AT Asia: 東京R不動産 (Real Tokyo Estate)

AT Asia: 東京R不動産 (Real Tokyo Estate)

Gregory Han
Nov 6, 2007

Real Tokyo Estate is not your usual real estate company. Their aim is to introduce interesting real estate, from homes to apartments to warehouses, that may not catch the attention of normal real estate companies. Their popularity is obvious: A book by the same company was published last year, and not only have they started including real estate from outside of Tokyo (in rare cases, even outside of Japan), there's even an entire branch dedicated to Kanazawa, a reputedly beautiful city with lots of old-fashioned housing in Ishikawa Prefecture.

To give you some idea of their approach, here are the different categories presently listed on the left-hand side of the website:

  • for sale
  • retro
  • good view
  • waterside/greenery
  • villas/overseas
  • pet-friendly
  • renovation allowed
  • detached housing
  • good deals with a catch
  • high ceilings
  • "designers'"
  • with extras
  • warehouse-ish
  • rooftops/balconies

Their latest feature, linked from the right-hand side of the page, features real estate with views of cemeteries and why they are a lot more appealing than they would generally be perceived (at least in Japan).

Whether you have any plans to, say, rent a 130,000-yen-per-month apartment in the Setagaya District of Tokyo or not, this website is daydreaming heaven. Personally, I like to peruse the houses and apartments in the "retro" category, their rent frequently costing half or more of my monthly wage. Obviously, it is also possible to "actually" use their services, if you can afford it; my friend who first showed me this website, for instance, was seriously considering renting out a warehouse and holding concerts there. The possibilities (real or not) are endless.

– Ellie

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