New York City’s narrowest apartment, measuring just under nine feet wide, has been the subject of intense scrutiny after it emerged that the three-story property has been put on the market for $ 5 million.
It all started when luxury broker and YouTube star Erik Conover posted a video for TikTok under the erikconover handle and took viewers on a tour inside the apartment. The clip can be seen here.
The property is officially located at 75 1/2 Bedford Street, between Commerce and Morton streets and off Seventh Avenue, and is also known as Millay House, after being home to Pulitzer Prize winning author Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Millay was not the only notable former resident, with actors Cary Grant and John Barrymore among those who took up residence there while working at the nearby Cherry Lane Theater in the 1920s.
It was built in 1873 during the copper epidemic on what was formerly the carriage entrance to a set of stables that existed between 75 and 77 Bedford Street. According to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, it also represents the narrowest townhouse in the city, measuring 2.62 meters wide inside.
Conover’s trip inside revealed a luxurious, if not cozy interior, complete with three wood-burning fireplaces, a “gourmet” kitchen, bathtub with claw foot and an impressive skylight. It also created lots of discussion modes and got more than 2 million views in just a few days.
Unfortunately, despite the origins and clever furnishings, for many who commented on the video, it was the price of the property that was the main talking point, as many consider it a symbol of the sky-high property prices witnessed in New York.
“5 million what a joke,” commented Braxton 29. “He was obviously joking about the 5 million,” Nino wrote, while Conover quickly replied, “Wish I was.”
Gina Holloway Henley claimed, “For $ 5 million, I could buy a 10,000-square-foot, 10,000-acre property in Tennessee. The beautiful mountain views are free.”
User2286288749246 lamented, “We have no hope in the future of buying a house anywhere,” while Jarod Angehr commented, “This would not even cost you $ 100,000 in Houston.”
User3104757438360 added: “Nothing about New York is worth spending 5 million living there, especially in a glorified cardboard box.”
Newsweek has contacted Conover for comment.
With average property prices of $ 646,000, New York is home to some of the most expensive properties in the world. The most expensive is believed to be The Pinnacle Penthouse, located on top of the iconic $ 79 million Woolworth Building.
The demand for properties in the city was further showcased in a recent viral video that featured the insane queue that formed to see just one apartment in New York.