D.C.’s “Smallest Tiniest Dinkiest” House Could Be Yours for $1,200 a Month
Downsizing is the name of the game these days, but with the city's tiniest houses not yet eligible for actual residency, a true microdwelling can be hard to come by. Fortunately, a house on Capitol Hill has you covered.
A Craigslist ad was posted yesterday for a house—a full house, mind you, not a basement or apartment—at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NE that's all of 252 square feet. The house has earned its share of notoriety: In 2009, The Washington Post's Gene Weingarten marveled in a column that it "stands out from the other houses on the block like a Barbie doll in a police lineup" and wrote, "You walk in to a living room the size of a kitchen, then a kitchen the size of a bathroom, then a bathroom the size of a closet, then ... nothing. That's when you have to walk back up front and realize that the living room the size of a kitchen is also the bedroom."
According to Weingarten, it's the smallest house in D.C.—much smaller than the 371-square-foot behemoth UrbanTurf recently gave the same label—and its owner initially tried to market its coziness before embracing its absurdity and marketing it as "THE SMALLEST TINIEST DINKIEST MOST RIDICULOUS ABSURD MINI-DEMI-PSEUDO-SILLYHOUSE IN WASHINGTON." She apparently found a renter willing to pay $1,000 a month for it (after she bought it for $245,000).
But now it's on the market again, and the price has gone up to $1,200 a month. Not bad for a Capitol Hill home, until you consider that an apartment for a normal human being at the same price per square foot would cost over $3,000 a month.
Is it a steal or a swindle? Take a look at the photos and judge for yourself: