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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$634,900 :: 7517 S QUINN Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,494 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 11/26/20, Last Updated: 11/26/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6164433
Community: ADORA TRAILS PARCEL 10
Tract: ADORA TRAILS PARCEL 10
Status: Active


Welcome home to this like new 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in beautiful Adora Trails. Located in the exclusive, single-story Maracay enclave called the Preserve at the end of a cul-de-sac, this home features an open floor plan with a coffered ceiling great room. Lovely kitchen has double ovens, extended counter and cabinets as well as a spacious box bay kitchen nook. Granite counters, plantation shutters and ample storage throughout the property are just a few of the 100k upgrades you will find in this 2017 build. The Adora Trails community boasts mountain views, ample walking/biking paths, and a community center complete with workout room, heated pool, and even a fishing lake. Top rated Chandler School District with elementary located inside the community. This home won't last long!

Listed with Austin Fleck Property Management


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


$365,000 :: 3845 E Robert st Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,539 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 11/26/20, Last Updated: 11/26/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6162270
Community: BUNGALOWS AT COOLEY STATION PHASE 2 REPLAT
Tract: BUNGALOWS AT COOLEY STATION PHASE 2 REPLAT
Status: Active


STUNNING home with smart upgrades on a corner lot in a hot LOCATION! Same tiles throughout the whole house. 42'' upper cabinets, granite countertops with huge breakfast bar, USB charger outlets on the island, stainless appliances, 5-burner gas cooktop, water softener & RO systems! Cable/Internet pre-wire in all bedrooms; five ceiling fans with remotes, including 12' ceiling great room, and patio; epoxy floor and extra storage in the garage. Great size primary bedroom with USB outlets, separate tub and shower, walk-in closet. Well maintained patio with extended pavers. Close to fancy new Fry's, shopping and entertainment center. Quick access to Loop 202, Mesa-Gateway airport, San Tan Village Mall, and ASU Poly-Tech Campus. Let's call it HOME!

Listed with RE/MAX Fine Properties


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$529,900 :: 929 N THUNDERBIRD Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,619 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 11/26/20, Last Updated: 11/26/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6164407
Community: TONE RANCH ESTATES
Tract: TONE RANCH ESTATES
Status: Active




Listed with Gentry Real Estate


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$450,000 :: 4827 S MCMINN Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,042 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 11/26/20, Last Updated: 11/26/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6162961
Community: LAYTON LAKES
Tract: LAYTON LAKES
Status: Active


Wow! This one has it all and it will go fast! Check out this adorable 3 bedroom PLUS a DEN, 2 bath home, with a POOL located on a CUL-DE-SAC lot in LAYTON LAKES! New exterior paint and remodeled LOW maintenance back yard with artificial grass! Beautiful white cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms! The kitchen offers a large island perfect for entertaining, walk in pantry, a ton of cabinet space and GAS range! You will LOVE the back yard!!! Don't miss out! (Professional photos to be uploaded soon!)

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$360,000 :: 3617 E HANS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,982 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 11/25/20, Last Updated: 11/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6165019
Community: COOLEY STATION NORTH PARCEL 3 AMD
Tract: COOLEY STATION NORTH PARCEL 3 AMD
Status: Active


Don't miss the opportunity to own this beautiful one owner home situated on large premium corner lot with 3 bdrm/2.5 ba with loft. Kitchen features upgraded cabinets and granite counter tops. Double sliding doors to patio with built in seating and fire pit and 2 car garage. This community has 3 pools, parks, sports courts, walking areas and so much more.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$310,000 :: 246 S Gilbert Road, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,216 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 11/06/20, Last Updated: 11/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6157337
Community: WILBUR HOMES AMD
Tract: WILBUR HOMES AMD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/25/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


Cute home near downtown Gilbert. Own a piece of history this is a 1947 home. Travertine tile, wood plank tile, two toned paint, cherry cabinets, solid surface countertops, large lot. Irrigation. Lots of Charm. Welcome home .

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$349,900 :: 2148 E RANCH Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,350 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 11/25/20, Last Updated: 11/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6165003
Community: COTTONWOODS CROSSING UNIT 1
Tract: COTTONWOODS CROSSING UNIT 1
Status: Active


BLACK-FRIDAY WEEKEND SPECIAL! Thee best home For Sale in Gilbert today! Freshly painted inside and out! Enjoy the Many upgrades and Remodeling. Stunning home. Beautiful flooring, neutral colors throughout, Granite, Stainless appliances. Refreshing Diving pool in your your lush green backyard. 3 car garage...all at the end of a cul-de-sac street next to a beautiful mini-park Greenbelt. Please review Photo Gallery for further details. Seller will review all offers received at 5pm on Monday 11/30.

Listed with West USA Realty


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$449,000 :: 1676 W Stanford Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,698 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 11/25/20, Last Updated: 11/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6164979
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Status: Active


ORIGINAL OWNER has maintained this home, lightly lived in (No pets) and true pride of ownership throughout! This Gem is located on the Fairway/green of the 11th hole of the Kokopelli GOLFCOURSE! Custom Slab granite t/o including kitchen and ALL bathrooms. Newer Stainless Steel appliances. Pantry, Half bath downstairs. Oversized Master with Vaulted Ceilings, sperate tub shower 2 sinks and large Closet. 2 additional spacious bedrooms' with lots of storage/linen area. EPOXY 2.5 car garage. lots of room for storage w built in cabinets and access to under staircase Storage. RV gate with ample side yards and large backyard featuring Pebble tec POOL w NEW Filter System (2018) and newer Motor. Built in BBQ Grill and Seating area. NEW back View Fence w gate! Great Home!

Listed with Acacia Properties


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$240,000 :: 3301 E Meadowview Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,857 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 11/25/20, Last Updated: 11/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6164945
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 35
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 35
Status: Active


PRIME LOCATION! Opportunity knocks to build equity with this 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on greenbelt with prime golf course/mountain views in Seville.North/South exposure. Floor plan includes two master bedrooms w private ensuites on upper level as well as laundry and loft/gameroom/office space. Lower level bedroom and full bathroom. Gilbert address, Chandler school district. Sold as as; only cash offers will be considered. Serious/qualified inquiries only please.

Listed with CORE Choice Realty


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$400,000 :: 1563 S LOREN Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,916 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 10/08/20, Last Updated: 11/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6143531
Community: COBBLESTONE VILLAS
Tract: COBBLESTONE VILLAS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/29/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


''WOW! ONE-OWNER, 2018 NEW BUILD with 2 CAR GARAGE!! VERY Low HOA!! SRP utilities!! Modern-Contemporary with a touch of rustic Interior - don't let this one slip away! NEW GRANITE Countertops, NEW WHITE SHAKER CABINETS, NEW TILE throughout, big doggie door, upgraded backyard with block wall fence, turf & pavers - perfect for your fur babies! Two story with loft & laundry conveniently located all upstairs! PERFECT LOCK & LEAVE - WELCOME HOME!!!

Listed with Redfin Corporation


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