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 measures just 4½ feet wide. It wasn’t frugality or hipness that inspired its unique construction back in 1925, decades before tiny home was a thing. It was spite.

How this tiny home came to be (rumors):

  • Either the owner of a neighboring home got divorced and gave his wife a wedge of land he believed was too small for her to use,
  • or a neighboring owner lowballed the owner of the slim property, believing he couldn’t built on it — and so he did.

The result is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath “tiny home duplex” that’s 16 feet at its widest and 4½ feet at its narrowest — and listed earlier this year for $519,900 with Kathy Rathvon of RE/MAX Eastside Brokers.

Former owner Clay Wallace, who’s an architect, appreciated the home’s history and character, including its Spanish Colonial Revival look with “slight Italianate influences.” He liked that it maintained its style through numerous renovations.

“It just spoke to me,” he said. “I didn’t know of its neighborhood prominence — it’s like a landmark for many people. ”

He found the home comfortable, from its 9-by-14-foot living room to the galley kitchen and bedrooms that measure more than 100 square feet. Wallace also liked the location, near shops and a major highway, and a short walk from Seattle’s 230-acre arboretum.

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