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Property Here - Sunday, October 13, 2013

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"It's quite a nice street really": Simon Holz of Gross Ave, Hemmant doesn't think his street name is an accurate description. Picture: Richard Walker

WE are sure the people on Wanka Road are lovely, we just won't be attending their BBQs. And no matter what Google Maps says, we might detour Bogan Street. Here are our pick of Queensland's attention-stealing streets.

Despite being the butt of jokes, these unfortunately named strips still lure home buyers.

From Gross St to Wanka Rd, the snigger-inducing names have made it through the approvals process and on to the nearest street sign.

LJ Hooker Gladstone agent Bevan Rose, currently selling his third house on Woollybutt St, New Auckland, said the unusual name attracted attention but didn't put people off buying.

"It's a talking point though put it that way," he said.

"There was a big woollybutt tree there … I thought someone in the street must have had a woolly butt," Mr Rose said.

Brisbane's homebuying hot spot

Bottomley St, Brassall homeowner Scott Franklin said people often commented on his address.

"They go 'that's a weird name'," Mr Franklin said.

"To me it's just Bottomley St but other people say 'Ohhhh'."

Queensland is also home to a Butt St in Harristown (Toowoomba) and Butland St in Bracken Ridge but bummed out streets are not the only unfortunate addresses in the state.

Hemmant resident Simon Holz said he quickly changed his pronunciation of Gross Ave after buying a home there last year.

"When I first moved here I was pronouncing it gross (like close) but I found everyone else pronouncing it gross (like moss) so thought I could probably get away with it," he said.

"It does make it sound a bit fancier.

"When I was looking for houses online I definitely looked (more closely) if the streets had cool names."

Street sign thieves also kept an eye out for cool street names.

A Brisbane City Council spokesman said the most common street name signs that are stolen are car names, girl names, boy names and anything to do with popular culture at the time.

Batman St, Clayfield, was often on the hit list.

In the past 12 months, 1173 street name signs went missing in the Brisbane City Council area alone.

Mr Franklin said Wanka Rd in Cecil Plains (Dalby) was another.

"They had to engrave it (the street name) in stone and put the stone there because people kept stealing the sign," he said.

Queensland streets are named after suggestions from developers are approved by the local council.

New names must not be confusing, hard to pronounce, offensive or the same as another street within a 5km radius.

QUEENSLAND'S MOST AWKWARD STREET NAMES

Bald Knob Rd, Peachester

Bland St, Coopers Plains

Bogan St, Albion

Bonar St, Morningside

Bottomley St, Brassall

Butland St, Bracken Ridge

Butt St, Harristown

Gross Ave, Hemmant

Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf

Murdering Creek Rd, Weyba Downs

Wanka Rd, Cecil Plains

Weenah St, Bracken Ridge

Woodcock St, Scarborough

Woollybutt St, New Auckland