It’s been more than 50 years since Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe moved into the Clinton Hill townhouse at the center of Smith’s 2010 memoir, Just Kids—and that townhouse is once again available to rent. The 3,500-square-foot, three-story home is now on the market for $8,000 a month, more than 100 times what the pair of artists paid back in the late ’60s (Smith and Mapplethorpe paid a mere $80 a month, which equates to $600 today). In Just Kids, Smith described the living quarters where she and Mapplethorpe resided in the earlier days of their artistic exploration.
“We had the entire second floor, with windows facing east and west, but its aggressively seedy condition was out of range of experience,” Smith wrote. “Robert cut a deal with the landlord, agreeing to clean and paint it himself provided we pay only one month’s deposit, instead of the required two. The rent was $80 a month. We paid $160 to move into 160 Hall St. We regarded the symmetry as favorable.” The three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo today looks quite different than how it must have back then: The space includes an open chef’s kitchen, a rear yard, and a rooftop deck, with a basement that can be used as a gym or recreation space. According to Brooklyn Properties, which is handling the rental of the townhouse, the property has undergone quite the (apparent) renovation by contractor Jay Tall of Tall Builders. Additionally, the vibe of the apartment is eclectic, but far from “aggressively seedy”: According to the listing, painted brick walls have been integrated into the dwelling’s original pine floors and exposed oak beams.