35 Entrances, 3708 Apartments: Welcome to the Main City-House of All Russia!

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1, Oblastnaya Street, Saint-Petersburg. Famous Kudrovo district. This is that very crazy big building you cannot fit in a single photo, wherever you are. 990 meters, 25 floors!

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

It’s hard to imagine how people find the desired apartment here… 35 entrances.

Okay, Entrance 35. Look, here the final apartment is 2588th!

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

And this is Entrance 25. And the final apartment is 3708th! So, the numbers are descending! What logic do they follow?

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

But the main problem is not about numbers, but about the huge yard that never has sunshine.

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

And, of course, all the yard is occupied by cars. With a positive approach we can assume that every family has a car, so it means that the residents of the house have almost 4 000 cars! And no underground parking here. It’s almost impossible to park a car here at 6 p.m. – many cars  stand in the second row already. Probably in the night time the situation is dreadful.

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

In order the house  could comply with the regulations, it had to have some playgrounds.

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

Just imagine, if every apartment here is occupied at leas by 2 residents, the total population of this house amounts to 7 416! Like a small city!

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There are almost 50 000 people living in Kudrovo, but the district still has no hospital. Although, one is being built now. Residents of bld. 1, Oblastnaya Street have a center of medical practice in their own house.

35 подъездов, 3708 квартир и огромная парковка вместо двора — добро пожаловать в город-дом, главный "человейник" всея Руси

How would you feel, if you resided here?

via andreyvasilkov

14 thoughts on “35 Entrances, 3708 Apartments: Welcome to the Main City-House of All Russia!”

  1. The lack of sunshine is dreadful. I would sadly call these purpose built slums….ready for demolition any day.

    The greed of apartment builders is a concern. There’s a lot of land in Russia…why is there such crowding.

    I would choose not to live there.

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    • The city of Moscow has real problems with land shortage because of overpopulation and also administrative constrains. The city of Moscow is a federal subject of its own, kind of like a us state, and can’t expand into the surrounding Moscow Oblast, which is a different region. This is pretty horrible situation. As Putin’s armchair adviser, I’d suggest to move Russian capital functions out of Moscow to relieve the city. On the bright side, dense housing makes it possible to provide public transport efficiently. Moscow’s underground rail system is one of the best in the world.

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  2. How would I feel?

    I would feel like an ant surrounded by thousands of other ants. And I would really like a ground floor apartment (really a cell) so that when the fire starts, I could get out quickly.

    I guess “home ownership” in a single family house with a yard is not something readily available to most Russian families? Correct?

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    • Although it is becoming more common to build houses in estates just outside the city with a large yard and all the usual stuff that comes with it, those are still mostly limited to the more wealthy Russian citizens. The really rich take these to extremes – huge mansions on river front properties with beautiful gardens, etc. The traditional Russian middle-class approach is still a permanent apartment residence in the city like the ones in the pictures and a dacha summer house in a small village or outside the city where the family can spend their weekends or summer breaks. A surprisingly large proportion of city dwellers have such a summer house.

      When actually spending time there, I never found these apartments that depressing – the advantage is central heating for the entire complex, usually hot water supplied to the whole complex, security, playing area for the kids, lots of transport options to work, being close to schools and shops, etc. And the inside of the newer apartments are usually very modern and neat. The quality and range of amenities (and how nice the view from your window is), obviously depend on the cost and location of the apartment.

      It is different from living in the suburbs in a Western city, but probably not that different from apartment living in any big city and, as I said, a surprisingly large number of middle-class Russians have those summer houses (which in turn range from decrepit to luxurious).

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  3. How would I feel? Like a sardine. Where is the parking garage??!

    The big aerial shot is quite cool, tho — makes it look like giant Legos.

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  4. A tiny meteor impact and 7 416 people are not living there anymore. I have always lived in rural areas and love that the forest is just 20 meters away, I can’t understand how people would choose to live in such places like the pictures show.

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  5. Many of the apartments never get any sunshine ever. There’s a Law in Los Angels that certain apartment buildings must be built on a certain angle so that they all get some sunshine everyday.

    These huge Russian hives are a thoughtless rush to make money for the builders. Didn’t they know that people drive cars….this is not 1890. The courtyards of these housing estates are clogged with cars.
    Russians are smart people…surely they can do better than this .

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  6. How horrible !!!!
    I believe that living in a huddle only brings disagreement and complications !!! Imagine the headache with a car, plumbing, noise, pets, children and other problems resulting from (very) close coexistence, in a “forced” way
    Well …. only buy who wants !!!

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