An extremely skinny New York home is this week’s most popular property on realtor.com®. The svelte and tiny home was built during the Great Depression, with sheer ingenuity and the kindness of neighbors.
After losing his home and his business, Nathan Seely was given a 1,200-square-foot plot of land by his neighbor Panfilo Santangelo in Mamaroneck, NY in 1932. Seely, who is reputed to be one of New York’s first African-American home builders, created something unforgettable—even beautiful—on the tiny plot of land.
Using recycled materials, including chicken coops and railroad ties, Seely built a home and a piece of history that’s been lovingly maintained and updated by the Seely and Santangelo families ever since.
On the market for $275,000, the slim structure has also achieved historic recognition. The Skinny House in Mamaroneck was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2015.
The same renegade spirit runs throughout this week’s list of most searched properties—nearly all of them are one-of-a-kind places created by people with dreams of living somewhere special.
There’s a modern masterpiece built on the bluffs of the Mississippi River for wildlife viewing, then there are seasonal cabins and cottages steeped in nature, as well as country homes ringed by ancient trees. For good measure, our list even includes an oceanfront mansion that once belonged to one of America’s true heroes, Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the chocolate chip cookie.
So pour a glass of milk and chomp your way through the entire list of this week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: Built to take full advantage of views from the bluffs off the Mississippi River, this home was named by St. Louis magazine as one of the city’s 10 most beautiful in 2018. The four-bedroom modern residence was custom-built in 1978 from glass, limestone, and redwood siding. It was thoughtfully placed on the 3-acre lot and then designed to offer maximum views of nature.
Why it’s here: This rustic seasonal cottage has two bedrooms and sits on a leased piece of waterfront property, which has helped to keep the home’s price tag below $100K. According to the listing details, the home sits on a tidal cove teeming with wildlife.
Why it’s here: This grand Victorian offers a blend of Old World charm and modernized conveniences, thanks to a recent renovation. With nearly 7,000 square feet, this huge home is one of a kind, inside and out. Located in the heart of town on a large lot, the property also features a carriage house, a roomy front porch, and heated pool.
Why it’s here: This historic Gambrel Cape home was originally built in 1747, and previous owners of the grand manse include Ruth Wakefield, creator of the Toll House Cookie, the original chocolate chip cookie. The stately 8,600-square-foot mansion sits on 3 acres of gorgeous waterfront. The property includes an eight-car garage, koi pond, osprey’s nest, wetland nature trail, oceanfront dock, and a heated outdoor pool.
Why it’s here: This historic brick home was built in 1886 and sits on Lake St. Clair. The property is being sold as is, but does feature a newer kitchen, a new heating and cooling system, and a new roof. Antique touches, like granite and marble fireplaces brought from Italy, wood trim, hulking wood doors and more hearken back to a time when living was more formal.
Why it’s here: Surrounded by pine trees and trails, this vacation home is situated on more than a half-acre of gated, public U.S. Forest Service land. The two-bedroom cabin features a stone fireplace and wood floors and is being sold with the kitchen’s antique wood stove and working antique refrigerator. The listing suggests that owners may need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the property.
Why it’s here: This beautiful barndominium was built in 2016 on 13 wooded acres. The 1,700 square feet of living space sit under the same roof as the 1,700-square-foot garage. There are two large patios where you can get close to nature, and the bar in the garage was built from wood found on-site. There’s also a heated guest cabin for visitors.
Why it’s here: First the good news: This large, four-bedroom ranch house, sitting on a roomy, corner lot, is listed at a bargain-basement price. The bad? The property tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine in the past. But for new owners willing to invest in reviving the place, it could be resurrected into a neighborhood gem.
Why it’s here: This midcentury modern home was built in 1957. After a major overhaul in 2006, it was featured in the pages of Metropolitan Home. The house features modern upgrades including solar power, Japanese shoji screens, terrazzo floors, a private patio off the main bedroom, and Italian light fixtures. The rear of the home is open to take in the light and views from the large yard and pool.
Why it’s here: For buyers on the lookout for something different, we offer what might be the skinniest home in the entire country. Known, appropriately enough, as The Skinny House in Mamaroneck, NY, the slender residence built in 1932 made the National Registry of Historic Places in 2015.
Measuring in at only 10 feet wide, it’s the slimmest home we’ve ever encountered. The 27-foot tall home has been lovingly maintained and updated over the decades and still stands as a shining 533-square-foot slice of Americana.