The Narrowest Townhouse in New York City Is on the Market Asking $4.99M
If you thought Manhattan dwellings couldn’t be smaller or quirkier, meet 75 ½ Bedford Street: The narrowest New York City townhouse, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Despite being only 9.5 feet wide and boasting just 999 square feet, the Greenwich Village home utilizes every inch with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and four wood-burning fireplaces. Now for sale asking $4.99 million, vertical living is the name of the game here.
The home is famous for more reasons than its narrow frame. Now called “Millay’s House,” it notably housed Edna St. Vincent Millay, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her poem The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver. And throughout the 1920s, it drew many creatives who are legendary now. Past residents include anthropologist Margaret Mead and cartoonist William Steig, known for creating Shrek. The listing page also notes that Cary Grant and John Barrymore stayed at the house while performing at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Built in 1873, the Dutch-style home’s historic charm and unique character remain today, harkening to the slender structures of Amsterdam. White oak flooring and open spaces flow throughout the house, seamlessly contrasted with the original exposed beams. The sleek chef’s kitchen features custom millwork and an Italian marble countertop and backsplash. This marble carries into the home’s bathrooms as well.
Large windows and skylights usher in bright light, especially on the top floor, to create the illusion of immense room. Also offering outdoor space, floor-to-ceiling French doors flow out to a tree-shaded backyard.
There’s no replicating this abode, in its design or history. Hanna Oh of NestSeekers International holds the unique NYC listing.