As Shakespeare once said:
That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
But would funny property names be as expensive? Or a village by any other name be as enticing? Apparently not!
Quick Move Now found that according to research by property search site, Zoopla, even the letter your road name starts with can affect the price of properties. This highly technical research found that roads starting with the letter U are the most expensive places to live, with an average house price of £251,307.
Working your way through all 26 letters you finally (as always) end up at the letter Z. Houses on Z streets, are worth a much lower average of £180,046, according to the website.
The average home on a street beginning with a vowel is reportedly worth £229,095, over £6,000 more than roads starting with a consonant.
And it appears that living on a ‘Hill’ rather than a ‘Terrace’ can add a whopping £185,000 to the value of your home too. Imagine the price of houses on a Hill beginning with U!
The top five endings also include Mews, Park, Lane and Green, while at the other end of the scale, if you are working to a tight house-buying budget it may be worth considering only Streets or Terraces.
But does the research actually stack up?
The top three most expensive roads in the country are Kensington Palace Gardens, The Boltons and Grosvenor Crescent – not a Hill, Mews, Park, Lane or Green (or a U for that matter!) in sight.
It really can, however, be the case that the name of the actual village can put off potential buyers. With the history of some of our small country villages dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, it is no surprise that some of the place names now raise a snigger or two.
But do funny property names really put people off moving there?
We’re sure there are some people out there who couldn’t possibly give their address as Crackpot, Bedlam Bottom or Nether Wallop, but equally, there must be others who’d love those addresses just for the name!
Sadly, good old Staines hasn’t had an easy time of it. The fact that it nestles nicely on the side of the River Thames hasn’t seemed to do any good since Ali G got hold of the town and councillors decided in May that it was time to hit back and go on a PR offensive to improve its image. It is now officially known as Staines-upon-Thames.
Other favourites we have discovered include Happy Bottom, Dorset; Ugley in Essex and Blackadder, near Berwick-upon-Tweed. What do you think? Would you put the name of your street or village above the number of bathrooms in a house? When the list of ‘must haves’ for a new home is long anyway, adding the road name to it may just be a step too far!