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.