Blog Education The Name Game

The Name Game

By Sharon Bloudek, September 7, 2019

I recently helped a lovely family buy a home and their address included the word “Court”. I began thinking on the way home, what makes a road a court, or an alley, or a drive? Even more mind boggling, why would a road get called an esplanade? My list seemed endless!

I like to share knowledge, so here is some of what I found…Enjoy!

Alley- a small throughway between buildings, but usually not drivable.

Avenue- a public way with buildings on both sides usually perpendicular to a street.

Boulevard- a large street with trees on both sides, usually with a median with trees.

Causeway- a road that passes over a swampy or low water area.

Court- ends in a small circle or loop that has no throughway, usually with a cul-de-sac.

Crescent- a winding road that resembles the shape of a crescent.

Drive- winding road, taking its contours from its environment.

Esplanade- usually a large open path near the ocean road- connecting two points.

Lane- a narrow road.

Terrace- usually to describe a street following the top of a slope.

Place- a road or street with no throughway usually.

Plaza- usually a public square or circle, surrounded by buildings.

Street- a public way with buildings on both sides usually perpendicular to an avenue.

Way- a small street off a roadway.

Frontage- usually a service road.


Call me at 503-701-1000 if you know of any others thinking of finding a new address. I’d love to help!



Sharon Bloudek


Sharon was recently recognized as the #1 Individual Agent in the #1 Real Estate office in the State of Oregon. Recognized as a FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent in Portland, Oregon for 9 years. Sharon has been named top 1% in the RMLS, and has been a member of PMAR's Masters Circle Diamond Platinum Level. Also a Neighborhood Favorite on Nextdoor and a Zillow Premiere Agent. Having lived both in the city & the suburbs, she is a great resource for relocation clients. She has worked extensively with first time home buyers & first time home sellers, upsizers, downsizers and investors. She also has experience in multi-family units, plexes, and timberland. She is the third generation in her family to be in the real estate business. Sharon graduated from the University of Oregon with a MBA in Marketing & International Business, and from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in Business Management. She lives in SW Portland with her husband and three kids and enjoys volunteering in the community. She is a proud supporter of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, being a former Jesuit Volunteer in Woodburn, Oregon as well as a previous Board Member. She loves hiking, traveling and going to the beach. Basketball and softball were her favorite sports to play, and while she never played soccer - her husband and kids do - and now she appreciates the beautiful game. Sharon would love the opportunity to work with you!
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