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The so-called “Skinny House” in Boston’s North End is officially off the market.

The 1,166-square-foot residence has sold for $900,000, which was $5,000 over the asking price of $895,000, according to Cabot & Company, which listed the home.

“Congratulations to the sellers of 44 Hull Street, the famous skinny house, sold for over asking price at $900,000,” company officials wrote in a blog post earlier this month.

The residence, which hit the market earlier this year, was built in the 1880s and is barely 10 feet wide by 30 feet long.

The house has hardwood floors, a full kitchen with a farmhouse sink and stainless steel appliances, and a roof deck with views of Boston Harbor.


“There’s been a lot of interest. There seems to be a mix — interest from people who want to live in it and interest from investors as well,” realtor Eric Shabshelowitz told the Globe in March. “It’s a pretty rare opportunity to own a piece of Boston history right on the Freedom Trail.”

So what’s the story behind the small home tucked in between relatively normal-sized buildings? Legend has it that two brothers inherited some land from their father, and while one was fighting in the Civil War, the other built a large home. When the soldier came back, he wasn’t happy with his sibling’s sizable spread, so he built the narrow house to spite his brother and block his view.

Mark Shanahan of the Globe staff contributed to this report.