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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$479,369 :: 2711 E Indian Wells Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,958 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 04/23/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5755713
Community: Adora Trails Passage Collectio
Tract: Adora Trails Passage Collectio
The price of this listing was last increased on 4/26/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


New Home ready October 2018! Very popular Powell floor plan has so much to offer from the beautiful Tuscan exterior elevation with front balcony to all of the great features inside the home. Gourmet kitchen includes gas cooktop with double oven, granite countertops, recycle center, backsplash, e-granite sink and white maple cabinets with 42'' upper cabinets. Upgraded flooring includes 6'' X 24'' natural gray color wood plank tile. Multi-slide door at great room to covered patio, along with surround sound package offers attractive indoor/outdoor living. Maple with iron stair rail, two-tone paint and soft water system are just a few more of the many great features of this home!

Listed with Taylor Morrison (MLS Only)


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$769,900 :: 1341 S CLAIBORNE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85296

7 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,687 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5756904
Community: AGRITOPIA PHASE 2A
Tract: AGRITOPIA PHASE 2A
Status: Active


Welcome to Agritopia! Model 5 at it's finest.Many upgrades from wood floors,surround sound, gourmet kitchen with Wolf stove, built-in refrigerator, custom cabinets, 2 dishwashers, granite counter tops & back splash, and recirculating pump just to name a few. 3rd floor has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a loft. 1st floor has main master bedroom and access to amazing backyard. Basement has 2 bedrooms and 1 master bedroom complete with walk-in closet, kitchenette, and large theater room. No expense has been spared. There is a large 3 car garage with built-in cabinets, epoxy floors and tons of extra room. The backyard is an entertainer's dream. Pool and spa with fountain features. Close to community restaurants and new Epic Center coming soon. Agritopia is a place where you can live and play!

Listed with Whitmore and Associates Realty


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$220,000 :: 4729 E WATERMAN Street #101, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,328 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 03/03/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5731610
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 9 PAR
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 9 PAR
Status: Active


Beautiful, move-in ready home in the Knolls neighborhood of Power Ranch. Courtyard patio welcomes you into the open concept living space with tile throughout the first floor. The upgraded kitchen features dark cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a large breakfast bar. The downstairs is spacious and open. Laundry closet for full size washer and dryer along access out to private two car garage. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms with a full bathroom, as well as a master bedroom with en suite bath featuring dual sinks at the counter, private toilet room, and full size walk-in closet. The knolls features 3 additional community pools. Power Ranch features 2 catch and release fishing lakes, parks, greenbelts, and a weekly farms market. Come tour this home Today!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$220,000 :: 509 S SUNRISE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,397 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,742 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5756894
Community: SEAWYNDS LOT 1-152 TR A C D E1
Tract: SEAWYNDS LOT 1-152 TR A C D E1
Status: Active


Darling Single Family Home in the Islands of Gilbert! 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. Nice sized kitchen and family room. Large Master Bedroom. 3rd bedroom is currently open, but has a door, window and closet. Can be easily enclosed, or used as an office/den/loft. HOA recently put on a new roof and the new A/C was just installed in April 2018. Beautiful community with 80 acres of lakes, 30 acres of grass, Basketball, Sand Volleyball, Bocceball, Playgrounds & Parks Community Dock, Exercise Track, Catch & Release fishing. Close to shopping and dining! Low maintenance with more time to enjoy! Community Pool just around the corner!

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC


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$489,000 :: 21811 S 158TH Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,270 sq ft
Lot Size: 62,726 sq ft
Added: 03/28/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5743229
Community: County Island NO HOA
Tract: County Island NO HOA
Status: Active


This incredible horse property with 1.44 acres of FULLY FENCED & DIVIDED pasture is the ONE you've been waiting for! NO HOA, County Island, Gilbert Fire, Chandler Schools, and on a paved street with loads of country charm! Like a needle in a haystack, this property has front and backyard IRRIGATION, tons of flat pasture for all your animals, toys or both! Lovely single level home features solid block construction, 2.5 car garage, dual sided fireplace, soft water, RO, pantry and laundry room with storage galore. Enjoy 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths, PLUS an office/flex space that could easily be converted to a 4th bedroom! Upgraded tile floors throughout, fresh paint, fabulous great room layout and a DIVING POOL with new variable speed pump! Room to add guest house, stable/barn or both!

Listed with United Brokers Group


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$330,000 :: 321 W MERRILL Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,993 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5756994
Community: ARROWPOINT
Tract: ARROWPOINT
Status: Active


Location, location close to downtown Gilbert with easy access to the 60 fwy. Amazing Gilbert home is highly upgraded and move in ready! Home has soaring 10' ceilings, crown molding, spacious kitchen with granite countertops and breakfast bar that opens into the comfortable living space with tile flooring and plantation shutters. Den great for an office plus a beautiful master suite that includes hardwood flooring an upgraded master bathroom with granite counters 2 sinks walk in shower with travertine tiled shower and travertine flooring and bathroom. The backyard has a covered patio large grass area, storage shed on concrete pad. 2 garage has built in storage and epoxy floors. Close to Neighborhood Park and great local schools. Don't wait, this home will not last long.

Listed with Redfin Corporation


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$569,900 :: 3525 E BART Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,778 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5756916
Community: LYONS GATE PHASE 7
Tract: LYONS GATE PHASE 7
Status: Active


Upgrades Galore, No detail spared! Stunning 5 bed 3.5 bath property now available in Gilbert! Features desert landscaping, 2 car garage, formal dining room, living area with great room concept, and neutral paint, you simply won't believe your eyes! Luxurious kitchen is equipped with ample cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, granite counter tops, tile backsplash, stainless appliances including a double wall oven, professional fridge/freezer, and a lovely island with breakfast bar. Fabulous master bedroom has a private entry, full bath with double sinks, separate tub and shower, and a spacious walk-in closet. Expansive backyard includes a covered patio, paved and turf area, ramada, built-in BBQ, remote sunscreen on patio, and above-ground hot/cold spa! Schedule your showing now before it's gone

Listed with HomeSmart Success


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$334,900 :: 259 W BRISA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,384 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5756990
Community: PARCELS 11,12 & 13 OF LAGO
Tract: PARCELS 11,12 & 13 OF LAGO
Status: Active


Location, location, location!!! With minutes to downtown Gilbert and San Tan Mall, this home is in the ideal locati on.Centrally located between all 3 east valley freeways (US60, 101, and 202). This home has been completely remodeled with all new flooring, paint, hardware, light fixtures, cabinetry, granite countertops, pavers, sinks, toilets, showers, and so much more! This stunning home has an open floorplan, fireplace, and a huge/upgraded kitchen which make this home a dream. With 4 bedrooms and a loft, 2.5 baths, and large balcony overlooking the large, luscious backyard. Residing on a corner lot with a side RV gate makes this home positioned ideally in the neighborhood. With north/south exposure and walking distance to the neighborhood lakes, this home will not disappoint!

Listed with Real Estate Brokers Intl


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$362,900 :: 3714 E VAUGHN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,417 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 04/04/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5746185
Community: HOLLIDAY FARMS
Tract: HOLLIDAY FARMS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/26/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Amazing location!!! Meticulously maintained, original owner, 4 bed, 2 bath, with full 3 car garage and POOL/SPA!!!. Master bedroom is huge, private, split from all the other bedrooms and has its own exit to the back patio/pool area. The large family room is open to the beautiful and bright kitchen. The perfectly landscaped backyard is complete with pool and built in BBQ. Open walking path behind the home with view fencing completes this backyard paradise. Home has been meticulously maintained by the original owner. Newer AC units have been installed and all components of this home have been maintained. Fresh neutral paint throughout makes this home move in ready.

Listed with Long Realty Partners


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$510,000 :: 3458 E SHANNON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

6 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,421 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5756934
Community: LYONS GATE PHASE 6
Tract: LYONS GATE PHASE 6
Status: Active


This is the one you've been waiting to hit the market! From the moment you entire the Gorgeous Iron Front Door, you will realize this Beautiful 6 BDR/4.5 BA home is the one. Located in the prestigious Lyons Gate Community, with easy access to the 202 Freeway, this Premier Location has so much to offer. Santan Village Marketplace and Top Golf are only minutes away, Agritopia and its award winning Joes Farm Grill, The Coffee Shop and Barn One is a short bike ride up the street. The home sits adjacent to a large, quiet green space, and has N/S sun exposure. Highly upgraded open floor plan that has recently had interior painted, includes a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, large center island, breakfast nook, butler's pantry, beautiful backsplash, reverse osmosis

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC


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