London, United Kingdom:
Blink and you could easily miss it. London’s thinnest house sits between a doctor’s office and a hair salon and is only indicated by a strip of dark blue paint.
The five-story house in Shepherds Bush, which is just 1.6 m (5 ft 6 in) at its narrowest point, is currently priced at $ 1.3 million ) on the market.
Originally a Victorian hat shop with storage for goods and living quarters on the upper floors, the unusual property was built sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century.
In allusion to its past, the house still has an old-fashioned glass front with a lamp in the shape of a melon.
David Myers, assistant sales manager at the Winkworth estate agents selling the property, said the house was worth the price because it was “a unique piece of London history”.
“It’s a little bit of London magic,” he told AFP.
The dimensions of the house differ throughout.
While the kitchen is the narrowest part of the house at the end of the lower ground floor, it opens up to a dining area that is almost twice as large.
A 16 foot wide garden lies behind it behind French windows.
The ground floor, which is now a reception where the old shop would have been, and the first floor are of similar sizes.
The first floor – where there is a bedroom and study – also has a roof terrace with great views over the rooftops and chimney pots of West London.
Spiral stairs lead from the second floor – the location of a bathroom and shower room – to the master bedroom on the third.
Access is via a hatch that opens through the floor to save space, and the built-in bed takes up an entire end of the room and is fitted into the walls on both sides.
Myers said the house is for a “young couple or person” who “sees beauty for what it is and will snatch it up”.
With what the London real estate agent called “unique” features mixed in with Art Deco and other eclectic interior designs, the house would appeal to buyers who were “artistic” or “bohemian”.
“There are no houses in London that are five feet six inches. There are houses in London that have five stories but not that unique space, that individuality,” Myers said.
“From the owners who have owned it in the past, they have all put their own stamp on it,” he added.
The price of the house is prohibitive for most in the UK, where the average house price is £ 256,000, but is typical of the London property market.
“It’s more expensive because we have it all. From somewhere like Shepherd’s Bush we can be in the heart of (London) in 10 to 15 minutes,” said the real estate agent.
By the time it reaches its asking price, the home will have doubled in value since 2006 when it sold for £ 488,500, according to the UK Land Register.
In Myers’ assessment, the house is worth more because of its dimensions.
“(In) many parts of London will use the pound per square meter and use it as a benchmark for the value of real estate,” he said.
“It doesn’t always work that way. When you have something so individual, the price has to be reflected on.”
The impact of the Covid pandemic, which Myers said was an incentive, especially for families, to move out of London and take advantage of the space offered by lower property prices outside of the capital, resulted in the house likely not to be sold immediately .
“In a situation like Covid, where all the fish in the sea have become significantly thinner, there aren’t that many buyers.
“And there are fewer buyers for a unique, individual property like this.”
But in the end the London real estate agent was not put off. “It’s chic, it’s beautiful, and that’s why this house is going to sell,” he said.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)