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A teenager accidentally moved into a senior living community and is documenting her new life on TikTok

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 2021-04-28
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Madison Kohout is a teenager who accidentally moved into an apartment complex for senior citizens.
  • Madison Kohout, 19, accidentally moved into an apartment complex for senior citizens in Arkansas.
  • Kohout didn't see the complex until she moved in and said it took her a week to realize her mistake.
  • Kohout retold her story on TikTok, and people are saying it could be the plot of a sitcom.
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Madison Kohout , 19, relocated from Oklahoma to Arkansas to start a new life, and she accidentally moved into an apartment complex for senior citizens in the process.

Kohout retold the story on TikTok in a video that had more than 3 million views and 600,000 likes at the time of writing.

@itsme.madiiii

this is not even a joke LMAO ##fyp ##WidenTheScreen ##seniorcitizens ##apartment ##moving ##outofstate ##oof ##reallife

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TikTokers are sharing their amusement and admiration for the unique living situation in the comments.

"This could be a sitcom," one wrote.

"I had a friend who lived in one of these," wrote another. "Only a certain percentage had to be seniors, and it was such a nice place!"

Kohout shared with Insider what it's like to be a teen living in a retirement home.

Kohout likes her new living situation

Kohout's first impressions of her new place were positive.

"The rent was significantly cheaper compared to where I had moved from," Kohout told Insider. "I was able to lease a two-bedroom for only $350 a month. It was super spacious and felt like home."

Kohout found the apartment online and moved into it days later before she saw it in person.

"When I went out to my car, I started meeting some of my neighbors. To my surprise, they were all over the age of 65," she said.

After setting up her new home, Kohout realized what she had done.

"A week later, I saw the sign reading 'Senior Citizen Apartments.' I realized I accidentally moved into a retirement village," Kohout said.

Kohout told Newsweek that she had moved into equal-opportunity housing that didn't discriminate based on age but was designed for senior citizens. Within the community's 10 apartments, Kohout is "the only teenager in sight," she told Newsweek.

Since the original post, Kohout has made even more videos describing her life among seniors in Arkansas.

@itsme.madiiii

Reply to @spottedbear UPDATE ON THE APARTMENT!! DAY IN THE LIFE! ##fyp ##WidenTheScreen ##apartment ##moved ##seniorcitizens ##life ##comedy

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Kohout said she enjoyed hanging out with her new neighbors, listening to their stories, and eating delicious food.

"I've never had so many home-cooked meals in my life," she said.

She also said in the video that the community is quiet, but her neighbors often ask her how she's doing when she gets home.

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Kohout poses for a selfie with her new neighbors.

Although it's not what she expected, Kohout said she has no regrets about the move.

"I am taking each and every moment as an opportunity to learn," she said.

"Remember, if you're struggling with rent, start your early retirement," she said in the video.

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