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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$400,000 :: 2483 S SUNNYVALE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,146 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 08/12/20, Last Updated: 09/20/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6116627
Community: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: CHAPARRAL ESTATES PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Status: Active


Amazing Gilbert location minutes from San Tan Market Market place!HUGE yard and amazing home with pride of ownership!Vaulted celings, large rooms, granite countertops in kitchen, tile throughout and many more upgrades!Custom landscaping with putting green, pavers and artificial turf. With the low inventory in Gilbert it is hard to find a home with this size of yard for under 400k.

Listed with United Brokers Group


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$724,900 :: 4480 E REINS Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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7 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 5,231 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 07/19/20, Last Updated: 09/20/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6105428
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 3
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 3
Status: Active


Amazing and gorgeous home in sought after Power Ranch! This beautiful property has 6 bedrooms and an office/den with fantastic built-in desks & shelving. Other bonuses..a spacious loft and a basement with a kitchenette. This downstairs space also offers a media room with a brand new huge screen and built in projector! Keep it as is or use as a bedroom. Immense closet space here too! A 3 car garage and extra parking (extended next to the driveway ) out front is always a plus; and..

Listed with Vylla Home


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$865,000 :: 6179 S 172ND Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,230 sq ft
Lot Size: 47,917 sq ft
Added: 08/21/20, Last Updated: 09/20/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6121047
Community: METES AND BOUNDS
Tract: METES AND BOUNDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2020 by 3%
Status: Active


Plenty of space for family, animals, cars, toys and more, AND in Gilbert, and NO HOA! Your growing family needs lots of bedrooms and a big kitchen? No problem. Need a large pantry and laundry for your crew? No problem. Need room for the RV, toy hauler, boats, and work trucks? No problem. Every teenager wants a parking spot? No problem. Want to build your dream man cave or showroom for your custom cars? No problem. Love to have some cows, goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats? Love to have a garden? Hate high electricity and water bills? Need a place to charge that electric car? Want a handyman's cooled garage? Don't want to be so close you can hear the neighbors brush their teeth? Love to have a few show or trail horses? Need even more than an acre? No problem -- consider this home.

Listed with List 3K, LLC


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$454,900 :: 676 S CARDINAL Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,242 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 09/14/20, Last Updated: 09/20/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6131810
Community: Greenfield Lakes
Tract: Greenfield Lakes
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


This large home is in need of updating. It is livable now and perfect for someone who wants to remodel while enjoying the beautiful Greenfield Lakes community and the Town of Gilbert or bring your own contractor and update it the way you want it done without skimping on quality like a lot of fix and flips. 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3 car garage, and plenty of room at 3242 square feet. The downstairs den could be enclosed for a 5th bedroom making two master suites. Two corner glass fireplaces. The pool(currently drained) is 527 square feet feet featuring a swim up bar, beach entry, and real rock waterfall. Lots of home for the money. Seller will make no repairs at this price. SELLER MAY TAKE BUYERS PROPERTY IN TRADE

Listed with A.R.I. & C.


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$330,000 :: 2145 E SARATOGA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,509 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 09/19/20, Last Updated: 09/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6135065
Community: FINLEY FARMS SOUTH PARCEL 16
Tract: FINLEY FARMS SOUTH PARCEL 16
Status: Active


Beautiful remodeled 3 bed/2 bath home located in the desirable Finley Farms neighborhood right in the heart of Gilbert! This single level home comes complete with updated flooring throughout, NEW A/C, new water heater, vaulted ceilings and neutral paint. Fantastic kitchen offers center island, stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry, granite countertops, track lighting, and cabinet space. The gorgeous master suite includes closet and full bath with double sinks. Large backyard is comprised of lots of grass, covered patio, and built-in BBQ making this an entertainer's dream. This home won't last long!

Listed with RCP Real Estate LLC


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$1,075,000 :: 2563 E VILLA PARK Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,903 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,375 sq ft
Added: 08/19/20, Last Updated: 09/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6119435
Community: CALLIANDRA ESTATES
Tract: CALLIANDRA ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/19/2020 by 0%
Status: Active


Amazing single level Toll Brothers home in the coveted gated community of Calliandra Estates! Enter through the impressive iron front door into a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home with 12' ceilings and a attached guest casita Kitchen is a entertainer's delight featuring quartz countertops, gas range and hood, double ovens, farmhouse apron sink, custom stacked white cabinetry w/ glass doors, huge island and a unbelievable pantry. This home is adorned in custom shutters, beautiful wood plank tile and more upgrades then you can imagine. There are two family rooms, 4 car tandem garage with built in cabinets. Spectacular backyard was professionally done with huge pool w/baja shelf & water features, high quality synthetic grass and limestone pavers, This house is a must see

Listed with Call Realty, Inc.


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$749,900 :: 528 E HOPKINS Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,633 sq ft
Added: 09/19/20, Last Updated: 09/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6135014
Community: VINTAGE RANCH
Tract: VINTAGE RANCH
Status: Active


4400 SQ FT FULTON TWO STORY ON 12,737 SQ FT LOT, 4 1/2 CAR GARAGE,FRESH PAINT INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR, NEW CARPET/ PAD, PLANTATION SHUTTERS, ON ALL WINDOWS,KITCHEN HAS CHERRYWOOD CABINETS AND GRANITE COUNTERS, STAINLESS APPL, LARGE ISLAND, HUGE OVERSIZED MASTER SUITE,LARGE WALKIN CLOSET, SEPARATE SHOWER/TUB, LOFT ROOM, TWO BEDROOMS W/JACK AND JILL BATH, LARGE LAUNDRY WITH COUNTER AND SINK UPSTAIRS, FOURTH BEDROOM UP WITH A WALK IN CLOSET AND NEXT TO THE 3RD FULL BATH, POWDER ROOM NEXT TO 5TH BDRM/HOME OFFICE, GARAGE HAS BEEN PAINTED AND FLOORS EPOXIED/TONS OF CABINETS,LARGE ROUND POOL WITH RAISED SPA,COVERED PATIO IN BACKYARD, NICE COURTYARD/PATIO WITH WROUGHT IRON AT FRONT ENTRANCE, VERY MATURE LANDSCAPING, NICE TREES AND GRASSY AREA, RV GATE TO SIDE YARD,LISTING AGENT RELATED TO SELLER

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$370,000 :: 1759 E Oakland Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,222 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 09/05/20, Last Updated: 09/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6128383
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Status: Active


Functional 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, plus loft, open floor plan just minutes away from San Tan Village and Loop 202. This north-south exposure, corner lot home feature separate living room and family room with kitchen oversee family room. 2nd floor features split master bedroom, over-size master closet, additional 3 bedrooms, loft and bamboo flooring (2020). All rooms has ceiling fan and plantation shutters (2016). Enjoy low maintenance backyard with built-in bbq, pavers and pool - great for entertaining. AC and air handler was replaced in 2014.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$399,900 :: 1479 S CHOLLA Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,374 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 09/19/20, Last Updated: 09/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6135009
Community: DAVE BROWN LAMOREAUX FARMS
Tract: DAVE BROWN LAMOREAUX FARMS
Status: Active


This Executive style home is an entertainers dream both inside and out. Multiple gathering spaces. The back covered patio with sparkling pool is an additional living space for your enjoyment during our beautiful weather. Inside has lots of neutral tile and a nice percentage of carpet for those relaxation areas. New inside and outside paint, large bedrooms in a split floorplan. Storage space throughout home is plentiful. Cooks will love the kitchen layout with an abundance of cabinets and island. Come take a look sooner than later. Perfectly located just a few miles south of the charming downtown Gilbert area. Gilbert was recently rated #2 safest city in America.

Listed with West USA Realty


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$329,000 :: 3763 E CHICKADEE Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,920 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 09/11/20, Last Updated: 09/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6126781
Community: Power ranch
Tract: Power ranch
Status: Active


Beautiful Power Ranch Home, Community Pool, Clubhouse, Tennis courts, schools with in the community. Great for family. 3 bedroom and 2.5 baths. Tile in the right place, Sapcious kitchen w/ island, fresh paint

Listed with Gold Trust Realty


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