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Check out one of Chicago’s tiniest (and oldest!) houses

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Small, affordable houses may be all the rage right now—but they’re not an entirely new trend.
To wit: The Chicago Fire of 1871 was the inspiration for this charming tiny cottage in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. The home, which is almost 150 years old, still feels modern thanks to its smart design and décor. 
Take a look at the inside!

After the fire decimated vast swaths, more than 100,000 people found themselves homeless. As the result of the fire, thousands “relief shanties” or small prefab houses were sold. Each one cost about $100. New York Times The following are some points to consider. 
This 780-square-foot house is one of a few examples that hasn’t been remodeled beyond recognition. It uses sleek finishes and an intelligent layout to maximize space.

The open floor plan combines the kitchen, dining area and living room to create a spacious home. The fireplace resembles an old-fashioned wood-burning stove, paying homage to the house’s roots in the 19th century. Craftsman style cabinets provide ample storage. 

The bathroom finishes are a blend of rustic and modern, blending the two styles.
The bedroom at the rear of the house also appears spacious, as its French doors open on to a private brick patio. 

“With large gardens in front and back, where I can dine or talk to neighbors, it does not feel like a small space,” a former homeowner said. Crain’s Chicago Business
Is the house’s only flaw its location? Being exposed to paparazzi. Previous owners told the New York Times that tour guides and curious passersby were always stopping to check out the “cute little house”—and once caught him in his skivvies, trying to retrieve his newspaper.