See that tiny blue house wedged in between the white and red ones? It was built in 1830 and is only 7 feet wide. The Spite House, as it’s called, has two stories but only 325 square feet. It even appears to be considerably shorter than its neighbors.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not named it the narrowest house in America. According to the NYT:
Structurally, it’s more of an enclosed alley than a house — the brick walls of older houses on either side form the painted brick walls in the living room. It’s called the Spite House by some because John Hollensbury, the owner of one of the adjacent houses, built it in 1830 to keep horse-drawn wagons and loiterers out of his alley.
The owner says it was “quite a challenge” to make a kitchen work in the tiny space allotted. The kitchen has a freezer, fridge, four-burner stove, and an oven. There’s also extra storage space under a bench seat and extra cabinets in the corner. You can see where they tucked a small microwave on a shelf under the stairs in the photo below:
There’s definitely a lot of family togetherness in the Spite House. They don’t use this as their full-time residence, however, preferring to think of it as their “pied-a-terre.” The owner purchased it for $135,000 in 1990.
On Oprah, Nate Berkus said the house “has so much soul.”
The backyard garden space is as narrow as the rest of the house:
Photos via The New York Times, Oprah, and Alexandria Daily Photo.
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