Make That, “Double Skinnies”

I thought a “tall skinny” was a Starbucks drink.

Apparently, it’s also what people in Nashville call a newly-built, upper bracket home¬†shoehorned into a narrow lot that invariably sits next to its twin — both of which were carved out of a bigger lot after the previous home was torn down.

Such homes are (also) characterized by tuck-under garages; high-end finishes (goes with upper bracket); three finished, above ground floors (not sure about a basement); and not a few locals dismayed by higher density and runaway housing prices.

Alternative Name:¬† “Detached Townhome”

Is the phenomenon headed this direction?

At least a few local municipalities (Edina comes to mind) effectively prohibit such development, due to zoning rules that prescribe maximum house-to-lot coverage ratios.

But, the vertical floor plans and tuck-under garages definitely describe newer-vintage Twin Cities townhomes . . .

See also, “As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry the Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast” (The Wall Street Journal; 6/18/2018); “(Sub)Divide & Conquer by Minneapolis’ Cedar Lake“; and ““Townhome Alternative,” Deciphered.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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