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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$875,000 :: 3064 E BLACKHAWK Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 3,998 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,474 sq ft
Added: 06/24/19, Last Updated: 06/24/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5937824
Community: ACACIA REPLAT
Tract: ACACIA REPLAT
Status: Active


*LUXURY LIVING*ALL THE UPGRADES*Beautiful Spacious Home* 5 BD*5 BA*4 Car Garage* RV Gate & Parking* Private Pool/Spa*Grilling Gazebo*Covered Patio*Separate Entertaining Spaces*LG Side Yard & Grass Areas For Outdoor Fun*Gated Community*Amazing Gourmet Kitchen W/ Beautiful Island*Upgraded Cabinets*Lg. Pantry & Laundry Areas - Perfectly Designed For Beauty & Function*Spa-Like Master Bath W/ Walk-In Shower*Huge Closets*Private Wing W/ 3 En-suites Bedrooms W/ Spacious Bathrooms & Closets* Huge Double French Doors Opens To Covered Patio Extending The Entertaining Area W/ The Outdoor Spaces* Many More Extras: It's A MUST SEE* GREAT HOME FOR A GREAT PRICE!! Make An Offer & Make It Yours!!

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$260,000 :: 1405 N IRONWOOD Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,122 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 06/24/19, Last Updated: 06/24/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5943677
Community: SUN VIEW ESTATES 1 LOT 1-84
Tract: SUN VIEW ESTATES 1 LOT 1-84
Status: Active


Don't miss out on this amazing investment home approximately 1.5 miles from Downtown Gilbert and no HOA! This gorgeous home has tile wood flooring throughout, updated kitchen with quartz countertops, soft close cabinets and drawers, and stainless steel appliances! Step out to the HUGE backyard perfect for entertaining with a covered patio. This home has been meticulously maintained and a rare find and is perfect to be continued as an investment property! Tenants are in place until February 2020.

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$614,000 :: 6202 S CLAIBORNE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,919 sq ft
Lot Size: 18,296 sq ft
Added: 06/24/19, Last Updated: 06/24/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5941533
Community: Shamrock Estates
Tract: Shamrock Estates
Status: Active


This exquisite home has nearly 5,000 square feet of beautiful and functional living space on a expansive, lush, cul-de-sac lot. Cool off this summer by floating in the salt river water diving pool or lounging under the pergola. Inside, the home has been meticulously maintained with fresh interior paint, updated bathrooms and new flooring throughout much of the home. In addition to the 4 bedrooms there is a huge loft AND gigantic game room, either which could be converted to more bedroom space if needed. The Master bedroom. The Master bedroom has a spectacular large closet. Tons of additional storage in the home, with a large pantry, walk in closets in all the bathrooms, plus cabinets in the game room and extra storage in the garage.

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$489,900 :: 2445 E NARROWLEAF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,704 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 05/25/19, Last Updated: 06/24/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5931081
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/24/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


5 BED | 3 FULL BATH | LOFT | 3 CAR GARAGE | POOL | ONE BEDROOM & BATHROOM DOWNSTAIRS! This beautiful home boasts oversized tile, new interior paint (including trim), new light fixtures, new faucets, and celling fans in every room. You will love the large bedrooms, loft, game room, laundry room and pantry. There is so much storage in this house. There is plenty of room to relax, play and hang in this 3,704 sq ft. property. The backyard is a tropical oasis. Soak up the AZ sun or BBQ and dine under the large patio. Schedule your showing today!

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$449,990 :: 650 W CANTEBRIA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,710 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 03/11/19, Last Updated: 06/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5894823
Community: WHITE FENCE ESTATES
Tract: WHITE FENCE ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/23/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Come experience this stunning gem in the heart of Gilbert...a fresh, newer, gated community minutes from Downtown Gilbert, the US60 & Loop 202 freeways, as well as incredible schools, new employment centers and exciting retail & dining. This bright and airy home has private courtyards & shady covered patios, tons of natural light through a wall of sliding glass in the great room, and an innovative floorplan with a loft, as well as a casita that's just perfect for guests, a home office, or your own art studio. With over $60K in upgrades from the builder, no detail is left unattended...from custom tile backsplashes & premium finishings in the kitchen & master bathroom to granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and tons of gorgeous cabinetry in the kitchen...this home has it all!!!

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$375,000 :: 3844 S BRIDAL VAIL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,136 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 06/23/19, Last Updated: 06/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5943764
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 7
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 7
Status: Active


Model Perfect Fulton home will not last long! This home is loaded with upgrades. Backyard oasis boasts a beautiful pool with water feature. Pool has removable fencing which will convey with the property. This home shows pride of ownership in every area - fresh paint throughout, upgraded flooring and carpet, large open floor plan with eat in kitchen. Kitchen boasts the highly sought after gas stove. 4 bedrooms will accommodate your buyers family and friends. Home is prewired for multiple TV's and outdoor entertaining area. This house has many wireless features-Nest thermostat and Rachio Wireless Irrigation control. The local schools are all A+ rated. The neighborhood and neighbors are incredible. Bring us your offers! Your clients will love this home. Owner occupied yet very easy to show.

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$273,000 :: 3931 E SAN REMO Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,283 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 06/14/19, Last Updated: 06/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5939732
Community: CAROL RAE RANCH
Tract: CAROL RAE RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/23/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Welcome to this charming 3 bed 2 bath home in Carol Rae Ranch! This home has vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom and living area that add an open airy feeling, stainless steel appliances in kitchen, spacious backyard with a covered patio, extra cabinets in the garage, a newer water heater, and much more! Come see this lovely, well-kept home. It will not last long!

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$285,000 :: 4119 E ENCINAS Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,539 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 06/17/19, Last Updated: 06/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5940762
Community: TOWNE MEADOWS AMD LOT 1-591 TR A
Tract: TOWNE MEADOWS AMD LOT 1-591 TR A
Status: Active


Sweet 3 Bedroom/2 Bath. Kitchen updated with Granite counters and Stainless Steel Maytag Appliances in 2018. Great Split floor plan. North/South exposure Fulton Home. Walking distance to all Public schools. Grassy, Treed backyard. Easy to maintain front yard.

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$1,009,075 :: 2765 E WILDHORSE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,504 sq ft
Added: 12/11/18, Last Updated: 06/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5856425
Community: SOMERSET - BELMONT PHASE 1
Tract: SOMERSET - BELMONT PHASE 1
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/23/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Located in Gilbert's Newest Master Planned, Gated Community - Somerset at Belmont. Single level 4,292 Sq. Ft., 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4 car tandem garage. 12' ceilings in open great room, kitchen & dining room. Kitchen has large island, large prep kitchen and walk in pantry. Wolf 48'' Gas range and Hood with 11'' infrared griddle, 6 burners & dual ovens. 42'' maple cabinets with 18'' stacked cabinets and crown included. Kohler fixtures. Master bath has tub & walk-in shower, dual sinks and large closet. Large courtyard/covered patio. Rinnai tankless water heater, energy efficient EMC spray foam insulation and LED lighting. Under Construction. Best Location in Gilbert! Minutes from Shopping, Freeway access, Discovery Park - Photos are renderings and/or of the Models.

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$439,900 :: 3556 E SPRING WHEAT Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,135 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 06/23/19, Last Updated: 06/23/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5943689
Community: LAKEVIEW TRAILS (SOUTHWEST) AT MORRISON RANCH
Tract: LAKEVIEW TRAILS (SOUTHWEST) AT MORRISON RANCH
Status: Active


Brand New 2019 Energy Star/IndoorAir Plus Fulton Homes in Morrison Ranch. 4 bedroom 3 bath plus a flex room with professionally selected interior upgrades. Granite countertops, White painted Cabinets, Plank Tile floors, and two-tone paint. Grass front yard landscaping included! Ceiling fans and Window blinds included! Fulton Homes - You're Proud to own, We're Proud to Build.

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