Boston's Iconic Skinny House Measuring Just Over Ten Feet Wide up for Sale

Boston's narrowest home nicknamed the "Spite House" is on the market for $1.2 million, measuring just over 10 feet wide.

The single family residence, at 44 Hull Street, is something of a tourist attraction, with visitors often snapping photos of the quirky property.

Legend has it the skinny house was born out of revenge by one man on his brother. The man returned home from fighting in the Civil War, only to find his sibling had taken up most of their inherited land.

The soldier was left with a mere strip, so built the ten-foot, three-inch-wide house, squashed in between two other properties. His intent was to block his brother's sunlight and breathtaking views, according to The Boston Globe.

Now prospective owners can enjoy the very sights the brother sought to cover up, with the home looking out over the historic Copp's Hill, on the Freedom Trail, as well as the "unobstructed" city and harbor views.

The six-figure price tag gets you two bedrooms and one full bathroom, with the home arranged over four levels, and a basement. The layout was described as a "unique floor plan" by realtors CL Properties, who is listing the 19th-century building.

The front door, accessed via an alleyway to the side, opens out on a full-size kitchen, with a dining room and living room at the other end, featuring a Juliet balcony.

The second floor is devoted to the bathroom and utilities at one end, while the other has another lounge.

The third floor has a "family room" and bunk beds, while the master suite boasts direct access to the roof deck, with a seating area and closet space.

In total the house offers 1,165 square feet of living space, but as well as the roof deck, the house has a large private garden and patio area.

At its thinnest point the house is a mere 6 feet and 2 inches wide, meaning occupants can touch both walls with their hands, according to The Boston Globe.

What it lacks in size it makes up for in character, with the listing saying: "The Skinny House, an iconic landmark property deep rooted in Boston History."

A plaque on the front door says "The Skinny House (Spite House) established 1882." While it's listed as being built in 1890, its true date of origin is ambiguous.

The Boston Globe explained: "The footprint of 44 Hull St. appeared in 'The Hopkins Atlas of 1874, Boston Proper,' according to Kristen Swett, assistant archivist at the Boston City Archives. In 1884, the land was split into five lots, with one measuring only 274 square feet, which corresponds to the size of the house before renovations that lengthened it."

While the date is debated, it's the undisputed thinnest house in the city, with the Boston Society of Architects' AIA Guide to Boston awarding it the "uncontested distinction."

The home reportedly last sold in 2017 for $900,000, while The Boston Globe reported it sold for $345,000 in 2001.

The daily spoke to the then-owners, Jennifer Simonic and Spencer Welton, who lived in the house with their daughter, Julia. Simonic noted: "You end up minimizing. We just don't have as much stuff."

Google map image of Boston's skinny house.
Google map image of Boston's skinny house. The 10'3-wide house is on the market for $1.2 million. Google Maps