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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$369,000 :: 1354 S LA ARBOLETA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,321 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5776741
Community: SETTLER'S MEADOW
Tract: SETTLER'S MEADOW
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/20/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


This is a great home that just needs some TLC. Nothing major, just the normal cosmetic items, some flooring, exterior painting and some interior painting, pool plaster & cool decking. Buy this home at this ridiculous low price of $114 SF and make improvements and have instant equity. This home also makes a great rental due to the size, number of bedrooms and pool. **Limited photos due to a current tenant in place but if interested in seeing more photos just go to history and view photos from last time home was listed MLS #5421899**. Nice kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace in family room and a cool double entry staircase. Den downstairs with door could make potential 5th bdrm. Close to Gilbert's Heritage District (restaurant row), parks, grocery stores and shopping

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$345,900 :: 4279 E PONY Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,420 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 06/01/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5773892
Community: FINCHER FIELDS AT COOLEY STATI
Tract: FINCHER FIELDS AT COOLEY STATI
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/20/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Truly beautiful family home. Spacious and grand entry foyer leads you into an open concept living/dining/kitchen area. The kitchen boasts all newer appliances, granite counters and a walk in pantry! There is an office and powder room on the first floor too. The tremendous loft welcomes you to the second floor. There is enough room for an adult space and play area for the children. The Master Suite is stunning with two walk in closets. Two additional bedrooms and the Laundry Room are on the second floor as well. Easy care side patio downstairs and the HOA takes care of your front yard. A fabulous community to call home.

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$439,900 :: 1699 E HEARNE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,950 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782776
Community: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
Tract: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
Status: Active


Gorgeous Remodeled Single Story 5 Bed/3 Bath home located in Val Vista Meadows. Fabulous Floor Plan. New Wood Plank Tile Floors thru-out home with carpet in the secondary bedrooms. Gorgeous Kitchen open to the Greatroom featuring Espresso Cabinets, New Graniteslab Countertops, SS Appliances, New RO, Walk-In Pantry, Breakfast Bar & Eating Area. This wonderful family home also offers a Formal Living & Dining Room, Den or Play Room, Split Master Suite complete with Ensuite, Dual Sinks, Sep Tub & Shower, Water Closet, & Huge Custom Walk-In Closet. Surround Sound, Two-toned Paint & Ceiling Fans thru-out. N/S Backyard is a Tropical Paradise with Heated Pebble Tec Pool, Waterfall, Built-In BBQ, Artificial Turf & Fruit Trees. Across from beautiful greenbelt. Great Gilbert location w/Easy Access

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$584,990 :: 2649 E KESLER Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,035 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 03/05/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5732053
Community: GRAYSTONE
Tract: GRAYSTONE
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/20/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Note: New construction, NOT STARTED yet, still time to personalize all finishes! Impressive 4 bedroom / 3.5 bath home with den, bonus room, formal dining room and 3-car garage. Well-appointed kitchen includes granite countertops, 42'' maple cabinets w/ crown molding, stainless steel whirlpool appliances including 36'' gas cooktop, undercabinet hood, wall oven/microwave combo and dishwasher. Other features include 10' and 11' ceilings, 5-1/4'' baseboards and tiled floors at entry, kitchen, pantry, valet, all bathrooms and laundry room, paver driveways and much more! Energy Star home for remarkable comfort, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability!

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$649,990 :: 2733 E Kesler Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 5,728 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 10/04/17, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5669184
Community: Graystone
Tract: Graystone
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/20/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Note: New construction, NOT STARTED yet, still time to personalize all finishes! Impressive 5 bedroom / 4 bath / 2 powder baths two-story home with study, bonus room, first floor guest/generational suite, and 4-car tandem garage. Well-appointed kitchen includes granite countertops, 42'' maple cabinets w/ crown molding, stainless steel whirlpool appliances including 36'' gas cooktop, undercabinet hood, wall oven/microwave combo and dishwasher. Other features include 10' and 11' ceilings, 5-1/4'' baseboards and tiled floors at entry, kitchen, pantry, valet, all bathrooms and laundry room, paver driveways and much more! Energy Star home, for remarkable comfort, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability!

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$425,000 :: 2444 E HAMPTON Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,708 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782770
Community: VINCENZ
Tract: VINCENZ
Status: Active


Looking For your Dream Home? Here it is! Spacious 4 bed 3-full bath home w/ LOFT in a Desirable Neighborhood. Guest/in-law suite bedroom. Large Master Bedroom with en-suite Bathroom, Large Walk-in Closets in several bedrooms. Gourmet Kitchen that has Upgraded cabinets, and beautiful Granite counter-tops with Large Island, and Butler Pantry. 20-inch diagonal tile in main areas. Wood blinds throughout the house along with SUN SHADES on the windows. Need extra GARAGE SPACE, 3 & 1/2 cars big, with Custom Storage Cabinets and EPOXY FLOORS. RESORT Style Backyard, Extended Covered Patio with built in INFRARED BBQ. Beautiful BEADCRETE Play POOL with Baja Step. Several Mature Fruit Trees to enjoy. Great Freeway Access to 202. Minutes from Shopping, Restaurants, Parks, and Schools. and SO MUCH MORE!

Listed with West USA Realty


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$245,000 :: 695 W COCHISE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,662 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782742
Community: NEELY RANCH
Tract: NEELY RANCH
Status: Active


ATTENTION INVESTORS! This is a perfect fix & flip house in a great location in Neely Ranch! Neighborhood is quaint and quiet. Only 2 miles to all the shops & restaurants in downtown Gilbert. Corner lot with beautiful walking/biking path across the side street. House has great bones with a large living room, dual pane windows, and an A/C unit in great condition that's approximately 10 years old. Tile roof in good shape except for about 1 sq. ft. damage at the very end of one side. All interior doors are 6-panel. So mostly just the typical items will need to be renovated (paint, flooring, counters, sinks, etc.). Cash offers only.

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$279,900 :: 3446 E ORCHID Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,989 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782735
Community: HIGLEY PARK AMD
Tract: HIGLEY PARK AMD
Status: Active


Pristine move-in ready home in Higley Park! This 3 bed/2.5 bath home features high ceilings, neutral colors, and ample natural light. The kitchen includes all appliances, granite countertops, pantry, and an island. The large master suite boasts french doors, double sinks in the bathroom, separate tub/shower, and an enormous walk-in closet. All this in a spectacular family-friendly Gilbert neighborhood. Welcome home!

Listed with Lanier Real Estate, LLC


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$424,900 :: 2686 E CARLA VISTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,269 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782587
Community: GATEWAY RANCH
Tract: GATEWAY RANCH
Status: Active


Come see this amazing 5BR/2.5Bath split floorplan home in Gilbert. Tiled entry opens to formal dining/living room with large windows overlooking the backyard. Large eat-in kitchen overlooks the family room. Granite counter tops, tiled backsplash and plenty of cabinet and counter space is perfect for entertaining. Spacious Master bedroom features a sliding glass door to the covered patio. Ensuite with dual sinks, walk-in closet and separate shower/tub. Secondary bedrooms are generously sized. Beautiful covered patio with pavers and built in BBQ. Schedule your showing today!

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$434,900 :: 4063 E PARK Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,978 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 06/19/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782581
Community: HIGHLAND GROVES AT MORRISON RA
Tract: HIGHLAND GROVES AT MORRISON RA
Status: Active


Amazing upgraded 2-story home featuring 4BRs/2.5 bath plus swimming pool! Entry opens to large living/formal dining room. Nice open eat in kitchen boasts granite countertops, maple cabinets, black appliances and breakfast bar. Spacious family room with built in TV cabinet. Head upstairs to a large Master bedroom with private sitting room which can be used as an office, private balcony, ensuite with separate shower/tub. Secondary bedrooms are generously sized and have ample closet space. All this plus a private backyard with covered patio and pool perfect for the year round Arizona weather!

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