Posted on

America’s Skinniest House Is in Long Beach, CA

San Francisco is widely known for its narrow homes, but did you know that America’s skinniest house is in Long Beach, CA? As it turns out, this 10-foot-wide anomaly was built as a result of a dare. Find out all there is to know about this skinny home.

The Skinny House

Skinny House is the nickname given to this 10-foot-wide home located in the Rose Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California. Situated on 708 Gladys Avenue, off the corner of 7th Street, this home has been recognized as the nation’s skinniest house by:
  • Guinness Book of World Records
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not
The style of the home follows a Tudor style, familiar to Medieval architecture in England and Wales. The Skinny House has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a deck on the third floor.

History of Skinny House

In 1932, Newton P. Rummonds received repayment of a $100 loan from the previous year in the form of a lot of land measuring 10 feet by 50 feet. Shortly after receiving the plot of land, Rummonds began building the Skinny House into what would become an 860-square-foot property when someone bet him he couldn’t build a home that could be lived in in the space provided. Later, in 1959, it was determined that the home leaned four inches north. It was immediately corrected. Through the years 1977 to 1981, the public interest lawyer William John Cox practiced out of the Skinny House. In 1983, the Skinny House became registered as a city landmark of the city of Long Beach.


Posted on Leave a comment

Top 25 Things to do in Long Beach!

Top 25 Things to do in Long Beach

  1. Queen Mary: Historic ocean liner that is haunted.  They also have a fantastic Sunday brunch.
  2. Shoreline Village: A great selection of specialty shops and restaurants with an awesome view of the Queen Mary/Harbor.
  3. Aquarium of the Pacific: This is Southern California’s largest public aquarium.
  4. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden: Encompassing 1.3 acres this Japanese style garden is a great place to find your inner peace.
  5. Long Beach Museum of Art: This is an excellent museum of art lovers with over 3,000 works on display.
  6. El Dorado Nature Center: This is a great way to escape from the city and commune with nature.  They have a 1 mile and 2 miles trail that are very kid friendly.
  7. MOLAA: The Museum of Latin American Art has a impressive collection of art and a beautiful sculpture garden.
  8. Rancho Los Alamitos: This historic 19th century adobe ranch takes you back in time in Long Beach rich history.
  9. Rancho Los Cerritos: Another historic rancho gives you a glimpse of what life was like in the 1800’s.
  10. Harbor Breeze Cruises: Harbor cruises and whale watching excursions is a fun way to spend time on the Pacfic Ocean.
  11. Long Beach Antique Market: Every 3rd Sunday of the month over 800 vendors bring out their vintage treasures to Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.
  12. Gondola Getaway: Take a romantic boat ride in the Naples canals on a authentic Gondolla.  They also offer a message in the bottle as a fun way to propose
  13. Kayak the Naples Canals: Rent Kayaks and head over to the Naples Canals.  You can also head to Spinnerkur bay and see Moon Jellyfish
  14. Beach Bike Path: Take your bike or rent one and ride from Belmont Shore to the Queen Mary right on the beach
  15. Duffy Boat Rental: Rent a Duffy boat and cruise around Alamitos Bay.
  16. Rosie’s Dog Beach: Take your K9 to the beach!
  17. The Skinny House: See the skinniest house in America.
  18. Outer Limits Tattoos: Get a tattoo at the oldest tattoo parlor in the USA.
  19. Ferris Bueller’s House: See Ferris’s house from the movie.
  20. Retro Row: Find one of a kind vintage items on 4th Streets Retro Row.
  21. Aqualink: Take the Aqualink (water taxi) from Alamitos Landing to Shoreline Village.
  22. Catalina Express: Catch a ride to Catalina Island for the day.
  23. Naples Canals during December: Take a stroll around the Naples Canals with a hot chocolate and see the amazing Christmas lights.
  24. Moonlight Movies on the Beach: Watch family friendly movies right on the beach during the summer.
  25. 2nd Street Belmont Shore: With great restaurants and shops 2nd Street is a great place to visit.