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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$399,000 :: 2892 E PALMDALE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,368 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 02/13/20, Last Updated: 07/12/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6036411
Community: SEVILLE
Tract: SEVILLE
Status: Active


Single story, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, den, and 3 car garage home in Seville is situated on a corner lot and has close proximity to restaurants, shopping, park amenities, medical facilities, and major freeways. Open and spacious floor plan with one original owner that has shown great pride in maintaining this home now and for its future new homeowner. This home features upgraded designer 9+ foot ceiling in family room and living room, extended RV gate, upgraded light fixtures, additional interior and exterior outlets, wood plantation shutters, wood blinds, entertainment media center, tile flooring in high traffic rooms, and carpet in bedrooms. Kitchen includes a huge and upgraded gorgeous granite counter top island to accommodate family/friend gatherings and entertainment.

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$325,000 :: 3577 E HARWELL Road, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,316 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 06/10/20, Last Updated: 07/12/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6089100
Community: Cameron Ranch Lot 185, Maricopa County MCR 77846
Tract: Cameron Ranch Lot 185, Maricopa County MCR 77846
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/10/2020 by 3%
Status: Active


Don't miss this stunning completely remodeled Gilbert house; 3 bedroom 2 bath single level newly built in 2007; located in a quiet neighborhood close to hospital, freeway, and shopping; newly installed modern quartz kitchen counter tops with beautiful back splash tiles, Stainless steel appliances with newer refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and brand new stove; newly installed master double sink vanity and new counter in guest bath; all new faucets; newly painted interior with luxurious water-proof flooring throughout the entire house, Bedrooms are split to allow for maximum privacy to you and guests. This house is ready for move-in.

Listed with Mountain Lake Realty


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


$309,990 :: 1732 E LOMA VISTA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,617 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 07/12/20, Last Updated: 07/12/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6101697
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 1
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 1
Status: Active


Professional Photos Will Be Added Sunday When Listing Goes Live. Welcome to this move-in ready home with 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths, spacious loft, balcony and 2 car garage. Feel right at home with the open eat- in kitchen equipped with Stainless steel appliances and granite counters. A well appointed home with updating already done for your Buyers!!! Desert front yard and oversize stone bordered backyard with a lawn for the children to play. A garden area, mature trees that offer privacy, and comfort. Extended patio of pavers Office/playroom area upstairs, 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bath. Comfortable Master with balcony. Easy move in, just waiting for your buyer's personal touch. Close to San Tan Mall, Top Golf, restaurants and entertainment. Easy access to freeways. Additional Updates Continue Reading

Listed with Kenneth James Realty


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$775,000 :: 5166 S PONDEROSA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,467 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
Added: 07/09/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6099880
Community: BRIDGES EAST PARCEL 2-6
Tract: BRIDGES EAST PARCEL 2-6
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/11/2020 by 3%
Status: Active


Come check out this LUXURIOUS home in the highly desired community The Bridges!!! Upgrades galore in this 3400 sq foot dream house! Entertain with this incredible gourmet kitchen or relax in your beautiful gated courtyard. With 4 beds, 3.5 baths, study, command center, formal dining and 4' extended 3 car garage, this home is nothing less then perfect. Open floor plan with light and bright tones throughout the home give a fresh feeling. Master bathroom boasts floor to ceiling tile and a walk in shower. This home is a one of kind beauty!!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$420,000 :: 4208 E PAGE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,562 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 07/11/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6102154
Community: HIGHLAND GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH
Tract: HIGHLAND GROVES AT MORRISON RANCH
Status: Active


Outstanding 4 bdrm 3 bath corner lot home w/upstairs loft that has AMAZING views of the greenbelt & mountains from the windows! The greenbelt opens up to a playground & lakes in Morrison Ranch! The upgrades this home with: brand new carpet, custom Plantation Shutters, 3CM slab granite counters,, upgraded SS Gas range w/double oven, Bosh dishwasher & upgraded raised panel maple cabinets w/crown molding, upgraded light fixtures & fans, upgraded basket wrought iron stair railing, stone fireplace w/wood mantel, surround sound & speakers in family rm, & speakers in dining rm & owner's suite. Backyard is set up for your entertainment needs featuring a Pergola w/stone pillars & fireplace, a stone BBQ Island w/sink, refrigerator & bar. Newer garage door. You will love enjoying entertaining friends

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$319,900 :: 3626 E Larson Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,661 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 07/07/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6099856
Community: Cooley Station Phase 2
Tract: Cooley Station Phase 2
The price of this listing was last increased on 7/11/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful 3bd/2.5bth home in the desirable Cooley Station community of Gilbert! This functional floorplan features high ceilings and attractive tile and it really has that ''light, bright and open'' feel. The kitchen features tall, modern cabinets, refrigerator, built-in microwave, black appliances, pantry and recessed can lighting. The master bedroom comes with twin sinks and a walk-in closet. Some of the other features include a small loft area, inside laundry room, 2'' blinds and dual pane windows. The low-maintenance backyard features attractive synthetic grass and a covered patio. The community has a green belt / playground area and a community pool. The HOA takes care of the front yard landscaping so the neighborhood always looks crisp and manicured! Come take a look!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$395,000 :: 3684 E VEST Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,684 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 06/01/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6083822
Community: COOLEY STATION PARCEL 15 PHASE 1
Tract: COOLEY STATION PARCEL 15 PHASE 1
Status: Active


Get ready to fall in love with this gorgeous and spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Gilbert! The remarkable curb appeal and luscious grass will invite you in! Inside the home, there is neutral tile and carpet throughout as well as arched entryways that make a statement! Your den is an excellent space for an at-home office! The great room is where you'll spend all of your time entertaining guests! Your beautiful kitchen showcases granite countertops, oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop and a large island with a breakfast bar! The walk-in pantry provides extra storage. You also have a bonus room downstairs! Upstairs, you'll find a loft as well as all of your bedrooms. The spacious master suite features a walk-in closet, double sink vanity, large walk-in

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$339,000 :: 999 E RANCH Road, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,002 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 07/11/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6102274
Community: Lindsay and Warner
Tract: Lindsay and Warner
Status: Active


Lister is related to seller. This home is upgraded to the MAX-MAX-MAX. Custom touches throughout-maybe the only home in the subdivision with Spa-Pool. Beautiful shiplap wood wall-rich wood-look laminate liv/kitchen-wall mount fireplace-both living & garage 'Man Cave'. (Did I say Man-Cave?) Double WOW! A/C blows cold-works great. See the stunning Country Kitchen white cabinets/decor accent shelving-decorator goodies everywhere. Even a custom child-safe gate-keeps the little ones off the stairs to increase safety. It's all here-just move right in-tile counters in kitchen? Yes! Custom built-in BBQ & Fire Pit to enjoy while Family is taking a cool dip in Spa-Pool? Yes! Garage Man-Cave epoxy floor-fuel fireplace-a room for game night w/''Buddies''. You SEE this home-you WANT this home.

Listed with My Home Group 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/!


$559,000 :: 1338 N BONITO Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,294 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,504 sq ft
Added: 07/11/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6102251
Community: ARROWPOINT
Tract: ARROWPOINT
Status: Active


LOCATION .LOCATION .LOCATION THIS HOUSE HAS IT ALL AND MORE..PRIVATE 1/3 ACRE HOMESITE 4 BED 2.5 BATHS PLUS A HOME OFFICE ,MODERN KITCHEN OFFERS AN OVERSIZED ISLAND WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOP , HOME FEATURES 3 LARGE SECONDARY BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS AND NEW REMODELED FULL BATH, OVERSIZED LOFT OVERLOOKS THE DOWNSTAIRS LIVING AREA AND PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE BACKYARD BALCONY HAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR POOL TABLE OR HOME THEATER. DOWNSTAIRS MASTER BOASTS A NEW REMODELED FULL BATH WITH PRIVATE ACCESS TO BACK PATIO PHENOMENAL BACKYARD PROVIDES A LARGE GRASSY AREA GREAT FOR PLAY AREA OR PETS. THE SPARKLING POOL FEATURES A WATERFALL AND ATTACHED SPA. PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING COMPLETE WITH SPEAKERS THROUGHOUT THE HOME AND PATIO .A DOG RUN WITH CUSTOM DOG HOUSE. GARAGE CABINETS.

Listed with ProSmart Realty


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$325,000 :: 2086 E LINDRICK Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,569 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 07/11/20, Last Updated: 07/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6102215
Community: ADORA TRAILS PARCEL 2A
Tract: ADORA TRAILS PARCEL 2A
Status: Active


Great curb appeal for this lovely 4 bed, 2 bath home. Enter to a spacious open floor plan with diagonally tiled floors, vaulted ceilings and soft color palette. The eat-in kitchen has cherry cabinets, beautiful granite counters, black appliances and a center island. Sizable secondary bedrooms have carpet & ceiling fans. Inside laundry. The backyard has a covered patio and lots of room for you to create your own oasis! Easy access to schools, shopping and freeways. Community amenities!

Listed with Arizona Elite Properties


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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