"Home is where the heart is." "Mi casa es su casa." "There’s no place like home." Home is such an important part of a person’s life. Your home is where you find solitude, safety and ultimate comfort. But what if your home was something that you built out of spite right next to your ex-husband’s house in order to stand right in his way and block any views he could have had just to piss him off?
This little sliver of a house is nicknamed the "Seattle Spite House" and it’s currently back on the market. The house, built in 1925, is located at 2022 24th Ave. E and is currently on the market for $519,900.
Believe it or not, this tiny little house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is built like a trapezoid, with one end of the house being only 55 inches wide and the other end reaching 15 feet wide. The whole house is only 860 square feet, which breaks down to $605 a square foot.
One theory is that a German man owned the land and allowed someone to build there. He went to Germany, and when he returned to Seattle, he saw that the house was much bigger than they had originally discussed. So out of "spite" he built a tiny little home for himself right next door in the land that was left over.
A recent renter of the "Seattle Spite House" believes that the person who lived in the main house on the property wanted to buy the triangular piece of land next door, but because they made such a low offer, the owner of the small plot turned the offer down, built the house and painted the wall facing the neighbor black just to spite them and block their views.
And the final and most popular theory is that the "Seattle Spite House" was originally built in 1925 as part of a divorce settlement. The judge awarded the house to the husband, and the wife was awarded only the front yard. So out of spite, she built the house on her tiny piece of property. Talk about a messy divorce.
No one knows for sure what theory, or if any of the theories are true, which makes the "Seattle Spite House" that much more desirable and intriguing. The last time the house was on the market was in 2013. Back then, the asking price of $379,000.
Apparently this idea of building a house or fence to block views or painting your property a certain way out of "spite" was so popular in Washington state that it had to be controlled. According to the Washington Spite Law (yes this is a real thing), it is now illegal to block with a vengeance.
So if you are looking in the Seattle area, check out the "Seattle Spite House." Yes, the kitchen is a bit cramped and you can’t quite open the oven door fully unless you stand to the side of it, but the master bedroom at the longer end of the triangle is 15 feet long! Score!