In London, mystical land of iceberg homes and squatter-deterring “guardian” renters, a one-bedroom property in the southeast of the city that’s singular feature is its limited girth recently hit the market for £450,000 (about $750,000). And apparently, someone has no qualms about shelling out a pretty penny for a terraced house measuring a mere 99-inches across at its widest as an offer was made on the home, believed to be narrowest in all of London, just several days after it hit the market.
Although the listing photos may immediately cause you to take a deep breath or fret about where in the world would I put the..., the 466-square-foot home, located in desirable Denmark Hill right across the street from a train station, isn’t that small nor is the price that expensive (for London). At a little over 8-feet-wide maximum (the back kitchen narrows down to just a mere 62 inches across), it’s positively expansive when compared to the world’s thinnest residence, Warsaw’s Keret House. That home, more of a habitable art installation than anything, rings in at 4 inches wide. And as Lloyd Alter at sister site TreeHugger points out, the cozy Grove Lane abode is wider than standard cargo homes in single configurations. And I’ve personally stepped inside of South Philly rowhouses that only have a couple of feet on it.
Still, a home with a width can be measured in the double digits hitting one of the world’s most exorbitantly priced real estate markets is a bit of a curiosity — a curiosity that listing agent Warren McCann rightly anticipated would be snatched up pretty quickly. He tells the Evening Standard of this “perfect pied-à-terre: “I think that the property will work for some people. “The space is there, it is just not in a traditional layout. Given its location and the garden, I think it will go pretty quickly.”
It’s also worth pointing out that even though the home was built on what used to be the side garden of an adjacent, more traditionally proportioned property, London’s narrowest home isn’t without a proper back garden, an "enviable" one at that according to the listing.
Honestly, think you could comfortably squeeze on in with a bit of possession shedding and creativity?
[Evening Standard] via [Gizmodo], [TreeHugger]
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