In the real estate world, frontage is the width of a lot, measured at the front part of the lot. The term frontage appears on most real estate listings and is considered by most property developers, real estate agents and even home buyers. It is also considered as the boundary between a plot of land or a building and the road onto which the plot or building fronts. This length is considered especially important for certain types of commercial and retail real estate, in applying zoning bylaws and property tax. Sometimes ‘road’ or ‘street’ frontage is used to describe the width of a lot as well.
Why is it important?
- When it comes to real estate, more land means better.
- The width of a lot is an essential factor in determining the value of real estate.
- A wider lot will allow for a larger house and often allow for more space between homes or buildings.
- Wide lots also allow decent parking on front streets or any developments on the lot as long as the zoning permits it.
- Frontage is often included in the planning rules of certain suburbs or LGA; thus, it is one factor that needs to be considered and checked out by property developers, real estate agents, investors, or anyone interested in developing a property.
There’s a cost associated with frontage, and in some cases, it may be expensive, but just because something is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s desirable.
Frontage is costly for developers, and it can be expensive for homeowners as well. There are maintenance issues associated with frontage, and you’ll have to pay for it in your taxes. Taxes are calculated based on the value of your property, and that value is partly calculated with frontage in mind. Be aware that this extra real estate perk does not come for free.
Regardless of the costs, we can conclude that there are more advantages than disadvantages in having larger frontage in a property. Do consider frontage when searching for a home or a property you wish to develop. It’s not possible to get a wider lot all the time since it varies by area and suburb – but when you’re looking where wider frontage is possible, think about the benefits and whether you would value them over the drawbacks. Other things can be changed; the home can be renovated, landscaping can be upgraded, but the frontage is forever.
Due to the popular demand of our Stash subscribers, we’re happy to share that we’ve now made this possible!
With Stash, you can now find great deals and narrow your search down by suburb, zoning, area lot size, and frontage.
As frontage filter is now available in Stash, this can also help you to:
- look at the longest frontage,
- take into account the corner blocks and multiple points to increase frontage,
- filter by frontage on previously stashed properties
How to check Street Frontage inside Stash?
To view and check the Street Frontage inside Stash, just simply follow these steps:
Street Frontage in Advanced Search
- Select your target property from the ‘Advanced Search’ option of the Stash page.
- Once you have filled in the suburb, zoning and area, select ‘Street Frontage’ then hit on Search to proceed.
- Once you have the results, you may check on any property that corresponds to your search criteria.
Street Frontage in My Property Filters
- Go to ‘My Properties’ then click on the filter icon on the left-hand side of the Stash page.
- Once clicked, you will have the option to filter your saved properties which includes the ‘Filter By Frontage(m)’ at the bottom.
- Enter your preferred value in the box, and it will show up the properties you have saved with the same criteria.
Isn’t it that simple and easy to access? All users can follow this through right away, even those who are not tech-savvy—no need to complicate yourself with this new feature.
So what are you waiting for? Give it a go and check out this new feature that we have added just for you.