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The narrowest apartment in New York City seen in a YouTube video listed for $5 million

Kirsty Kendall

A YouTuber and real estate agent Erik Conover introduced the narrowest apartment in New York City in a YouTube video.

The apartment is only 8 feet and 7 inches wide. It has just under 1,000 square feet of living space, so it’s not a tiny house. It´s just very narrow.

The three-story townhouse is listed for $5 million.

The famous house plays a role in the history of New York City

The three-bedroom house is at 75½ Bedford Street. It is wedged between Bedford Street 75 and 77.

The house got constructed in 1873.

The narrow house is so famous that it has its own Wikipedia page. The Dutch gabled house is even part of New York City walking tours.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, lived in the house with her husband from 1923 to 1924.

Former residents also include William Steig, the illustrator of Shrek, and actors Cary Grant and John Barrymore.

The role of the house in New York City history explains its high price.

The old meets the new in the narrow house

In the YouTube video, Erik Conover demonstrates how narrow the apartment is. The 6 foot 4 inches tall man lays across the floor and puts his arms over his head. That way, he reaches across the room from wall to wall.

The apartment has white walls and lots of built-in storage space. The original beams of the house are still in place.

The living room and the kitchen are located on the first floor. The kitchen comes with modern appliances and even a cappuccino maker.

The kitchen opens up into the backyard. The backyard is shared with three other apartments. With ivies and old-fashioned benches, it´s like a secret garden.

Below the first floor, there is a basement. The basement could serve as the fourth bedroom.

The white walls and beams make the space look bigger. The basement also has a bathroom.

The 6 foot 4 inches tall Erik's head reaches the ceiling of the basement He points out in the video that the basement could work as the kid's room.

Fireplaces, the built-in murphy bed, and the master bathroom

A spiral staircase leads up to the second floor.

The pocket doors that pop into the wall save space.

The master bathroom is at the back of the hallway on the second floor.

There is an old-fashioned claw foot soaking tub with an antique faucet. The bathroom also has the original fireplace and a steam shower.

The whole wall leading to the balcony opens. Thanks to the windows of the balcony door, there is lots of natural light in the bathroom.

The second floor also has a bedroom with a built-in murphy bed. There is another fireplace as well.

The fully automated skylight and the top-level terrace are the highlights of the third floor

The skylight on the third floor was built in 1923. It´s fully automated; blinds come down by a push of a button.

There are space-saving pocket doors on the third floor as well.

Two bedrooms are on the third floor. Both rooms have a fireplace.

In one bedroom, there is no room for a bed. That is because of the built-in shelving. As Conover points out in the video, this bedroom would work better as a home office.

In the second bedroom of the third floor, there is hidden shelving behind a pocket door. This bedroom also comes with the most spacious closet in the apartment.

The closet has two small hanging racks, two shelves above, and storage space below. So, even this closet is not that large.

This bedroom leads out to the top-level terrace overlooking greenery. Like on the second floor, you can open the whole wall in front of the balcony.

The historical house may not actually be the narrowest in New York

The 75½ Bedford Street is known as the narrowest house in New York.

However, according to Wikipedia, several buildings in New York may be even narrower. There is a corner building in Greenpoint in Brooklyn just under 8 feet wide.

If you had $5 million, would you want to move into this narrow New York house? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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