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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$825,000 :: 3533 E PENEDES Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,095 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 05/07/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6231777
Community: MARBELLA VINEYARDS PHASE 2B
Tract: MARBELLA VINEYARDS PHASE 2B
Status: Active


Welcome to the highly sought after community of Marbella Vineyards in Gilbert. This single level, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Shea Renew model sits on a premium North facing lot with beautiful pavered drive, 3 car garage, modern interior & a professionally landscaped backyard with pool, water feature, built-in BBQ, and artificial turf for endless weekend fun. Inside you'll find no detail spared in the building of this nearly new home with a large greatroom floorplan, feature kitchen with white cabinetry, oversized wrap around island, and formal eating area. The wood look tile, neutral color palette, and stunning tile choices in the master ensuite bath with soaking tub, glass shower, and vanity with extended closet upgrade make this executive home feel extra special. The secondary bedrooms...

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$350,000 :: 4362 E CARLA VISTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,347 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236056
Community: WILLOWS
Tract: WILLOWS
Status: Active


Move in ready 2 Bedroom, 2.5 bath home in The Willows. Updated carpet and paint done in the last week along with a new garbage disposal. Carrier air conditioner installed in 2017. Community pool just down the street with playgrounds close by. Won't last long. All offers will be reviewed on Monday morning and a buyer chosen then.

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$495,000 :: 6279 S SUNNYVALE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,783 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236037
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 1
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Come see this cozy 3 bedroom 2 bath with an office/den in the beautiful Seville Community of Gilbert AZ. Gas fireplace in family room and eyebrow arches adds charm to the home scene all year round. Enjoy breakfast in natural light offered in the kitchen nook. Master bedroom comeswith walk-in closet. Master bathroom has double sinks, separate tub and shower. Backyard by design with covered patio and ready for your own touch to beenjoyed. Shopping nearby and close to the San Tan foothills.

Listed with Farnsworth-Ricks Management & Realty, Inc.


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$639,000 :: 1022 W SPUR Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,080 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235979
Community: ARTEMINA 2
Tract: ARTEMINA 2
Status: Active


Incredible find needs some love in desirable Artemina 2 neighborhood. This corner lot home has everything you could want in a fabulous neighborhood: meticulously cared for and beautiful lawn with landscape lighting and artificial turf, freshly-painted exterior, RV gate, 12-foot ceilings, 2 new Trane AC units, tile roof, plantation shutters, great room, lots of built-ins, split floor plan, Bose surround sound in great room, gas fireplace, outdoor speakers on patio, pebbletec pool with fountains, surrounded by freshly-refinished cool deck, built-in barbecue, natural stone-tiled covered patio - and a price that allows you the budget to update it with your own interior paint, flooring and appliances. Make this one truly your own!

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$639,900 :: 927 E Buckingham Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,650 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235974
Community: LAYTON LAKES
Tract: LAYTON LAKES
Status: Active


Just when you thought the perfect home didn't exist..you realize...THIS IS IT!!!!!This 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath with an office down stairs offers a great floor plan with a spacious lay out and an entertaining back yard which was recently remodeled.

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$635,000 :: 3938 E DUBOIS Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,540 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235935
Community: Seville Golf & Country
Tract: Seville Golf & Country
Status: Active


Your search ends here! This is golf course living at its best. The popular four-bedroom, three full bath plan, beautiful Shea home is located in Seville Golf & Country Club within walking distance to the 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, restaurant facilities, sport club and pools. Riggs Elementary is in walking distance too. The kitchen has been refurbished with granite countertops and island seating plus other kitchen seating. Two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom. There is a living room, dining area and separate family room with professionally built bookcases and two desks! The backyard has patio, refinished Pebble-Tec pool and spa with a low-maintenance yard. There is a new tankless Water Heater, Water conditioner with RO system. Enjoy the three-car garage with cabinets! ...And the

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$595,000 :: 502 S BURK Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,726 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 05/07/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6232793
Community: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL C REPLAT
Tract: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL C REPLAT
Status: Active


This stunning Gilbert home within 2 miles of downtown Gilbert has enough to please any buyer. It offers a spacious floor plan, vaulted ceilings, newer interior/exterior paint and has tile and hardwood flooring in all the right places. This home has a great chef style kitchen with black stainless steel appliances, top tier granite, tons of cabinet space, and an extended island. The backyard has a sparkling pool and an impressive BBQ island. The roof was replaced in 2019 and the AC was replaced in 2015 for a worry free home.

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$544,777 :: 4285 S SNOWCAP Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,149 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235894
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 4
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 4
Status: Active


Location, Location, Location!! This Split 3 bedroom, w Den, 2 bath Cul-de-sac Home... with a POOL HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR FAMILY!! 3 Car garage, Basketball hoop, Play Pool and Comm Pool, Tile in all the right spots, Newer carpet, Wood blinds and Solar shades throughout entire home, Ceiling fans, Spacious Family room and Cozy Living room features gas Fireplace, Granite counters upgraded 42' cabs and ALL Appliances Included... Washer, Dryer and Fridge! Brand new tankless Hot water Heater , Soft Water system, epoxy garage floors, beautiful mature landscaping, Cul-de-sac opens to bike trails and walking paths...List go's on...A MUST SEE...Better hurry...Let the race begin!

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$569,900 :: 3775 E CULLUMBER Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,543 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 05/13/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6235340
Community: HOLLIDAY FARMS UNIT 2A
Tract: HOLLIDAY FARMS UNIT 2A
Status: Active


BEST PRICED SINGLE LEVEL;SPLIT MASTER;DEN NEXT TO MASTER; ONE WING HAS 2BR ONE BA;PRIVATE IN-LAW W/PVT.BA IN BACK WING WITH VIEW. FORMAL SETTING.BAYED WINDOW IN FORMAL LVGRM. VAULTED CEILING T/O;PLANT SHELVES;TILES IN ALL WET AREAS. DESIGNED MADALLION TILE ATINVITING GRAND FOYER. SEP.JACUZZI TUB/SHOWER IN MASTER.OVERSIZED PATIO W/VAULTED CEILING AND FANS&COOL DECK FLOORING.GAS FP INSIDE+WOOD BURNING FP IN BACKYARD.PEBBLE TEC PLAY POOL W/ROCK WATERFALL FACING COMM.VIEW LOT.N/S OT SIZE NEARLY 9000SF.BUILT-IN CABINETS IN LAUNDRY AND GARAGE W/SIDE SERVICE DOOR.DESIGNED SEC.GATE AT WIDE FRONT ENTRANCE.TAMBOUR 8' OAK DOOR.NICE FEATURES T/O HOME.OPEN & BRIGHT.A PERFECT PLACE TO CALL HOME.OWNER/AGENT RELATED.

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$615,000 :: 435 S BURK Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,726 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 04/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6219242
Community: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL C LOT 1-203 TR A-D
Tract: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL C LOT 1-203 TR A-D
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/14/2021 by 4%
Status: Active


Simply put, this is the rare occasion where luxury, style, warmth & comfort exist in the same home. Even more unique is when you can combine a spectacular spacious property that feels like your own private resort. Nestled on a quiet cul de sac street in a perfect Gilbert location, close to anything & everything! The upgrades & renovations were well planned and carried out with a demand for quality & elegance. Most important, they were done with the intentions for the owners to savor for years; not a quick surface makeover so common these days. The most discriminating buyer will be overwhelmed by this wonderful home. New compressors on A/C units 2016. Pool resurfaced & decking in 2020. Both Roof & HVAC have recent inspections will all items addressed!

Listed with West USA Realty


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