How’s this for tiny living?
A 200-square-foot apartment in St. Louis has recently gone viral for its unique kitchen layout. The unique part? There’s a toilet and bathtub in there!
Harold Karabell of S.F. Shannon Real Estate Management managed the listing for the $525-a-month rental in St. Louis’ Central West End. “The reaction of people who saw it in person was that it was charming and cute,” he told TODAY Home, adding that they didn’t object to the kitchen/bathroom combo. “They just thought it was a little small.”
The listing stayed on the market for about 10 days before it went viral on the internet. “People love something that’s unusual and odd,” Karabell said. “It gives them something to laugh and smile about. That’s the only explanation on why it went viral.”
Right as the listing was picking up steam online, a man moving to the city from a high-rent area of Chicago rented it (without knowing anything about its internet fame).
Karabell said the new tenant is thrilled to be living in such an expensive urban neighborhood for so little cost. Even the utilities are included in the rent.
“A full-size studio (in the neighborhood) would run closer to $800 to $1,000 without utilities,” he told TODAY Home, adding that someone sent him a story about an apartment in San Francisco with an identical layout for $2,000 a month.
The 111-year-old building originally had 12 luxury apartments but was converted into 50 smaller units during the Great Depression. Almost all of the apartments are studios, with the majority of them being full studios with separate bathrooms.
But what fun is a separate bathroom when you can’t multitask while you cook? Actually, Karabell said the neighborhood has so many great restaurants, the new tenant probably won’t be making food in there anyway.
Despite the fact that you have to brush your teeth in the kitchen sink, there’s a lot to like in the place. Karabell said it’s got nice hardwood floors in the main room and beautiful French doors in the closet. Sounds cozy to us!