The Running Realtor: You want me to live on WHAT street?

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You want me to live on WHAT street?

Do you ever STOP to think of your prospects reaction when you email them a new listing?  I try not to interject my own thoughts about particular street names to prejudice a buyers decision but often wonder - What were they thinking when the named this street?

One street I tend to point out while driving couples through town is "Lovers Lane".

Don't know why but it just strikes me as a silly place to live and raise a family.

I may say something like "How about living at 101 Lovers Lane"?  The wife may snuggle up to her husband with a suggestive little whisper, a witty husband once said "I'm well beyond lover 101, got anything on the 200 block?"

Lovers Lane may be cute but others just seem odd.  Would you like to see the house on North Roast Meat Hill Road?  Sounds like a great place to be fat, dumb and happy.  Certainly get your share of exercise every time you write the return address. Fortunately North Roast Meat is in a neighboring town where I generally do not travel.  I have enough difficulty with some of the names in my area.

Can I interest you in  Martleshamheath  Lane? Yea, you heard right, north of the circle off Dorset Lane out Rockland way. 

  I like simple names, short and sweet, but there are exceptions.  I ain't never gone down Gay Street and I especially wouldn't get there via Ben-Dover Way hitting the stiff right on Dipstick Drive..  ( not that there is anything wrong with that )

So... I'm curious to know, What are some of the strange, silly or stupid names in your part of the country?

Comment balloon 40 commentsNo Longer Active • February 25 2007 11:59AM

Comments

Dan,

I just love this blogg.  I certainly have seen my share of weird names on street signs, just can't recall any specific right now.  But you're right.  You gotta wonder what's on the mind of the people that name streets.  I had a good chuckle at this.

Posted by Roberta Lee, Norco Corona Riversid Homes For Sale (Century 21 Olde Tyme) over 11 years ago

Hey Dan - I LOVE that sign picture!!  Can I use it, too?????  Pretty please!!!!!!   ;-)

We have some interesting names around here, too, and I've often wondered what people think of those names who live on them, and how they got their names.  We have "Skim Milk Road", "Frying Pan Lane", "Smallpox Lane", and some other assorted weird names.  These roads are mostly out in more country-like areas around here.  I think I'd have a REAL problem if I had to live on Smallpox Lane.  When I see some of these street signs, I sometimes wonder just how they really got their names way back when.  Smallpox Road I can imagine is where all those people who were unlucky enough to contract smallpox were sent to live out their lives all those years ago. 

Fun post!  And pretty please say yes.......

                                          AnnCummings.com

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago

Roberta,  Glad you got a chuckle... I thought this turned out pretty good.

Ann -  I have four different signs up there.. Which one did ya wanna use??  Suppose it's the BIG one!

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

My county has a little town called Fraziers Bottom.  (It was once the bottom farmland of a farmer named Frazier.) 

We also have a town called Poca, which isn't that strange until you consider the high school mascot, a dot.  Yes, they are the Poca Dots

My Grandma used to live in nearby Red House, a town so small that I could actually address mail to her as "Grandma Murphy, Red House WV" and IT WOULD GET THERE.  Now THAT'S small town America!

Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) over 11 years ago

Sarah - Small town America is great!  Around here most of the small town have populations in the 10-20k range.   We have a seasonal getaway in Maine that keeps us connected to the small town feel but its not really the same.  Up there we're the Outta-Staters.

I remember when we first went up that way, didn't even have an address.  I stopped into the post office to ask what I do about mail and they told me just stick a box out front and when they see it they would assign a number.

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Wouldn't you love to live on Poor House Road? There are several communities in Virginia with the same road name. 
Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 11 years ago
Dan, you are right sometimes I do wonder what the heck was going through someones mine when they named this street.  At least they are good for a good laugh.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago

Dan - the BIG one for sure!!!   ;-)

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago

Ann - Took you long enough!  Was hoping I could get into negotiations with you and get featured.  Did you at least rate this Number 1?  You can use the photo,  I also know of a Cummings Lane in Winthrop.  Last year I ran a 5k on the 4th and will most likely do it again this summer, with my camera.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Some friends of ours live on the corner of Smoke Rd and Stoner Dr here. They complain that the street sign at the intersection is stolen quite a bit. Wonder why...
Posted by Katie Kinney (The DiToro/Lahey Team) over 11 years ago
Suppose that is a trophy the Stoner's would enjoy with a beer and a toke...
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hey Dan - I think you might be wanting something higher than a 1.  At least I think I read that the higher the number on the ratings, the better the score.  That was some time ago that I read that, so I could be wrong.......

Thank YOU!!!!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago

In Omaha there is an intersection "69th & Cuming" Swear it was the most stolen sign when I was in high school!  The last time I drove by that intersection it was a brick sign :)

Thought you would enjoy that one!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) over 11 years ago

I always thought it was the way they kissed that kept the boyfriends warm at night...

Nebraska high enough to be considered Northern?

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Dan...

I just had to jump in here. Why? Because if Renee is going to share then so am I. We have a "Spread Eagle Drive" in the next town over. Good thing it's a dead end dirt road. LOL...

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

TLW...

So what are you telling me.... Renee's the prim and proper girl around here and when she gets down and dirty it's safe for the rest...  Must be that party photo she put up...  Orange Juice got her wild side going...

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Dan-great post!  I am not properly caffinated on this Monday morning so I can't think of any street names. However, in PA we are known for interesting town names. For examle, we have Virginville. Bird-In Hand, and Intercourse.

Posted by Ann Guy (NA) over 11 years ago
Ahhh...this needs a bump to the top again.  I need to find some interesting street names now!!!
Posted by Bob Carney, Licensed MD/PA Real Estate Agent (Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales) almost 11 years ago
We have a Hooker St. 
Posted by Joetta Fort almost 11 years ago

On the north-east side of Atlanta there is Beaver Ruin Rd.

Posted by Keith Perry, REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago
This one is good...how the heck did I miss this?
Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Divorce Court Street Sign
Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) almost 11 years ago
farfrompoopen rd street sign
Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) almost 11 years ago
Lisa.... Those are funny......  You aren't just yanking my chain are you?
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Lisa LOVES yanking your chain Dan! And she even brought her goggles!!!
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Who me?  I'm hurt...terribly hurt...  ;o)
Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) almost 11 years ago

We have some fun ones here- I just knwo the developer was having a laugh:

Jumpastump Lane
No Name Lane
Doggone Lane

 

Posted by Sarah Nopp almost 11 years ago

Jennifer.. I'm sensing you enjoy the same thing.

Lisa.. I'd offer to rub it and make it better but this is a public post.

Sarah... Name like that have to hurt the property values... Unless it's just me that cannot except the stupidity of some names.

 

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
These are hillerious.. but the Farfrompoopin looks like photoshop miracle  :)
Posted by Mehmet Met Dilsiz (FND Photography / M2 Real Estate Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Dan - great post - obviously since you're still receiving comments 8 months later!

I have a story similar to Renee's.

In Naperville, Il many years ago, I lived in a subdivision that named the streets for Kentucky Derby winners, one of which was "Honest Pleasure".   Well we managed to buy a home on the corner of 69th St and Honest Pleasure.  For many years town crews would come out every Monday morning and replace the signs, because the high school kids would steal them.  One day after approx. 8 years the town had had enough and decided to change the name of the street to Cavalcade Circle.  My husband looked at me in surprise the day the new sign went up and said "I can't believe we never got a set of signs."  Too funny.

Also, some of the town names are interesting - in our county there is a town called - Downers Grove - Despite what a lovely community it is, it always sounded depressing to me especially when I first moved to the area.   Also I know in Michigan there is a town called Climax.  We pass it on our way to Canada, so we know when we're - half way there!

Posted by Ann deVane, Naperville Real Estate, GRI, CNC, CSC, ePRO (john greene, Realtor) almost 11 years ago
Oh, you 'sense' that you know what I like Dan??? Do tell...
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Mehmet... I was wondering the same thing but Lisa has been silent.

Ann... Suppose if you live in the area you get used to the names but inviting someone to dinner at 69th & Honest Pleasure might get them thinking dessert.

Jennifer.. Nothing very racy.  My senses say you enjoy keeping me confused as our telepathic talk travels east and west.   

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Penile Rd, Louisville, KY 40272

Frogtown Rd, Hindman, KY 41822

 Oral Ln, Rye, NH 03870  (Find your own cross street on this one)

 

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) almost 11 years ago

 http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2006-02-25-odd-street-names_x.htm

"Eisenstein said all the roads were verified, although some are private and hard to find."

The complete top 10 list included:

10. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon, Texas

9. The intersection of Count and Basie in Richmond, Va.

8. Shades of Death Road in Warren County, N.J.

7. Unexpected Road in Buena, N.J.

6. Bucket of Blood Street in Holbrook, Ariz.

5. The intersection of Clinton and Fidelity in Houston

4. The intersection of Lonesome and Hardup in Albany, Ga.

3. Farfrompoopen Road in Tennessee (the only road up to Constipation Ridge)

2. Divorce Court in Heather Highlands, Pa.

1. Psycho Path in Traverse City, Mich.

Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) almost 11 years ago
I just love this blog!!  It is so funny.  We don't have too many names like you do but we have a lot of Indian names like Homosassa and Withalocochee  try saying those!  Thanks for the laugh.
Posted by The All Pro Team (EXIT Realty Leaders) almost 11 years ago
Lisa...  Now that is how you prove your right!   Glad to see I can trust your word.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Dan...  you bet your candy bars!
Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) almost 11 years ago
Lisa my dear, you are confused.  This is the street sign post not the one about Halloween Candy.... :-)
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Crystal clear, Bat Dan!

Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) almost 11 years ago

I'd love to live on Lovers lane:) 

But not on Divorce St...!

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) over 2 years ago

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