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Who will buy the skinny house where Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Steig, and Margaret Mead lived?

Jessie Gaynor

September 17, 2021, 2:45pm

Good news for the rich and thin! New York City’s narrowest home is 9 1/2 feet wide, and—of course—is on the market for just under five million dollars. On its own, this news wouldn’t be worthy of inclusion in our fine literary blog, but in addition to its unusual dimensions and eye-popping dimensions, the Greenwich Village townhouse has a storied literary history.

Edna St. Vincent Millay lived in the house in the early 1920s, and William Steig and his wife lived there with his sister-in-law, Margaret Mead. Another children’s book author, Ann McGovern, not only lived in the house, but also wrote a picture book inspired by it—Mr. Skinner’s Skinny House—in which the titular character, along with his long dog and thin snake, search for a suitable roommate.

(And according to its Wikipedia page, the house was purchased in 2013 for $3.25 million by the son of a sports entrepreneur. New York City, baby!)

You can take a video tour of the admittedly extremely charming townhouse here. And if you have $4.9 and you’re looking for a nice place to live with your thin snake, go ahead and make an offer.

@streeteasyFor $4.9M, you can live in a piece of New York City history! 😱 Link in bio for a full look around this amazing home! #nyc #apartmenttour #apartmenttok #realestate #uniquehome #westvillage #famoushomes♬ In Love With You – BLVKSHP

[h/t New York Post]

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