If your dream home has a toilet in the shower and a tiny ‘sleeping nook’ next to the kitchen, you’re in luck – a 17sqm ‘apartment’ with those features has hit the market.
The bad news is buying it will not leave much change from half a million dollars – $469,000. But the good news is that may actually be a good buy in Sydney.
Carved out of a renovated old building in inner-city Potts Point, the bed is tucked into a cozy 1.4 x 1.9m section charmingly described as a ‘sleeping nook’.
If your dream home has a toilet in the shower and a tiny ‘sleeping nook’ next to the kitchen, you’re in luck – a 17sqm ‘apartment’ with those features has hit the market
The toilet (pictured) is located inside the shower (pictured) in what has been called ‘Australia’s smallest one bedroom apartment’
To get to the nook, you just step into it, and onto the bed, from the open plan kitchen/living room that measures just 3.2 x 3.7m.
The real estates agent Belle Property’s ad describes it memorably as a ‘separate bed nook with hanging space’.
Even more interesting than the sleeping nook is the bathroom, which has a toilet inside the shower, like a budget Hong Kong hotel room.
Silvia Vitale of Belle Property has previously seen a studio apartment with a toilet in a shower, also in Potts Point.
‘Someone told me they do that in boats as well. It’s space saving. It could be a part of the tiny homes movement,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It really doesn’t matter if the toilet gets wet. It probably cleans the toilet at the same time.’
But if you plan to live there, just remember to leave your toilet paper outside the glass door when you’re using the space for its shower function.
The bedroom is just a step away, literally, from the kitchen and living room. It also has ‘hanging space’
The rooftop terrace is shared with the other occupants of the building in Potts Point, Sydney
There is a lift in the 1935 Art Deco building known as Sandringham, but it only goes to the third floor.
The apartment is located on the top floor – the fourth – which also features a rooftop terrace shared with the other residents of the building.
The owner bought it three years ago and completely renovated what was then an almost dilapidated property, turning what was a studio into a one-bedroom (sort of) apartment.
‘There is [now] a window in the bedroom,’ Ms Vitale said.
‘No matter how small the bedroom is, because it’s a separate room and because there’s a window in there, it can be classified as a one-bedroom
‘And that’s why I’m saying it’s the smallest one-bedder in Australia, because I haven’t heard of any other one that is at this size.’
The apartment is on the market for $469,000 and is rented out for $450 per week, which Ms Vitale said was a bigger return than many small properties in Potts Point.
The apartment is on the top floor of the Sandringham, a 1935 art deco building in Sydney’s Potts Point
If $469,000 seems like a huge amount of money to pay for 17sqm, it might be useful to think of the real estate agents’ slogan – ‘location, location, location.’
Potts Point is one of the most desired suburbs in the inner-city, and this apartment is just metres to the train station, a supermarket, some of Sydney’s most glamorous shops, and a very wide choice of casual to fine dining.
Across Sydney, the median apartment price in the year to the end of September was up 9.5 per cent to $802,475.
At that rate, getting a little slice of Potts Point might just seem like good value, regardless of where the toilet is located.
Apartment prices in capital cities
SYDNEY: Up 9.5 per cent to $802,475
MELBOURNE: Up 6.1 per cent to $576,879
BRISBANE: Down 1.8 per cent to $396,609
ADELAIDE: Up 3.3 per cent to $357,615
CANBERRA: Down 2.6 per cent to $489,710
PERTH: Up 1.3 per cent to $363,653
HOBART: Up 23.8 per cent to $532,284
DARWIN: Up 22.1 per cent to $359,903
Source: Domain median unit price changes in the year to September 2021