Interesting properties: homes on a space diet
To be called narrow minded is for most of us a severe criticism of our tastes. But not for the select group who love homes built in extremely restricted spaces.
The race to find affordable homes in today’s cramped cities and towns has forced some to seek out radical solutions to their housing needs – and the result is sometimes homes that look barely wider than a bookshelf.
The current title holder for the world’s slimmest house is The Wedge, which is 47 inches or just under four feet across at the front, built on the island of Great Cumbrae off Scotland’s North Ayrshire coast, although the house opens out to 20 ft wide at the back, as its name suggests.
Next up is an extraordinary house in Warsaw, Poland that’s 60 inches or five feet across built by an architect between two apartment blocks. But also worth a look is a property (pictured, above) in London’s W2 postcode by architect Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects, which isn’t far behind on the slim stakes at eight feet across.
But do properties like these ever come on the market? Three in London currently fit the bill, or should we say squeeze in to it.
First up is a house (pictured, above) measuring just seven feet across that came on the market in June on Homerton High Street in Hackney not far from the Olympic Park. Bought for £93,000 at auction by a developer, it’s still for sale at £275,000 and is next to both a small park on the one hand and a fried chicken takeaway restaurant on the other.
Another narrow property for sale is in Walthamstow Village, a house (pictured above) built between two early Victorian cottages at 3a Church Path famed locally both for its glass front and seven-foot-wide frontage but also its former owner – thought to be Bill Drummond, the colourful front man of 1990s acid house band The KLF, who sold the property to its current owner in 1993.
The two-bedroom house is for sale at £355,000 and has found a buyer, although the vendor says he is continuing to accept offers after the buying chain hit the buffers further down the line.
And Walthamstow seems to be a hotbed of narrow homes – three streets away in Grosvenor Park Road (pictured above) is a similar-looking glass-fronted property known locally as The Blue House also on the market but for substantially more at £450,00; although it’s got a fatter waistline at 12ft, three storeys and bedrooms plus a reasonably big terrace garden at the back.