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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$438,500 :: 869 E LOMA VISTA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,600 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,117 sq ft
Added: 12/06/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5695650
Community: SERRANO REPLAT
Tract: SERRANO REPLAT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/6/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


Come see this beautiful, single story, 4 bedroom home on an oversized lot of 16,067sq.ft. and perfectly located in the highly desired town of Gilbert! Resort style & very private backyard (new in 2015 over $75K) includes a real outdoor fireplace, built in BBQ with burners & drink cooler, outdoor TV & Speakers, travertine decking, custom lighting, commercial grade misting system, and a HUGE side yard cement slab (30ftX50ft) with a super wide 12ft RV gate! Split floor plan. Surround sound throughout the home. All 3 mounted TV's, subwoofer, & sound system equipment to convey with the sale! East side AC unit brand new in 2016. Sunscreens on all windows. Wood laminate flooring installed in 2014. Spacious kitchen with center island opens up to a large great room!

Listed with Realty Executives


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$264,999 :: 2323 E MANOR Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,353 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 12/13/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5698091
Community: MANOR AT FINLEY FARMS UNIT 1
Tract: MANOR AT FINLEY FARMS UNIT 1
Status: Active


Gorgeous home sweet home in Gilbert! Soaring ceilings and custom wood floors throughout. Eat in kitchen is complete with a plethora of cabinets, ample counter space, and black appliances. Master suite has private exit to backyard and a ceiling fan. Full bathroom with room for dual sink vanity. Spacious walk in closet! Built in heavy duty Oak bar makes for a great home to entertain your guests! Backyard features an extended covered patio with sparkling pool and plenty of room for entertaining. North/South exposure and no immediate neighbors behind. Priced to sell and wont last in long in this highly desired area. Hurry and see it today!

Listed with KD Realty, LLC


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$424,500 :: 486 S Red Rock Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 06/24/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5624443
Community: Silverstone Ranch
Tract: Silverstone Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


Welcome to the Ranch at Silverstone! An equestrian lifestyle community! This beauty FEATURES, Boarding Stables for up to two horses incl in HOA!! Classic Travertine Tile (throughout except stairs/hall/bedrooms., Gas fireplace, TWO huge Master bdrm/ba. One Newly remodeled with over $50k in upgrades! Other master has an enormous sitting room. Bedroom 3 and 4 are oversized with Walk in Closets! Newly refinished Diving lap pool/spa, gas fire pit. 3 Car Garage, RV gate and oversized yard. Home backs to greenbelt/park/ramada and tot lot. Fry's on same corner, Target and Starbucks on opposite corner! This home is extremely clean and move in ready! A MUST SEE HOME AND COMMUNITY!

Listed with HomeSmart


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$249,900 :: 3293 E LOMA VISTA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,884 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 12/13/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5698070
Community: LYONS GATE PHASE 5
Tract: LYONS GATE PHASE 5
Status: Active


Your search is over! Fantastic Gilbert home on a Cul de Sac lot! Close to shopping, dining, and easy freeway access! Meticulously kept interior offers an open floor plan with a neutral color palette throughout. Roomy kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, ample counter space, and a large pantry. 3 spacious bedrooms + den with plush carpeting! Master has an adjoining bath and walk in closet. Relax in the serene backyard with a pergola style covered patio, lush green grass, and low care flora! This home is sure to go quick! Make it your first and last stop!

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$275,000 :: 4069 E WRANGLER Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,203 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 12/13/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5698068
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 2
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 2
Status: Active


Great home located in the Award-Winning neighborhood of Power Ranch!! Soaring ceilings and a formal living and dining room welcome you into the home. The open-concept main living area is great for entertaining and features a stone fireplace. Open eat-in kitchen offers an island, pantry, and Corian countertops. Conveniently located downstairs is a full bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs offer a split floor plan. Spacious master bedroom leads to the master bathroom with separate shower and tub, double sinks at the vanity, and walk-in closet. Down the hall are 2 more bedrooms, a full bathroom, and convenient upstairs laundry room. Large backyard features a covered patio and beautiful yard. Great investment opportunity!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$359,900 :: 155 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,518 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 10/04/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5668962
Community: ESTATES AT NORTH SHORE UNIT 2
Tract: ESTATES AT NORTH SHORE UNIT 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/28/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Move in ready, meticulously remodeled and maintained! Spacious 3 bedroom; office or 4th bedroom; 2.5 bath home. Granite Countertops in kitchen and all 3 baths. Skylights to bring light into the dark areas of the home .. laundry room, hall bath & office. Beautiful shutters on the front windows of the home. Many accessibility features including grab bars in the bath and shower, no interior steps, wide hallways and front entry door, roll in or walk in shower in the master with a seat. New A/C/heating in 2015. New patio cover roof in 2015. French door to the patio. Brick pavers on the patio. Citrus trees in back including lemon, orange and grapefruit. Quality move in ready home!!

Listed with Desert Life Real Estate Company


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$425,000 :: 1565 E STIRRUP Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,796 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,552 sq ft
Added: 10/09/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5671463
Community: SILVERSTONE RANCH
Tract: SILVERSTONE RANCH
Status: Active


HUGE SAVINGS on this Beautiful home in sought after Silverstone Ranch. This home has NEW paint inside and outas well as NEW flooring throughout the home. Huge lot, one of the biggest in Silverstone Ranch. This large lot gives you the opportunity to do whatever you desire. Create a tropical oasis, majorsports court, custom pool, all of the above, or whatever your heart desires. You have a massive blank canvas to work with!! Large master with sitting room, custom wall built-ins in living room,wet bar, and plantations shutters in all the right places. Just a great opportunity on this largehome on a spectacular lot. Come take a look before it is gone!!!

Listed with RE/MAX Excalibur


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$299,900 :: 1414 E VAUGHN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,494 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 11/08/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5685021
Community: ESQUIRE VILLAGE AMD
Tract: ESQUIRE VILLAGE AMD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/7/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Great home in the heart of Gilbert, centrally located off Val Vista and Elliot. Home has two brand new AC units and a sparkling pebble tec pool with waterfall. Spacious kitchen and open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Almost 2,500 sqft in Gilbert with a pool under 320K this home is priced to sell quickly.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$175,000 :: 1633 E LAKESIDE Drive #45, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 890 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5647117
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/16/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful townhouse in the highly desirable Val Vista Lakes Beach Club Village! Soaring ceilings and custom flooring throughout. Cozy fireplace in living room. Kitchen is complete with breakfast bar, a plethora of custom cabinets, and black/white appliances. Master suite has plush carpet with ceiling fan and picture window. 3/4 bathroom with single sink vanity. Single car attached garage. Balcony has plenty of room for entertaining. Resort living at apartment prices! This home is sure to go quick, so come see it today!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$220,000 :: 2741 S EQUESTRIAN Drive #103, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,330 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 12/11/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5697638
Community: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 2 CON
Tract: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 2 CON
Status: Active


Talk about Location - So close to San Tan Village Market Place, 202 Highway, Medical Facilities. Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, etc. Beautiful unit in upscale community with full amenities at reasonable price. Gently lived in townhouse in growing subdivision. Within close proximity to pool, spa, barbeque and more. Owner wants closing in 2018. Come take a look, great property. Recently has been professionally managed rental, could be opportunity to build portfolio or to live and enjoy this place to call home.

Listed with Entrust Realty


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