I can't remember the flat number of R's flat in Elwood in about 1980. I think there were 25 in the block but numbered to flat 26. You guessed it. Just like our motel in Cooma, there was no flat 13. I think nowadays such suspicious nonsense has disappeared. Maybe it hasn't. I can imagine the comments if you bought a flat 13 now, or lived at number 13 in a street. There is not an apartment 13 in our building, but that is because there is a service area where apartment 13 would be.
But what to make of this, the external display for one of our lifts?
When we first moved here none of the lifts externally or internally displayed Floor 4. Now after 11 years, 13 for the building, all but one display shows Floor 4. Why is it so?
Our building was primarily marketed to Asian investors and Asian owner occupiers and a good percentage of buyers of apartments in the building were of Asian heritage, and for Chinese and maybe other Asian races, four is an unlucky number, like 13 is to many Anglo people.
So, initially none of the lifts displayed the fourth floor and also there are no four apartments in the building. Most floors are configured like this, apartment 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7.
I wonder how widespread this practice is?