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This incredible penthouse might be out of your price range, but looking is free.

Sick of searching for a place to put your shoes? Then perhaps this Tokyo apartment would be to your liking: Its shoe-rack can hold 200 pairs of spats and loafers.

One catch: It costs 1.8 billion yen, or $22.6 million dollars. And it only has one bedroom.

Still, at 4,435 square feet it's not likely you'll feel cramped. The 60-inch TV in the bathroom is a nice touch, too. This white whale of real estate is lodged in an apartment complex called, simply, "The House," which is "considered to be the best apartment complex in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and possibly Japan," according to Japan Property Central. A few minutes of walking will put you in desirable locations like the Hiroo metro stop and the serene Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park. But why would you ever leave?

A Google translation of the property listing on Sotheby's yields the crucial information that it includes the "same type of gas fireplace as those used in the Park Hyatt" and that its walls are made from stones "similar to those that are used in each of the Armani stores." There also appears to be a renovated theater somewhere inside. Start saving up now!

The living room in daytime mode:

The same room in black-light raver mode (wow, is that the same gas fireplace in the Park Hyatt??):

Phase No. 3 of the living room reveals a secret drop-down projector and movie screen:

The kitchen:

Two fluffy dogs included (they get the beds):

A porch to contemplate the dropping autumn leaves and your immense vault of cash:

Modern Japanese art kind of resembles food stains:

Just one part of the room-sized bathroom (a shower and TV are behind the camera):

What's this long room for?

Oh, right. The shoes. Imelda Marcos would hemorrhage from joy at this sight:

The garden, again:

Forget all your preconceived notions of what a "sink" is. This is the new sink:

Photos courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty.

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