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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$320,000 :: 1509 S Western Skies Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,182 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 10/19/17, Last Updated: 10/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676114
Community: WESTERN SKIES ESTATES UNIT 5 A
Tract: WESTERN SKIES ESTATES UNIT 5 A
Status: Active


Welcome to your new Smart Home! Open, bright & popular Great Room Floorplan, 3 Bedrooms w/the potential of 2 Extra Bedrooms & 2 1/2 Baths. Home has been meticulously maintained & the pride of ownership shows! Monitor your Front & Garage Doors, turn your Lights, Pool, Fountain & Water Features on & off with your phone w/a simple app!Popular Great Room plan has bright Kitchen w/Granite Counters, Island & Large Walk-in Pantry. Head Upstairs to find a huge Loft & Bonus Area & Bedrooms. Master Suite boasts 2 Walk-in Closets, Tub/Shower & Dual Sinks. Walk-in Laundry Room is upstairs for convenience.Spacious Loft & Bonus Area has endless possibilities for uses such as Video Gaming Zone, Billiards, Darts & Game Room & the Bonus Area could easily be a 4th Bedroom, Office, Homework/Study...

Listed with The Daniel Montez Real Estate Group


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$269,000 :: 663 N Sunway Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,698 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676103
Community: El Dorado Lakes Golf Community
Tract: El Dorado Lakes Golf Community
Status: Active


Beautiful, rare property in highly desirable El Dorado Lakes Golf Community. Three bedroom, two and a half bath home has been recently remodeled and beautifully appointed. Featuring stunning new high end porcelain floors, new granite counters, new modern kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, interior just painted, and so much more! Located minutes from the US 60, downtown Gilbert, superb fine dining and entertainment, this property is a true gem

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$459,900 :: 3140 E AUSTIN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,169 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676031
Community: WARNER GROVES AT MORRISON RANC
Tract: WARNER GROVES AT MORRISON RANC
Status: Active


BRAND NEW & NEVER LIVED IN!! Highly upgraded Belmont model located in the highly desired Warner Groves at Morrison Ranch. This popular plan offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Located on the first level is an upgraded Guest Suite with a private bath and a large walk in closet, perfect for the mother-in-law. Gourmet kitchen offers an upgraded gas cooktop and oven, granite counter tops and custom backsplashes, huge walk in pantry and 2' extended nook area. As you walk upstairs, take notice to the upgraded stair railings leading to the 2nd level. The master bedroom / bath offers a massive walk in closet, snail walk-in glass shower, and separate garden tub. Laundry room is conveniently located upstairs. Also take note to the huge bonus room. Too many upgrades to mention. Great Location!

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$306,900 :: 3417 E KENT Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,733 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676087
Community: HIGLEY PARK
Tract: HIGLEY PARK
Status: Active


Must see Higley Park stunner! MOVE-IN READY with tons of beautiful upgrades and new two-toned paint throughout! Open living area flows into kitchen with tons of windows for natural light throughout! Kitchen showcases upgraded granite countertops, chef's island with breakfast bar, and pantry space! Exit to enclosed backyard with your own private pool - perfect for entertaining! Master showcases gorgeous, upgraded bathroom with dual vanity, large soaking tub, and step-in shower! This gorgeous home is going to go fast!*Seller recently paid for a 3rd party complete home inspection (attached). Home Inspection is attached including all completed repairs. *One or more employees or affiliates of the Seller are licensed real estate agents*

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$249,900 :: 3471 E LINDA Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,223 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676021
Community: HIGLEY GROVES
Tract: HIGLEY GROVES
Status: Active


Welcome to Morrison Ranch! This home has been lovingly cared for by the current owners. The interior features recently updated paint, large plank wood look tile, carpet in the bedrooms, refinished white cabinets in the kitchen, updated stainless steel appliances, new light fixtures in the kitchen, and a custom built in entertainment center in the family room. This home is truly move in ready. The exterior features storage cabinets in the garage, mature landscaping with a large back yard. The neighborhood features tree lined streets, multiple large parks and childrens playgrounds. THIS IS A HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION. Close to shopping, entertainment and major freeways. Owner/Agent

Listed with Realty ONE Group, Mountain Desert


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$1,900,000 :: 378 N SHORE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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6 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 7,120 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 03/11/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5573801
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/17/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Resort Style Living! PRICED BELOW CURRENT APPRAISAL! Fabulous Custom Home on Private water ski lake! 6 BR,4 Full & 2 half Baths. Featuring 164' of Waterfront living. Recently remodeled! Seller spared no expense on the remodel of this soft contemporary home! OWNED SOLAR SYSTEM WITH CURRENT ELECTRIC AT ONLY $225/MONTH! Fabulous formal living room w/wall of windows w/lake views greats you upon entry. Exquisite master suite on main level w/sitting room & fireplace. Huge master bath w/his & hers vanities, jetted tub, huge walk in snail shower, & a large custom built closet, every ladies dream! 3 other bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths on main level.Chef's kitchen w/new top of the line stainless steel appliances, double ovens, induction cook top, subzero refrigerator, beverage refrigerator drawers,

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$265,000 :: 330 E BARBARITA Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,587 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 09/15/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661175
Community: BRECKENRIDGE MANOR LOT 1-57 T
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE MANOR LOT 1-57 T
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/16/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


A fantastic 3 bed, 2 bath property located in Gilbert's highly desirable Breckenridge Manor is now on the market! This great corner lot home features grassy and desert landscaping, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living areas, a cozy fireplace, beautiful French doors leading to the backyard, and fresh paint inside and out. The open kitchen offers ample cabinet and counter space, a pantry, and new stainless steel appliances. Inside the fabulous master bedroom you will find a full bath with dual sinks as well as a spacious walk-in closet. The expansive backyard includes a covered patio and paved seating area, perfect for spending time with friends and family! Short walk to the community park. Hurry before you miss out!

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$365,000 :: 3939 E YEAGER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,933 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/02/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5668232
Community: COOLEY STATION PHASE 1
Tract: COOLEY STATION PHASE 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/2/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


JUST REDUCED!!!!! Absolutely beautiful and spacious 5 bedroom 3 bath home with private play pool. 3 car garage split creates a private courtyard entry. Formal living room and dining room has 2 story ceilings for the wow factor. Tile and wood laminate flooring throughout the home. There is a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor- perfect for guests or in laws. 4 additional bedrooms upstairs. Master bedroom boasts it's own private covered deck. Master bath has separate his/hers vanities and a large shower. A loft completes this spacious home. Located near the Santan Loop 202 and Santan Mall. Waiting for a new owner to call home!

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$269,900 :: 1012 N Gibson Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,867 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 07/08/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5630700
Community: Vista Alegre MCR 255-4
Tract: Vista Alegre MCR 255-4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/4/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Entertainers Paradise with Curb Appeal! Semi-Custom feel 4 Bedroom Home nestled in QUIET Gilbert Neighborhood. 2X6 Construction with Tons of Custom Upgrades added to this Pristine Home. Custom Stone Veneer Siding, Driveway, Foyer, and Stone Walkway just to name a few. Huge Vaulted Ceilings, Stone Front Cozy Fireplace. Remodeled Entire Eat-In Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Breakfast Bar and Custom Counter Tops!!! Spacious Master Bedroom with Master Bathroom remodeled and separate Exit to Patio, Accent Decor Paint, Over-Sized Laundry area, Lots of Plant shelves & Niches!!! Upgraded neutral color Ceramic Tile throughout. Pool-size lot with auto watering system and Private Covered Patio. Water Softener

Listed with West USA Realty


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$484,000 :: 691 E SIPAPU Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,960 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 08/22/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5649826
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 2 2ND AMD
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 2 2ND AMD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/14/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Stunning Home located in Layton Lakes! This home features 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths with ONE BEDROOM and FULL BATH DOWNSTAIRS! Formal living and formal dining room. Family Room opens into the HIGHLY UPGRADED Chefs Kitchen with all GE MONOGRAM Stainless Steel Appliances, Double Ovens, Backsplash and Kitchen Island with built in beverage fridge! Upstairs has 4 large bedrooms and 3 baths. ONE UPSTAIRS BEDROOM W/PRIVATE BATH. Large open loft. Spacious master bedroom with a luxury master bath with tub and walk in shower. Huge walk in closet. 10ft ceilings w/ 8ft doors.AAll bathrooms have been upgraded. Soft water system. Nicely landscaped backyard with extended pavers added to patio area for entertaining. 3 Car garage. Special Financing Incentives available on this property from SIRVA Mortgage.

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