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New York’s Narrowest Sells for $2.1 Million

Real estate of 75-1/2 Bedford St.An Historic 2 bedroom, 2 bath House in New York City has just sold for $2.1 Million. In and of itself, that isn’t all that newsworthy, but owners in the market to sell historic homes that are on the smaller side can take heart at this sale- the house is 990 square feet, just 42′ long and only 9 1/2′ wide !  Located at 75 1/2 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, it is reported to be New York City’s narrowest house.  It is squeezed into an alley between 75 and 77 Bedford Street. Today, every square inch of Greenwich Village is valuable space to build on, and that seems to have been true even back in 1873 when the house was built.  

Alex Nicholas, listing agent with Corcoran Real Estate, described the inside:  “The interior of the house is only 8-1/2-feet wide and 42-feet long and has a trapdoor in the kitchen floor that leads to a finished basement. At the rear of the house are floor-to-ceiling French doors on the first and second floor that open onto a tree-shaded back yard that is shared with neighbors. With a garret skylight on the third floor and oversized windows the house boasts an abundance of natural light.”

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Sounds nice. Some celebrities over the years have thought so, too. Anthropologist Margaret Mead and Poetess Edna St. Vincent-Millay both called the skinny house home for a time. Author Ann McGovern also lived here, and her experiences inspired her to co-write the novel Mr. Skinner’s Skinny House. Actors Cary Grant and John Barrymore also allegedly once lived in the house.

skinnyhousebostonSkinny houses seem to be popular the world over- check out these narrow houses across the Globe, and these, too. Boston also has its own famous skinny house at 44 Hull Street, though it’s not for sale. It’s just under 10 1/2 feet wide and is right across from Copp’s Hill Cemetery along Boston’s Freedom Trail. It was built in the 1870s or 1880s and legend has it that it was built as a spite house. According to the story, the property owner had a falling-out with the owner of an adjacent property and built this house to shut off air and light from the offending neighbor. There are other versions of the story, too.

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