Street Types

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What Are Street Types? - Real Estate Term

What are Street Types?

Street types are identifiers of street names. Some examples of street types are: street, road, avenue, boulevard, junction crescent, etc.

Real Estate Agent Explains Street Types

Edmonton is a city based on a grid for the most part. Streets run north to south and avenues run east to west. This makes it easy to find addresses because they are just mostly simple coordinates. However, there are some exceptions – and when you’ve gotten used to the grid, you can have problems finding houses if there is no grid system in place. Roads that aren’t on the grid are not called streets or avenues, because those types are reserved for straight roadways.  So we have many other ways to describe a ‘street’ or road and each of those has an abbreviation.

Often when you see real estate listings these abbreviations have no explanation and in certain neighbourhoods that can be confusing. There are two ways to abbreviate a street type in Edmonton; you could do it according to the authority on Canadian mailing addresses (Canada Post) – which uses up to 5 characters, or use the shorter codes like the Edmonton real estate agents do. My thinking is that these short, two letter abbreviations are probably left over from the old MLS® system that had limited character space, but they are still used today, even though MLS® now has a lot more space for a listing’s address entry.

Here is a chart laying out the different abbreviations you can have for street types in Edmonton:

Street Type Abbreviation (Mail) Abbreviation (Edmonton)
Abbey ABBEY -
Acres ACRES AC
Alley or Allée ALLEY or ALLÉE AL
Autoroute AUT -
Avenue AVE or AV AV
Bay BAY BA
Beach BEACH BE
Bend BEND BN
Boulevard BLVD or BOUL BV
By-pass BYPASS -
Byway BYWAY -
Campus CAMPUS -
Cape CAPE CA
Carré CAR -
Carrefour CARREF -
Castle - CS
Centre CTR or C CE
Cercle CERCLE -
Chase CHASE -
Chemin CH -
Circle CIR CI
Circuit CIRCT -
Close CLOSE CL
Common COMMON CM
Concession CONC -
Corners CRNRS -
Côte CÔTE -
Cour COUR -
Cours COURS -
Court CRT CO
Cove COVE CV
Crescent or Croissant CRES or CROIS CR
Crest - CT
Cross - CX
Crossing CROSS XS
Cul-de-sac CDS -
Dale DALE -
Dell DELL -
Diversion DIVERS DI
Downs DOWNS DO
Drive DR DR
Échangeur ÉCH -
End END EN
Esplanade ESPL -
Estates ESTATE ES
Expressway EXPY -
Extension EXTEN -
Farm FARM -
Field FIELD -
Forest FOREST -
Freeway FWY FR
Front FRONT -
Gardens GDNS GD
Gate GATE GA or GT
Gateway - GW
Glade GLADE -
Glen GLEN GL
Green GREEN GR
Grounds GRNDS -
Grove GROVE GV
Hall - HALL
Harbour HARBR HB
Haven - HA
Heath HEATH HE
Heights HTS HT
Highlands HGHLDS -
Highway HWY HI
Hill or Hills HILL HL
Hollow HOLLOW HO
Île ÎLE -
Impasse IMP -
Inlet INLET IN
Island ISLAND IS
Keep - KE
Key KEY KY
Knoll KNOLL KN
Lake LK
Landing LANDNG LD
Lane LANE LN
Limits LMTS -
Line LINE -
Link LINK LI
Lookout LKOUT -
Loop LOOP LO
Mall MALL MA
Manor MANOR MR
Maze MAZE MZ
Meadow or Meadows MEADOW MD
Mews MEWS ME
Montée MONTÉE -
Moor MOOR -
Mount MOUNT MT
Mountain MTN -
Not Applicable - NA
Oaks - OA
Orchard ORCH -
Parade PARADE PR
Park or Parc PK or PARC PA
Parkway PKY PK
Passage PASS PS
Path PATH PH
Pathway PTWAY -
Pines PINES -
Place PL or PLACE PL
Plateau PLAT -
Plaza PLAZA PZ
Point or Pointe PT or POINTE PT
Pond - PD
Port PORT -
Private PVT -
Promenade PROM PM
Quai QUAI -
Quary - QU
Quay QUAY QY
Ramp RAMP -
Ranch - RA
Rang RANG -
Range RG -
Ridge RIDGE RG
Rise RISE RI
Road RD RD
Rond-point RDPT -
Route RTE -
Row ROW RO
Rue RUE -
Ruelle RLE -
Run RUN RU
Sentier SENT -
Shores - SH
Springs - SP
Square SQ SQ
Street ST ST
Subdivision SUBDIV -
Summit - SU
Terrace or Terrasse TERR or TSSE TC
Thicket THICK -
Towers TOWERS -
Townline TLINE -
Trail TRAIL TR
Turnabout TRNABT -
Two - TW
Vale VALE VA
Via VIA -
View VIEW VW
Village VILLGE VG
Villa or Villas VILLA or VILLAS VI
Vista VISTA -
Voie VOIE VS
Walk or Walkway WALK WK
Way WAY -
Wharf WHARF -
Wood or Woods WOOD or WOODS WO
Wynd WYND WY

Why Does It Matter?

To illustrate how important these street types can be, let’s look at Wedgewood Heights in Edmonton.

In one corner of Wedgewood Heights, there are four different streets with the same name (and different street types). They are: Weber Way, Weber Place, Weber Close and Weber Gate. You can see how it can get a little confusing if you don’t have the street type and the street name is the same. This isn’t really a big deal if they’re close together because you can just drive to the next road which is sometimes connected, but if they’re separated by a large distance, you could end up looking on the wrong street completely.

In Edmonton, some common street types that get mixed up are Court (CO) and Crest (CT), and also Villa (VI) and Village (VG) can have the wrong abbreviations associated with their real estate listing address.

by +Alan F Macdonald REALTOR® | Copyright © – gimme-shelter.com

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About Alan F Macdonald

Alan F Macdonald is a real estate agent with Realty Executives Challenge in Edmonton, Alberta.