house] looks very bad," Lillian Johnson, a resident of Dresden St. said in an interview with CBS Detroit. "[It] needs to be tore down.
In 2010, Spin magazine spoke with Eminem about his former home. The rapper said that he went to the house a year-and-a-half ago and noticed that one of its side windows was boarded up.
"It looked like no one lived there," Eminem said.
Today, tall weeds surround the gold brick house which is boarded up, just like many of its neighbors. In fact, many of the houses that neighbor Eminem's old residence appear vacant.
The house represents a hard time in Eminem's life, when a dysfunctional family, low-income and dangerous neighborhoods were all he knew.
"It may sound corny, but I'll go by and try to remember how things were when I was in those houses," Eminem told Spin. "I'll go back and remember, like, fuck, man, how life was back then. How much of a struggle it was. As time goes by, you might get content and forget things."
Nelson owned the house from March 1992 until April 2003. Since Nelson left the house, there have been at least 10 different owners. 19946 Dresden St. has also been under foreclosure at least two times in the past 10 years.
Eminem's latest single "Berzerk" sold 362,000 copies during its first week, Rolling Stone reports, and debuted at number two on Billboard's Digital Songs chart. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be released Nov. 5 and is expected to make a similar splash in terms of music sales.