A three square metre Paris apartment for €29,000 (screenshot from De Particulier à Particulier advertisement)
Property prices in Paris and its immediate suburbs have stood up well to the general economic downturn.
Although there has been a slowdown in the increase in recent months, it's still hard to find a bargain of any sort with two-room apartments being especially sought after.
Studios for the capital's large student population are also at a premium, a factor which has not gone unnoticed by what can only be described as one money-grabbing vendor.
In what the French men's magazine website Gentside describes as being "surely nothing more than a scam" an apartment measuring just three square metres is on sale in the French capital for the princely sum of €29,000!
Maybe a few extra exclamation marks should be added - here goes.
Now let's get this straight - three square metres in estate agency speak in France doesn't even usually count as being big enough for a room (the minimum norm is nine square metres).
So what do you get for your money - apart from not even enough space for a bed let alone to swing the proverbial?
Well according to the ad' which appears in the weekly French magazine De Particulier à Particulier for those wishing to buy and sell privately without going through an estate agent, there's an electric radiator and a meter - presumably to tot up just how much heating and lighting the future purchaser will have to shell out.
There's also the possibility to install a skyligh,t although permission will have to be gained first from the syndic or the organisation comprising other apartment owners in the building.
Shared loo and washing facilities are also a feature of the "space" described as being "ideal for residential purposes or archive material" but at least it's in perfect condition and in a totally quiet location.
More exclamation marks please.
Extra costs include property taxes (around €36 a year) and monthly maintenance costs of €2.
And before you rush out to make an offer, don't forget to factor in the initial and obligatory costs of going through a notaire (around €240 for a property on sale at the advertised price).
Outrageous and a rip off most certainly - and let's just hope nobody is foolish enough to buy it.