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Squeeze into the Manhattan property market with NYC’s NARROWEST home

New York City is known for its tight living quarters, but at just 9-feet and six-inches wide, this historic residence is Manhattan’s narrowest home – and it’s now on the market for a whopping $4.9 million. 

While the townhome is notoriously narrow, it is definitely not one of New York’s smallest homes. The skinny red brick home list three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the nearly 1,000 square feet building. Although it is only 9 feet and 6 inches wide, the place is 30 feet deep. 

It’s place as the city’s narrowest home was officiated by The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. 

The historic residence, which was once home to Pulitzer prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, was put on the market on September 10, with a listing price of $4.9 million.

New York City’s narrowest townhouse is located at 75 1/2 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village. Measuring 9 feet and 6 inches wide, The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has deemed the Dutch-styled home the cities narrowest residence 

The modern kitchen looks out towards the private backyard on the first floor. The kitchen features custom millwork and Italian marble countertops and backsplash for the long counterspace

The modern kitchen looks out towards the private backyard on the first floor. The kitchen features custom millwork and Italian marble countertops and backsplash for the long counterspace

Although the townhome is notoriously narrow, the nearly 1,000 square foot home is 30 feet deep and utilizes the natural light, bright walls, white oak flooring, and mirrors to make the place feel expanded

Although the townhome is notoriously narrow, the nearly 1,000 square foot home is 30 feet deep and utilizes the natural light, bright walls, white oak flooring, and mirrors to make the place feel expanded 

The private backyard is roughly 10 by 42 feet and can be viewed through the French doors on the first floor or the two balconies above to peak at the luscious greenery

The private backyard is roughly 10 by 42 feet and can be viewed through the French doors on the first floor or the two balconies above to peak at the luscious greenery

Anthropologist, Margaret Mead, cartoonist, William Steig, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay moved into the home in 1923

Anthropologist, Margaret Mead, cartoonist, William Steig, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay moved into the home in 1923 

The three story open layout home boasts a finished basement, four wood-burning fireplaces, spiral staircase, white oak flooring, original exposed beams, and finished lower level retreat. 

The Dutch-style home is flooded with natural light from the skylight, the oversized windows, and floor-to-ceiling French door balconies on the second floors and third that open to a tree-shaded backyard measuring about 10 by 42 feet. 

Modern touches have been added to the home since it was built in 1873 blending the historical property with contemporary trends featured in the renovated kitchen with custom millwork, Italian marble countertops, backsplash and bathrooms.  

The 19th-century building at 75 1/2 Bedford Street is one of the most unique and historical properties in the Big Apple and even has its own Wikipedia page. But the home is not an official New York City landmark. 

‘When you look at the house from the street, it is very narrow, which is what it is most famous for. But there is a secret courtyard area with a garden, and that is actually my favorite part,’ listing broker Hanna Oh of Williamsburg’s Nest Seekers International told The New York Post. 

A spiral staircase cuts through all three floors which each expand through the open layout of the residence

A spiral staircase cuts through all three floors which each expand through the open layout of the residence 

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a bookshelf, a fireplace, and windows looking out onto Bedford Street in Greenwich Village

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a bookshelf, a fireplace, and windows looking out onto Bedford Street in Greenwich Village 

The spiral staircase ends at the beautiful skylight that floods the top floor with natural light which gives the home an open and airy feeling

The spiral staircase ends at the beautiful skylight that floods the top floor with natural light which gives the home an open and airy feeling

The quaint home features four wood-burning fireplaces, white oak flooring, paired with immaculate white walls and original exposed beams which evoke the history of the home

The quaint home features four wood-burning fireplaces, white oak flooring, paired with immaculate white walls and original exposed beams which evoke the history of the home

The 19th-century building is one of the most unique and historical properties in Manhattan but it is not an official New York City landmark

The 19th-century building is one of the most unique and historical properties in Manhattan but it is not an official New York City landmark

The Greenwich Village townhome list two bathrooms. The guest bathroom pictured here is located in the finished basement of the property

The Greenwich Village townhome list two bathrooms. The guest bathroom pictured here is located in the finished basement of the property 

‘When New Yorkers weren’t able to safely view apartments in person, offerings like virtual tours on StreetEasy and social media platforms like TikTok filled that need, allowing them to get a real sense of the apartment before stepping foot inside,’ StreetEasy Senior Brand Marketing Specialist Jeryl Lippe told The Post. 

A video walking through the townhome posted by StreetEasy has gone viral on TikTok amassing 39.K likes. 

The narrator walks through the open layout showing off the best features of the home including the private court yard, the two balconies, the third story sky light, the beautiful bathroom where the clawfoot tub sits next to the balcony doors over looking the lush back patio, and the finished basement. 

All the immaculate white walls and light wood are highlighted by the natural light to make the townhome feel wider.  

The house has had several notable residents through the years but rose in popularity in 1923 when it was leased by artists who lived in the Greenwich Village home while working at the nearby Cherry Lane Theater including Cary Grant and John Barrymore.

A video tour of the famous townhouse was posted on TikTok by StreetEasy and has since has gone viral amassing 39.K likes

A video tour of the famous townhouse was posted on TikTok by StreetEasy and has since has gone viral amassing 39.K likes

One of the most notable features of the townhome is the clawfoot tub in the Master bedroom which is set next to the French doors to the second story balcony over looking the back patio

One of the most notable features of the townhome is the clawfoot tub in the Master bedroom which is set next to the French doors to the second story balcony over looking the back patio

The Master bathroom also has a steam shower and a tiny fireplace across from the tub to allow for complete relaxation in the room filled with natural light

The Master bathroom also has a steam shower and a tiny fireplace across from the tub to allow for complete relaxation in the room filled with natural light 

The finished basement is the only room in the residence without natural lighting but the ceiling lights and white walls make up for the absence of windows

The finished basement is the only room in the residence without natural lighting but the ceiling lights and white walls make up for the absence of windows

The historic townhome was put on the market on September 10 and listed for $4.9 million. It last sold in 2013 for $3.25 million

The historic townhome was put on the market on September 10 and listed for $4.9 million. It last sold in 2013 for $3.25 million

Anthropologist, Margaret Mead, cartoonist, William Steig, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay moved into the home in 1923- the year that she became the first woman to win the coveted prize . It has since been coined Millay’s house, as noted on the plaque outside of the house. 

Author Ann McGovern was inspired to write her children’s book, Mr. Skinner’s Skinny House, by her time living in the narrow home. 

According to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, 75 1/2 Bedford Street was originally an alley way to a brewery which was closed in 1873 when Horatio Gomez, a trustee of the estate which owned the land, decided to build the slim home.  

The house was last purchased in 2013 for $3.25 million by an LLC owned by photographer George Gund IV.  

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