AFTER more than 20 years of living in what was once Britain’s narrowest house the owner is selling up.
Stuart Beckett and his ex-partner Nicola fell in love with the terraced house in Manor Road, Fratton, back in 1993 and snapped it up for £33,000.
But after 21 years inside the 4ft 10in-fronted house, and with the property’s value rocketing to £125,000, Stuart is on the verge of putting it on the market.
He said: ‘It will be sad, it’s been part of myself and my ex’s life.
‘Originally we called it the Tardis – the outside just looked so small but on the inside it’s massive.
‘You’d never expect it to be this big inside when you look at the front.’
The tiny-fronted home shot to stardom after appearing in the Guinness Book of Records in 1985 as the house with the narrowest frontage in Britain – a small plaque outside even notes the accolade.
But the two-bedroom house – which opens up once inside the front door – was booted out of the record books as a home in Scotland was spotted with an even smaller frontage.
However, Stuart said he might soon find himself selling the United Kingdom’s narrowest home if the Scottish people for vote independence in the referendum on Thursday.
‘I know there’s a house in Scotland that must have been built later that’s 4ft 9in,’ he said. ‘After Thursday mine could be the narrowest house in the United Kingdom again.’
The price of the place has moved up and down and it was sold for £44,000 to Nick Barwis by Burlingtons estate agents in 1988.
Back then Mr Barwis was deluged with offers of up to £70,000 to buy the house after national newspapers followed a story in The News on the sale.
Similarly, Stuart and Nicola, 48, were in national glossy magazines after The News covered their move into the house.
Jarred Partridge, from Cubitt & West estate agents, in North End, values the property at £125,000 but said it could rocket if the sale sparks a bidding war.
He said: ‘A property like this wouldn’t stay on the market long.
‘There are investors out there who would buy it because it has that history.’
The mid-terrace property is understood to have been built in an alleyway, with part of it dating back to the 1930s before a two-storey extension was added in about 1975.