Skinny house just 3m wide sells for staggering amount

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The famous Boston "Skinny House", which is just 2.8 meters wide at one point and has a rich history of sibling rivalry has sold for a staggering $1.25 million ($A1.73 million).

Boston’s Skinny House was listed in August this year, according to CL Properties the home is an "iconic landmark property deep rooted in Boston history". 

The home was built in 1862, according to some, though CNN reported city records show it was built in 1890.

The 'Skinny House' in Boston sold for $1.25 million. Source: Zillow
The 'Skinny House' in Boston sold for $1.25 million. Source: Zillow

The house sprawls across four storeys and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full-sized kitchen and a balcony facing a private garden.

At its widest point, the home is three metres wide, but narrows to 2.8 metres and has no front door, meaning residents have to enter through the side.

On Facebook, CL Properties said multiple offers were received since the home was listed.

According to the Associated Press, the home was last sold in 2017 for $900,000 ($A1.2 million).

The home is three metres wide and has four floors. Source: Zillow
The home is three metres wide and has four floors. Source: Zillow

The Skinny House is also referred to as the 'Spite House' and has a history of betrayal and sibling rivalry. 

According to local lore, the land the house sits on was inherited by two brothers, one of which left to go join the army.

When the brother returned home from war, he found his brother had built a large house which took up much of the land.

The soldier brother then built the Skinny House, using the little space he had left over to block his brother's view of the sun.

Local lore states the land the home stands on was inherited by two brothers and their feud resulted in it being dubbed the 'Spite House'. Source: Zillow
Local lore states the land the home stands on was inherited by two brothers and their feud resulted in it being dubbed the 'Spite House'. Source: Zillow

The home is visited on a daily basis by those on Boston's Freedom Trail, which takes people to historic sites in Boston.

"When I was just there just to photograph the house with my photographer, I must have had about 75 tourists come through and just photograph the house as part of their walking tour," CL Properties executive vice president Travis Sachs told CNN.

The Spite House actually sits across from Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the city's largest colonial burying ground, which is one stop on the tour.

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