UK's 'thinnest house' on sale for £950,000

Saleha Riaz
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The property is squeezed between a walk-in clinic and a hair salon that has shuttered. Photo: Winkworth
The property is squeezed between a walk-in clinic and a hair salon that has shuttered. Photo: Winkworth

A property in London’s Shepherd’s Bush might be the thinnest one in the country, and it is up for sale for £950,000 ($1.3m) by estate agents Winkworth.

Squeezed between a walk-in clinic and a hair salon that has shuttered, the property is all of six-feet wide, has five floors and measures a total of 1,034 square metres.

According to its listing, “despite its surface oddness is actually very easy to live with... this astonishing house offers flexible accommodation.”

The property is six-feet wide. Photo: Winkworth
The property is six-feet wide. Photo: Winkworth

“Some worry that they would feel compressed in a six-foot-wide house but counter-intuitively this is a space that works – in much the way a luxury yacht does,” the listing states.

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Some features include a Nest-controlled central heating system, parquets flooring, an original deco bathtub, roof terrace and double full height glass doors leading from the dining area out onto the recently planted private patio garden.

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'This is a space that works – in much the way a luxury yacht does,' the listing states. Photo: Winkworth
'This is a space that works – in much the way a luxury yacht does,' the listing states. Photo: Winkworth

The description notes that “If you like traditional properties that ‘tick all the boxes’ then the chances are this is not for you. If, however, you don’t like boxes and you like to entertain, enjoy the quirky and charming and feel there is more to life than two up, two down then come and see a truly special home.”

The property boasts a patio garden. Photo: Winkworth
The property boasts a patio garden. Photo: Winkworth

It is situated on Goldhawk Road and not too far from the Westfield shopping centre.

Reportedly the home was once a Victorian hat shop with storage and living quarters and was built in the late 19th or early 20th century.

David Myers of Winkworth told Insider the house would be suited towards "creative types such as media people, designers, and photographers" and "is not designed to be a family home."

The listing comes at an interesting time: with the pandemic meaning people are stuck indoors, there has been a surge in demand for more spacious properties.

Meanwhile, Britain’s housing market boom continues to cool as the latest lockdown restrictions send a “chill cloud” over the sector, surveyors and estate agents say.

The scale of the surge in property-buying activity in the second half of 2020 surprised economists amid a severe economic downturn, with huge demand for home moves since COVID-19 hit and savings from stamp duty cuts.

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