Boston has one such home known as “The Skinny House.” Located at 44 Hull St, at the north end of Boston, Massachusetts, this place has become home to Jennifer Simonic and her husband Spencer Welton. They took the three story, 30 foot by 6.2 foot home and made it their own cozy nesting place.

They’ve been there for years already, and judging by the fact they had to move the couch in through the upstairs window (the only entrance is an alleyway that could make a tomcat claustrophobic), they will likely be there for many more to come.

While there is no verified history as to who built the house and why, there are two main urban legends:

One is that a soldier and his brother inherited the land from their deceased father. While the soldier was at war, his greedy brother built a very large house, leaving so little space he thought for sure the other brother would not use it. The soldier came back and decided to build a house in the left over space, ruining his greedy brother’s view. Neither brother has been named in this story.

The second legend is that someone built it in order to shut out light and air for a hostile neighbor. Again, neither neighbor has been named, but it is said that the home was likely built sometime after 1874.

While the history of this home maybe shrouded in intriguing mystery, the home itself is impressive on its own. Enjoy the following video, and remember to be nice to your neighbors!

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John Ford
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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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