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Decoded: The Most 'Sprawling' of Apartment Listings

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Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's word, courtesy of tipster Greg: Sprawling.

When are brokers finally going to learn that words have actual meanings? (Rhetorical question, obviously.) Hey, guy who listed this apartment, just because you cleared out the largest room and took a picture really close to the floor, it doesn't make the apartment "sprawling." Nobody is looking at this and thinking, "Wow, look at all that floor! It is a veritable sea of floor stretching from one corner all the way to another far, far away corner." Nobody is thinking that, right?

As a general rule, if you ever find yourself using the phrase "sprawling one-bedroom" there's a pretty good chance you need to check yourself. As another general rule, if you need to set up a weird stand-alone partition to separate your "home office" from your bedroom, there's a pretty good chance that your apartment is not sprawling.


This is the largest room in this apartment. It is not sprawling, much less "SPRAWLING."

We're not sure if it would be more or less depressing if the actual measurements of the rooms were included in this floorplan.
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