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Boston's Skinny House: Book the notoriously narrow North End number for the holidays

Stay in the house that spite spawned for around $320/night

Boston’s famously infamous Skinny House at 44 Hull Street is available for nightly rent in November and December, and into the new year. (Don’t bother with now or October—it’s booked solid.)


That means that for around $320 a night, you and yours could this holiday season angle yourselves into a 1,166-square-foot townhouse that is 10.4 feet at its widest on the outside and just over 6 feet at its narrowest on the inside. Talk about a cozy Thanksgiving dinner.

But don’t even think of carting the turkey in through the street-facing front—no, it can only be entered via an alley.

Why? Legend has it that one of two brothers built it shortly after returning from Army service in the Civil War. Turned out the other brother had built big on a plot of land the siblings had inherited. The returning veteran threw up 44 Hull on the plot's remaining sliver of space just to block the natural light, views, et al, of the bigger house.

Records of the dwelling appear starting in the 1870s, so there is something to the legend.