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The Skinniest House In Manhattan For Sale $2,750,000

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SKINNIEST HOUSE FOR SALE

 

Last updated: 11:51 am
August 26, 2009
Posted: 3:34 am
August 26, 2009

You have to be pretty skinny to fit into this address.

At 9½ feet wide, it's the narrowest house in Manhattan. But given that it's located in the heart of Greenwich Village and has been home to famous artists and writers, it will take a fat wallet to purchase this sliver of real estate.

PHOTOS: Peek Inside the Bedford St. Townhouse

http://www.nypost.com/photos/galleries/news/regionalnews/pp_20090826_narrow_house/photo01.htm

On the market for the first time since 2000, 75½ Bedford St. was just put up for sale for $2.75 million -- a million dollars more than it was purchased for and nearly 10 times its asking price of two decades ago.

"This is a place for someone who wants a bit of history, charm, and, well, uniqueness," Alex Nicholas, real-estate broker for the Corcoran Group, told The Post. "But when you have the narrowest house in all New York, you'll always be newsworthy."

Indeed, the 1,500-square-foot townhouse made headlines when it was sold in 1943, 1982, and 2000.

It's the kind of real estate that tourists and native New Yorkers cannot help but gawk at as they pass by, Nicholas said.

Owner Stephen Balsamo, who never lived at the house as his primary residence, renovated the 1873 home to maximize its space.

In the kitchen, a custom stove has all four burners in a single row, rather than the usual two-by-two arrangement. The three floors are all open, but the balconies overlooking the garden were extended, adding depth to make up for lack of width.

Among the luminaries who have lived in the tiny town house are Pulitzer Prize winner Edna St. Vin cent Millay. Accord ing to legend, ac tors Cary Grant and John Barry more are also said to have slept be tween its narrow walls.

Visitors to the home expect to find it dark and claustro phobic, but as a result of the sweeping windows in the back, "every floor has amazing light," Nicholas said.

"On the top floor, there's a huge skylight," he said. "This is old-world charm that's very bright."

Nicholas would not say how many buyers have expressed interest in the property since it went on sale this week. But all indications are that the market for skinny homes is not contracting, he said.


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