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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$379,000 :: 4633 S CALICO Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,667 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 10/21/18, Last Updated: 10/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836455
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 1
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 1
Status: Active


Here's an absolutely beautiful 4 bedroom (plus den) home in Power Ranch that has been meticulously cared for by its original owners. There's a living room, family room and a dining room. Upstairs, you have four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Downstairs, you'll find a large den / fifth bedroom. Yes, the den has a closet. It also has double doors and a beautiful built-in desk / workspace. There's also a bathroom and a large laundry room on the first floor of the home. You'll love the beautifully landscaped yards, large covered patio, awesome firepit, built-in-BBQ, tons of brick pavers, huge 3 car garage, rv gate and a very private back yard. Take a look at the photos to see how beautiful the home and neighborhood is. Better yet, take a look at this great home today!

Listed with Realty Executives


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


$283,999 :: 831 W SIERRA MADRE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,687 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 08/10/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5805058
Community: DAVE BROWN UNIT 5
Tract: DAVE BROWN UNIT 5
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/20/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


This gorgeous single level home is waiting for you! Home was completely gone through from top to bottom including brand new interior and exterior paint, brand new carpet in the bedrooms, brand new shower/tub combo, brand new bathroom countertops, brand new epoxy in the garage and much more!Spacious walk in closet in the master room.Backyard features a blank canvas with a patio and plenty of room for you dream oasis! This one will surely go fast so hurry in today!

Listed with Better Choice Homes, 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/!


$439,900 :: 3701 E PALMER Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,784 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836414
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 3
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 3
Status: Active


This gorgeous home, which has been painted in and out is located in the highly coveted Seville Golf & Country Club development is for sale by original owner. Home has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and includes a 3-car garage, large kitchen with island, balcony access off of the master, built in BBQ and bar, outdoor firepit, fireplace, custom paint, built-in entertainment center, upgraded flooring. Close proximity to Mesa Gateway Airport, ASU East Campus, Shopping and Freeways. This is it, move-in today; It's a resort lifestyle community. complete with a private golf and country club, and walking paths

Listed with Nations Investments Corp


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$398,000 :: 1223 E LARK Street, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,732 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836446
Community: ESTATES AT THE SPECTRUM
Tract: ESTATES AT THE SPECTRUM
Status: Active


$5000 credit to buyer towards upgrades!!!THIS IS IT FOLKS!!! You don't see lots like this everyday...believe me!! Absolutely HUGE and perfectly landscaped backyard, over 18,000 square feet!! Desirable North/South exposure, Featuring a beautiful sitting area with extended pavers and a gazebo for your enjoyment. Large grass area, as well as fruit trees surround the property. Prime Gilbert location only one mile south of the 202 freeway AND conveniently located near EVERYTHING!This well maintained home features 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, With a bedroom and a full bath downstairs perfect for guests or mother-in-laws! Upstairs we have 4 Bedrooms Plus a Huge loft perfect for family entertainment. Also, the laundry room is upstairs

Listed with The Maricopa Real Estate Co


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$385,000 :: 1098 W BOSAL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,389 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836287
Community: ARTEMINA
Tract: ARTEMINA
Status: Active


Beautiful Artemina now has a single level home available! This property is situated on a N/S premium lot right next to the park with view fence - send the kids to play next door to enjoy the grass without the maintenance! Upgraded kitchen cabinets, 20'' tile, surround sound, dual master closets, huge kitchen with plenty of storage and upgraded cabinets,new carpeting installed 10/18. Beautiful pool with water feature. Laundry room with extra storage and sink.3rd car vgarage was converted to bonus room by previous sellers.Welcome to a fun and friendly neighborhood, and just a bike ride away from downtown Gilbert!

Listed with HomeSmart


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$309,900 :: 1772 E ARABIAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,128 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 10/11/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5832089
Community: RANCHO CIMARRON
Tract: RANCHO CIMARRON
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/20/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


Location, location! This is a beautiful, former Model Home in Gilbert. Custom Wood Staircase, Island Kitchen, and bay window overlooking your private backyard with covered patio. Family room has gas fire place, intercom system throughout, Full bed and Bath Downstairs. Upstairs has Jack & Jill bed & bath and Master with vaulted ceilings, separate tub, shower, double sinks and private toilet. Garage has custom storage cabinets. The house has been freshly painted inside and out! Brand new carpet throughout to be installed or a credit to buyer, whichever is preferred. Close to shops, restaurants, and San Tan Mall. Walking distance to Fry's, Target, and Home Depot. This neighborhood is highly desirable, schedule to see it today!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$441,900 :: 2732 E Rakestraw Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,770 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836370
Community: Freeman Farms Phase 2 Parcel 2
Tract: Freeman Farms Phase 2 Parcel 2
Status: Active


Move-in ready 5 bed, 3 and a half bath home is located in Gilbert! Stunning tile throughout that brightens this elegant space! The kitchen is wrapped with cabinets providing lots of storage, the center island makes cooking a breeze! Light a spark to your evening by the fireplace or enjoy your loft upstairs where you can entertain with guests. Relax in your master bed and bath where you have, dual sinks, vanity space, walk-in closet, tub or shower, take your pick! Head out back to your private oasis where you have a built-in BBQ, covered patio, large yard and more! Schedule a showing today!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$312,900 :: 692 N BLACKBIRD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,225 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836362
Community: EastPoint
Tract: EastPoint
Status: Active


**This home is not yet built** Prime Gilbert location! Gated community with Resort-like swimming pool and ramada. Close to top schools, employment and dining. This 4bed/3bath home is ready for you to customize. Dramatic 9ft ceilings, granite counter tops, hardwood cabinetry with 36'' uppers, abundant kitchen prep space, covered patios, tankless water heaters and so much more! Stop by and see what Arizona's trusted craft builder has to offer! Ask about our October Incentives.

Listed with LYS Properties, LLC


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$342,000 :: 3759 E LARSON Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,860 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836345
Community: COOLEY STATION PHASE 2
Tract: COOLEY STATION PHASE 2
Status: Active


This is it. Your beautiful 3 bedroom 3 bath home in well sought after Cooley Station in Gilbert on one of the larger lots.Full bathroom and bedroom downstairs. Large loft upstairs. Tastefully upgraded, decorated and well kept pool home. Great Gilbert Schools, shopping and close to 202 Frwy. Pool heater for winter night swimming in low maintenance private back yard.. Close to the community pool and parks. You will not be disappointed. Single loaded street.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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


$379,000 :: 1110 E JUANITA Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,954 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 10/20/18, Last Updated: 10/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5836350
Community: VAL VISTA PARK LOT 1-231 TR A
Tract: VAL VISTA PARK LOT 1-231 TR A
Status: Active


Beautifully remodeled and upgraded throughout in modern country style. All new bathrooms, New kitchen, new flooring and much more. Very desirable neighborhood in biking distance to downtown gilbert and in the A+ school zone of Patterson Elementary. NO HOA! Owner/Agent

Listed with HomeSmart


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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