You don’t appreciate the importance of house numbers until you’re driving around an unfamiliar neighborhood looking for an address. Large, clear readable numbers are the only clue to locate your destination. While the numerals add a design element to an entry their real value is to identify a house. While a delivery service uses a GPS to locate an address, house numbers confirm it.
READER COMMENT: I’ve been following your discussion of pocket listings with interest. I had an unfortunate experience with a broker who used a pocket listing to try to sell my father’s home. He blatantly used the pocket listing to discriminate and market the property only to members of the religious community dominating the area.