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

(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.

Edna St. Vincent Millay and husband Eugen Jan Boissevain in front of the townhouse.
Edna St. Vincent Millay and husband Eugen Jan Boissevain in front of the townhouse.   (Wikimedia Commons)
The townhouse.
The townhouse.   (YouTube)
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