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Boston’s Skinny House lands buyer with $895,000 tag

Born of spite

All photos via Cabot & Co.

Boston’s legendary Skinny House at 44 Hull Street is under contract.

The 1,116-square-foot North End pile—10.4 feet at its widest on the outside and just over 6 feet at its narrowest on the inside—had gone up for sale in early April through Cabot & Co. for $895,000.

The deal has yet to close.

Why is the house so slim? 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 already built big on a plot of land the siblings had inherited.

So the returning veteran threw up 44 Hull on the plot's remaining sliver of space just to block the natural light, views, etc., of his brother’s bigger house. Hence 44 Hull’s other nickname, the Spite House.

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