Boston’s “Skinny House” just sold for over $ 1.2 million

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(CNN) – It’s small, but powerful.

Boston’s “Skinny House” – an iconic structure and must-see tourist attraction known as the city’s narrowest house – just sold for over $ 1.2 million.
“People are amazed that it was built to be really so skinny,” said Travis Sachs, executive vice president of CL Properties, who worked with the president of the real estate agency, Carmela Laurella, to sell the house. .

“Maybe it’s six feet and change,” Sachs added. “So if you stand with your hands apart, you could really be wall to wall.”

The “Skinny House,” in the middle, is seen here on August 13, 2021.

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The house, about 1,165 square feet on four levels, was built in 1862 according to some documents, while the city record says 1890, Sachs said. Offering views of both the water and the city, it’s nestled in Boston’s North End, a largely Italian area home to some of Boston’s most historic buildings and dozens of restaurants.

Tourists pass the house daily as part of the Boston Freedom Trail – a 2.5 mile path that stops at over a dozen historic sites, including Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, directly across from the “Skinny House “. The site, dating to 1659, was the final resting place for people, including activists, artisans, traders, and two Puritan ministers associated with the Salem witch trials.

“When I was just there to photograph the house with my photographer, I had to pass around 75 tourists and photograph the house as part of their walking tour,” Sachs said.

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And the house has its own rich history, marked today by a plaque on the front labeling the building as “Spite House”.

Here’s why: Legend has it that in the early 1800s the lots of land where the house sits were owned by a family. One of the brothers who owned a part went to war and returned to find that his brother had built a house. So the brother who had just returned decided to build the “Skinny House” right in front of his brother’s house – blocking the entrance to the building at the back, the view and the light.

“It’s as mean as it gets,” Sachs said.

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The 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home at 44 Hull Street saw huge demand when it was introduced to the market last month and was agreed to less than a week later, according to an article published on Facebook by the real estate agency.

“Which is wild, especially since this is the Covid era and people generally want houses that are bigger than they are small,” Sachs said, adding that after several different offers he sold out. September 16 to a family of four for $ 50,000 more than asking price.

The house was last sold in 2017 for $ 900,000, Sachs said.

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