Landowner Builds Tiny 10-Foot-Wide Home Out of Spite

Florida builder John Atkins has created a tiny 10-foot-wide house on a cramped lot to spite his millionaire neighbors, and now he plans to sell it for $619,000. The 1,547-square-foot home was built on land previously used as a garden by a neighbor in Jacksonville Beach. The skinny 140-foot-deep property boasts 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and space for a single-car garage. It also has a built-in dining table that’s made out of reclaimed wood from a local pier destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The house has 9-foot-high ceilings on the ground floor and vaulted ceilings that reach up to 10 feet elsewhere. Atkins first wanted to make the house 15 feet wide, but building codes required that the home have 7½ feet of space on either side of it. To work within the code, Atkins installed bay windows and bump-out seating. While the property may seem like an introvert’s dream, listing agent Ryan Wetherhold of Oceanside Real Estate warns that it may be tough to store larger vehicles inside the garage. “You can fit a truck in there, but to get the doors open is a pretty tight fit,” said Wetherhold. He says the house is perfect for a person who wants to be in a neighborhood of million-dollar homes but wants to pay about half the price.