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Boston’s Skinny House sells for a nice fat price: $1.25 million (but it’s not really a spite house)

Located at 44 Hull St., the 19th century wood-frame home is only about 10 feet wide at its widest point, making it the narrowest dwelling in Boston.Elise Amendola/Associated Press

It took less than a week for Boston’s “Skinny House” to find a buyer, and the iconic property went for $50,000 over the asking price.

The unique-looking North End home hit the market in August for $1.2 million, and the deal was closed Thursday for $1.25 million, according to the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The last time it sold was back in 2017, when it went for $900,000.

Located at 44 Hull St., the 19th century wood-frame home is only about 10 feet at its widest point, making it the narrowest dwelling in Boston. It’s also known as a “spite house” because, according to local lore, two brothers inherited the land and one of them built a large house there while the other was off fighting in the Civil War. The story goes that when the solider brother came back, he built the Skinny House to block his brother’s house from getting sunlight.

Of course, that’s just the legend.


Records from the Boston Landmarks Commission state that it is actually the surviving half of what was once a double house. Records from the Massachusetts Historical Commission state that those two attached wood-frame homes were later remodeled into three attached wood-frame homes on the same footprint. Two of those homes were eventually replaced by new brick dwellings, but the Skinny House survived.

The Skinny House has about 1,165 square feet of living space. There are two bedrooms, one bathroom, as well as a private roof deck offering views of the city and Boston Harbor.

According to the real estate listing, the kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry and stone countertops, and offers views of Copp’s Hill. The living/dining area has hardwood floors, custom lighting, and a Juliet balcony facing private gardens. On the second floor there’s a sitting area along with the bathroom and washer and dryer. The upper level features a “living nook and guest bedroom with reach-in closet” and the master suite has direct access to the private roof deck.


It “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week,” real estate agency CL Properties posted on Facebook.

Carmela Laurella, president of CL Properties, said she wasn’t surprised that it sold so quickly. Laurella said the family who purchased the property wrote a moving letter about why they wanted to live there.

“We got a lot offers,” Laurella said in a telephone interview. “It does look bigger when you go in. It has a special feel to it.”

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.