Introduction to Monopoly Properties
Interested in learning how to master the board game Monopoly? Look no further! All you need to know about the game, including the names of all the properties, and how to be a better player is right here. Knowing the Monopoly Squares will get you started on the right foot.
I am an avid Monopoly player having learned the intricacies of the game and winning many times over the last couple of decades. As a Monopoly player, gaining control of the board is the most important thing in winning.
Controlling high-rent property spaces will help you keep cash in your pocket and out of the pockets of your opponents. This list is built on recognizing the importance of squares.
The squares on the board, also known as spaces, represent four key areas. These areas include streets, railroads, utility squares, and action squares.
The action squares include the starting Go square, the Go To Jail square, Community Chest squares, Chance squares, Free Parking space, Tax squares, and the Jail square. These action squares help move the game along in unexpected ways rather than simply paying rent and buying property.
Continue reading for a more in-depth view of the squares and the board layout. You will learn about their names, their history, and their values in the board game.
List of Monopoly Squares (US Version)
The US Version has eight categories of Monopoly property squares.
- Brown Squares:
- Mediterranean Avenue
- Baltic Avenue
- Light Blue Properties:
- Oriental Avenue
- Vermont Avenue
- Connecticut Avenue
- Pink spaces:
- St. Charles Place
- States Avenue
- Virginia Avenue
- Orange Properties:
- St. James Place
- Tennessee Avenue
- New York Avenue
- Red Monopoly Properties:
- Kentucky Avenue
- Indiana Avenue
- Illinois Avenue
- Yellow Squares:
- Atlantic Avenue
- Ventnor Avenue
- Marvin Gardens
- Green Spaces:
- Pacific Avenue
- North Carolina Avenue
- Pennsylvania Avenue
- Dark Blue Properties:
- Park Place
- Pennsylvania Railroad
- Reading Railroad
- B&O Railroad
- Short Line Railroad
These railroad properties are named for the four railroads that served the city at the time of the Monopoly boards creation by the Parker brothers.
List of Monopoly Squares (UK Version)
The UK board has the same amount of spaces and color groups on the game board as the US version, but there are England-specific name variations.
- Brown Spaces:
- Old Kent Road
- Whitechapel Road
- Light Blue Properties:
- The Angel Islington
- Euston Road
- Pentonville Road
- Pink Squares:
- Pall Mall
- Northumberland Avenue
- Orange Spaces:
- Bow Street
- Marlborough Street
- Vine Street
- Red Monopoly Spaces:
- The Strand
- Fleet Street
- Trafalgar Square
- Yellow Spaces:
- Leicester Square
- Coventry Street
- Green Properties:
- Regent Street
- Oxford Street
- Bond Street
- Dark Blue Squares:
- Park Lane
Railroad properties have different names on the UK Monopoly board as well.
The four railroads are King’s Cross Station, Marylebone Station, Fenchurch St. Station, and Liverpool St. Station.
Which are the best squares in Monopoly?
The best squares in Monopoly are the orange color group, Boardwalk (Mayfair), and New York Avenue (Vine Street).
These properties are the most profitable in terms of double rent that players have to pay if they land on an undeveloped square.
These are also very valuable because they are the most likely to be landed on by other players. Whichever player owns these will be rich!
Any property that a player buys is useful especially if they build houses on them. Even cheap spaces like Baltic Avenue (Whitechapel) and Mediterranean Avenue (Old Kent) are profitable if players build.
Railroads and the two utilities are also a great way to make money. They are essentially passive income since no building is done on these. The two utilities on the Monopoly board are the Electric Company and Water Works.
Take note of this: If the player who lands on these spaces does not want them they go to the highest bidder after an auction. These are valuable spaces since they are passive income.
What are the four corner squares in Monopoly?
The four corners of the Monopoly board belong to action spaces. These include the Go space, the Go To Jail space, the Free Parking space, and the Jail space with a Just Visiting section.
What are the origins of the Monopoly Square Names?
All property space and railroad stations are named after real places. In the US version, they are named after places in and around Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Even the two utilities have a main site in Atlantic City! The electric company is named for the Atlantic City Electric Company. Water Works is named for the city’s Municipal Utilities Authority.
Throughout history, some of the names of the real streets have been changed. For instance, St. Charles Place (Pall Mall in the UK) no longer exists because of development on that street.
Other interesting changes from the real place to the Monopoly board game is that Marvin Gardens is misspelled. It is actually Marven Gardens, but when Charles Todd taught Charles Darrow on a homemade Monopoly board who then copied it down, it became misspelled.
On the UK Monopoly board a few discrepancies also exist. For example, Angel Islington is not a place. It is a building name combined with the street it sits on. Many sites like Picadilly are based on popular places.
Now that you have learned about all the squares on the Monopoly board, you are ready to develop your skills are win the next match! Surprise your friends and family at your next Monopoly game party with your newfound expertise!