Boston’s iconic ‘Skinny House’ sells for $1.25 million

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One of Boston’s most quaint homes, known as the “Skinny House,” has sold for $1.25 million in excess of its asking price.

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The historic four-story house in Boston’s North End was built in 1862, and is said to be the narrowest house in the city.

Oddly proportioned, the building measures approximately 1,165 square feet, but has a maximum width of only 10 feet, a little over 9 feet at the back of the house. At its narrowest point — 6.2 feet — the walls are close enough so that most adults can touch opposite sides of the house at the same time.


According to local legend, the two brothers inherited the land on which the house is built. When one of them joined the army, the other built a vast estate that occupied most of the land, leading to a quarrel between the two. So when the first brother returned from the war, he built the Skinny House to block his brother’s vision and sunlight.

For this reason, the building is also known as the Spice House, according to a plaque on the façade.

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According to real estate marketplace Zillow, the iconic home hit the market in August for $1.2 million and sold for $1.25 million.

Estate agency CL Properties posted on its Facebook page: “Featured in some of the most prominent media platforms in the country, 44 Hull Street has received multiple offers and in less than a week, it was settled for more than the list price. “

The home has two bedrooms and one bathroom and includes a private deck overlooking the Boston Harbor. There is no front door, so residents have to walk down an alleyway to enter through a side door.


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