The North End ‘Spite House’ was on the market for $ 1.2 million

Megan Johnson – Globe correspondent

August 10, 2021 4:52 PM

One of the North End’s most famous residential properties is on the market.

44 Hull Street, commonly known as “The Spite House” and “The Skinny House,” was listed at $ 1,200,000 on Monday. The two-bedroom, one-bath walk-in property, which measures 1,165 square feet and spans four floors, is known as one of the best-preserved examples of North End wood-frame homes. But what the beloved property lacks in area, it makes up for in character.

“The house lives larger than square footage,” said Carmela Laurella and Travis Sachs of CL Properties, the listing agents. “It looks a lot bigger when you’re there. “

The entrance is hidden on the side. On the first floor, the full kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances and stone countertops. There is also a Juliet balcony in the living room overlooking the courtyard. On the second floor, the main lounge / TV overlooks Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, which is part of the Freedom Trail.

The full bathroom, which includes a deep soaking tub and stunning blue tiling, is also on the second floor, as is the washer and dryer.

The second bedroom is located on the third floor and has a pair of built-in bunk beds. There is also a comfortable seating area by the window. Another floor is the master bedroom, which also has its own living room and a bespoke closet.

From there a staircase leads to the rooftop terrace, which offers stunning views of the North End and waterfront. The 0.01 acre home also features hardwood floors, recessed lighting. , custom tiles, motorized window treatments and a basement.

The exterior space of the house at the back is particularly attractive, with a brick patio.

There are conflicting reports on the year the house was built. A wooden plaque hanging from the front indicates the year is 1862, while the MACRIS Historic Properties database lists the building’s year of construction as 1857. The city records cite 1890, the records said. listing agents, noting that the date is probably incorrect.

The reasoning behind identifying the house as a “house in spite of itself,” intentionally built to block natural light and prevent ventilation from a neighboring building, is also disputed. When the property was on the market in 2017, the legend reported was that two brothers inherited a piece of land when their father died. One of the brothers was a soldier, and while serving his country the other brother built a house that took up most of the land. To annoy his brother, the soldier built a narrow house on the remaining piece of land, blocking his brother’s view and sun, Boston.com reported.

Since then, the house has become a home for all kinds of North End residents.

“There have been families, roommates in this house, singles, couples. It has been rented, has been Airbnb’d, ”Sachs said. “It has all the features you might expect from real estate.”

Another bonus: Since the property is a single-family home, a rarity in the North End, the owner won’t have to deal with condominium restrictions.

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