Boston, MA

The narrowest point of the Skinny House in Boston is only 6.2 feet wide

Kirsty Kendall

The Skinny House is known as the narrowest house in Boston.

The house is located at 44 Hull Street at the North End.

The house got sold for $1.25 million in 2021.

The four-story house has only one bathroom

The widest point inside the Skinny House is 9.2 feet wide. The narrowest point is only 6.2 feet wide.

The unique house has four floors. Instead of doors, the spaces inside the house are separated by the floors.

The bathroom is one of the few rooms with a door. There is only one bathroom in the whole four-story house. Many people might consider that a downside.

The house has 1,165 square feet of living space.

The story of the two brothers

There is a story that the Skinny House was built as a ”spite house” after the American Civil War.

According to Wikipedia, spite houses are built mainly to irritate neighbors. That’s why these houses are often weird and unpractical.

A very narrow four-story house with only one bathroom fits the definition of unpractical.

According to the story, two brothers inherited land from their father in the 1800s.

One brother was serving in the military. While he was away, the other brother built a large home for himself. He only left a tiny property for his soldier brother.

When the soldier returned home, he built the Skinny House to annoy his brother and ruin his views.

The Skinny House is unique, but it’s not the only narrow house in the United States. There is a famous house in New York that is only 8 feet and 7 inches wide.

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