New York City Apartment Goes Viral after Estate Agent Shares Video of Its Unusual Layout

An old apartment in New York City has sparked an online debate after a real estate agent shared a video showing its unusual layout. Netizens are especially riled by the number of walls it features.

Why have nine walls when you can have 37? That's one of the hilarious comments left by TikTokers following a video shared by a real estate agent giving a tour of an apartment with an unusual layout.

TikTok user, Rent New York shared the video of the unique listing, complaining about the builder's inability to make a proper floor layout. The apartment appeared to have several twists and turns in each room, with the extra walls making for a good laugh.

Inside view of an apartment | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Inside view of an apartment | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

The clip began with the TikToker opening the door to the apartment while laying out his complaints, saying: "Tell me you don't know how to make a layout."

The door opened to a weirdly shaped hallway leading to an exotic kitchen and living area. Opening the door to each room, the poster captured each of the walls making up the room, adding several angled edges to the long narrow spaces.

Most of the rooms could easily pass for oddly-shaped corridors, with their narrow layouts and lineup of doors opening into yet another room. The bathrooms of the $2,950 apartment also looked as weird as the bedrooms and hallways, posing difficulty in placing their shapes.

Inside view of a laundry room | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Inside view of a laundry room | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Speaking to news outlets, the TikToker further expressed his amazement over the oddly-shaped house, confirming the exterior of the building gave out how long it has stood.

However, the age hardly excused its queer layout. He voiced: "It's definitely an odd layout in person, just as on camera. But it does have the second-half bath, and the condition is pretty good for the price point."

Despite his misgivings, the real estate agent believed the house had its perks, standing out in its own unique way. He added: "It's definitely not for everyone. But for the right tenants, you never know."

Although the poster did not give off the exact address of the apartment, he confirmed its location as a Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, New York. He also disclosed that the apartment was situated on the first floor unit of an elevator-equipped building, about 32 minutes away from Midtown.

The TikTok video went viral in no time, attracting over 10.2 million views and several hilarious comments. One TikTok user jested the building's sharp angles, saying: "Someone said they wanted a cute apartment, and the designer heard 'acute' apartment."

Photo of a room in an empty apartment | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Photo of a room in an empty apartment | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Another user chimed in, saying the apartment only went from bad to worse. One user pointed out that the house was simply an oddly-shaped corridor with unnecessary doors, earning bouts of hilarious reactions.

One commenter analyzed the apartment, saying: "Nope. That's just a 1 bedroom with a walk-in closet in the walk-in closet." Others brought up several imaginary scenarios where the room layouts would pose a problem to its occupants.

While some pictured siblings having clashes over privacy, most imagined more awkward situations. A comment read: "Imagine you want to go to bed, but your roommate in the first room is having a friend over. You're stuck."

Inside view of a kitchen in an empty apartment | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Inside view of a kitchen in an empty apartment | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

Many TikTokers wondered if the apartment came with a living room and dining room since they were not featured in the video tour.

Amid the jeering reactions, some users tried clearing the air, pointing out that such apartments did exist and even had a general name to classify them. One comment read: "Are you new here? Because those are called railroad apartments for a reason."

Generally, housing plans follow particular structures and layouts, making the finished work easily understood by other building experts. 

A user's comment on a viral post | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

A user's comment on a viral post | Photo: TikTok / rentnewyork

One of the first steps involved is establishing the right floor plan, which in turn helps decide the furniture design and layout, wiring, pipe fittings, and other fixtures required to make the space habitable. Hence, the importance of leaving the planning phases of a building to experts.

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