Sydney studio with toilet in the shower is going to market – and here’s why it’s good value

If your dream home has a toilet in the shower and a small ‘sleeping nook’ off the kitchen, then you’re in luck – a 17m2 ‘apartment’ with those amenities has come on the market.

The bad news is that if you buy it, you won’t be left with much change from half a million dollars – $469,000. But the good news is that might be a good buy in Sydney.

Sculpted from a renovated old building in the inner city of Potts Point, the bed is tucked away in a cozy 1.4 x 1.9 m section charmingly described as a ‘sleeping nook’.

If your dream home has a toilet in the shower and a small ‘sleeping nook’ next to the kitchen, then you’re in luck – a 17sqm ‘apartment’ with those features has hit the market

The toilet (pictured) is in the shower (pictured) in what has been called 'Australia's smallest one-bedroom apartment'

The toilet (pictured) is in the shower (pictured) in what has been called ‘Australia’s smallest one-bedroom apartment’

To get to the nook, just step in and onto the bed, from the open plan kitchen/living room measuring just 3.2 x 3.7 metres.

The ad from real estate agent Belle Property memorably describes it as a ‘separate bedroom with hanging space’.

Even more interesting than the sleeping nook is the bathroom, which has a toilet in the shower, like a cheap Hong Kong hotel room.

Silvia Vitale of Belle Property has previously seen a studio apartment with a toilet in a shower, also in Potts Point.

“Someone told me they do that in boats too. It is space saving. It could be part of the tiny homes movement,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.

“It really doesn’t matter if the toilet gets wet. It probably cleans the toilet at the same time.”

But if you plan to live there, remember to leave your toilet paper outside the glass door when using the space for shower function.

The bedroom is literally a step away from the kitchen and living room.  It also has 'hanging space'

The bedroom is literally a step away from the kitchen and living room. It also has ‘hanging space’

The roof terrace is shared with the other residents of the building in Potts Point, Sydney

The roof terrace is shared with the other residents of the building in Potts Point, Sydney

There is an elevator in the 1935 Art Deco building known as Sandringham, but it only goes to the third floor.

The apartment is located on the top floor – the fourth – which also has a roof terrace that is shared with the other residents of the building.

The owner bought it three years ago and completely renovated what was then an almost dilapidated property, turning what was a studio into a (sort of) one bedroom apartment.

‘There is [now] a window in the bedroom,’ said Mrs. Vitale.

“It doesn’t matter how small the bedroom is, because it’s a separate room and because it has a window in it, it can be classified as a bedroom

“And that’s why I say it’s the smallest single bed in Australia, because I’ve never heard of another this size.”

The condo retails for $469,000 and rents for $450 a week, which Ms. Vitale said was a greater return than many small properties in Potts Point.

The apartment is on the top floor of the Sandringham, a 1935 Art Deco building in Sydney's Potts Point

The apartment is on the top floor of the Sandringham, a 1935 Art Deco building in Sydney’s Potts Point

If $469,000 seems like a huge amount to pay for 17 square feet, it might be helpful to think about the real estate agent’s tagline: “location, location, location.”

Potts Point is one of the most desirable inner-city suburbs, and this apartment is just yards from the train station, supermarket, some of Sydney’s most glamorous shops and a very wide choice of casual to fine dining.

In Sydney, the average price of an apartment in the year to the end of September had increased by 9.5% to $802,475.

At that rate, it might seem like a good price to get a little slice of Potts Point no matter where the toilet is.

Apartment Prices in Capital Cities

SYDNEY: Up 9.5 percent to $802,475

MELBOURNE: Up 6.1 percent to $576,879

BRISBANE: Down 1.8 percent to $396,609

ADELAIDE: Up 3.3 percent to $357,615

CANBERRA: Down 2.6 percent to $489,710

PERTH: Up 1.3 percent to $363,653

HOBART: Up 23.8 percent to $532,284

DARWIN: Up 22.1 percent to $359,903

Source: Changes in the average unit price of the domain in the year to September 2021

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