House That’s Just 10-Feet Wide Sells for $1.25 Million in Boston

by Jennifer Shea
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Now that’s some distinctive real estate.

A famous 10-foot-wide house in Boston, known as the Skinny House, recently sold for $1.25 million. The house, in the North End neighborhood, hit the market this August for $1.2 million. It “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week,” realtor CL Properties said on Facebook.

The final deal closed on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

The narrow four-story abode lacks a front door. It’s only wide enough for a single front-facing window on each floor. Residents have to enter the building through a side door.

Skinny House Is Over a Century Old

The Skinny House was built in 1862 and spans about 1,165 square feet. At its narrowest point, it is only 9.25 feet wide.

And there’s an interesting story behind the house. According to a plaque on its front face, it is also referred to by locals as the Spite House. As legend has it, two brothers inherited the land on which it sits. After one brother joined the Army, the other brother built a big house that took up most of their land. When the soldier returned, he decided to build the Skinny House on the remaining land just to block his brother’s windows.

The result, at 44 Hull St., last sold in 2017 for $900,000. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom and a private deck that looks out onto Boston Harbor. It also has a full-sized basement.

Massachusetts Home Prices Hit New Highs

For two months this summer, the median home sale price in Massachusetts stayed above $500,000, according to State House News.

The recent $525,000 median represented a 23.5 percent year-over-year increase. And analysts suggested that housing inventory will continue to decline, leading to falling overall sales and skyrocketing prices over the next few months.

In fact, at least 30 homes in the state have recently sold for $200,000 or more above the asking price, per the Boston Business Journal. Typically, asking prices have been aspirational, but these days in Massachusetts, they’re just a jumping-off point.

Seen through that lens, the sale of the Skinny House fits with the broader pattern. But the last buyer, in 2017, paid above asking price, too. It could also be that buyers are willing to shell out more for such a unique house.