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The Skinny House (Spite House) is For Sale in Boston


The story goes that there were two brothers: One went to fight in the Civil War, while the other remained in Boston. During the war, their father died, and the Boston brother built an expansive home on the land the brothers inherited.

When Civil War brother came home, he found all that was left for him was a measly piece of land, which the Boston brother considered too small for a house. So, out of spite, the Civil War brother built a 10-foot-wide home that reportedly blocked the sunlight and views from the Boston brother’s mansion.

The Spite House sold last back in 2017, but it’s for sale again — for a whopping $1.2 million! The home is more a “small” home than a tiny one, at just about 1,200 square feet. It has four floors, each one long and skinny, kind of like four THOWs stacked on top of each other.

Enjoy the photo tour below!

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A small plaque lets you know you’re home.

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Obviously, the space has been renovated since it’s 1890s construction.

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Its farmhouse sink and u-shaped kitchen would look at home in any THOW.

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The second floor has a living area.

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White-washed brick and wood floors.

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At it’s skinniest point, the home is just 6 feet, 2 inches wide!

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The third floor has a sitting area…

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And a built-in bunk room.

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The wood ceiling reminds you of how old the home is.

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On the next floor you’ll find the bedroom.

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Here they kept the beautiful brick.

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Built-in closet space.

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And there’s the laundry and bathroom.

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Fully-tiled with Boston views.

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The rooftop deck looks out on the water.

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And on the city.

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Description:

The Skinny House, an iconic landmark property deep rooted in Boston History. Floor-through residence with 3 exposures offering a unique floor plan, manicured gardens and a private roof deck with unobstructed harbor and city views. Full size Kitchen with updated appliances, custom cabinetry, stone countertop, and views of Copps Hill. Living/Dining area with hardwood floors, custom lighting, and Juliet Balcony facing private gardens. Second level with sitting area, laundry, bathroom offering custom tile work, shower/tub combo, and updated vanity. Upper level with living nook and guest bedroom with reach-in closet. Master suite features custom closet & lighting with direct access to private roof deck offering views of the North End and Harbor. Full size basement, Brick accents, motorized window treatments, hardwood floors, and recessed lighting. In the heart of the North End, next to the Waterfront, Faneuil Hall, Greenway, North Station, downtown Boston & all major transportation points.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • James D.
    August 11, 2021, 2:48 pm

    It’s definitely up there but it’s actually still far from being the most expensive. In some of the most competitive real estate markets in the country, homes as small as 600 square feet can sell for more than $1 million.

    The actual most expensive, an 800 square foot pied a’ terre at the Setai, in the Miami Beach area, was on the market for $2.5 million back in 2015, imagine what it would go for now for what would be the most expensive in 2021…

    While the upper end of luxury custom built RV’s exceeds $3 million, just to show that price range isn’t limited to the real estate market… But that can pale in comparison to some apartments/condos in the most expensive cities in the world. Just rent can run into the millions per year, though, most are pretty large they have an extremely high premium per sq ft… 421 Broome St. Penthouse, in New York, for example, is valued at around $65 Million for 3,000 Sq Ft… Scale that to 1200 Sq Ft and it would be around $26 million but could be more because cost per sq ft doesn’t scale linearly…

    Add, it can go even higher when you add the most expensive stuff in the world to go into the home… Like the most expensive couch is over $500,000… The most expensive 5.1 Audiophile Stereo System is worth over $5 million…

    Fortunately, the most expensive properties still represents a very small percentage of the market but that should give a better idea of how extremely expensive it can get even for small or tiny properties…

  • Hudson
    August 11, 2021, 6:56 pm

    Street parking for the car?

    • James D.
      August 11, 2021, 11:51 pm

      No, listing states there’s a garage for parking…

      • Lantz
        August 18, 2021, 8:01 pm

        Which is on the 5th floor. 😉

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 13, 2021, 7:00 pm

    Oh. . .well, if there’s a garage. . .

  • Jackie
    September 12, 2021, 1:51 pm
    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2021, 6:09 am

      Wowsers! That’s a pricey tiny house.

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