Price for New York's Skinniest Townhouse: $3.25M
Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection there
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
Edna St. Vincent Millay and husband Eugen Jan Boissevain in front of the townhouse.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – What do you think about spending your days in a home that's just 8 feet, 4 inches at its widest? Someone apparently thought the idea was worth $3.25 million, because that's how much New York City's narrowest townhouse sold for recently, the New York Post reports. The three-story, 990-square-foot abode at 75 1/2 Bedford Street has seen quite a few famous occupants, including Edna St. Vincent Millay, Cary Grant, John Barrymore, Margaret Meade, and children's author Ann McGovern, who wrote a picture book inspired by the house.

The townhouse, built in 1873, sold for just $270,000 in 1994 to an architectural preservationist, who then sold it for $1.6 million in 2000. Three years ago it was sold again, this time for $2.175 million; that buyer never moved in, but renovated the home completely. The most recent buyer, according to property records, is George Gund. He shouldn't feel too claustrophobic, thanks to the house's skylight, large windows, and backyard.

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Aug 16, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
Sounds easy enough. Bedroom on one floor, kitchen on another, office/entertainment on the third. Kids are for poor people.
Aug 16, 2013 6:58 AM CDT
Wish they had some shots of the interior.
Aug 15, 2013 8:57 PM CDT
I read the previous owner never moved in but completely renovated the home. I guess that took the better part of an afternoon.