HOUSE NUMBERS –
DISCERNING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A PROPERTY
By Tim Stephens
This article is a compilation of my recent preambles on “property meanings.” It consists of several parts: 1) how to calculate the “number” of a property; 2) the meanings of each number; 3) how to use (and not use) these numbers; and 4) a brief forecast of real estate prices.
TO CALCULATE AN ADDRESS’S NUMEROLOGICAL MEANING:
To obtain the “number” of any property, add every digit and letter of the street address, then keep adding the digits of the sums you get until you’re left with a number between 1 and 9. For example: 123 – 31st Avenue = 1+2+3+3+1 = 10 = 1+0 = 1. (Always ignore the words “avenue,” “street,” “road,” “apartment,” “unit,” etc. — but DO count street names, such as “elm” or “dunbar.”) This particular address is a “1,” denoting a swift, hurried, humorous and assertive life for the occupants. But more on these meanings later.
For letters, use this table:
A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9
J=1, K=2, L=3, M=4, N=5, O=6, P=7, Q=8, R=9
S=1, T=2, U=3, V=4, W=5, X=6, Y=7, Z=8
E.g., “Elm Street” = 5(e)+3(l)+4(m) = 12 = 1+2 = 3 (ignore “Street”).
If you’re house hunting, copy this table on a little card — it will save you time.
Again, always ignore “avenue,” “street,” “road,” etc. For brevity’s sake, you can count south=2, north=3, west=4, east=9. (But see the note below, “About East, West, North, South.”)
Here’s an example: 23 West 20 Ave. = 2+3+4(west)+2+0 = 11 = 1+1 = 2. (Remember, ignore “avenue.”) This is a “2” house, good for calm, peace and sensuality. Here’s a more complex example: 454 South Elm Street = 4+5+4+2 (south) +5+3+4 (elm) (ignore “street”) = 27 = 2+7 = 9. This is a “9” house, good for intellectuals. If the property has no street address, use the legal description (including the letters). E.g., Lot 4, District Lot 25, SW = 4+2+5+1(“S”)+5(“W”) = 17 = 1+7 = 8. This would be a good investment property, all things being equal. (I’ll give you a more detailed description of each number’s meaning below.)
A NOTE ABOUT EAST, WEST, NORTH, SOUTH:
As noted, you can simply count “west” as 4, “east” as 9, “south” as 2, and “north” as 3. E.g., west = 5(w)+5(e)+1(s)+2(t) = 13 = 1+3 = 4. (In calling “west” a 4, “south” a 2, etc., I’ve simply already added and reduced the alphabet numbers for you.)
HOWEVER, if the street corner road signs and your postal address are shown in abbreviated form, USE THE ABBREVIATED LETTERS. This is the case in Seattle, for instance, where a typical address might be: 200 – 5th Ave. SW, or, say Post Street NE. In these cases, count only “S” as 1, E as 5, W as 5, and N as 5 — according to the alphabet table above. (In other words, don’t use the full word “south,” nor it’s “reduced” number of “2.”) And continue, again, to ignore “Avenue,” “Street,” etc. Also ignore any “ths” or “nds,” etc. as in 25th Avenue would be 2+5 only, and 31st would be 3+1 only, etc.
Numerology is highly cultural. If you’re buying or living in a country which does not use the Roman (A to Z) alphabet for everyday life, read these real estate articles with skepticism. If a nation’s language is not English, use the local spelling of “west,” “east,” “north” and “south.” Eg., in France, use “nord” for “north” — don’t convert to English!
THE MEANINGS OF EVERY PROPERTY:
There are 9 basic meanings, representing your final, reduced number (which must be between 1 and 9). There is no final “zero” number, simply because you’ll never get one!
THE 1 PROPERTY:
A “1” property reflects assertion, exploration, newness, impulse, trying things out, a new start. Males (or your masculine side) will often dominate in this place. Verve, swagger, vivacity, quick reactions, quick passions are the norm. Ambitious people, especially career singles, often choose a “1” address — and benefit from it, so long as they don’t want to build a married life. This house often ages rapidly, needs repairs. But if you lack vim and vigor in your life, it’s the place to be. Best to rent rather than buy, as 1’s tend to lag in market appreciation. If you want to develop or subdivide a property, 1 is a good number because it vibrates well to cutting, dividing, building, carving a place out of the wilderness. You get a new start here!
THE 2 PROPERTY:
A “2” house can be “home sweet home.” Calmness prevails, and diplomacy is valued in this home. But if a major fight starts, it can knock the walls down, because no one gives in here, no matter how diplomatic they were at first! It’s usually a good buy, appreciates well. Gardening, beautiful interiors naturally spring up here. Nature is a source of deep, sensual or enjoyable moments. Sex is casual, sensual, rather than deep, mysterious, or an istrument of “control.” Fill this house with plants and paintings. Fine sound systems and luxury tv’s find their way into these homes. A good place for a home-based business concerned with buying and selling. A good address for a retail store. Sometimes 2 households are untidy, as laziness seeps in. You’ll tend to put on weight here. Anorexia clinics should be located at a 2 address.
THE 3 PROPERTY:
A “3” home is filled with conversation. Even if you live alone in a 3, you’ll be on the phone a lot, or will subscribe to many newspapers. A great place for making contacts: fill it with fax machines, computers, appointment book. An excellent place for journalists, internet workers, graphic artists, etc., and a good business address for newspaper, distribution, or telecommunications firms. People in a 3 home are restless, optimistic, seem to have an uncanny luck, but seldom form deep bonds. It’s good for those with itinerant lifestyles such as athletes, a townhome for a travelling executive, etc. Students live happily in 3’s, but they’d get a better education in a “9.” It’s rather hard to sit and plan in this home’s atmosphere. At times, you could feel you’re on a merry-go-round and can’t get off. If this feeling predominates, it might be time to hunt for a “4” address.
THE 4 PROPERTY:
The “4” house is truely a home. It’s the base, the foundation of life, the place where roots are sunk and families raised. Adults who grew up in a 4 usually look back fondly on childhood’s golden age. This home tends to appreciate, and will often provide retirement security via its long-term market value. But its real value is in the enduring home life that blooms over the years. Dysfunctional families can occupy a 4 home, but even here the preservation of the family, of the “home base,” tends to direct everyone’s actions. The kitchen and good, solid food are the focal point. It’s a great place to heal, to take a sojourn from life while planning your comeback. The 4 shelters. Family storms occur, but dissolve. Owners often feel reluctant to sell a “4,” even after the kids are gone. It’s a good address for a hotel or revenue house, because people subconsciously seek out “4” for shelter, food, rest and regeneration. And they tend to stay there. It means “end of journey.” Pick a 4 address for a farm or nursery.
THE 5 PROPERTY:
A “5” home spells passion and beauty. Singles find romance here (but when they form a durable bond, they often move out). Pleasure predominates, whether it’s the luxury of a 60-inch tv, or bouquets of flowers sprucing every hallway. Artists, architects, designers, etc. should live here, for a 5 enhances creativity and self-expression. It promotes risk. People often buy a 5 on impulse, yet it’s usually a fortunate impulse. A 5 isn’t particularly good for young marrieds because romance, if over-emphasized in a marriage, will suffocate it. When the baby arrives, head for a 4 or a 6. (But 5s are good for day care, art classes, etc.) A 5 is not a particularly stable nor enduring environment, and sometimes your soul can lack nurturing here. (Creativity uses soul, rather than feeding it.) A 3 or 2 is better at curing solitude, especially if the number you reach immediately before the “2” is an “11.”
THE 6 PROPERTY:
The “6” home revolves around domestic love and work. 6 is Mom in the kitchen and Dad comes by and kisses her, and the kids bounce around, and everyone’s happy and busy. (6 is “Leave It To Beaver.” 4 is “Father Knows Best.”) The 6 property competes with a 4 for the best place to raise a family, and is better than a 4 if you have no children. If you need a bit of perking up to get you going, pick the 6. If you’re nervous and wired, and want a calm family life, want to not stress out your children, the 4 is better. For young lovers about to marry, 6 is very good, it helps them become “partners.” When the careers are established and children come, this young couple might move to a 4. If you want to start a home-based business, this is often a good place, although it furthers productivity, not prestige. If you want a rural address where you can buy some tools and a used bobcat and reshape your property and rebuild your house, find a 6. As a business premises, the 6 is good for service corporations, machinery/tools, factories, etc.
THE 7 PROPERTY:
A “7” property brings you into crucial, face-to-face relationships with others. Often these relationships are challenging. It can bring marriage, but also divorce; contracts — and litigation; opportunities — and stiff competition. 7 can be very exciting, enlivening, full of attractions to the opposite sex, deals, contacts, dynamism — you live life to its fullest here. But don’t expect peace and calm! If you’re young, energetic, feisty, love life, people and newness, you could love a 7 address.
But avoid a 16/7 (applies if the second-to-last number you reach by adding and reducing the address comes to 16, and then, 1+6 = 7). A 16/7 property signals a destructive episode in your life. It might ultimately free you from a suffocating, stressful or illusion-packed relationship, but you’ll feel the pain of something being ripped away. People who finally sell or move from a 16/7 to another place are often “washed clean,” ready for a fresh new life. (The “911” file for the WTC attacks in New York was “727” = 16/7.) If you presently own a 16/7, don’t worry: when you’ve changed your life’s direction someone will buy it. And a 16/7 address does not stop a property from appreciating in value — though you might not be able to sell it before you’ve gone through 16/7’s “furnace.” I have first hand experience of this. In 1991, I bought 160 acres with a partner, for $ 160,000. Six months later, the property was valued at $ 360,000. We should have sold it! Instead, our heads swimming with visions of riches, we decided to subdivide it — to make a million rather than merely doubling our money. That’s when the disaster started. Five years and two lawsuits later (one of them against my partner) I finally gained control of the property and sold it. My net “profit?” — a loss of $ 240,000, more than I’d paid for the property in the beginning! But, that 16/7 did appreciate — I just didn’t appreciate what I’d gotten into!
THE 8 PROPERTY:
If you live in an 8, your life is serious. The 8 address brews deep change, usually through the agencies of sex, finance or health. An 8 address brings the hidden forces of nature to the surface. You’ll delve into secrets here. Your interest will grow in investments and your net worth. You might become wealthy, or you could lose big-time, depending on your karma and astuteness. Pregnancy occurs. Extra-marital temptations arise. Young couples can build their empires here, but they should be deeply in love first, for this property indicates many long, slow, deep changes in how you relate to each other. Honesty is essential. Morals need careful cultivation in every area; you’ll be lured toward “power plays.” This property tends to appreciate well, even very well, but that’s not assured. This is a perfect “business premise” for a psychiatrist, editor, diagnostician, researcher, gynecologist, investor, or handler of other people’s money. (But they should live in a 4 or other place, to enjoy a rest from work.)
THE 9 PROPERTY:
A “9” home is usually serene and mellow. This property doesn’t appreciate strongly in price. (Though it can outpace others under certain conditions, especially if located near a financial district, surgery center or research park.) Writers, scholars, professors, lawyers, accountants, and anyone interested in intellectual pursuits will find a nine home or office address imbues a calm, productive atmosphere. While living here, we tend to see the broader picture. A mass of details naturally falls into place and produces intuitive patterns, abstract conclusions. Order keeps gently sheperding the chaos of life. Many non-intellectuals will like this home, also. A sense of ethics and an understanding of society’s traditions blossom here, as does a philosophical view of life. Married couples honor their union as an integral part of society. Libraries, files, internet activities, CNN and foreign newspapers creep into this abode. Residents often travel, or have international friends. This isn’t the best place to make money, for ideas and discussion groups will outweigh material considerations. This home needs lots of windows. An excellent apartment address for late-middle-agers who are downsizing. Here, you can reflect on life and find true value.