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Historic Townhouse (the 'Skinny House') on the Freedom Trail

Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Don't just visit the local attractions, stay in one. The 'Skinny House' at 44 Hull Street in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts is an extremely narrow four-story house that has the unique distinction of being the narrowest house in Boston.

Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus (who is buried across the street in Copps Hill Burying Ground) and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother's view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the 'Spite House'.

Fully renovated in 2006, the Spite House (aka the 'Skinny House') balances old world charm with modern day convenience. The home is fully furnished with one Queen size bed and a bunk bed ( the lower bunk is a queen), linens, standard cable, high speed internet, local phone and a washer and dryer. The kitchen is fully equipped including a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, dishes and utensils.

The home is conveniently located on the Freedom Trail in the North End of Boston with convenient location to restaurants, shops and historical sites and even includes a view of Copps Hill and Boston Harbor. Wake up and walk to one of the many cafes, tour the city by day and dine in one of the North End’s world class restaurants in the evening. You would need to stay for a month of Sundays to try them all.


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Jennifer and Spencer
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Jennifer and Spencer

My husband and I were both born and raised in the North East. Although we've lived on both the East and West coasts we found a home here in the North End. Our children were born in Boston and raised in the Skinny House and we lived here for nearly a decade before it became a vacation property.

Jennifer and Spencer purchased this townhome in 2000

Why Jennifer and Spencer chose Boston

A job brought my husband and I to Boston in 2000. Entirely by chance we stayed in the North End during one of our exploratory visits. It didn't take long before we were hooked. We simply fell in love with the neighborhood and it became our home.

What makes this townhome unique

Amongst the narrow, winding streets and alleys of the North End you will hear passionate discussions in Italian. You will see bocce being played in the park. You will be able to browse specialty stores selling fresh cut flowers, handmade pasta, cannoli or biscotti or fresh cuts of meat. Eat at one of the wonderful restaurants, such as The Neptune Oyster House or Terra Mia. All of this within a quarter mile radius of Boston’s oldest colonial buildings, Faneuil hall, Quincy market, the famous Boston Garden (home of the Celtics and the Bruins), the waterfront and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

From the front door you can walk the freedom trail to Bunker Hill and the Charlestown Navy Yard (the Home of the USS Constitution). Follow it the other way to the Old North Church, the Paul Revere house or St. Stephen's church (the family church of Rose Kennedy). Or walk across the street to Copps Hill Burying Ground (Boston's second oldest cemetery) with headstones chipped by Revolutionary War musket fire.

The Green line (3 blocks away) brings you to the Newbury Street (fine shopping), the Boston Common, the Boston Garden, Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(61 traveler reviews)

Historic Townhouse (the 'Skinny House') on the Freedom Trail
average rating of 4.9180326 based on 61 reviews

Historical home in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Charming home! Plenty of room for my husband, who is 6ft 5 inches tall and my two teenage boys(15 and 13). Excellent location, walking distance to everything. If we come back to Boston, we would love to rent your home again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay located near it all

  • 5 of 5

This property is exactly as expected tiny upright and perfect. It is centrally located to so many things is so easy to get around using the T Uber or Lyft. Everything you could possibly need is in this house literally everything. We were here with our 15 year old and 11 year old boys for our 30th anniversary and our 15th family day. We did everything in Boston in the week we spent at skinny house. We only had one issue with the TV and it was immediately fixed by the site manager Olivia. I'm recommending this place to all my friends who come to Boston and if we ever come this way again we will be staying here.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding Property

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a fabulous house to stay in. We had the pleasure of spending the last leg of our 3 week US tour at the 'Skinny House' and it was the perfect finale to a trip of a lifetime. The house is truly a gem. Although it is described as the 'skinny' house it is actually very spacious inside. We were two adults travelling with a teenage daughter and son and there was plenty of room for all of us. Travellers with mobility issues may find difficulties negotiating the stairs however. The general finishings are to a very high standard. Everything was spotlessly clean. The kitchen is very well equipped and there is a washing machine and drier. The bathroom is small but it has a really deep tub and an excellent shower. Olivia the house manager is wonderful and extremely helpful. She can provide lots of local money saving tips and advice on places to eat/visit etc. We were extremely grateful to her for allowing us a later check out on our departure date as we had a late flight. Thanks again Olivia!

The house is on the Freedom Trail and is in itself a tourist attraction. Many tourists stop and take photos of the house and themselves standing outside it. It is ideally positioned for all the attractions and restaurants in the North End and everything is within walking distance so forget the car.

We truly did not want to leave as it was so comfortable and quirky. We cannot recommend this property highly enough. If you're planning a stay in Boston this property must be on your shortlist. Should we return to Boston in the future this would be my first choice.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay to get the real feel of Boston!

  • 5 of 5

Owners/manager were super easy to work with and easy to communicate with. House was very clean and well maintained, and had every amenity we wanted or needed. We loved to watch the tour groups looking at the house. Location was so perfect to head to any of the local attractions, plus so many choices of food that were easy to get to. We would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal location for Boston sightseeing. Clean, updated house with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this house on the Freedom trail. Heart of the north end with access to shops and restaurants. A very cool house.

The house was clean, comfortable and had all the necessary amenities. The furnishings are are modern.

The manager was very responsive to questions.

Probably not ideal for little kids (toddlers) that have trouble with stairs.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay in Boston. Great location and my kids loved staying in the skinny house. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Logan Airport
Car: not necessary

Walk the freedom trail from your front door to Bunker Hill, Quincy Market, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution.


Rates & Availability

North End Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Peak
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak
Nov 4 2017 - Mar 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $225

Please read the RENTAL AGREEMENT prior to confirming including the section titled "During Your Stay".

Stays of 7 nights or longer include a 10% discount.

Minimum stay is 5 nights (March-November). Shorter stays of at least 3 nights are allowed in instances where the minimum stay can not be accommodated due to other bookings.

$500 cash deposit allowed in lieu of Property Damage Protection.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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North End Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Water View
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) Lower bunk is a Queen size mattress
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

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