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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$365,000 :: 6681 S CARTIER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,173 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 10/14/19, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5991606
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 13
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 13
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/23/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


This home in Gilbert offers an island kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel kitchen appliances, a master suite with a walk-in closet, a covered patio, and an attached two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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


$589,900 :: 2577 E DONATO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,065 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6027828
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Beautiful, upgraded, family-friendly home in the #1 zip code of Gilbert. This house is gorgeous and move-in ready. Minutes away from the new Gilbert Regional Park, near Trader Joe's, Costco, downtown Gilbert, and the most desirable zip code (85298) in Gilbert. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, + office + loft. New paint, flooring, carpet, and hardware throughout. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry, an island, and tons of storage. The walk-in laundry room is huge, with LG front-load washer/dryer. Large countertop for folding laundry with cabinets underneath and overhead shelving for storage. Office with French-doors downstairs, along with dining room, living room, and family room. Upstairs has 5 bedrooms with massive closet and space.

Listed with Flat List RE


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


$550,000 :: 2262 E CLAXTON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,528 sq ft
Lot Size: 43,996 sq ft
Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6027836
Community: CLAXTON HARVEY WESTERN RANCHETTES UNIT 2
Tract: CLAXTON HARVEY WESTERN RANCHETTES UNIT 2
Status: Active


Charming basement home on irrigated acreage in the heart of Gilbert. No HOA! This home is in perfect proximity to San Tan Mall, the 202 FWY & Marcy Gilbert Hospital. Located in the respected Gilbert USD. Bring your horses & your toys. Main floor is approx 1500sf with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, foryer/formal living room, kitchen and great room. The basement has two bedrooms, one bathroom, large recreation room and two storage rooms. The bathrooms in the home have all been recently updated as well as most of the flooring in the basement, but the rest of the home and flooring is ready to be updated with the new owner's personal TLC and preferences.

Listed with Call Realty, 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/!


$359,900 :: 837 W SHELLFISH Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,250 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 01/01/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6018506
Community: MARTINQUE 2 AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: MARTINQUE 2 AT THE ISLANDS
Status: Active


Simply Wow! Freshly painted inside & out. New Carpet. Formal living/dining combo w/soaring vaulted ceiling. Upgraded kitchen w/granite counters, canned lighting & stainless steel appliances w/breakfast bar overlooking the family room w/Arcadia door to extra large brick & brick columns patio views lushly landscaped backyard w/storage shed. Contemporary half bath & 4th bedroom down. Large split master up w/contemporary luxuriousmaster bath with a shower to die for! Two large secondary bedrooms up with an updated contemporary bath also with a to die for shower. Large loft. All the light fixtures have been updated. The islands is a lake subdivision with walking paths, kid's playgrounds and parks with great schools.

Listed with RE/MAX Prime


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


$359,500 :: 3498 E VERNON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,356 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6027841
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 2
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 2
Status: Active


Owner Agent. Amazing 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath house that is waiting to be called home! Spacious layout with beautiful design throughout! Open kitchen with a wonderful layout, and is also incredible for entertaining with a breakfast bar, tons of counter space and an extra pantry! New fridge with ice maker and new microwave. New carpet throughout. Bonus room adjacent to the Master can be the office you wanted or a game room. The immense master is on the first floor, awaiting your personal touch, with a large walk-in closet and a bathroom with double sinks, and a separate bath and shower. Four large bedrooms on the second floor with a second laundry room and an incredible bathroom. The home is adjacent to an open field of trees for walking or biking.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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


$445,000 :: 1270 E BOSTON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,037 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6027689
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 6 AND 7
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 6 AND 7
Status: Active


This Gilbert two-story offers an amazing in-ground pool, RV gate, quartz kitchen countertops, a loft, and a two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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


$255,000 :: 2622 S BALSAM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,342 sq ft
Lot Size: 436 sq ft
Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6027680
Community: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 1 CONDO BLKS 2-10
Tract: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 1 CONDO BLKS 2-10
Status: Active


This Gilbert home offers granite kitchen countertops, a balcony, and a two-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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


$475,000 :: 3115 E SAN PEDRO Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,445 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 01/23/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6027745
Community: TONE RANCH ESTATES
Tract: TONE RANCH ESTATES
Status: Active


Welcome home to this SINGLE LEVEL in Gilbert's Tone Ranch. This upgraded home sits on a 10,000 sq ft lot with a 3 CAR GARAGE and just under 2,500 sq ft of living space. Cute farmhouse finishes abound in this 4 bed, 2 bath home. The split floor plan features a spacious master bedroom, complete with a large walk in closet and his and her vanities. Open dining room and living room spaces are perfect for entertaining. The large kitchen overlooks the family room and cozy back patio. Outside is an entertainers delight, mature citrus trees, travertine, gas BBQ, putting green, and SALTWATER POOL for all to enjoy!!! Schedule your showing today!

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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


$398,000 :: 2949 S SAILORS Way, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,772 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 12/08/19, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6012366
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 21
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 21
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/23/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


This Gilbert two-story home offers tile flooring, a gas fireplace, granite kitchen countertops, a loft, a covered back patio, and a three-car garage.

Listed with Opendoor Brokerage, LLC


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


$434,900 :: 580 E BETSY Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,023 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 01/03/20, Last Updated: 01/23/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6019178
Community: LINDSAY MEADOWS
Tract: LINDSAY MEADOWS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/23/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


Stunning 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2-story home located in the Lindsay Meadows community. The home has fresh new exterior and interior paint, a brand new patio roof, and new carpet throughout, giving this home an updated feel. The vaulted ceilings and beautiful arched half windows fill this spacious floor plan with natural light. Your kitchen has a walk-in pantry, an island with breakfast bar, refinished cabinets, brand new range oven, and overlooks the living room. There is a built-in desk right off the kitchen for the kids to do their homework. The dining room and family room is a great place to make memories with friends and family. The bedroom and bathroom located downstairs provide your guests with added privacy.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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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