This house in the SE22 postcode may have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and off-street parking, but at 120 inches wide, it's also narrower than two normal sized people lying side-by-side. Overall, its has 800 square feet of space, putting it in the £1,000 per sq/ft bracket. That's generally seen as a benchmark for super expensive properties.
An even narrower house in south west London
Where: Twickenham, south west London
Another ridiculously narrow house, albeit with a slightly lower price tag than the property in East Dulwich. First reported in early 2015, this house — near the home of England's rugby team — is even narrower, measuring just eight feet wall-to-wall. That's roughly the width of two ten-year old children.
Overall, the inside of the house, which used to an annex on another house, is just 322 square feet, but it does come with a pretty sizeable garden, so it's not all bad.
While the UK doesn't have a legal requirement for the size of prison cell, guidelines say that they shouldn't be any smaller than 7 square metres excluding a toilet cubicle. In July 2015, the Daily Mail reported that this studio flat in the upmarket district of Kensington was just 9.33 square metres, despite costing nearly £300,000, way more than the UK average house price. The flat doesn't have its own bathroom, and there's barely room for a small fridge and a microwave.
This parking space near Hyde Park
Where: Close to Hyde Park, west London
The 19.5ft by 8ft parking space, which is situated just behind Hyde Park Gardens near Marble Arch, is comfortably the most expensive single space on sale in the country. When the space was listed in March this year, estate agent Knight Frank called it "A rare opportunity to purchase a private parking space for one car, located behind the prestigious Hyde Park Gardens and ideally located for the transport links of the M1." Parking in London is notoriously difficult, but this seems a bit steep.
The "smallest house on the market"
Where: Islington, North London
Billed as the smallest house on the market, this one-room "house" in Islington is just 150 sq/ft, and so small that residents have to climb over the kitchen counter to get to bed, and you can touch the walls on each side of the house when standing in the middle. It first appeared on the market in 2014, and was sold in October 2014, so now it is probably worth well over £300,000
This garage was formerly used as a place for the Mayor of Southwark to park his car, but it was a disused wreck when it sold for £550,000 in April 2014. It was auctioned with an expected value of around £200,000, but a huge bidding war pushed the price upwards.
This basement flat on Stanhope Gardens in South Kensington first went on the market in 2014, described by estate agent Hamptons as "completely unmodernised." At three times the price of the average UK home, anyone buying the place might expect there to at least be wallpaper.
Here's a small extract from the particulars listed at the time: "The property is currently uninhabitable but would make a generous sized one bedroom flat or could with careful planning make a two bedroom flat."
A "lego-style" home built on a roof
Where: 28 Nottingham Place, Marylebone
This property is expensive even for London, and the price is even more amazing when you consider that its built on a rooftop, and is essentially a pre-fab flat that has been craned on top of a building. It's fairly big at 1,219 square feet, but still works out at well over £1000 per sq/ft.
Rokstone, the estate agent selling the property says that "rooms on the roof are one solution for helping to solve London’s housing crisis" but at almost £2 million, we can't imagine many Londoners will be buying one any time soon.
This nearly half-a-million pound parking space
Where: Kingston House North,South Kensington
We're not sure if this space is better or worse value than the space in Hyde Park Gardens mentioned above. The space, first listed in March 2015 by Foxtons, went on sale for £480,000 and features a triple-width space, along with amenities including a valet service, and chaffeur lounge.
While it does cost less than the average London property, the space is nearly £200,000 more than the average price of British homes, according to the ONS.
A single garage worth more than £350,000
Where: Crescent Place, Chelsea
Another uninhabitable property that sold for well above the average cost of a house in the UK, this single garage down a back alley in Chelsea was auctioned in February this year. It was listed for £180,000, but sold at auction for twice that after a bidding war. At 146 square feet, it cost £2,465 per square foot.
“The bus drivers in Highgate don’t have a toilet,” he said. “I thought they might be interested in buying it, or maybe three of them could get together and rent it. I hope they don’t shut the public toilets in Pond Square because they are needed but it would be good news for me in a business sense.”
No one has made an offer for the loo yet, and Atherton is considering selling a 20-year lease for £20,000 instead of the monthly fee.