The Skinny House is located at 44 Hull Street in the North End is an extremely narrow four-story house that has the unique distinction of being the narrowest house in Boston.
Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus (who is buried across the street in Copps Hill Burying Ground) and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother’s view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the ‘Spite House’.
The skinny house is a 1166 square foot single family home. It has 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom and it’s located along Boston’s Freedom Trail.
According to Wikipedia, the house spans 10.4 feet at Hull Street, its widest point. There is no entrance here; the house may only be entered via a small alley.The house tapers to 9.25 feet at the back. On the interior, the outer walls are as little as 8.4 feet apart and none are more than 9.2 feet apart. The home’s narrowest interior point is 6.2 feet across, close enough to allow an adult to touch opposing walls. There are only five doors in the house although it has four levels. The second floor holds the living room and the bathroom, one of the few spaces separated by a door.
According to Zillow, the house is valued a little over $600, 300 right now.