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Boston’s ‘Skinny House,’ sells for more than $1.2 million 

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Boston’s infamous “skinny house,” built amid a Civil War family feud, sold on the market after about a month for $1.25 million.

The single-family home is just three feet wide and 30 feet long with 1,165 square feet of space spread over four floors — not to mention a private rooftop deck overlooking Boston Harbor — all on a total of 0.03 acres.

It was listed on Aug. 10 and had seen high demand, going under in less than a week, real estate agency CL Properties announced on Facebook on Thursday.

Legend has it that the house – also known as the ‘Spite House’ – was built in 1890 on a lot shared by feuding brothers who had inherited their father’s land. One of them returned from Civil War battles to find that his brother had built a large house on the lot, so in revenge he squeezed his own property between two other houses to block the sunlight and the view of the harbor.

“Shaquille O’Neal could definitely hit wall-to-wall,” Travis Sachs, executive vice president of CL Properties, told the Washington Post.

It sold for $50,000 above its original asking price to a family of four after the deal was finalized this week.

Boston’s infamous “skinny house” in the city’s North End was sold to a family of four for $1.25 million after about a month on the market this week. The single-family home is only three feet wide and 30 feet long

In the kitchen the original antique floorboards have been preserved and from the window there is a view of Copp's Hill

In the kitchen the original antique floorboards have been preserved and from the window there is a view of Copp’s Hill

There is a backyard (photo) and a roof terrace.  Listing agent Carmella Laurella of CL Properties told Boston Magazine: “The place lives much bigger than the square footage indicates.  It's all windows and gardens and views.'

There is a backyard (photo) and a roof terrace. Listing agent Carmella Laurella of CL Properties told Boston Magazine: “The place lives much bigger than the square footage indicates. It’s all windows and gardens and views.’

In terms of square footage, Sachs said the sale price was roughly in line with the city’s real estate market.

“In the North End waterfront area, we average about $1,000 per square foot here,” he said.

“Above that, we sold for about $1,500 per square foot because the house has been completely renovated, has the outdoor space in the back and also the private roof terrace.”

Demand for the home was such that when real estate agent Eric Shabshelowitz hosted an open house for the 44 Hull Street property when it was listed, the line to get into the home was wider than the home itself.

Shabshelowitz told Boston Magazine that despite its size, the place feels shockingly large inside.

“Every nook and corner is used to maximize space,” he said, pointing to an area near the front door that was converted into a coat rack.

“You’ll find a way to make everything fit,” he added.

The main entrance to the house is on a side street that leads guests directly into the kitchen and dining room, which may have been a space-saving design decision when it was built over a century ago.

Potential buyers and curious tourists alike come to see the light green ‘skinny house’, not only for its unique design, but also for its quirky history.

The house – also known as the ‘Spite House’ – was built in 1890 and, according to local lore, it stood on a lot shared by feuding brothers who had inherited their father’s land.

Returning home from the Civil War, one brother was annoyed that the other took over the inheritance while on the front lines.

Despite his brother’s new-build home, the man squeezed a house between two other properties to block the sunlight and harbor views from his greedy sibling.

A wooden sign outside the house that reads ‘The Skinny House (Spite House)’ makes the property an unofficial Boston landmark. The house is steps away from the Freedom Trail.

“Every tourist who comes to town wants to stand in front of this house and take a picture,” said Laurella’s business partner Travis Fachs.

Now a lucky buyer can enjoy the views the bitter brother wanted to block 131 years ago. From the kitchen window you can see Copp’s Hill and the roof terrace offers a view of the rest of the North End and Boston Harbor.

The original exposed brick and beams are still in place, but updates such as new kitchen appliances, stone worktops and a second floor laundry room give the modern homeowner everything they need

The original exposed brick and beams are still in place, but updates such as new kitchen appliances, stone worktops and a second floor laundry room give the modern homeowner everything they need

The main entrance to the house is on a side street that leads guests directly into the kitchen and dining room, which may have been a space-saving design decision when it was built over a century ago.

The main entrance to the house is on a side street that leads guests directly into the kitchen and dining room, which may have been a space-saving design decision when it was built over a century ago.

Two bedrooms - less than 300 square feet each - occupy the two upper floors.  One suite has a study room and built-in bunk beds

Two bedrooms – less than 300 square feet each – occupy the two upper floors. One suite has a study room and built-in bunk beds

Legend has it that the 'Skinny House' - also known as the 'Spite House' - was built in 1890 by feuding brothers who shared a plot of land they both inherited from their father

Legend has it that the ‘Skinny House’ – also known as the ‘Spite House’ – was built in 1890 by feuding brothers who shared a plot of land they both inherited from their father

Returning home from Civil War, one brother was annoyed that the other took over the inheritance while on the front lines

Returning home from Civil War, one brother was annoyed that the other took over the inheritance while on the front lines

Despite his brother's new-build home, the man squeezed a house between two other properties to block sunlight and harbor views from his greedy brother.

Despite his brother’s new-build home, the man squeezed a house between two other properties to block sunlight and harbor views from his greedy brother.

A lucky buyer will be able to enjoy the views the bitter brother wanted to block over a century ago.  From the roof terrace you have a view of the rest of the North End and Boston Harbor

A lucky buyer will be able to enjoy the views the bitter brother wanted to block over a century ago. From the roof terrace you have a view of the rest of the North End and Boston Harbor

The original brick, beams, and antique hardwood floors are still in place, but updates such as new kitchen appliances, stone countertops, and a second-floor laundry room give the modern homeowner everything they need.

Two bedrooms – less than 300 square feet each – occupy the two upper floors, and a basement and backyard occupy the two lower levels.

To make it even better, there are no condo association fees or regulations. You also incur maintenance costs yourself, Boston Magazine reports.

“If you want to rent it out once a month, you can,” adds Fachs.

The “skinny house” was last on the market in 2017 for $895,000. It sold for $900,000 within three months.

Laurella said the current owner has rented out the house from time to time, but is now selling it for good as she is moving out of the area. Over the past four years, she has updated the space even more with recessed lighting, garden upgrades, and new heating and air conditioning systems.

The broker said the owner became “sad” when she saw the listing appear on the website.

“I had the best feeling being there. It’s always so comfortable.’

A wooden sign outside the house that reads 'The Skinny House (Spite House)' makes the property something of an unofficial Boston landmark.  Potential buyers and curious tourists alike rushed to see the 'skinny house' in person during Saturday's open house

A wooden sign outside the house that reads ‘The Skinny House (Spite House)’ makes the property something of an unofficial Boston landmark. Potential buyers and curious tourists alike rushed to see the ‘skinny house’ in person during Saturday’s open house

Each bedroom is less than 300 square feet.  The bedroom on the fourth floor - the master bedroom - has access to the roof terrace

Each bedroom is less than 300 square feet. The bedroom on the fourth floor – the master bedroom – has access to the roof terrace

From the street there appears to be no front door as the main entrance is on a side street that leads guests directly into the kitchen and dining room.  There is also a finished cellar

From the street there appears to be no front door as the main entrance is on a side street that leads guests directly into the kitchen and dining room. There is also a finished cellar

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