The home where Eminem spent his formative years is now in bad shape, but the city of Detroit will sell it to you for basically nothing.
Eminem’s childhood home — located at 19946 Dresden near Detroit’s famed 8 Mile — is the place he spent many of his formative years, but now it’s owned by the city, and officials want to get rid of it.
The problem? The house has seen better days and no one wants to buy it.
Marshall Mathers’ mother, Deborah Mathers, bought the home in 1987 for $19,900, according to the Detroit Free Press. She sold it in 1994 and the house changed hands about 10 times before Wayne County foreclosed on it in 2001 for non-payment of taxes. A real estate investment company bought the abandoned property in 2009 for $1, though it reverted back to the county when it failed to sell for $500 at auction.
Now, it’s back up for sale — and anyone can essentially “buy” it for as little as $1, as long as they fill out the appropriate application. The publicity might increase interest in the house, though it might not be that appealing, given the rough neighborhood.
“In a case like this, if the property is blighted, or the whole neighborhood is blighted, it would be unusual to get a buyer,” Michigan Land Bank Executive Director Kim Homan told the Free Press.
Eminem hasn’t yet expressed interest in buying the property, though he obviously has a history with the place. He put the house on the cover of The Marshall Mathers LP — and the boarded-up frame is back for the cover of his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, out on Nov. 5.
Homan hopes he might come forward and take it off their hands.
“It’s sad to see things like this, especially when you made it successful,” she said. “My little coins, I put together and try to give back. Why [can’t] millionaires… do that? One or two of us is not going to work. We need a load full of people who still have passion, still have love for Detroit.”
He obviously has love for Detroit, but the house probably holds more bad memories than good — especially given his years-long estrangement from his mother.