This week an ad in Daft.ie went viral. It offered a house for rent in Dublin for 450 euros a month. "would suit a small professional", it said... Barbie sized, they meant, because it was a doll house.
After that, I started finding some similar parodies in Facebook and other social media and no wonder why: renting a room (renting in general) in this lovely city is expensive.
So, here's a short selection of famous small rooms, and how they would feature in a local "To Let" ad... The places might be fantasy, but the prices are the real deal.
1. Donnybrook. Room to Rent - €200 Weekly
Cozzy room in a large house, bills not included. Will suit a young professional or student. Close to a part of the house that has a window (sunlight not included).
Friendly hard-working lizard is renting a double room in the top floor of the house. Will suit a human couple after a bite or two of shrinking mushroom.
3. Inchicore. Bedroom to share - €300 Monthly
Lovely one bed cottage, walking distance to city centre. I'm looking to share my room with a nice, quiet student. No toilet in-house, but lots of parks nearby.
4. Phibsborough, Dublin 7. Barrel to Rent - €450 Monthly
Conveniently located, within walking distance to City Centre (you can even wear it as you go), and with an independent entrance, this place will suit a young professional or student.
We do not accept rent allowance.
5. Naas. Gingerbread bedroom to Rent - €350 Monthly
Freshly baked, beautifully decorated. We are offering a double bedroom in this elegant purpose-built gingerbread house. Will suit a gingerbread man or couple. Tasting recommended.
6. Smithfield. Box to Rent - €650 Monthly
I'm looking for a non-smoker, quiet flatmate to share my box, located in a very creative area of the city, ideal for a creative or artistic person (that has a full time job please). No pets allowed, all bills included.
7. Ranelagh. Hole in a Peach to Rent - €125 Weekly
Just 2 min. walk to the LUAS, near cafes, restaurants and supermarkets (the peach is actually in a dumpster shared by several trendy places).
8. Tallaght. Bed in room to Rent - €200 Monthly [BER G, so no electricity after 10 am]
Lovely student accomodation within commuting distance to Dublin, parking space and plenty of local amenities nearby. We are looking for a 9th person to share a septuple room.
No allergic people please.
9. Parnell Street. Studio apartment to Share - €500 Monthly
Cozy, modern flat just 1 min. walk from the Spire. Strictly no-smokers.
10. Bray. single room to Rent - €300 Monthly
Hi guys, I'm leaving my flat next week. It's located by the beachside, a total must see. Beautiful scenic views and eco-friendly design. You'll love it.
No hermit crabs were harmed in the making of this post.