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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$280,000 :: 4536 E STRAWBERRY Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,407 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 08/14/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5806881
Community: MEADOWBROOK VILLAGE AT POWER R
Tract: MEADOWBROOK VILLAGE AT POWER R
Status: Active


Impeccable 3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1407 square feet in the highly desirable 55+ community of Trilogy at Power Ranch. Ideal north/south exposure lot with beautiful curb appeal,and spacious backyard,with low maintenance desertscape. Inside you will find a well maintained home,turn key ready!The kitchen has stunning granite counters,plenty of counter space and cabinets,a large island,good size eat-in area. Convenient split floor plan with master bedroom on one side of the home,and the other two bedrooms with guest bathroom on the other side...perfect for hosting guests!The master bathroom has double sinks and a walk in closet.Trilogy is a wonderful active adult community with so many amenities including picklball,tennis courts,swimming pools,a public golf course. Hurry!

Listed with HomeSmart


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$339,900 :: 3951 E BARANCA Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,309 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 08/08/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5804006
Community: CORONADO RANCH PARCEL 3
Tract: CORONADO RANCH PARCEL 3
Status: Active


HIGHLY DESIRABLE CORONADNO RANCH**FRESHLY PAINTED INTERIOR**CARPETS AND TILE STEAMED CLEANED AND PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED**2 INCH MINI BLINDS/VERTICALS

Listed with A.M. Realty & Property Management


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$299,876 :: 3065 E RIDGEWOOD Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,675 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 08/14/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5806810
Community: SEVILLE
Tract: SEVILLE
Status: Active


Seville Golf & Country Club, in Gilbert, AZ for under $300,000! Three bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, with a two car garage and a north/south exposure make this an ideal home for someone. Open kitchen features granite counters, upgraded cabinets, stainless appliances including a gas range. Kitchen opens to great room and dining area for easy socializing. 18' ceramic tile, set on a diagonal, in all major walking areas. Carpet in bedrooms. Ceiling fans in great room and all three bedrooms. Bedrooms are split. Master bathroom has separate shower and tub. Large covered patio overlooks a backyard that will be ideal for a private swimming pool, putting green, or many other possibilities. Backyard shed remains with home. Owner installed a 5 camera exterior security system that remains with home.

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$369,900 :: 1975 E MIA Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,220 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 08/14/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5806712
Community: SAN TAN ESTATES
Tract: SAN TAN ESTATES
Status: Active


Beautiful, well-maintained 3 bed (plus den)/ 2 bath single level home in the popular San Tan Estates! Delightful curb appeal w/ front covered patio. Upgrades throughout including plantation shutters, security door & striking ceiling to floor stone gas fireplace. All tile home w/ spacious bedrooms & large closets. Gorgeous kitchen w/ SS appliances, pristine cabinetry, granite counters, custom tile backsplash & island. Great master suite w/ private door to patio, master bath w/ dual sinks, soaking tub, shower, private toilet & huge walk in closet. NEW WATER HEATER is a huge plus! GORGEOUS BACKYARD w/ sparkling pool w/ water fall feature, pavers, garden & perfectly placed landscaping. NO NEIGHBORS directly in front or behind home is a bonus! Walking distance to Perry High School.

Listed with Rachael Richards Realty


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$285,000 :: 4597 E WALNUT Road, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,332 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 08/14/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5806695
Community: Trilogy at POWER RANCH 3
Tract: Trilogy at POWER RANCH 3
Status: Active


Excellent buy in Trilogy at Power Ranch! Manicured corner lot home with common area behind means only one neighbor. You have a view of the mountains from the back patio along with a fully fenced back yard! New A/C in 2016 with 10 year warranty, new carpeting just installed in bedrooms/hallway, nearly new front load washer and dryer. Stainless steel kitchen appliances and plantation shutters. Trilogy is a vibrant active adult golf community with a clubhouse, new gym and workout center, ballroom, two pools, bocce ball, tennis and pickle ball. Lots of common areas and park areas. The Slate restaurant and lounge is a privately owned full service on site restaurant and lounge. You will enjoy all of these amenities from one of the nicest properties in Trilogy under $300,000.

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$365,000 :: 3454 E APPLEBY Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,087 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 08/14/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5806680
Community: BRIDGES AT GILBERT PHASE 1 PAR
Tract: BRIDGES AT GILBERT PHASE 1 PAR
Status: Active


You'll love this beautiful one-owner home in the Bridges at Gilbert offering 4 bedrooms & 3 baths in 2087 SqFt. Great room floor plan with 3 bedrooms & laundry upstairs & 1 bedroom downstairs perfect for guests. The kitchen is nicely finished & features maple cabinetry with crown molding, granite countertops, stainless appliances, gas cook top, built-in double ovens, tile backsplash and pantry. Sliding doors lead out to the large backyard with covered patio, additional paver patio and artificial grass for kids & pets to play on. The master retreat has a private bath with dual sink vanity, super shower & walk-in closet. Other features include a 2 car garage w/service door, tile & carpet flooring throughout, ceiling fans, natural light & much more. Washer & Dryer included, too! See today!

Listed with Keller Williams Arizona Realty


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$424,590 :: 3531 E SILO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,343 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 07/30/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5800168
Community: LAKEVIEW TRAILS (SOUTHWEST) AT
Tract: LAKEVIEW TRAILS (SOUTHWEST) AT
The price of this listing was last increased on 8/14/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Brand NEW Energy-Efficient home ready November 2018! The Amber home has an open floorplan with a very comfortable great room. The large laundry room is located off owners entry. This home features a very large den that can serve as formal dining. Beautiful front patio pavers and a N/S exposure. Lakeview Trails at Morrison Ranch part of more than 400 acres of pedestrian friendly greenbelts, tree lined streets and plenty of open space. Fabulous shopping, dining, within 5 minutes of the San Tan Village Shopping area, close to revitalized downtown Gilbert Rd, near Big League Dreams baseball park,Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Known for our energy saving features, our homes help you live a healthier and quieter lifestyle, while saving you thousands ofdollars on utility bills.

Listed with Meritage Homes of Arizona, Inc


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$418,590 :: 3458 E BOOT TRACK Trail, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,343 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 08/07/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5803462
Community: LAKEVIEW TRAILS (SOUTHWEST) AT
Tract: LAKEVIEW TRAILS (SOUTHWEST) AT
The price of this listing was last increased on 8/14/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Brand NEW Energy-Efficient home ready December 2018! Beautiful 3 bedroom plus den Amber features an open floor-plan with a very comfortable great room, 10' ceilings 2.5 baths plus a large laundry room located off owner's entry. Lakeview Trails at Morrison Ranch part of more than 400 acres of pedestrian friendly greenbelts, tree lined streets and plenty of open space. Fabulous shopping, dining, within 5 minutes of the San Tan Village Shopping area, close to revitalized downtown Gilbert Rd, near Big League Dreams baseball park, Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Known for our energy saving features, our homes help you live a healthier and quieter lifestyle, while saving you thousands of dollars on utility bills.

Listed with Meritage Homes of Arizona, Inc


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


$365,490 :: 653 N ABALONE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,221 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,484 sq ft
Added: 07/13/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5793292
Community: MCQUEEN LANDING
Tract: MCQUEEN LANDING
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/14/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


The Newport home offers three bedrooms, three and one-half bathroom, two-car garage and loft. Experience an open layout where the great room, dining room and kitchen seamlessly connect. The gorgeous kitchen island offers plenty of counter space to create an ideal prep area or secondary dining place. From the kitchen you can enjoy convenient access to the covered patio to make outdoor entertaining easy. Located on the second floor are two secondary bedrooms and two secondary bathrooms, allowing each bedroom to have access to its own bathroom. Also upstairs is the elegant master's suite with a spacious bedroom and a spa-inspired bathroom with dual sinks, linen space, large walk-in closet and shower. A PUBLIC REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.

Listed with Lennar Sales Corp


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$346,990 :: 651 N ABALONE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,046 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,484 sq ft
Added: 08/02/18, Last Updated: 08/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5801623
Community: MCQUEEN LANDING
Tract: MCQUEEN LANDING
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/14/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


The Pomona home offers three bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms, two-car garage and loft. Experience an open layout where the great room, dining room and kitchen seamlessly connect. The gorgeous kitchen island offers plenty of counter space to create an ideal prep area or secondary dining place. From the great room you can enjoy the convenient access to the covered patio to make outdoor entertaining easy. Located on the second floor are two secondary bedrooms and bathroom. Also upstairs is the elegant master suite with a spacious bedroom and spa-inspired bathroom with dual sinks, linen closet, large walk-in closet and shower. A PUBLIC REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.

Listed with Lennar Sales Corp


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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