Just six feet wide, ‘London’s skinniest house’ is for sale for $1.3 million
A house billed as “possibly the skinniest house in London” is up for sale for £950,000 ($1.3 million).
Just six feet wide and covering 1,034 square feet, the five-story property was once a hat shop, according to real estate agent Winkworth, which is marketing it.
The two-bedroom house in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, was originally converted by fashion photographer Juergen Teller, according to a statement from Winkworth, and features an original Art Deco bath tub and an Aga cooker.
“It’s quirky and charming and great for entertaining and will appeal to someone who feels there is more to life than two up, two down,” said David Myers, the Winkworth agent handling the sale. “It started life as a hat shop, was converted by a fashion photographer — the ultimate designer house.”
The basement level has a kitchen, a dining room and double-height glass doors leading to a patio garden, while the first floor features a reception room. Head up the spiral staircase to the second floor, where you will find a study, a bedroom and a roof terrace. The third floor is home to a bathroom, a dressing room and a shower room. At the very top of the house is the main bedroom.
“The interior design has the bespoke approach of a luxury yacht, making the most of small spaces,” according to Winkworth.
The skinny house may be something of an oddity in London, but extraordinarily narrow houses have long been a fixture in countries where land is taxed by width, such as Vietnam and the Netherlands, and Japan has established itself as a pioneer in the field.
And while a price tag of $1.3 million means this listing is far from affordable, tiny houses are increasingly popular as architects respond to high living costs, increasing urban density and greater interest in downsizing and simplifying our lives.