Pretensions and names of subdivisions

anntn6b(z6b TN)January 5, 2007

Our part of the boondocks has already dealt with superfluous 'e's. As in River Pointe, which we locals all pronounced as River PointEEE, which was enough to get the final e dropped.

In more affluent areas with higher taxes, the superfluous e's are alive and well.

But last night I heard a commercial for a new place called Bell Monday. Yep, the announcer said it at least eight times. I didn't have the heart to see if it really is Bell Monday or if it's Belle Monde. I expect there's a multiplier involved: French name? add 7% to the cost of a building lot.

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The pretensions (and Pointes) are sprouting here as well. Hubby and I are hoping someone will be bamboozled into unknowingly naming a subdivison a terribly rude name in French or Spanish. :o)

    Bookmark   January 5, 2007 at 11:39AM
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A developer named Rose is putting in a subdivision here:
can't remember the name of the division, probably Rose Pointe, smirk...
but 2 streets are named...

Old Blush & Malmaison!


    Bookmark   January 5, 2007 at 1:14PM
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michelle_co(z5 CO)

Bwahaha! My brother's land has skyrocketed in value, and he decided to subdivide. He had to come up with a name for the main driveway through it during a meeting with the planning department. He cracked under pressure and named it Buddy Lane - Buddy being his dog's name, and the only name he could think of at that moment. :-) Ooooh his wife was not impressed.


    Bookmark   January 5, 2007 at 3:32PM
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Well lets start with my neighborhood The 9th Ward was the 9th ward for years and years miserable dank sweatshops thread comapnys, sooty rusted castiron fronted fabric warehouses then Voila in The 70's it became SOHO and then they made Nolita North of Little Italy cause I guess ya did'nt wanna live in Lil Italy/Chinatown. Oh and the oh so trendy Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass DUMBO . The great American Tragedy it was called by Regan and Carter the South Bronx has a section now called SOBRO. Theres a Car and film festival named for TRIBECA the Triangle below Canal street they started calling it that in the late 70s! They had a definite need to be seperate from SOHO and all those fakers who ruined that neighborhhod.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2007 at 5:02PM
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robbiezone5(z5 HudsonValley)

a'ight, labrea... you forgot another one in brooklyn: BOCOCA (BOreum hill, CObble hill, CArol gardens). now, i think that's pretty silly...


    Bookmark   January 5, 2007 at 5:45PM
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we gave the local award to the newest subdivision - Shinnecock!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 8:52AM
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I moved into a subdivision named Park Place last summer:) I can't get Monopoly out of my mind now.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 2:44PM
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ursulita(z5 IL)

The Onion had a statshot about it a while ago. I think "Northe Weste Pointe Shoppes" sounds good. :P

Here is a link that might be useful: What Are We Naming Our New Mall?

    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 3:03PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

Just after I wrote the above, I learned that our other next door neighbor, who had been in a nursing home for years, had passed. 250 acres between us and Blaine will be developed. Fairly soon as one of her sons had it surveyed six years ago. I can see the "e"s now.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 4:53PM
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I love how they come up with these "dreamy" names as if to connote some lifestyle - all the "Estates", "Pointes", "Acres", etc.

But if you're talking about New York, it just gets ridiculous. THere is an area in Brooklyn called Park Slope, because it does indeed slope away from the Park. It became trendy in the later 80s. Now it apparently encompasses everything in West Brooklyn between the park and New Jersey so you have South Slope, West Slope, North Slope, etc. Some NY places were actually settlements or villages at one time, so their names make sense. But the acronyms and dumb names like Nolita, DUMBO, etc., just get silly IMO.

On a brighter note, when I was a kid my father was a builder. I just found out a couple of years ago that there is a street named after me. When he was developing a subdivision they needed a name for one of the streets and apparently my mother told him to name it after me. Never knew anything about it and I'm sure if any of the people living there now were aware of it, they'd immediately change the name.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 1:57PM
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sandis(z6 East Tn)

Hi all,

There's a development being built just off our private road. Don't know what it will be called. We already have Knight's Wind a few miles away. Also, a development guy called us wanting to buy the whole hillside we live on. No sale! LOL


    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 2:28PM
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Almost moved into a house on a street named deadwood- just not the good vibe for gardening I was hoping for.....Looking for a paradise lane or some such more suitable name for my rose garden. My folks used to own land on a Hunkydory lane in the country. Years later someone built a house there and we saw it on TV- rains made it slide out onto the main highway. Glad we never moved there!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 6:27PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Knight's Wind, oh my, makes me think of a guy in armour who has eaten a lot of beans.

Here the trend is just one word, preferably Italian -- Cortebella, Belagio, Tuscany, etc.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2007 at 4:50PM
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malmason(9, Houston TX)

One of the subdivision has the street name all starting with "Park". If the name are really different, that is ok, but obviously the developer run out of his imagination. I was once lost in the neighborhood and drove about 10 minutes after reading Park Brush Cir, Park Brush Ct, Park Holly Ct, Park Brush Ln, Park Royale Cir, Park Royale Ct, Park Canyon Dr, Park Royale Lne, Park Royale Dr, Park Bend Dr... I thought I can never find my friend's house.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 9:56AM
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I have to admit to having never paid attention to the trailing "e." I spotted one a few days ago: "Hiddenbrooke."

It sounds like something out of a Seinfeld routine. If it's hidden, how does anyone know it's there...

Reminds me of the scene from You, Me, and Dupree where they're out at the site of the newly proposed subdivision, which is in the middle of flat, empty, barren desert and the name of the subdivision is "The Oaks at----"


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 2:40PM
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jody(7b - NC)

Malmason's post made me laugh. My bonus children live with their mother in one of those hideous subdivision blights on the Raleigh landscape with those "duplicate" street names, court, circle, lane, street, etc. After 10 months I STILL can't find their house - the place is a maze, the street names all look alike and are posted on artsy signs that are impossible to read at night and you can't tell one house from another. Well, that's not exactly true, there are about 4 house plans and they've built them over and over and over again with about 3 color schemes - within two blocks you've completely lost track.

My poor MIL was lost in their for two hours once. She refuses to go back.

Its a something Hall. That's popular in Cary and Apex, the subdivisions are all named something Hall.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 5:25PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

Great thread! Around here we have those duplicate names and cookie cutter houses with no yard... give me the country and pet bulls next door.

We have all kinds of 'Run' names ever since Catherine Crosby [Bing] made her home in Bermuda Run. Now there is Quail Run... and others that blur. I'm thinking the truth now that so many woods are being cleared is more like:

Possum Squash Acres
Deer Crash Lane


Alas, my dad's childhood friend finally sold the beautiful hill on our road, but he swears it's just for 5 acre houses.

We are, in fact, selling a part of the land across the street because a man grew up on the other side of the woods [now developed] and he wants his kids to grow up like he did. He saw the land and twisted our hearts ;]

I grew up in Sherwood Forest, behind Friar Tuck... close to Robinhood Rd, etc. "not the one in England" as we kids were all answered growing up. Guess who played Maid Marion a lot!?!

(Factoid: Picasso's rug-designing offspring lives in Sherwood Forest behind my old house [next to my longtime best friend who ended up as an MTV VJ in India]...)

I bet Ann knows which rose nursery is off Robinhood Rd, too!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 8:02PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

But I know something about "Runs". In my home part of the Piedmont of Virginia, the common (harking back to Olde England) name for small creeks is Run. Where I was a child, our home's western boundary was Mountain Run.
So Bermuda Run doesn't have a lot of meaning. Whups. Don't look for meaning in subdivision names. Unless they mean Bermuda Grass Run...a subdivision that floods occassionally for the non-gardeners among us.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 10:05PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

LOL, the only stream I can think of there is named Muddy Creek. Muddy Run... not so good ;] Maybe Bermuda was a good idea!

OTOH, Muddy Creek is a great, to-the-point name!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 10:50PM
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farmgirl(9 NoCA)

It's been a long time since I've posted on the forum, but I could not resist this thread. My family and I have been unsuccessful in selling our 9+ acres of Sacramento view property for over 2 years. The main problem has been choosing the wrong realtors. Anyway, the last go-round got tangled up with a developer who had grandiose plans for the land. Since Shirland Park "Estates" was taken, he called this hypothetical development Shirland Park View. Three parcels at three+ acres each, one of which was in a ravine. The view would have been tricky unless you didn't mind looking down into the pond.

BTW: Sometimes the city or county decides what the names of the streets will be. If the overlapping names bug you, try being a mail carrier dealing with duplicate house numbers on the streets with overlapping names. It's like the brain trust can't go to the next higher number.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 11:52PM
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Look, it could be worse. We have a couple of streets near here named Lemp and Klump. I just couldn't live on those streets..."oh, my house is on Klump Street!!!" Ugh.

The big thing around here is to reorganize the neighborhoods to take advantage of nearby affluent neighborhoods. Like you can't stand being North Hollywood anymore? Hate being known as a blighted area? No problem!! Just rename your neighborhood "Valley Village" or "Valley Glen" or "Valley Village adjacent" or "Beverly Hills Post Office" (I'm not kidding about that one!). People get so desperate to avoid being associated with a bad area! But what's so bad about Van Nuys?

I have no idea what horrible names they are giving to new developments; they are too far from where I live. But I know they have really ridiculous names, like "Sherwood Forest" no Robin Hood is going to come and steal your 5 car garage?

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 1:30AM
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pete41(9ab FL.)

I find it annoying when they bulldoze a forest and then call it ``Forest Glen'' or Piney Woods Estate,etc..

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 7:28AM
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cosied up on Knightsbridge Road, here in Stirling Forest, to read this threade...

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 10:44AM
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kathwhit(z8, West OR)

My house is just off Lynx Hollow Rd. And I did see a Lynx there once. But the subdivisions with cutsie names are coming our way.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 12:01PM
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Reminds me of a development near here in a suburb of Chicago. The developer must have been really sentimental because all the streets are named "buttercup lane", "bluebird street. etc. etc. I kid you not...

It reminds me of a comedian I once heard... can't remember who... who once said that subdivisions are where they chop down all the trees and then name the streets after them.

Since we are in the fox river valley every other development is fox something... fox crest, fox ridge, fox heights, fox estates. on and on.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2007 at 2:36PM
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Michelle that is so funny! Buddy Lane...Lol!
There is a town here in Michigan named Milan. When we first moved here I kept pronouncing it like the Italian way Mee-lan but apparently they pronounce it My-lan. go figure.

There's also a Saline but they pronounce it Saw-leen.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 11:43AM
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jody(7b - NC)

This thread has me on the alert for subdivision names now. I've start making quick tours through subdivisions to see if they live up to their names. On my trip home yesterday...

On Lake Brandt Rd which really does go to Lake Brandt (eventually), I found Brandt Forest - miles from the lake and lacking any trees taller than the top of my little pickup truck. Down the street, I found Century Oaks, no oaks, no trees old enough to stand up on their own (if you know what I mean). A little further down the road, Millicent's Pond - no pond, I looked.

DH wonders why I get lost on the way home!!!

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 12:39PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

Maybe Millicent's Pond first choice name was Millicent's Mosquito and Frog Habitat?
And we've got another one in these parts that could have been named "Knoxville's Sanitary Landfill, but for the actions of locals who saved the ground water."
We are still waiting so see what the one next door will be named.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 1:43PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

This is making me laugh and wince as I read. It is funny, as Pete says, they destroy every living tree and green thing, and then name it Maple Meadow. I couldn't help think of better names:

Nuked Desolation Estates

Plastic Pastures

Over Manicured Meadows

Nature Violation Vista

Royale Taxrise Acres

McMansion Monstrosity View

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 8:16AM
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Or how about Love Canal Estates?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 12:51PM
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Buttercup lane does not sound half as bad as my friend's street name "Honeysuckle Ln." I find that name embarrassing.
Especially the last part. Can't see myself telling a repairman to come to ...suckle anything.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 3:05PM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

Depends on what your repairman looks like! ;-D

    Bookmark   April 21, 2007 at 1:00AM
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Shady Oaks (no shade, no oaks)
Meadow Brooke (no meadow, no brook)
Valley Ridge (if it's a valley, isn't it the opposite of a ridge?)

& there's a new one here called....

"The Splendor".

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 10:24AM
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