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Decoded: the Most 'Cavernous' Listings in the Country

Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where Curbed takes a word or phrase that shows up repeatedly in listings and deciphers its true meaning. Ideas? Hit up the tipline.

"Cavernous," a word that is not actually just interchangeable with "big," isn't really used in all that many listings. When it is, though, the results are almost invariably disastrous. This is the living room of a Brooklyn apartment that is 825 square feet total. So, in some ways it's a lot like a cave because caves can be very small? Isn't that what spelunking is all about? If there's one thing that people are looking for in an apartment, it's the ability to feel like they are spelunking all the time. Bonus brokerbabble: pre-war-esque!

It's sort of unclear from the listing photos which room in this two-bedroom house is the master suite, which doesn't really say much for its alleged cavernous-ness.

Setting aside for a moment the fact that it's probably just never a great idea, from a marketing standpoint at least, to describe the apartment you're listing as cave-like, no, it's not.

Well, the bedroom is clearly cavernous, no argument there. But is that walkin closet really large? Something's fishy here.
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