It may not qualify as one of the city's narrowest buildings. And at 11'6" wide, this Gowanus house is still bigger than New York's narrowest house, a skinny thing in the West Village that clocks in at 9.5 feet. But man, is it not the most adorable thing you have ever seen? The three-story home with two bedrooms and two baths hit the market on April 4 asking $1.195 million. A few blogs covered it, and by the time the open house came around on April 12, an offer had already been accepted. The open house was canceled.
The fact that the haven is the result of a ton of bespoke design decisions must have something to do with ita front facade made of hemlock wood charred via a Japanese technique; a back facade made of "reclaimed corrugated steel from an old barn"; floors made from "forest-salvaged butternut from Vermont"; and hand-painted knobs in the kitchen. Add that to the 100-year-old muscat grapevine and apple tree in the backyard, and it's about the most Brooklyn property you could find.
The thoughtful renovation has no doubt increased the home's valuedespite its proximity to the Gowanus Canal. In 2011, a couple sold it to an LLC for $325,000. It got renovated and then went back on the market in 2012, when the current owners nabbed it for $680,000. They live there with their baby daughter and two dogs, but are decamping for the West Coast.
All the twee details of the most recent makeover, plus the Brooklyn townhouse boom, have led to the current ask near $1.2 million. And snapped up it was. Fairy tale? Over.
· 162 10th Street [Corcoran via StreetEasy]
· Adorable Wood House Renovated with Reclaimed Materials Asks $1.2M in Gowanus [6sqft]
· An Adorable Narrow House for Sale [A Cup of Jo]
· New York City's 15 Narrowest Buildings, Mapped [Curbed]
· The 10 Narrowest Residential Buildings in New York City [Curbed]
· All coverage of NYC's narrowest house [Curbed]
· All Brooklyn Townhouse coverage [Curbed]