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.
A 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…
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.