What Does Lot Shape Mean?
In real estate, lot shape describes a lot’s boundaries – that is, how is the parcel of land laid out. You can find the described lot shape on most MLS® listings.
Real Estate Agent Explains Lot Shapes
In truth there are many possible lot shapes, but only 7 lot shape categories when it comes to MLS® listings. They are:
The most common lot shape in Edmonton is rectangular, although with many newer neighbourhoods being comprised of multiple cul-de-sacs strung together, pie lots are quite common as well. Irregular lot shapes make up for anything that doesn’t fit the conventional shapes, and ‘other’ is likely for when the listing agent has no idea what shape the lot is.
Measuring lots that are anything other than rectangular, square or triangular is quite difficult, but luckily the City of Edmonton Maps page has information on each and every lot and the sizes of them as well.
Here are some examples of how certain lot shapes might look:
So you can see from the tracings of the lots that a pie lot is usually seen facing a cul-de-sac, while a reverse-pie lot faces a crescent. Rectangular lots usually sit along longer straight roads and irregular lots just sit wherever they fit. Other lot shapes are not as common as these four types.
Why does It Matter?
Your lot shape can dictate how useful your land is. If you have a pie lot, you will have very little frontage – that means a big back yard, but also no room for parking out front. Conversely, if you have a reverse-pie lot, you will have ample frontage for parking, but may have a large front yard, which is less desirable than a large back yard. Rectangular lots are most efficient for space when it comes to urban development, but they force the use of a grid system, which precludes quiet winding streets. Each lot shape has its benefits and drawbacks.
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