How small is too small? New York apartment pushes the limit

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At 35 square metres, the minimum size for a studio apartment in New South Wales may seem tiny to some, but compared to a unit up for rent in New York it’s positively palatial.

The unit - if you can really call it that - on West 71st Street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side measures just over nine square metres and has gained a level of fame due to its size.

In fact the agent leasing the unit is more than upfront about its size, or lack there-of, and is using it as a selling point.

The listing for the apartment features the following descriptors:

- This apartment is so small, you can't have three friends over at the same time; one of you will have to wait outside in the hall.

- It's so small you can't gain weight once you move in.

- It's so small there's a bumper on the front door to keep it from hitting the back wall.

- It's so small you have to move the bed just to open and close the front door.

While the unit doesn’t come with a stove, window or room to swing a cat, that doesn’t mean any prospective tenant is going to get themselves a bargain.

The asking rent for the unit is US$1,100 per month, which equates to US$122 per square metre per month. 

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