5 World Record Apartments

As New York City renters, we often think we’ve seen it all when it comes to crazy apartments. But these five apartments not only go above and beyond the extremes in the big apple – they’ve set worldwide records.

1. Smallest Apartment: 50 Square Feet

With the serious concern of overpopulation looming over the Chinese city of Wuhan, they’ve had to get creative (and tiny). The city has therefore built two person apartments – only they’re only 50 square feet. That’s right – these double-down dwellings are very seriously meant to be rented out to college students, as well as the under- and unemployed. Each of these mini-apartments includes a very very small bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen.

Image: HAP/QUIRKY CHINA NEWS/REX / REX USA
Image: HAP/QUIRKY CHINA NEWS/REX / REX USA

2. Largest Apartment Building: 1,160 apartments

The Edifício Copan (Copan Building) in São Paulo, Brazil is the largest apartment building in the world no matter how you slice and dice it. Standing at 140 meters (459 feet), the 38-story residential building was completed in 1966 by the Panamerican Company for Hotels and Tourism. It has over 1,160 apartment units, 5,000 residents, 100 employees, 70+ businesses on the ground floor (including a church, travel agency, bookstore, and 4 restaurants), and is 10572.8 square meters in size. The Copan Building is so famous that it’s even a “ploppable” building in SimCity 2013.

Image: Silvio Tanaka
Image: Silvio Tanaka

3. Highest Apartment: 1,263 ft.

The world’s highest apartment would naturally be in the world’s tallest building: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. Developed by Emaar Properties and opened to the world in 2010, the highest floor contains apartment units at 385 meters (1,263 feet). For comparison, the tip of the Empire State Building is 381 meters (1,250 feet).

Image: Aheilner
Image: Aheilner

4. Most Expensive Apartment Sold in NYC: $90 million

This record is most likely going to be broken in 2014, since the penthouse apartment in the Woolworth Tower in NYC is currently priced at $110 million according to Bloomberg, but for now it still belongs to the One57 penthouse sold in May 2012 by Gary Barnett for a cool $90 million. To give you some idea of how much that is, let’s say you won $90 million (after taxes) from the lottery, in cash, and didn’t deposit any of it. You’d have to spend $246,575.34 every single day the following year (assuming it’s not a leap year) before your funds dried up. In other words, a quarter of a million dollars each day.

Image: Godsfriendchuck via Wikimedia Commons
Image: Godsfriendchuck via Wikimedia Commons

5. Most Consecutive Years Forgotten: 70

This is one of those stories you really have to read to believe. Back in 1934, one Marthe de Florian, a famous pre-WWII French actress, fled her Paris apartment for the south of France before the outbreak of hostilities. She never returned, and the owner of the building never noticed. When he finally died 4 years ago in 2010, experts came in to assess his property value – and stumbled upon a scene from the past. The Paris flat was completely untouched by time, and included a 19th century painting by Giovanni Boldini, a 70 year-old Mickey Mouse doll, and a taxidermy emu.

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images