When you search for a home on my website and view the "Detailed Information" link for a home, you will see something like this:
If you look at the "Lot Size" field, you will see a set of numbers. If the numbers are something like 100×100, it’s easy: a square lot with each side measuring 100ft. But 72x70x99x45x26? Which side is which dimension, and what is the total overall size?
Let’s start with the basics. Standard convention says that the street side is the first dimension listed, and then the other dimensions follow clock-wise. For example, if you have a lot size of 60×130, the street side measures 60ft and the lot goes back 130ft.
If there are only 2 dimensions listed (60×60 or 60×130, for example), it implies that the lot is either square- or rectangular- shaped.
If there are 3 dimensions listed (60x80x100, for example), the lot is a triangle, with the street side measuring 60ft. Triangular-shaped lots are not very common.
As soon as you have more than 3 dimensions, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine the shape of a lot. You may see 60x130x60x130. Although the opposite sides measure the same length, the lot is not necessarily rectangular; it could be rhombus-shaped. With 4 completely different dimensions, it helps to draw it out on paper to get a better approximation of the lot size. When you go look at a house, you can usually get visual clues to determine where the property line ends (fence, tree lines, etc.), which helps to simplify visualizing the size.
Going back to our earlier example of 72x70x99x45x26, we have 5 dimensions, or 5 sides. At this point, it’s practically impossible to determine the shape of a lot without actually seeing it. Fortunately, I have plat maps which depict what the lot size and layout are for any piece of land in Champaign County. In our example, the dimensions represent a corner lot (392-003 in picture):
Plat maps are a great resource. I use them often to verify lot sizes for clients and to understand the all-so-common term that some lazy agents use which you can see in this customer display:
Whether you’re looking for a home with a small lot, a large lot, or an "irregular" lot, I can help you find it. No detail is too small to double-check. I can show you the plat maps, and we can verify that you are getting all of the land that the seller is claiming to be selling (believe it or not, some agents have been known to write down the wrong lot size).
If you are dreaming about buying or selling a home, please contact me and let me help turn your dream into reality.