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#1 ~JASB~

Posted 25 September 2007 - 12:46 PM

I know the topic title probably sounds a bit bizarre but I'm wondering if there are others out there with blocks like this ... we have just bought our new house original.gif  

I'll try to explain (with made up street names  wink.gif )
It's on a corner block and the address on the title is 24 Smith Drive, yet the house itself faces out onto Brown Ct - the house currently even has just a '2' on the letter box, so the previous owners have been using '2 Brown Ct', yet the real estate is selling it as 24 Smith Drive (obviously they have to go by the title address - and the current owners also used 24 Smith Drive when they first contacted the REA - so I get the feeling they use both addresses!)

The only thing that faces out onto Smith Drive (the title address) is a brick wall (used as the fence on the side of the house).

I was thinking of using 2 Brown Ct, but then I thought wouldn't official bills like rates, telephone, electricity etc, have to be addressed to 24 Smith Drive?  How confusing would that be for Australia Post?  Or is this fairly normal with corner blocks?  huh.gif

I love my new house, we're moving in next month, but I'm not sure what address to use  unsure.gif


Edited by ~JAS~, 25 September 2007 - 12:47 PM.

#2 Wen1965

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:04 PM

you will need to use the official address if you want to receive any mail...

Often the letterbox and door is on the side street - it has been for me anyway.  I don't think it is an issue to use the official address.

#3 Illiterati

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:04 PM

I don't know where I got this from  - but I always thought it depended on which street your front door faced.  So if your door faced brown ct it would be 2 brown ct.  But the title suggests that is a wrong assumption!

What is the number of the house next door to you on brown ct ?- if it is 4 then your house would be no 2, and there should be no problems with getting bills, rates and stuff sent to 2 brown ct.

#4 JRA

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:06 PM

Most I know only have one address. It is a matter of what is on the title. Often the "other street" does not even have a number allocated to the block, unless it is a double block.

A title doesn't have 3 smith st, and 4 jones st, it only has the one.

#5 gizboo

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:09 PM

We live on a corner block.
Our house faces out onto the main thoroughfare road of the estate, yet, our actual address is for the lesser known crescent that our side fence runs on!  wacko.gif

Anyways, our address was established when we moved in so unlike you we never had a choice...
but I can say that Aust. Post has had no probs delivering mail... we are at the end of the lesser known st though, so our back neighbour is 48, and we are 50. Yet our next door neighbour is something like 600!

#6 Em Cee

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:20 PM

It is a matter of what is on the title.


We are on the corner, we go by the address that is on the title.

#7 MadamFrou-Frou

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:30 PM

We are on the corner, our mailbox is in a side street, the actual address is the street frontage. Never had any problems. I just advise delivery drivers, visitors etc to enter via the side street.

#8 ~JASB~

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:38 PM

Do you have the electricity connected yet?

No, not yet - the current owners are still living there (settlement is late Oct)

It is a matter of what is on the title

Yep, I do realise that - which is why I said that I believe the rates etc would have to come addressed to the title address.  And yes I do know the title doesn't have both addresses on it - that's my point  wink.gif

Everything, front door, driveway, letter box, is all in Brown Ct - and yep the house next door is #4.

I was at the house yesterday for the building inspection (I went along as the inspector is my brother's best mate so I wanted to chat to him at the time) and I noticed mail on the kitchen bench addressed to "2 Brown Ct" so they are obviously using this address as well, even though it's not the title address.  But I just wonder if things addressed to 24 Smith Drive have a habit of disappearing iykwim?

So those of you that say I should just go by only the title address - would you then change the number on the letterbox to be 24?  Currently it's just 2!

I was planning to just use the title address, until I saw that mail on their kitchen bench yesterday as I said above!

#9 jules095

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:46 PM

We live on a corner.

Our electricity & gas supply are connected on one street & our postal address is the other street.

Nothing to do with us. It's how we bought the house.

Edited by jules095, 25 September 2007 - 01:48 PM.

#10 ~JASB~

Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:52 PM

Kasie I did ask the REA to ask them but he keeps forgetting  wacko.gif   I have only seen one of the owners once - on our very first inspection - the other two times I've been there, they haven't been home.  I will chase up the REA about it again - but thought I'd get some response from here - assumed there'd be others here in the same position!

Jules So does that mean your electricity and gas bills comes addressed to one address, and all other mail to a different address?  And you have no probs with lost mail?

I just had a thought, maybe I should ring Aust Post and see what they say about it ...

#11 gambit9

Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:10 PM

I work for a property valuer and I know that whenever there is confusion about it we have to use the address on the Title.

#12 pecan

Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:14 PM

I'd definitely find out which one the current owners use and follow suit.

My parents house faces one street but their address is the street their side faces.  Their letterbox was out the front of the house but they ended up moving it to face the side street.

The houses go 1, 3, 30, 5, 7 etc (not the actual numbers though).

They have even had people abuse them about it, saying they are facing the wrong way.  My parents now ask (after 30+ years ) if they would like them to pick the house up and move it  wacko.gif .

#13 foofoo

Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:16 PM

We lived in a large apartment block which covered 2 streets.  We ended up not using the address on the title as our apartment faced the other street.  Initially we used the address on the title and people were just confused as the intercom on the street only went from apartments 1 to 20 and the intercom for apartments 21 to 40 was on the other street.   It was no end of trouble - we had problems with service companies (telephone, gas, electricity) always going to other entrance, not finding our apartment number and leaving. No matter how many times you explained it to the call centres.  The first time visitors came they could never find us.

In the end we changed everything, including services, bank details, drivers license and electoral role to the other address.  It was easy and no one questioned it.

My brother was on a corner block the same as you described.  He had similar problems to what I had - in the end he changed his address to the street frontage.

#14 Puggle

Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:23 PM

Our house in Melbourne is on a corner block. Originally the house would have faced C Road (which is the actual address). Since it was extended some time in the 80's it now faces S Street. Our driveway has an entrance off each street though, and our letter box is on C Road.

We got a PO Box so no mail actually came to the house anyway wink.gif. And if we had to give directions to visitors or for a delivery we'd just say "16 C Road, corner of S Street". There were never any dramas.

Edited by Puggle, 25 September 2007 - 02:24 PM.

#15 Guest_toppy_*

Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:31 PM

Re Rates, utilities you can always have a different street address then your postal address.  Which side is the water, gas and electricity meter on?

If nobody has number 2, I'd stick with that and see how you go.  If there's a problem for utilities, just remember to say Smith st when you need work and brown for postal.

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