Here Are the Smallest Homes That Went on the Market in Boston This Year

Including tiny homes from the 1800s—before it was cool.

Image via Google Maps

This home at 12 Sargent St. in Cambridge was the smallest house that traded this year. / Image via Google Maps

Tiny houses, micro homes, micro-living, living small—whatever you call it, trimming down the square footage (and the cost) of your home is, and has been, very trendy.

“I’ve been intrigued by how these tiny houses (and tiny apartments) play against expectation of what a city residence could be. They’re charming anomalies,” writes Constantine Valhouli, cofounder of research and data startup NeighborhoodX.

“Whether they’re a worker’s cottage, a carriage house, or an outbuilding, they’ve recently become a romantic symbol of escape, privacy, and minimalism.”

That’s why NeighborhoodX analyzed home market transactions in 2015 and 2016 to compile a list of the smallest homes that were traded. By looking at current listings and recently-closed transactions, the research site found 17 pint-sized properties (including two still on the market.)

The smallest house on the list? A 420-square-foot one bedroom cottage in Cambridge’s Porter Square that sold for $284,000. The second smallest is also in Cambridge—a two bedroom, one bath dwelling on Elm St. in Inman Square. Both structures were built in the late 1800s.

Chelsea, Medford, Jamaica Plain, and Hyde Park make the most frequent appearances on the chart. See for yourself below.

For an interactive version, click here.

For an interactive version, click here.