This Home’s Staircase Cuts Through a Bathroom, and Twitter Has Thoughts

published Jun 12, 2020
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Finding a two bedroom, three bathroom abode with unique touches is surely any home buyer’s dream. But one Twitter user found a New Orleans condo listing on Zillow showing what could only be described as an “open concept bathroom”—and it’s one of the oddest features you’re sure to find in any home search.

Writer and editor Brandy Jensen was browsing the popular listing site and found this charming, freshly-updated second story condo unit in the heart of New Orleans. With tons of natural sunlight, refinished antique hardwood flooring, two bedrooms with a loft space that could work as a third bedroom, and two and a half bathrooms, she noticed the listing’s final photo: a toilet and sink seemingly placed right in the middle of a staircase landing.

Jensen tweeted that she’s “obsessed with the mind behind the decision to put a toilet on the stairway landing,” with the photo seemingly showing that there is, in fact, a toilet and sink located out in the open nestled on the stairway. Of course, fellow Twitter users were quick to crack jokes at the bizarre placement of this bathroom, particularly if you don’t live alone (or, you know, ever have guests over).

Strangely enough, others responded to Jensen by reporting that they had seen similar features in other houses they’ve stayed in. One person wrote, “When my husband and I were first looking for houses on a shoestring budget, we were excited to look at a house listed as 2 bathroom. When we got there, the second bathroom was a solitary toilet at the top of the stairs. That’s it. That’s the tweet and the bathroom.”

Another person shared a photo, writing that she’d “stayed at an Airbnb once where one of the bedrooms inexplicably had a toilet in it.”

A fellow follower shared another photo, writing that he “saw this a few years back at a house my wife and I looked at,” revealing that the photo was taken from the bottom of the basement stairs. “‘Half bath’ literally off the kitchen,” he wrote, adding, “Never seen anything like it before.”

From the listing photos, it appears that this spiral staircase starts in the living area, goes up to the bathroom, and continues up to an empty attic room, a “loft that can function as third bedroom or an amazing workspace.” Let’s just hope no one’s using the loo when you need a break from your desk.