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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$334,900 :: 4301 E SAN REMO Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,521 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647505
Community: TOWNE MEADOWS
Tract: TOWNE MEADOWS
Status: Active


Welcome home! Stunning 2-story home located in Gilbert's Towne Meadows community featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a den! Kitchen features new stainless steel appliances, tons of cabinet space and beautiful countertops. Cozy living room with brick fireplace and exit to beautiful backyard with private pool! Den downstairs makes perfect game room or home office space! Upstairs master bedroom complete with full bathroom, large soaking tub, and walk-in closet! This gorgeous home is a must see - hurry in before it's gone!*Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection(attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs.*One or more employees or affiliates of OfferPad are licensed real estate agents*

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$265,900 :: 3670 E JANELLE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85298

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,665 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647488
Community: SEVILLE
Tract: SEVILLE
Status: Active


Wow! This one is calling out to you! Beautiful 1-story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Gilbert's Seville community! Nice tile flooring throughout living areas! Bonus room at entry makes great room for kids play area or even home office! Kitchen boasts of brand new stainless steel appliances, nice size kitchen island with breakfast bar, and pantry space! French door exit to covered patio and beautifully landscaped backyard! Master bedroom is complete with nice walk-in closet and full bathroom with dual vanity! You do not want to miss this one - hurry in today!*Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection(attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs.

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$523,000 :: 1784 E PARK Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,541 sq ft
Lot Size: 31,363 sq ft
Added: 07/14/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5633563
Community: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
Tract: VAL VISTA MEADOWS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/15/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


Come see one of the most Amazing homes in all of Gilbert!! SELLING BELOW APPRAISED VALUE!!! You pick we pay! Seller has agreed to a $6000 allowance for carpet, paint or whatever you want! This home is situated on one of the biggest lots in the area! ( 3/4 acre) The game room is massive!!! Soaring ceilings, formal living-dining room, fireplace, a large loft are just the beginning of what this home has to offer. The gorgeous kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, NEW Quartz countertops, pantry, and a island with breakfast bar. Inside the downstairs master bedroom you will find a lavish bath, double sink, separate tub & shower. The EXPANSIVE backyard features an extended covered patio, huge grassy area, paved seating area, a refreshing sparkling! pool!!!

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$269,900 :: 1333 W PAGE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,509 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 07/21/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5636406
Community: TOWNE PARK AT NORTH SHORE
Tract: TOWNE PARK AT NORTH SHORE
Status: Active


This gorgeous 3 bed, 2 bath property located in a premium corner lot in Gilbert is the one you have been looking for. Just seconds from McQueen District Park, minutes from Downtown Gilbert and quick access to the freeway. This single level floor plan offers fresh new paint, new carpet, new energy efficient LED lighting throughtout, a family room with cozy fireplace, a lovely kitchen with brand new granite counters and backsplash, new stainless steel appliances, new fixtures, and plenty of cabinetry. Inside the master bedroom you will find a lavish full bath with double sink, and a closet. Enjoy the amazing backyard complete with a paved patio, seating area, and a refreshing pool perfect for entertaining.

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$1,200,000 :: 3039 E BELLFLOWER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

5 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 5,359 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647459
Community: ACACIA REPLAT
Tract: ACACIA REPLAT
Status: Active


Enjoy the breath taking San Tan Mountain views in the pool at the swim up bar or by the fire pit. This beautiful basement home is highly upgraded beyond the MODEL recently sold in this gated community. Open floor plan with over $400,000 in upgrades including gourmet kitchen with GE monogram appliances, travertine and beautiful hard wood flooring, knotty alder cabinets and plantation shutters throughout. Fruit trees and a fabulous herb garden located on the west side of the home make lovely ingredients for cooking in this beautiful gourmet kitchen. Located near the Seville Golf Community.

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$309,900 :: 3440 E WILDHORSE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,019 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647474
Community: SAN TAN RANCH
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH
Status: Active


Welcome home! Beautiful 2-story home on HUGE lot in Gilbert's desirable San Tan Ranch community! This home is MOVE-IN READY with brand new plush, custom carpeting and fresh new two-toned paint throughout! Kitchen showcases lots of cabinet and countertop space with brand new stainless steel appliances. Living area is bright and open with sliding glass door exit to beautifully landscaped backyard and pool for your own private backyard oasis! Upstairs master bedroom is complete with nice size walk-in closet and full on-suite bathroom with dual vanity and features access to balcony overlooking backyard! You're not going to want to miss this one - make it yours today!*One or more employees or affiliates of OfferPad are licensed real estate agents*

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$325,000 :: 849 E Rawhide Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,055 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647477
Community: Yellow Rose Ranch
Tract: Yellow Rose Ranch
Status: Active


BUILDER CLOSING OUT. This is a spec home. Build time will be approx.8-9 months.New build, semi custom, upgraded spec home. Granite & Tile included, 2 X 6 Construction,blown in cellulose insulation, Energy Star Home. 1.2 miles from swinging downtown Gilbert, and one mile from Freestone Park, close to 2 major freeways See Pinon model & pictures of home via viphomes.com website. Located just 25 yards west of private park w/ playground, basketball court & picnic area. Quiet street w/ cul de sac, east facing lot. Single level, semi custom home with ability to upgrade. THIS WILL GO FAST !

Listed with Network Realty


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$429,000 :: 1512 E Galveston Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,284 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 07/31/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5640373
Community: Ashland Ranch
Tract: Ashland Ranch
The price of this listing was last increased on 8/10/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Location, Location!, Location! Exceptional Ashland Ranch property in the heart of Gilbert! Right down the street from San Tan Mall! All the shopping, entertainment and restaurants that you can imagine! Easy access to the 202 Freeway with an Elementary school in the middle of the subdivision! Home has an open floor plan, soaring vaulted ceilings and a beautiful gas fireplace. The 1st floor offers a large bonus room/ 5th BR... Great for the in laws or visiting guest! Plenty of storage and large walk-in closets too! Kitchen features a large custom island with Newer stainless steel appliances. A Large loft completes this home. This home has NO Neighbors behind and offers a gorgeous landscaped, front and back lawn, private pool, RV gate all on a huge 11,400 soft lot! Come see for your self

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$250,000 :: 3803 E JASPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,037 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,484 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647358
Community: RAY RANCH 3
Tract: RAY RANCH 3
Status: Active


Move in ready home on premium end lot overlooking the greenbelt. Travertine look tile through out first floor except for the office. Spacious open kitchen and family room area with walk out patio makes for a great entertaining space. Beautiful kitchen with upgraded 42'' cabinets, granite counters with raised breakfast bar and double door pantry. Upstairs includes a large loft big enough for a tv/gaming area, spacious master suite with a big walk in closet, dual sink vanity, soaking tub and separate shower, 2 nice size secondary bedrooms and roomy upstairs laundry. Community pool, walking/biking paths and kids play area. Quick commute to 202, San Tan Mall, Dining, Entertainment, Williams Gateway Airport, Mercy and MD Anderson Hospital and more

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$439,900 :: 406 E PRINCETON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,604 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 08/14/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5646524
Community: COLLEGE PARK COUNTRY ESTATES U
Tract: COLLEGE PARK COUNTRY ESTATES U
Status: Active


We have all been talking about it--Gilbert is the place to be! And you can't find a better location than right here! A complete remodel down to the studs in 2014, this home is beautiful inside and out. This one level ranch style home is overflowing with charm and functionality. Not only will you have a beautifully spacious lot perfect for entertaining, you also have fantastic space inside as well. A large family room and kitchen/dining area allows for plenty of guests or a budding family. And, you have split master bedrooms! Literally minutes away from Gilbert Rd, you will find yourself in restaurant heaven! You simply cannot lose with this property.

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