Seattle's iconic pie-shaped 'spite house' is back on the market
The iconic - and tiny - pie-shaped home at 2022 24th Ave. E. in the Montlake neighborhood has 2 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms, and some places where you can reach out and touch both sides of the home.
The house is built as a triangle, meaning one end of the house is only 55 inches wide. The other end is 15 feet wide. Between both ends, just 860 square feet of living space.
If you haven't seen it, it's a lot easier to picture that 1970's mobile home either you or a friend lived in. And this is no double wide.
The narrow house is for sale again, and while we don't really know why it's on the market, it's always fun to take a look back and try and figure out why Seattle's bright yellow Spite House was built the way it is.
There's more than one story, but here's one of the more told tales: The home was built in 1925 as part of a divorce settlement. The judge gave the man the house, and his ex-wife got the front yard. So, out of spite, she had the narrow home built on her sliver of property.
But that's not the only spite story...
Another spins the tale of the German man who owned the land and allowed someone to build a home there. It's unknown if he was specific about how big this house should be, but when he returned to Seattle from Germany, he discovered the house was much bigger than he thought. So, out of spite, he had his home built in the tiny pie-slice of land that remained.
And there's a third tale, which recent renter of the Spite House, Lisa Horton, says this is the story she believes: The person who lived in the property's main house wanted to buy the triangle-shaped piece next to the house. Apparently the tightwad made such a low offer, that the owner of the small plot not only didn't sell, he or she built the odd-shaped home to block his views.
They even painted the wall facing the cheap neighbor black, and that neighbor eventually moved.
And perhaps that's what makes the Spite House so intriguing...no one seems to be certain how it came to be.
But it's still standing, and it's for sale. The home was last on the market in autumn of 2013 at $379,000 asking price. In a sign of ballooning King County housing prices, the asking price these days is $519,000.
SEPT. 23rd UPDATE: The home has since sold for $500,000, according to Estately.