Inside Eminem's Luxurious Former Mansion

Eminem soared from the streets to superstardom in the '90s, and as his success grew, so followed his millionaire-worthy homes. The "main mansion" is the property that the artist named Marshall Mathers has called home for over 20 years, where he lives with his now mostly grown children. Velvet Ropes describes this brown-bricked mansion as having 8,900 square feet, and it sold for $1.48 million in 2000 at the height of the rapper's success.

Highly private, Eminem's current home has appeared in few photographs and has a limited digital footprint due to being purchased so long ago. Fortunately for fans, the superstar rapper used to have another mansion which has recently been listed for resale, so we can sneak a peek inside. In 2003 the "Slim Shady" rapper purchased a Rochester Hills home for $4.8 million, but later sold this property for a significant reduction, listing the little-used and over-the-top mansion for just under $2 million in 2017 (via the Detroit Free Press). Selling for a further reduction at $1.9 million — like these celebs who sold homes for much less than they bought them for – this 17,500-square-foot home has recently been relisted on the market.

An overview of Eminem's former getaway

When the property was first listed by Eminem, the rapper's sources described it not as a primary home, but instead as an occasional getaway. In the listing at the time, the real estate agency shared (as described by the Detroit Free Press) "SPECTACULAR gated estate on nearly 6 acres with guard house" where "every bedroom is a suite!" The interior is all about rich, deep, rose-colored wood features, from built-in ceiling details to a custom bar and intricate metal work on a nearby grand fireplace.

The luxurious mansion reportedly includes a "two-story, 1,500-square-foot entertainment room" and "rare-wood paneling" (via The New York Times). The Zillow listing allows us to see additional features, including the circular driveway to grand entry and a casual tennis court on the side near an attractive pergola or pavilion. The pool, pool house, and club house are truly amazing features, as residents can soak in the hot tub and stroll through the lush, green surrounding woods. Built in 1994, the property sits atop 5.69 acres and boasts five garage spaces.

Eminem's bedroom suites in his former mansion

Listing agents at Century 21 describe the property as having six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms. Each bedroom reportedly has a "theme," and the house is filled with "state of the art electronics, audio, visual and lighting systems." Plus, the home resides in a gated community with security. Don't forget the butler's pantry, the three-story elevator, or the waterfall connecting the pool and hot tub. Looking closer at the bedroom suites, just the bathrooms alone could be a comfortably-sized urban apartment with all the amenities. But which items are from Eminem's tenure and which are from the more recent resident? 

We're guessing Eminem's time in residence may be best reflected in the clean lines and colors of the bathrooms and kitchen. Why? The Sun shares a peek into the current mansion (via his daughter, Haile Jade Mathers) in April 2020, featuring clean pale rooms in the background. We also get a sneak peak at a black fireplace surrounded by cream tile and multiple mirrors. Other more neutral features include a gray tile-like wall, cream carpets, and grey window blinds that would easily coordinate with this former bedroom suite.

Live like Eminem for only $3,225,000

Kitchens are a selling point in any home sale, and this mansion kitchen is a cook's dream. The extensive wine fridge pairs with two oversized refrigerators and island seating. This follows the previous house's themes of inlaid wood and white with dark stone countertop details. Rounded multi-pane windows let in ample light, but if not there's plentiful recessed lighting — and remember there's a butler's pantry outside this image, too. 

Yet while beautiful, there's a rumor that this property may not have the best karma. The New York Times reports that former owners of the mansion did not fare too well with the law. Eminem purchased the property from Charles Conaway, Kmart's former chairman and chief executive at the time of the brand's downward spiral, who was sentenced to repay $5.5 million to the SEC for misleading investors. Prior to Conaway, the mansion was owned by Rick Bellestri, a toolmaker who ended up serving five years in jail for charges related to tax fraud and racketeering. Since Eminem lost over $2 million on this property himself (though thankfully has stayed on the good side of the law), there have been some price disappointments. The property as been listed and removed from listing multiple times since 2020, dropping from $3.75 million to $3.25 million over time, per Zillow.