STUDY: Living on Embarrassingly-Named Streets Can Save UK Homebuyers Thousands


What’s in a name?

Well, when it comes to buying a home on British streets with names like Crotch Crescent, Cock A-Dobby and Cumming Street, the answer is roughly 84,000 pounds ($140,000).

According to a study by, which spent two months researching the impact of giggle-worthy street names on house prices, embracing (or at least enduring) the idea of living on a questionably-named avenue can save homebuyers a hefty sum of money. Researchers asked 2,000 people to vote for the streets they would be most ashamed to call home, and the top 15 were used for the study. As it turns out, homes on those streets cost an average of 84,000 pounds less than comparable accommodations on other, less innuendo-ridden streets.

But the price difference isn’t the only reason people buy homes on these streets — some just have a rollicking sense of humor. Annie Gray, a 60-year-old resident of Fanny Hands Lane in Ludford, Lincolnshire, which came in third on the list, told The Independent that she and her husband bought their home because of the street’s name, not in spite of it.

“It was one of the factors because it’s so unusual and always get a giggle,” she said. “If you’re ever ordering anything and tell people your address, as soon as you say ‘Fanny’, they know exactly where you mean.”

We’re sure they do.