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This is the house that spite built — and it's only 55 inches wide

From the front, this Seattle home appears normal. But walk around to the side, and you’ll see a house that’s a sliver of its front-facing self — and is 55 inches wide at its narrowest point.

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It wasn’t frugality or hipness that inspired its construction back in 1925, decades before tiny homes were a thing.

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It was spite.

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The owner at that time wanted to sell what was then just a slice of land to people who were building a home next door, so they could expand their yard. The neighbors, legend goes, believed he was desperate to sell because his land was too small to build on, and they lowballed him. So he built on it.

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The result is an 860-square-foot home that’s 15 feet at its widest and 55 inches at its narrowest — and listed now for $519,900 with Kathy Rathvon of RE/MAX Eastside Brokers.

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There’s a skinny galley kitchen and a loft-style bedroom nook that would fit neatly into an RV. Otherwise the home has normal dimensions, including two bedrooms each measuring more than 100 square feet and a 9-by-14-foot living room.

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Tiny homeowners craving space are a short walk from Seattle’s spectacular, 230-acre arboretum.

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