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 :: 1446 E LAUREL Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,375 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969823
Community: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Tract: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Status: Active


Beautifully updated home and shows like a model. Updates include: new porcelain plank, wood look tile flooring throughout, new interior paint throughout, new quartz counter tops, cabinets updated (painted), new baseboards (all in 2018). You will not be disappointed, so come and see this fabulous, move-in ready home. Conveniently located near US 60, Dana Ranch, and Fry's grocery store. Walking distance to the recreation center and Freestone Park. Community pool, children's playground, basketball and tennis courts. Walking path behind community .... ride your bike along the path to downtown Gilbert. Welcome home.... Buyers to verify schools

Listed with Realty Executives


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$254,000 :: 240 W JUNIPER Avenue #1189, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,138 sq ft
Lot Size: 436 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5969798
Community: VIA SORENTO CONDOMINIUM AMD
Tract: VIA SORENTO CONDOMINIUM AMD
Status: Active


LOCATION!! LOCATION!! LOCATION!! 5 min walk to the downtown Gilbert District!This condo is brand new.. the sellers occupied for less 30 days total. This unit offers the builders best upgrades including SS appliances, granite, cabinets, title flooring and blinds. This open dining and living area offers vaulted ceilings, a great balcony, and neutral paint throughout. The brand new couch and bedset are included!

Listed with The Real Estate Firm


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$341,000 :: 399 W AMOROSO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,251 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969790
Community: WHISPER GROVE LOT 1-60 TR A-D
Tract: WHISPER GROVE LOT 1-60 TR A-D
Status: Active


This Gilbert one-story home offers tile flooring, stainless steel appliances, a covered back patio, and a two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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$312,000 :: 929 W SUN COAST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,667 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969794
Community: CHARTER POINT AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-54 TR A
Tract: CHARTER POINT AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-54 TR A
Status: Active


This Gilbert two-story corner lot home offers an in-ground pool, vaulted ceilings, granite kitchen countertops, and a two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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$450,000 :: 2745 E MICHELLE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,318 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969773
Community: BASELINE AND HIGLEY
Tract: BASELINE AND HIGLEY
Status: Active


ABSOLUTELY STUNNING HIGH-END HOME WITH A GOURMET CHEF'S KITCHEN! MASSIVE ISLAND WITH A 6 BURNER GAS RANGE IN THE CENTER, A BEAUTIFUL LARGE 48'' BUILT IN CHEF'S HOOD, DUAL TONE 42'' CUSTOM CABINETRY WITH A IMPRESSIVE BUILT IN REFRIGERATOR, SILESTONE K-TOPS, THIS HOME FEELS LUXURIOUS AND EXPENSIVE. IT MAKES. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN A MILLION DOLLAR HOME! YOU WONT FIND THIS CALIBER OF A HOME IN THIS PRICE RANGE! I GUARANTEE YOU! NO EXPENSE WAS SPARED IN THIS SPECTACULAR PROPERTY...FULLY UPGRADED AND READY TO ENJOY! THIS PROPERTY WAS BUILT TO ENTERTAIN AND IMPRESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. 4 BDS, 2BTHS, SLPIT FLOORPLAN, POOL, FIRE PLACE, WATER FALL, 2 SLIDINGDOORS, 3 CAR GRGE, CORER LOT, & CLOSE TO THE FREEWAY. IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU CAN POSSIBLY WANT AND DESIRE!!!

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$280,000 :: 1575 E STANFORD Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,600 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969778
Community: PARK VILLAGE UNIT 6 LOT 1-109 TR A-F
Tract: PARK VILLAGE UNIT 6 LOT 1-109 TR A-F
Status: Active


This Gilbert one-story corner lot home offers laminate flooring, a covered back patio, and a two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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$355,000 :: 2543 S PONDEROSA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,387 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 08/22/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5968190
Community: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/25/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Incredible 2387 Sq.Ft. gem is located in the desirable Chaparral Estates of Gilbert! You'll be impressed with the open concept floor plan, soaring vaulted ceilings, large downstairs master bedroom, separate soaking tub w/ large walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. Spacious secondary bedrooms and a loft/desk area upstairs. ALL new premium wood laminate and carpet throughout, brand new stainless steel appliances, extended maple cabinetry, walkin kitchen pantry, newer A/C & Water Heater, and low maintenance landscaping. Entertain friends & family with the refreshing pool in the back yard or take them to any of the many parks in the area. Easy access to the 202 San Tan freeway, top rated schools, shopping and dining. The right home in the right place for the right price is waiting for you.

Listed with Elite One Realty


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$330,000 :: 3143 S SOUTHWIND Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,194 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 07/26/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5957194
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 20
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 20
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/25/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Call this lovely 2,194 sqft two story home yours today! Conveniently located close by Santan 202 freeway. Immaculate inside and out with complete landscaping in both front and back. Open floor plan with large living spaces, and an ample amount of natural lighting. Kitchen provides black appliances with light cabinetry, an island with a breakfast bar, closet pantry and recessed lighting for a bonus. Laundry room provides some extra storage space and entry way to the garage. Upstairs you will find a cozy loft and den leading into the bedrooms. The master bed and bath is complete with a walk in shower, garden tub and private toilet room. See it today, don't delay!!

Listed with West USA Realty


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$387,500 :: 649 W SPUR Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,347 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 08/25/19, Last Updated: 08/25/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969735
Community: MADERA PARC
Tract: MADERA PARC
Status: Active


4 bedrooms 3 full bathrooms with a full bedroom and bath downstairs. New Kitchen Cabinets, New Quartz Counter-tops, New Stainless-Steel Appliances. New paint interior This is a beautiful upgraded home in a great location. NO HOA !!! This home features the cheapest electricity with solar panels along with a grandfathered plan through APS that will transfer at the sale. With a low monthly payment on electricity and NO monthly HOA payment you will save money to purchase this home.

Listed with Snow Realty & Property Management


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$684,995 :: 1036 E LODGEPOLE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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7 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,933 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 08/24/19, Last Updated: 08/24/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5969716
Community: FELTY FARMS
Tract: FELTY FARMS
Status: Active


Fully renovated (Aug'19) w/brand new SS appliances, Quartz CTs, custom cabinetry, all new flooring including gorgeous LVP & matching tiled media wall! Gorgeous high-end lighting inside & out, new sliding doors w/French door look, farm sink, under/over/within cabinet lighting multi-color remote, artificial turf, mature palms, epoxy garage floor, cul-de-sac beauty w/no neighbors on N side. Brand new pergola with stylish daybed & privacy curtains perfect for relaxing evenings and plenty of room for a pool! 7 Bedrm + Office w/sep entry French doors can be mother-in-law suite w/full bath. Finished basement w/game room has 2bedrooms & full bath! Bedroom on main level & addt'l family room on 2nd level. Dble vanities in 3 of 4 baths, garden tub in MB, his/her walk-in closets. Shows like model!

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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