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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$250,000 :: 242 E LEAH Lane #1, Gilbert AZ, 85234

3 beds, 1.75 baths
Home size: 1,363 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725917
Community: SUN VIEW ESTATES 2 LOT 85-199
Tract: SUN VIEW ESTATES 2 LOT 85-199
Status: Active


NO HOA. Beautiful 3 bed 2 bath home that you can just bring your possessions and move in. Wood and tile floors through out. Kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances. Also features granite counter tops. The Arizona Rm is enclosed and screened in and ready for enjoying Arizona climate. Nice Mesa neighborhood with mature landscaping. Large pebble tech play pool for all summer enjoyment. Pool has pop ups and crawler. This property has a flat rate solar lease as part of the sale. Lease will need to be assumed by the buyer. No escalation clause. very energy efficient. The property also has RV gate and RV parking and NO HOA.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$185,000 :: 4082 E WINDSOR Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 967 sq ft
Lot Size: 435 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725899
Community: GARDENS PARCEL 5 CONDOMINIUM A
Tract: GARDENS PARCEL 5 CONDOMINIUM A
Status: Active


Here is a a very cute and clean townhome with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances with fridge and built in microwave. Granite countertops and cherry cabinets. Tile in family room and kitchen. attached garage with washer and dryer included. Community has pool, grass play field, basketball court, playground.

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC


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$467,000 :: 2863 E LONGHORN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,859 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/31/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5716942
Community: HIGLEY MANOR PHASE 1 AND 2
Tract: HIGLEY MANOR PHASE 1 AND 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/5/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Absolutely beautiful, Great Basin floor plan. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in the highly sought after Higley Manor Community. Inviting front courtyard which features an elegant wrought iron gate, leads you to a spacious open concept home. Upgraded accent wall in dining room greets you at the front door. Kitchen features well-appointed upgrades, such as a gourmet style set up with stainless steel appliances. Backyard features a beautiful koi pond and upgraded, low-maintenance landscaping. Home also features surround sound, OWNED solar panels to provide big savings on your energy bills, 3-car tandem garage, tubmled paver driveway, and so much more!

Listed with eXp Realty


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$360,000 :: 1282 E Parkview Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,824 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 12/02/17, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5694316
Community: Spectrum at Val Vista
Tract: Spectrum at Val Vista
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/8/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Gorgeous 5 bedroom 3 bath home in one of Gilbert's best neighborhoods! The gorgeous kitchen has been updated with white cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, & island trimmed out with custom shiplap woodworking. Upstairs linen closet is finished with custom white barnstyle doors. All bedrooms are very spacious & one has a built-in loft style bunk beds the kids will love! This immaculate home has been freshly painted inside & out. Seller will consider allowance for more cosmetic upgrades of buyer's choice with a great offer - MOTIVATED SELLER!!! You will enjoy the large front porch, which is so rare. Go Green with SOLAR POWER-offsetting about 75% of the electricity with an avg monthly bill of only $165! There is also a huge tandem 3 car garage perfect for man cave or shop.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix


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$229,000 :: 3851 E STANFORD Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,283 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 11/02/17, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5682503
Community: CAROL RAE RANCH
Tract: CAROL RAE RANCH
Status: Active


NEW FLOORING and freshly painted interior - Situated on a North/South lot in Carol Rae Ranch. This split floorplan features a large great room , vaulted ceilings throughout, Eat-In kitchen and large bar, Built in microwave, programmable thermostat, covered patio.

Listed with RE/MAX Desert Showcase


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$519,900 :: 3551 E WEATHER VANE Road, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,503 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 01/04/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5704389
Community: LAKEVIEW TRAILS NORTH AT MORRI
Tract: LAKEVIEW TRAILS NORTH AT MORRI
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/4/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Stunning Formal Model Home!! Loaded with the most amazing finishes & upgrades: 42'' Smoke-stained rustic maple cabinets w/ crown molding & hardware, engineered stone kitchen countertops w/ tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, designer interior paint throughout, luxurious bronze light fixtures, bath accessories & door hardware, tiled bathroom vanities & tub/shower surrounds, custom master closets, jetted master tub, custom front & backyard landscaping- Extended covered patio. Environments for Living ''Gold Standard'' for remarkable comfort, energy efficiency & environmental sustainability! Enjoy amenities: walking trails, green belts, parks, playgrounds, basketball & sand volleyball courts, catch & release fishing lakes.

Listed with Housso Realty


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$335,000 :: 1065 W Aspen Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,832 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 02/20/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725861
Community: CAYMAN SQUARE UNIT 1
Tract: CAYMAN SQUARE UNIT 1
Status: Active


SEE THE VIRTUAL TOUR! Look No Further You Found Your New Home In Cayman Square! Your 66% Single Story Neighborhood Greets Your Visit To This Gently Lived In Pool Side Home. 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths. North South Exposure Compliments Your Beautiful Pebble-Tec Pool. What A Great Kitchen! Soaring Nine Foot Ceilings, Lovely Spacious Cabinets & Pantry Space, Adjacent Fireplace Family Room For Your Gatherings, Plant Shelves, Formal Living And Dining room, Master Suite Situated At The Rear For Quiet Solitude, Double Sink Vanity In Master Bath, Sparkling Main Bath. Tile In All The Right Places, And Beautiful Wood Floors Elsewhere. All Just Minutes To Old Town Gilbert, Restaurants, Shopping, Banking & Other Services. Incredible Access to the US60 And A Short Drive To Tempe, Chandler, or Downtown Phoenix.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$244,850 :: 707 S MARTINIQUE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,370 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 01/19/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5711837
Community: COSTAIN AT THE ISLANDS REPLAT
Tract: COSTAIN AT THE ISLANDS REPLAT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/17/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Nicely Remodeled Home in Costain at The Islands - 2 Bedrooms plus open Den off the Great Room - Vaulted Ceilings in all rooms, Wood Laminate Floors thru-out (no carpet) - Granite Counters, Travertine Shower - Large Private Backyard with Artificial Turf - HOA includes front Landscape Maintenance , Community Pool and Spa plus all amenities of The Islands. (note: The county may have the incorrect square footage. Based on looking at other homes in the subdivision the actual size may be 1,262 sq ft)

Listed with United Real Estate Success


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$374,999 :: 1809 E INDIGO Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,696 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 12/29/17, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5702402
Community: SAN TAN ESTATES
Tract: SAN TAN ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/24/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


So many incredible and unique features to this home! You will immediately notice the upgraded flooring, elegant ceilings, and the modern great room floor plan. This home features a very highly upgraded kitchen with an upgraded appliance package, upgraded cabinets and counter tops, double ovens, large pantry and tons of storage! The master is huge and the master bath has double sinks, executive height vanities, a glass shower and large jetted tub! The other bedrooms on the main level are not only split, but even have their own den area and separate entrance. This unique floor plan also added a very unique optional upstairs guest suite, with its own loft, bedroom, bathroom, walk in closet and cabinet space! Sparkling pool and large lot. This home will go quick!

Listed with eXp Realty


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$504,500 :: 3608 E CHESTNUT Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,073 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 02/19/18, Last Updated: 02/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725796
Community: BRIDGES AT GILBERT PHASE 1 PAR
Tract: BRIDGES AT GILBERT PHASE 1 PAR
Status: Active


LARGE AND OPEN SINGLE LEVEL HOME WITH UPGRADED FINISHES THROUGHOUT. WOOD TONED TILE IN ALL WET AND COMMON AREAS, GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS, STAGGERED CABINETS AND EXECUTIVE ISLAND OVERLOOKING GREATROOM. MASTER BATH IS UPGRADED TOO WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND TILED SHOWER SURROUND WITH SHAMPOO NICHE. TWO ROOM CASITA PRIVATE BATH IN LIEU OF 3RD BAY GARAGE (ADDITIONAL SQ.FT. NOT REFLECTED IN COUNTY RECORDS). THIRD BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE AND FOURTH BEDROOM NEAR 4TH BATHROOM WITH DOUBLE SINKS. UPGRADES CONTINUE INTO THE BACKYARD WITH PAVERED COVERED BACK PATIO AND PATHWAYS, POOL AND HOT TUB AREA WITH TRAVERTINE DECK, MATCHING TRAVERTINE USED IN SUNKEN FIRE PIT WITH BUILT-IN SEATING AND GLASS ROCK. PAVERED PAD WITH GAS LINE READY FOR OUTDOOR KITCHEN AND GAZEBO. $100 Mil Regional Mega Park

Listed with Acacia Fine Homes


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