The Address Number usually gives it away

Real Estate Agent with EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Living in a rural area like Pagosa Springs, sometimes it may be difficult to find an address of a property, especially of you don't have a GPS and the Home or Property is not marked. There is, in most cases, a quite simple way of determining an address. At least I'll be alot closer than if I were to just take a SWAG.

Every once in awhile, I'll come across directions to a home in the MLS, that areoff.

There is a listing just south of town that the directions called out to drive approximately 4 1/2 miles. When I saw the number of the home, 5601, I knew from experience that this home was approximately 5.6 miles up that road.

Archuleta County

Another home was numbered 243 in a different area and was described as being a 1/2 mile.... actually, it was just under a quarter mile, or .243 miles. Most of the time you'll end up within a few feet of the particular property.... MOST of the time.

Typically it works this way in this area. When I lived in the Metro areas of San Jose and Colorado Springs, the numbering system was slightly different, but basically the same.

There is a "Center" of town that is the juncture that determines North, South, East and West plane. Typically if an address is say, 1963 Anytown road, it is approximately 1.9 miles from the North/South Plane or the East/West plane line.

When an Agent that is unfamiliar with an area out here calls me for directions on a certain road, I'll find out where they are in relation to the subject property and they give them an estimate of how far away they are, just by using the address numbers. Some of the washboard roads out here can make you feel like you've driven 5 miles on the darn thing, when in all actuality it was only two. That is why Odometers come in handy as well.

It helps in many situations where there are no definitive house numbers visible.

Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

We are lucky here, all have clearly posted addresses. The code enforcer from the police dept. see's to that.

Nov 10, 2012 09:31 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

In our area we're much like Rob... The house number is a must do we have the numbers easily found on the home and on the curb.  Now land in Rio Rancho NM is a different story and much like hunting Easter Eggs.... :)

Have a great day Jon.

Nov 10, 2012 09:50 PM
Richard Wilson
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Town or Country, in Colorado, we do it all.

When I was in KS one time I was looking for an address about 60 miles SW of Garden city.  The guy told me to go south until I passed a big white barn, go west until I see an old tractor on the right side, then south to where an old mule stands under a clump of trees and take the next road west.  Darned if he wasn't right!

Nov 10, 2012 09:53 PM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Rob ~ You would think that for Emergency Purposes that it would be like that everywhere, right? But knowing an address out and away from the "Metro" area can sometimes be a little more challenging and knowing how to match an address with an odometer reading can save the day.Thanks for visiting.   :)

John ~ Out in San Jose, all addresses were actually stenciled on the curb. Way easier and much more efficient. Have an awesome day yourself, John and Thanks for commenting.   :)

Richard ~ LOL... Yeah, I've actually been given those types of directions as well. So much for Metes and Bounds, huh?... Too funny. Thanks for dropping by.   :)

Nov 10, 2012 10:17 PM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

In rural Louisiana your address is based on how many lbs of crawfish the owner of record consumes every season. That's why are numbers are so large!

Nov 10, 2012 10:20 PM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Doug ~ Niiice! Break out the butter and bibs! ... okay, maybe some cocktail sauce.   Yummy!   :)

Nov 10, 2012 10:33 PM
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

My relatives in Chromo don't have street addresses!  I think they just go by mile-markers.

Nov 10, 2012 10:42 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jon. This is a job for sure. Where I will go when my home sells is a lot like that. Good post and helpful. Have a great day.

Nov 10, 2012 11:02 PM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Kathryn ~ Yes indeed. In that part of the County you can drive 1/2 mile or more and still be at the same address... ;)  Thanks for stopping in.   :)

Sheila ~ Thanks. You too! I just listed a land lot this last week that has an address number of 1105. I found the Southwest corner by seeing these rocks on a stump. Sheila have an awesome week! If you look to the right, by the Ponderosa pine, you can see the Blue Surveyors tape I used to mark the stake.

Nov 10, 2012 11:34 PM