Compact £134,000 Studio Flat in Leyton Criticised for Its Diminutive Size

A diminutive studio flat in Leyton, east London, spanning just 11 sq m and priced at £134,000, has drawn criticism for its size, comparable to that of a mop cupboard.

The flat’s valuation is equivalent to almost ten homes in Shildon, Co Durham, the UK’s most affordable town.

Featuring a narrow bed along one wall, the studio also includes a desk and computer, catering to those working from home. However, this doubles as the only dining area due to the absence of a separate table.

The kitchen is equipped with a sink, cooker, hob, and washing machine. The flat contains a solitary separate room, housing a shower, toilet, and basin.

Despite its compactness and apparent unsuitability for families, the flat is advertised as being “near good schools.”

Dora Somerville humorously remarked, “I’m puzzled as to why proximity to good schools is a selling point. It seems more like a storage space for a janitor’s mops.”

Nick Jackson added, “It might appeal to someone targeting a specific catchment area, but certainly not as a residence.”

Alex Micu joked, “Or it’s suitable if you’re a self-sufficient five-year-old.”

Samuel, another commentator, sarcastically noted, “Perfect for nurturing a wonderful family.”

Prospective buyers must note that the flat is available for cash purchases only. Additional yearly expenses include a £759 service charge and £350 ground rent.

Listed by Bairstow Eves and advertised on Rightmove, the description states: “Cash buyers only. Well-situated studio near schools, stations, parks, and local shops. Recently decorated and ready for occupancy. Short walk to Leyton underground station, Central line, with nearby East Village offering excellent dining, cafes, and Westfield shopping centre.”

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Shildon, Co Durham, is recognised as the UK’s cheapest living town, with house prices as low as £15,000.

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