Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

NYC’s 'skinniest' house sells for $2.1 million - Real estate- msnbc.com


NYC’s 'skinniest' house sells for $2.1 million - Real estate- msnbc.com: "A town house dubbed New York City's skinniest house has sold for $2.1 million.

The red, 9 1/2 foot wide, 42 foot long brick building in Greenwich Village was built in 1873 on land used as an alley between homes. The town house was listed for sale last August at $2.7 million. The two bedroom, two bath home last sold in 2000 for $1.6 million."

This makes the national news on MSNBC but this is a pretty typical size building in Japan, especially Tokyo.

9 comments:

  1. I stayed in a house similar to this in Eastern Osaka. It is amazing how steep a set of stairs can be.... I can't imagine going up them carrying groceries (Or anything in two hands). It was down right treacherous!

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  2. I didn't know there are narrow buildings in New York! And it has as much charm as those in Tokyo.

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  3. 真秀, the stairs at my in-laws home in Tochigi seems to be a bit steeper than I am used to here in the States as well.

    Muza-chan, I guess it is pretty rare in New York or anywhere in the United States. I believe the New York building is actually a tourist attraction because it is so uncommon.

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  4. I'd live in that house. I'm surprised that no one has bought an alley in Japan and used the land to build a house (not that I've heard anyway).

    I don't like the stairs here. After 7 years I'm still not used to them.0

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  5. Neither am I. Plus I am over 6 feet tall and I still occasionally bump my head in doorways in older Japanese homes.

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  6. Here is an even skinnier house in the US:

    http://dcmetrocentric.com/2008/01/21/worlds-narrowest-house/

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  7. Thanks. Hahaha, I would'a thought the skinniest house would have been in Japan.

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  8. I know, that seems more logical. It's called the Spite House. I'd read about it in the past in the NYTimes. Here is the slide show/article about the owners with pictures of the inside:

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/02/29/travel/escapes/20080229_AWAY_SLIDESHOW_index.html

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