Despite this being an era of gargantuan SUVs and super sized Happy Meals, bigger does not always mean better when it comes to real estate.
Here are some great dwellings on the market right now that are making thin in.
Photo Credit: nicolas.boullosa
Long before glossy fashion magazines were touting twig thin as the new black, skinny was in when it came to New York City real estate. Down in the uber-gentrified West Village, a catwalk model slim townhouse built in 1873 measures a barely-there 9.5 feet wide. However, just because the pin thin townhouse is barely wider than a taxicab, does not mean it’s inexpensive. The recently renovated, four-floor sliver of a house is currently on the market with a big fat asking price of $2,499,000.
There are three main living levels, each of which has been opened up as a long, slender space with large windows on each end that manage to keep the very narrow rooms from bringing on a nasty case of claustrophobia.
The first floor includes an itty-bitty sitting room at the front and, at the back, a kitchen fully customized for the slender residence with the traditional stove top replaced by four burners placed in a single row.
The top two floors have balconies over looking the back garden and the top floor is flooded with light from the garret style sky light that runs from the front of the space towards the back. The basement includes the necessary services, a bathroom and a bedroom.
Former residents of the super slim residence include anthropologist Margaret Mead and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Cary Grant and John Barrymore are also said to have squeezed through the front door for visits too.
For additional information or expressions of interest, contact Alex Nicholas (212)-539-4992 at Corcoran in New York.
The waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point in Baltimore is known for its rich maritime history, artsy-fartsy residents and very narrow row houses that line the almost-as-skinny cobblestone streets. One such row house, barely wider than Baltimorian Michael Phelps 6'7" wingspan, is currently on the market with an asking price of $374,900.
The recently overhauled 1,135 sq. ft., mid-block colonial stands three stories tall with three bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms. The cozy living room includes one of the home’s two gas fireplaces with a brick surrounding and the well-equipped kitchen has granite countertops, all the stainless steel appliances a cook could want and access to the landscaped brick courtyard at the back of the property.
The recent renovation included new bathrooms, updating central heat and air conditioning, adding a second floor laundry area and installing five flat screen TVs because, let’s be honest, in a house this thin giving up too much space for the boob-toob is practically criminal.
For additional information contact Jeffrey Tessmer(410)675-5500 x5963 at Long & Foster Real Estate in Balitmore, Md.
Photo Credits: Corcoran (New York) / Long and Foster (Baltimore)