The Big Apple’s most bizarre homes! New York realtor reveals the most BAFFLING property listings he’s ever seen – from infuriating design flaws to a TINY $2,300 space with NO toilet
- Omer Labock, originally from Miami, is a realtor currently based in Manhattan
- The 22-year-old often shares videos of his apartment touring exploits on TikTok
- He spoke to FEMAIL about the most bizarre spaces he has seen in New York City
New York is famous for its wild real estate stories, but one city realtor believes he’s seen it all – from tiny spaces to sky-high prices and even apartments with no toilet.
Omer Labock, 22, who is originally from Miami but moved to Manhattan to pursue his property dreams, regularly shares videos of his apartment touring exploits to TikTok and Instagram that leave his 100K followers speechless.
He told FEMAIL that he has definitely had his ‘fair share of unique apartment experiences’ – and revealed the most bizarre units he has seen while working in the Big Apple.
Flushed away! An Upper East Side one-bedroom with no toilet: $2,289
This one bedroom apartment on the Upper East side looked pretty normal to begin with, with a spacious kitchen and average-sized bedroom
While the apartment featured a bathroom complete with a shower and wash basin, there was no toilet
Omer explained: ‘I started working in the height of the rental market craze in April 2022 and apartments were already super expensive. I checked my list and saw a decently priced unit for a change, so I decided to go view it.
‘The one-bedroom apartment was located in the Upper East Side and rent was about $2,289, when the market average price would have been over $3,000.’
However, after entering the apartment and having a look around, Omer noticed a key element was missing: a toilet.
While the apartment featured a bathroom complete with a shower and wash basin, there was no WC.
The real estate agent said he was ‘genuinely so confused’ and walked out of the apartment to try and figure out where the toilet was.
It was then he discovered it was located through a door to the right of the apartment, ‘which meant four apartments shared the same toilet.’
It was then he discovered it was located through a door to the right of the apartment, ‘which meant four apartments shared the same toilet’
Omer uploaded a video to TikTok showing the toilet-less apartment, which left thousands of viewers horrified.
One user quipped: ‘How is that even legally considered an apartment?’
Another mused: ‘I could live without a lot of things being in the apartment. But not a toilet.’
And a third expressed shock, writing: ‘I pay less a month in mortgage for a whole damn house and yard.’
Omer gave a tour of the apartment – which included a fairly small bedroom, an ‘absolutely massive’ living room, a kitchen and shower room – but revealed that it had been on the market for around 165 days.
At first he said he was surprised by the lack of a taker but, after seeing there was no toilet, he could understand why it was still up for grabs.
Washed up! A bedroom-sized apartment with no toilet OR shower: $2,000
Second up on Omer’s wackiest New York apartment list was one he went to view in Greenwich Village
Second up on Omer’s wackiest New York apartment list was one he went to view in Greenwich Village.
The property pro says it is the smallest living space he has ever seen and the entire pad was the same size as a ‘standard bedroom.’
In the ‘micro apartment’, Omer discovered that not only was there no toilet, there were no washroom facilities at all – as the bathroom was located off the main hallway and was also shared by four units.
He said that if the rent had been low he could have understood, but it was priced at $1,975 a month and the rate was later raised to $2,000.
In a TikTok tour of the ‘micro apartment,’ its small size becomes apparent as the width only extends marginally beyond each side of the sash window.
In the ‘micro apartment’, not only did Omer discover there was no toilet, but there was no bathroom at all
The realtor explained that at least the communal toilet was ‘very clean and well maintained’
There is also a small kitchen in the room, decked out with a sink and electric hob.
Next to the entrance, Omer pulls open a wooden door to reveal a small closet.
He says to viewers: ‘You might be wondering where the bathroom is for this unit… so unfortunately for the residents of this building you do have to use a shared bathroom.’
As he goes to the hallway, opens a door to show a toilet and explains: ‘As you will see right over here – it is very clean and well maintained but it is a shared space as well as the shower.’
Omer’s video tour quickly attracted thousands of comments from shocked viewers.
One mockingly said: ‘My iPhone has more storage than that.’
And another revealed: ‘In Mexico with that money you rent a freaking two story house.’
Something to beam about? An apartment on the market for over 100 days with a very weird pillar: $3,100
On walking into this apartment in New York’s Murray Hill neighborhood, Omer explains to viewers that it has been on the market for over 100 days but ‘there’s an obvious reason why’
On walking into this apartment in New York’s Murray Hill neighborhood, Omer explains to viewers that it has been on the market for over 100 days but ‘there’s a pretty obvious reason why.’
After showcasing the ‘nice balcony’ and ‘decent living space’, he proceeds to film the kitchen, ‘which is where the reason lies.’
The realtor says while it looks pretty standard to begin with, with ample storage space and updated appliances, in the middle of the cooking area is a ‘massive column.’
He continues: ‘I don’t really understand what it’s doing there. I’m sure there’s a reason but they basically just built the kitchen around it.’
Due to the positioning of the pillar, Omer demonstrates how some of the cabinet doors do not open all the way.
Omer demonstrates that, due to the positioning of the pillar, some of the cabinet doors don’t open all of the way
Despite the inconvenient structural feature, the property expert says as a whole the apartment is ‘decent’ and it does have ‘nice renovations.’
After finishing his tour showing the entrance and the bathroom, he reveals that the rent is $3,100 per month.
Some commenters said the ill-placed pillar was a definite deal-breaker and that the price should be considerably lower.
One user said: ‘$3,100 a month for a studio apartment where I can’t even open my dishwasher or cabinet all the way… bye!’
Meanwhile, another wrote: ‘Jeeesus. For context, my apartment in Sweden has two rooms, separate kitchen and bath. I pay $500 a month. Water and heat and Wi-Fi included.’
‘As New York as it gets!’ A studio with a bed up a ladder: $3,350
Omer says that probably one of the ‘most New York apartments’ he has seen to date was one he toured in Greenwich Village with a lofted bed
Omer said that one of the ‘most New York apartments’ he has seen to date was one he toured in Greenwich Village, priced at $3,350 a month.
In a 58-second video showcasing the space, he bets viewers that they’ve ‘never seen an apartment like this before.’
On walking into the unit, he says the space is ‘absolutely massive.’
Other perks include lots of storage space and a kitchen with modern appliances, a ‘great finish’, marble countertops and a double fridge setup.
However, when he gets into the main living area and turns around, the apartment’s more unusual feature becomes apparent: a lofted bed.
In a 58-second-long video showcasing the space, he bets viewers that they’ve ‘ never seen an apartment like this before’
On walking into the unit, he says the space is ‘absolutely massive.’ Other perks include lots of storage space and a kitchen with modern appliances
Omer demonstrates how anyone renting this apartment must climb a ladder to get into bed.
As he steps on to the elevated platform, he says: ‘Here is where you would place a mattress and this is where you would sleep.
‘You could fit up to a queen size mattress on top here.’
He highlights that the main benefit from having the lofted bed – which is ‘about eight feet up’ – is that it frees up space below.
Some viewers deemed the loft idea ‘cool’ but others seemed unsure about the concept.
One user commented: ‘As a sleepwalker, I am not a fan of this.’
And another mused: ‘People will climb that ladder for exactly 365 days before coming to their senses. Then it’s back on the market.’
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