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The Worst Room (A.K.A. The Best Tumblr)


worst 0I love real estate. The good, the bad, the nutty, all of it. So when I happened upon the Tumblr known as The Worst Room, I knew I’d found something special.

It’s a simple premise. It’s just a blog about trying to find affordable real estate on Craigslist, both in New York and elsewhere. Each post includes a picture, the rent and neighborhood, and a few key quotes from the listing. Doesn’t seem so remarkable, does it? But it’s the properties he finds that make it extra wonderful.

When he started The Worst Room in 2012, Ryan Nethery once again found himself alternately couch surfing and living out of his car. He had found himself residentially challenged so often, he decided to turn his endless search for an affordable place to live into an art project. The result is a hilarious/depressing catalog of the dregs of New York real estate (with a few non-New York properties contributed by readers).

Since I found this blog two days ago, it has appeared in my dreams both nights. I’m hoping that by sharing it with you, it will leave me alone and let me sleep! (Sorry if I’m passing on the real estate nightmares . . .)

Unfortunately, our other unit, the armoire, is already taken.

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Translation: for $300, you can rent a very questionable flight of stairs on which to sleep.

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At least this one’s sunny . . . and level.

Well, Mahalo to you, too!

Well, Mahalo to you, too!

worst 3

For when you’re trying to go INTO the closet.

Dinner parties are super awkward . . .

Eat-in bathroom!

Nice grow lights.

Grow lights included!

WT Actual F?

Uncool, Canada.

I didn’t see this coming. In this one, the landlord lives in YOUR closet.

Upper West Side barracks bed for rent

This is not dorm living. It’s barracks living. Or possibly prison living.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “The Worst Room (A.K.A. The Best Tumblr)

  1. What an interesting post and honestly, some of those “worst room” pictures came me chills. I’d get nightmares too!

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  2. My “favorite” has to be the rickety, creepy stairs. 😉

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  3. Haha! Thank you for your blog. I thoroughly enjoy your posts. Wow… That one in Brooklyn can’t be real, can it? Wow…

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  4. My God, some of those are horrendous! Who wants a toilet in the kitchen? You would think people would be embarrased to rent some of these hovels out!

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  5. There are some interesting use of space!

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  6. the shit-in kitchen?! How bad is it that I cannot stop laughing??!

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  7. Too funny……This makes those tree houses and small houses on wheels you see on HGTV seem lavish!

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  8. That was just too funny. The eat-in kitchen and the toilet kitchen were hilarious.

    I will admit, I do have a room in my house with those exact bunkbeds. Maybe I should start charging my kids rent.

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  9. Oh. My. Goodness. People are nuts.

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