A tiny ‘studio flat’ no bigger than ‘two king sized mattresses laid end to end’ has gone on sale for £225,000 in an upmarket west London street.
The eyebrow-raising apartment in Pimlico measures just 74 square feet.
Images of the small apartment reveal how the property consists of a single bed tucked in a corner and a minuscule bathroom area, which can be viewed from the bed through a see-through door.
This Pimlico ‘micro home’ is no bigger than ‘two king sized mattresses laid end to end’ and is priced at a whopping £225k
The ‘kitchen’, which can also be found at the foot of the bed, is a counter top with a built-in fridge and a ‘combi microwave’ according to the studio’s sellers.
The flat also features an ‘outdoor access’ which is a flat roof overlooking a sheer drop at the back of the building.
The ‘pied-a-terre’ is being marketed by Chestertons Estate Agents and Jackson Stops Estate Agents at an eye watering £3,378 per square foot – more than double the average price for the area.
The kitchen sits at the foot of the bed and is equipped with a counter top, a built-in fridge and a ‘combi microwave’
Current government legislation states that the minimum size for a single bedroom flat in the UK must be 377 square feet.
However, after the images were posted to a Money Saving Expert forum, there was widespread anger online.
Numbercruncher8 said: ‘This surely must be illegal, somehow.’
SammyJammy wrote: ‘That is truly sad, I really hope someone isn’t desperate enough to buy it. You could buy 1.5 of my three bed terrace house with gardens for that.’
Breath of fresh air: Not much room to swing a cat but the outdoor space on the flat roof will give the buyer some breathing space if it gets a tad suffocating indoors
There’s a minuscule bathroom area which can be viewed from the bed through a see-through door.
FreeBear said: ‘Minimum room size for one adult for it not to be considered overcrowded is 6.5m².
‘This ‘flat’ comes in at 6.72m² including non habitable spaces such as kitchen and shower/toilet.
‘Oh, and no guard rail on the ‘patio’ area .Quite likely no planning permission or building control sign-off.
‘I could fit two of those into just about all the rooms in my house, including the garage.’
Social media users have been rattled by the size of the Pimlico studio flat and took to the Money Saving Expert forum to express their disgust
NaughtiusMaximus said: ‘This flat is horrifically tiny, as hard as it is to believe the pictures actually make it look bigger than it really is.
‘The entire property, including the kitchen and bathroom areas, is roughly the size of two king size mattresses laid end to end.’
And Green-Hopeful said: ‘You can see the stairs going above the bed.. So essentially it’s a cupboard under the stairs and landing space.’
The rattled social media users posts could be justified when you think a four-bedroom semi-detached home, with ample garden space, and garage costs the same price as the minuscule flat.
Estate agent’s Jackson Stops have defended the studio flat pointing out there are plenty of apartments for sale on the market measuring under 35 square metres
Deceptive: From the outside of the property you would never know how tiny the Pimlico studio flat is
But the size of the property is overshadowed by the Jackson Stops estate agent’s description of it who have written: ‘A most unusual self-contained studio apartment is presented to the market in Pimlico SW1.
‘Located on the ground floor this would be ideal for all those looking for a central London pied-a-terre or buy to let investment.
The rise of ‘micro homes’ and the Government guidelines surrounding them
The Government introduced a ‘Permitted Development Rights’ (PDR) scheme in 2013 which allows property developers to convert offices into residential homes without a planning permission.
Since then, the UK has seen a surge in ‘micro homes’ with an increasing number of homes measuring less than 398 square feet – the minimum studio floor area under national standards.
There’s no strict definition of a ‘micro home’ but is often referred to anything below the national standard.
As these standards aren’t legally binding, property developers can submit planning permissions to local authorities who cannot reject properties on the basis of the size alone.
‘Inspired with a nautical theme it is cleverly fitted out with built-in storage, combination microwave, washer dryer, refrigerator with access to un-demised flat roof / secondary means of escape.’
There was similar outrage after it was reported last month that a tiny London flat with a shower in the kitchen was available to rent for £1,000 a month.
The one bed property in Stoke Newington, North East London has a separate bathroom, complete with a bath already fitted with a showerhead.
Jackson Stops have defended the property.
A spokesman for Jackson Stops said: ‘You won’t get a mortgage for it, but that doesn’t make it illegal.
‘There are plenty of apartments for sale under 35 square metres. They would still need solicitors to be involved. The price per square foot on that basis is expensive.
‘But, the price for the property would make it the cheapest in the area and I can understand from a buyers point of view why they would be interested in it.
‘A one bedroom flat on the first floor could be £1500 pounds per square foot compared to a five story that is £1,000.
‘It is not the basis when it comes to taking the valuation of the apartments for sale.’