Skinny or narrow homes are now back in style and in demand.
The land is getting expensive, population booming, the rate of single dwellers are some of the changes in the real estate market. Gone are the days of mega houses built for a big family before the boomers came in. Most Millenniums live in an SRO, single room occupancy, high rises.
Vertical living covers air space. Having a false balcony with a narrow ledge is a selling point, I suppose. You can open your patio door and a place for outdoor smoking. Most of these rooms are non-smoking facility which is a good idea.
In Gastown, where the statue of Gassy Jack stands, across it is an iconic narrow building and expands wider to fill a triangular city lot. This is a heritage building that fascinates me and still has to find the story of it.
The Jack Chow Insurance attached to a pink and teal coloured structure is listed in The Guinness World Record as the skinniest building in the world. Historically, it was known as Sam Kee Building erected in 1913 at the corner of East Pender and Carrell Street with its very own alley named Shanghai Alley or Chinatown Heritage Alley. A guided tour is opened to the public, but if you are claustrophobic, this is not a place for you. Also, when a group enters the building, we can only walk around in a single file.