Are addresses in the Phoenix area really that helpful?

Figuring out Phoenix and surrounding city addresses

Yes, an address is the unique identifier for a location within a city, and should let everyone know exactly where you live, but how useful is it?  How are addresses determined and what do they mean? Most addresses include a north/south/east/west coordinate.   North, south, east or west of what? Are all addresses based on one central coordinate in downtown Phoenix, or does each city have their own coordinate sytem?  How much  do we really rely upon an address to arrive at a destination?  If you know the answers, congratulations; if not then  read on.

Phoenix Metropolitan Growth

Currently, the Phoenix metropolitan area feels like a huge city where you can cross city limits or boundaries and not even realize that you traveled from one city to another. It hasn’t always been that  way.  The growth in many cities has been explosive.  For example, according to the 1990 census, Gilbert was a small town of 29,188. Just 10 years later in 2000, the population had grown to 109,697, an increase of 275%. Current estimates for 2012 put the Gilbert population at 212,000. Many of the cities in the Phoenix valley were incorporated in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s when it was considered a significant distance between cities or towns.  Therefore, addresses were based upon a specific crossroad or location within each community.

If you really want a trivia challenge, try and identify where the addresses originate for each valley city!  Start with your own.  Understanding this may give you a little better insight into the relative location the next time you read an address.   For example, the picture above shows the street signs at the intersection of Gilbert and Elliot, the zero point for Gilbert addresses.  Any  address on a  north/south running road that is south  of Elliot will be XXXX South and the name of the street.  If the street runs east & west, and the house is east of Gilbert Rd., the numeric  portion will be XXXX East and the name  of street.

Let’s turn to Tempe. You’ll notice that the street sign to the left shows coordinates of O West and O North.  This street sign is located at the intersection of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Ave.  On this same intersection is the original house built by Tempe’s founder, Charles Trumbell Hayden, built in 1873.  It is the longest continuously occupied structure in the valley.  Not surprisingly, all Tempe properties look to this intersection as the origin of Tempe addresses.

If you’re ever in downtown Chandler walking around, the zero point  for all Chandler addresses  is Arizona Ave. and Commonwealth Ave. in the downtown Historical area where the city of Chandler hosts many events throughout the year.

So how do we get around?

As you can see it would be a grand undertaking to memorize all the intersections for each city that relate to the origins for their addresses.  And that is only half of the equation.  You’d still need to learn and memorize the street name.  When I moved to Gilbert many years ago I was surprised that in addition to the address the crossroads were frequently mentioned.   Fortunately for all Phoenicians, the majority of the major arterial roads do not change names as they run through  the valley cities. For example, Baseline Road starts in Apache Junction to the east and runs west through Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Phoenix, and Laveen. Even in commericials, you’ll often hear the crossroads given in addition to the address.  Obviously, there is logic to each address, but unless you’re very well acquainted with each city, you’ll  find that memorizing the major arterial streets will serve you best when trying to navigate the valley.

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$675,000 :: 2832 E KINGBIRD Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,401 sq ft
Lot Size: 19,602 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858678
Community: STRATLAND SHADOWS
Tract: STRATLAND SHADOWS
Status: Active


Wow! Spectacular property in Gilbert! Featuring lush landscaping, 3 car garage, courtyard, and porch. Amazing home sits on an oversize corner lot at the end of a private cul-de-sac. Interior boasts tile flooring in traffic areas, plantation shutters, and fantastic great room with living & dining that maximize space. Chef's kitchen showcases SS appliances, granite countertops, cabinets w/crown molding, wall mounted pot filler faucet, travertine backsplash, and large island w/breakfast bar. Spacious master retreat has lavish 5-piece ensuite & huge walk-in closet w/built-ins. You'll also find a den and a large game/entertainment room. Stunning backyard will take your breath away! Gravel landscaping w/tons of evergreens, travertine, Ramada, built-in BBQ, and resort-like pool & spa. Must see!

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$329,000 :: 1808 E ERIE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,039 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858643
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Status: Active


**BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED** 4 bedrooms/2.5 baths in GILBERT RANCH! FABULOUS COMMUNITY LOCATION just STEPS from COMMON-AREA GREEN-BELT & SPORT-COURT~GORGEOUS DESIGNER-TOUCHES throughout~SLATE-TILE throughout first-floor, BRAND-NEW PATTERN-CARPETING second-floor~ HUGE MASTER-SUITE w/SITTING-AREA, master bath has BRAND-NEW tile, plumbing fixtures & hardware, HUGE master-closet is the size of small-den~Secondary bedrooms have VAULTED-CEILINGS, BRAND-NEW neutral paint, chair-rail, ceiling-fans & door hardware~Kitchen has granite, center-island, refinished cabinetry, BRAND-NEW hardware, plumbing fixtures & STAINLESS appliances, breakfast room is adjoining~Formal dng/lvg greatrooms, separate family greatroom~BRAND-NEW window-blinds, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans & paint throughout~BRAND-NEW HVAC

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$325,000 :: 1674 W MERRILL Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,369 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858625
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY TRACT E
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY TRACT E
Status: Active


WOW! DESIRABLE OPEN FLOOR PLAN on a GOLF COURSE LOT. Your'll love this flexibility very POPULAR FLOOR PLAN, a BIG OPEN KITCHEN with ALL STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, lots of counter space, GORGEOUS QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS,built in desk, large eat-in-kitchen. NEW INTERIOR PAINT AND CARPET. IMPRESSIVE VAULTED CEILINGS, double doors into a spacious private den/bedroom off of entry. Double sided fireplace.GENEROUS MASTER BEDROOM SUITE,cathedral ceiling with a view of the tastefully landscape BACKYARD lot which backs up to 13th tee with a private gate. Close to shopping, restaurants & Highway 60.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$300,000 :: 4211 E SUNDANCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,678 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858661
Community: POWER RANCH
Tract: POWER RANCH
Status: Active


BUY THIS HOME FOR $0 DOWN!!! UPGRADED BEAUTY in Popular POWER RANCH! One Story Ranch Home with 4 bedrooms and 2 Baths. 4th Bedroom is Den with Closet but no doors. AC & Furnace REPLACED 2015 - Warranty until 2027! Hot Water Heater 2016! Freshly Painted Outside! Granite Counterops! OPEN SPLIT FLOORPLAN with LARGE kitchen and ISLAND. NEW Stainless Steel kitchen APPLIANCES. Grass Landscaped backyard with mature SHADE trees. Blinds and Ceiling Fans throughout. Easy walk to community clubhouse and HEATED community pools! Power Ranch has lots of amenities like a catch and release lake, basketball and volleyball courts and activities for everyone! Close to EVERYTHING - TONS of Shopping and Restaurants no more than 2 miles away! Close to Mercy Gilbert Hosptial and easy access to 202.

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$420,000 :: 2538 E IVANHOE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,350 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858656
Community: CROSSINGS AT CROSSROADS UNIT 1
Tract: CROSSINGS AT CROSSROADS UNIT 1
Status: Active


Don't miss out on this fantastic 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home in Gilbert! This beautiful home is situated on a large cul de sac lot that sides and backs up to a green space and playground area. The large kitchen has matching stainless steel appliances and an island with seating area. Newly painted inside and out. The entire downstairs is tile and new carpet installed upstairs. The back yard features a sparkling pool, view fence and plenty of space for entertaining!

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$275,000 :: 4932 S VERBENA Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,537 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/01/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5841513
Community: MEADOWBROOK VILLAGE AT POWER RANCH 3
Tract: MEADOWBROOK VILLAGE AT POWER RANCH 3
Status: Active


Charming and move in ready home located in the highly desirable 55+ gated community of Trilogy. This home sits on a 7458 square foot lot with private backyard. Large master bedroom with private bathroom featuring double sinks, a separate tub and shower and private water closet. Guest bedroom and bathroom with tub/shower combo. Nice open floor plan with tile and carpet throughout. Low maintenance backyard with privacy and covered patio. This is a beautiful home!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$529,000 :: 335 E JOSEPH Way, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,119 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858608
Community: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Status: Active


Live in one of the BEST rated cities~ Gilbert! This home is highly upgraded with BRAND NEW interior paint, water softener, and laundry sink. BRAND NEW appliances, including a new refrigerator. The master suite is over 700 square feet, two Master Suites. Over sized backyard , with plenty of room for a pool. Close to the 202 freeway, San Tan Mall, and many elegant shops and restaurants. Located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Allen Ranch.

Listed with Re/Max Infinity


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$399,900 :: 1223 E LARK Street, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,732 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858586
Community: ESTATES AT THE SPECTRUM
Tract: ESTATES AT THE SPECTRUM
Status: Active


Gorgeous 5bed/3.5 bath remodeled home in popular South Gilbert neighborhood on gigantic lot! Incredible kitchen has brand NEW GRANITE countertops, glass back splash & large undermount sink! Kitchen also has stainless steel appliances, island/breakfast bar & pantry! Home has brand NEW int/ext paint, 20 inch tile/wood laminate floors, ceiling fans, canned lights & more! Awesome floorplan with full bed/bath downstairs & HUGE LOFT upstairs! ! Gigantic landscaped 18,000+ SF lot! Extended patio, large pergola, tons of fruit trees, large grassy play area, plenty of options for a pool, storage shed, RV parking area/gate! Backyard is beautiful & very private! Home is in the #1 school district in AZ, close to 202 freeway, San Tan Mall, movie theatres, restaurants & San Tan MTN trailheads! Amazing!

Listed with RE/MAX Solutions


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$400,000 :: 4130 E ASPEN Way, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,753 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 12/18/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5858567
Community: SUPERSTITION HIGHLANDS
Tract: SUPERSTITION HIGHLANDS
Status: Active


It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon and your pool party is full swing. Children taking turns racing down the slide and feeling the waterfall on their faces from the grotto. You and your guest are thankful for the privacy of not having any homes looking into the yard. Refreshing beverages in hand the CornHole tournament is in full effect, 17-4 it doesn't look good for the blue team. The kitchen island is covered with delicious food and 1.5 bathrooms downstairs makes potty breaks for this many people a breeze. Your guest comment on the curved staircase that welcomed them in and the tall ceilings that add that special cachet. You're thankful for the 3 car garage to store all of your personal items out of sight. After the party you relax on your patio and smile - in love with your new home.

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$299,999 :: 3246 E GREENVIEW Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,675 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 10/11/18, Last Updated: 12/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5831670
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 35
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 35
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Look No More! This gorgeous home boasts many upgrades! Open floorplan, neutral palette and beautiful finishing touches will allow you to settle into this home and enjoy life to the fullest! This home's kitchen is comprised of granite countertops, rich cabinetry and black appliances. Large breakfast bar and dine in kitchen option will accommodate your friends and family. Beautiful wood flooring exists throughout the master. Master ensuite offers double sinks and separate shower and bathtub. Laundry room is inside and has cabinets for storage. Enjoy an evening with friends out at your firepit and built in BBQ. Dine under your covered patio out in your maintenance free backyard. This home is in pristine condition and will not last long. All amenities are close by! See it today!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


 

 

 

 

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