32B Smith Street, A Plain and Simple Address

32B Smith Street. When you think of an address like that, what do you imagine in your head?

Specifically, I wonder what kind of picture you have formed if you live in the UK, and if it’s any different to what is being imagined by those in say, the US, or here in Australia?

I’ll tell you what it conjures up for me, speaking primarily as somebody who was born and bred in the UK and spent most of his life there.

It’s this…

32B HouseA semi-detached house, probably slightly larger than normal, divided into two self-contained flats. One upstairs, and one downstairs. Once inside the main front door, the hallway has been altered so that there are two more lockable doors; one that goes upstairs and one that goes downstairs.

One house becomes two flats as we would call them, you may prefer apartment. The bottom one becomes 32A and the top one becomes 32B.

That’s what I imagine when I think of an address like 32B Smith Street.

When you have an address like 32B Smith Street in Australia though, it is very possible that we are talking about a completely different kind of house. I know, because I recently stumbled across a house for sale here in Australia with an address like 32B Smith Street, but not 32B Smith Street.

I won’t give the specific address out for privacy reasons, but I can confirm it is a two digit number, followed by a letter of the alphabet, it could be A or it could be B. Then we have the name of the road which, like Smith, is a very common English surname.

Finally, that is followed by a common road type, it could be Street, Crescent, Place or Close.

It’s a very plain and simple sounding address, just like 32B Smith Street.

This is what it looks like though…

house 1 house 2 house 3 house 4 house 5

house I should point out at this stage that whilst houses in Australia are generally quite large, this particular house is unusually large. It will, of course, have an equally unusually large pricetag.

As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover, here in Australia, you should never judge a house by its address either.

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  • Harry September 5, 2015, 10:21 pm |

    And there I was dreaming I could exchange my 3 bed semi for something like that house, unless I win the lottery or the pound get me 15 dollars in exchange, I’l just have to keep dreaming!

    • BobinOz September 7, 2015, 10:32 am |

      I think that’s what most of us are only able to do, but at least dreaming is free.

  • Virginia G August 24, 2015, 4:35 pm |

    Wow. Gorgeous! I’m so curious to know what that would cost.

    An address like “32B Smith Street” would be very unusual in the U.S., I think. I’ve never really seen one like it. You might see “32 Smith Street, Apt B”. Maybe there are some U.S. cities with addresses like that, but I’m not familiar with them.

    Here in Korea, you’re lucky if you have an address you can identify at all.

    • BobinOz August 24, 2015, 11:40 pm |

      Yes, what would it cost?

      No prices or even price guidelines have been quoted, it’s just open to expressions of interest. My guess, and it is a wild guess, is that it would be anywhere between $2 million and $4 million, but as I say, that is just a guess.

      Like yourself, I quite like the look of the house, but I won’t be putting in a bid 🙂

  • djmcbell August 20, 2015, 5:27 pm |

    I’d take that!

    In the meantime, I’ve been checking the value of our home here in the UK (3 bedroom through-terrace, two bathroom, dining room) which now stands at £92k – a bit better than a few months ago (according to Zoopla). Next door, which had all its details filled in correctly though (ours didn’t – according to Zoopla ours is only one bathroom and no dining room) is valued at £98k, and theirs doesn’t have a dining room. With any luck we could, when our details are correct, possibly stretch to £100k or beyond.

    Been looking at the Simonds website recently at their specials and really liked some of the homes on there – and the prices. However, it’ll be probably at least a year before we’re over (we’re in the middle of getting our case worker assigned, so I’d hope we’ve got the visa by Christmas or soon after, then we’ve got to sell the house etc) and then we’ll probably be renting for a while after that.

    • BobinOz August 20, 2015, 9:35 pm |

      Yes, it is not a bad looking pad is it? Wouldn’t mind it myself either, especially as it also has a gym, pool, tennis court, media room and bar.

      Obviously I’d spend a lot of time in the media room and the bar, but every now and then I’d think about keeping fit.

      Sounds like you are well and truly on the path, I hope it all goes to plan.

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