Really small and chic in Alexandria

Though the blog was mostly on autopilot while I was in Northern Virginia, I was reading comments on my phone. Jane from The Borrowed Abode left a comment on a quick post I made about a cute, small house in Old Town Alexandria and she prompted me to track down this adorable, tiny house.

Perhaps it's the little, dollhouse loving girl in me that is delighted by The Spite House. It's seven feet wide and the interior has about 325 square feet in which to move around. That same mini-loving little girl was sad to read that the owner has multiple homes and resides most of the time in McClean.

If you want to know more, check out this 2005 article from the Metro section of The Washington Post and this 2006 follow up from the Home & Style section.

Spite houses aren't all that uncommon! A comment on the Hooked on Houses post pointed me to a wikipedia entry that describes a number of others.


  1. So glad you got a chance to check it out! I think it's just precious. But I agree - I'd rather see the home lived in all the time, rather than owned as a novelty. Imagine having a second home only 20 minutes away!
    Thanks for the shout-out, too!

  2. Yeeah, amazing...such a lovely small house, exactly as in fairy tale.
    Unfortunately, it's not an original idea of somebody from Alexandria.
    I saw (I don't remember where and when) this idea in Europe. I think it was in Netherland or Belgium...They started to operate as a hotel and it became very very popular.

  3. I would love to live in one of these! Not only is it so cool to say you live in a spite house, but I think they look so cozy! You can actually do a LOT with a small space!


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