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

(65 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

VRBO Bear stayed here: We found this property to be beary special Read review

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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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

Property Type

  • Townhome

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Historic


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Water View


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • 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


from 65 traveler reviews
I had my own top bunk! 09/30/2009

VRBO Bear stayed here:

“Wow,” is all that I can say. If you are a history buff, this is the place for you! Not only were we in the middle of the place that so many amazing Revolutionary War events occurred, but our vacation rental home was in the heart of it all. The owners have taken a compact space and made it a wonderful retreat which allowed us to savor everything around us as well as experience the architecture of the 1700’s. I was “beary” amazed to learn so much in just a few days.

The house dates all the way back to colonial times and has some interesting tales to tell. I learned all about it on the VRBO website. Phew – those family feuds go way back! I’m glad I’m a bear. I learned that the house was once called the Skinny House. Standing four stories tall, the house’s height makes it feel roomy. Each floor is one room and the owners have done an exceptional job in upgrading the home to feel very contemporary while still retaining its history. The original wood floors are polished to shine. The kitchen, bathroom and bedroom amenities are very modern. I even had my own top bunk!! My traveling companions enjoyed the queen bed and slept soundly.

Since the house was actually on the “Freedom Trail,” we could look out the front window and see the famous Copps Hill burial ground. From the front door, we were within walking distance to most of the historical sites and followed the red line through the downtown area. Right up the street was Old North Church, the place where Paul Revere rode through the town. There were restaurants galore and plenty of shopping at the Quincy Market. Riding on the shoulder of my companion I got a great “bear’s eye view.” The convenient location made this vacation home a perfect place to stay while enjoying the history of this great country.

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Peak
Nov 1 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Off Peak
Nov 4 - Mar 30, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning fee $225


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Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/19/2017
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose North End, Boston, MA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

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  • The 'Skinny House'

    The 'Skinny House'

  • Kitchen


  • On the Freedom Trail

    On the Freedom Trail

  • Dining


  • Alley Entry

    Alley Entry

  • View of Copps Hill Burial Ground from House

    View of Copps Hill Burial Ground from House

  • View from Living Room

    View from Living Room

  • Bathroom


  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Living Room and Stairs

    Living Room and Stairs

  • Hull Street with the Old North Church in Background

    Hull Street with the Old North Church in Background

  • Photo Montage

    Photo Montage

VRBO #247506

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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