Anyone who looks for real estate in a major city is bound to come across some pretty strange layouts. In fact, there's a whole website devoted to the worst rooms people have discovered on their apartment hunt journeys. But it turns out that New York City doesn't actually corner the market on strange apartments.
Editor Michael Bellart tweeted these photos of an apartment in Beijing, China, this past Saturday.
Apartment hunting in Beijing: there is always at least one thing wrong - very, very wrong https://t.co/e006ASlwrg— Michael Bellart (@Michael Bellart)1542439600.0
Yup, that is a bathroom encased in completely see-through glass.
It turns out it's more common than we might think.
@michaelbellart Yeah we were trying to find a hotel in Singapore with a regular opaque bathroom. Shockingly difficult.— Rick (@Rick)1542496473.0
@PersistentSeekr Yeah, I’m just learning now that this is actually a thing... a horrible, horrible thing.— Michael Bellart (@Michael Bellart)1542525181.0
@michaelbellart @PersistentSeekr Might need to import some opaque contact paper— Kevin Riggle (@Kevin Riggle)1542526602.0
Some had similar experiences in other cities.
@michaelbellart I once checked out a flat in nyc that ended up looking like that, but...there wasn’t even glass. 🤦🏻♀️— mahsa (@mahsa)1542515273.0
@mahsaheda Sounds, uh, messy— Michael Bellart (@Michael Bellart)1542526214.0
@michaelbellart @mahsaheda But consider how efficient washing dishes must be— 📟 Richard Westmoreland (@📟 Richard Westmoreland)1542531804.0
@RSWestmoreland @michaelbellart @mahsaheda https://t.co/dVumtpuFDW— GreyWater Reed (@GreyWater Reed)1542558526.0
Some had theories to explain it away.
@michaelbellart @SteveSaretsky This is effectively a bedsit. You simply eat and sleep here. No social element to it… https://t.co/CzPN99ILyL— ASastri (@ASastri)1542518217.0
@michaelbellart I am sure the blinds come down! Hotels across Asia have this sort of a thing too. If this sort of a… https://t.co/ThbNGKAkV0— Mukul (@Mukul)1542476269.0
Which quickly got shot down.
@ASastri14 @SteveSaretsky Not particularly affordable— Michael Bellart (@Michael Bellart)1542525826.0
@mukulleo No blinds— Michael Bellart (@Michael Bellart)1542528569.0
And then some noticed a second issue.
@michaelbellart oh god the laundry bin is next to the radiator— Bertrand Russell Terrier (@Bertrand Russell Terrier)1542511787.0
@BeRusTerr You were the only one who caught it!— Michael Bellart (@Michael Bellart)1542523764.0
@BeRusTerr @michaelbellart Yeh that’s a total fire hazard— Dave 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@Dave 🏳️🌈🇺🇸)1542552044.0
@BeRusTerr @michaelbellart Are you saying you don’t like the idea of simultaneously heating stinky, dirty clothes & creating a fire hazard?— I could be anybody (@I could be anybody)1542578978.0
At least they're making an effort to be fresh and modern, even if that means all of your guests get to watch you pee.