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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$559,000 :: 2138 E NEW BEDFORD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,836 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 04/21/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6386773
Community: SPINNAKER BAY
Tract: SPINNAKER BAY
Status: Active


Single story 4 bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Val Vista Lakes. The vaulted ceilings provide a very open feel. Improved front and backyard covered patios and gazebo for outdoor enjoyment. Low maintenance backyard with custom storage shed. Built in storage cabinets in garage Updated bathrooms. Val Vista Lakes community boasts an amazing clubhouse with workout facility, tennis courts, Olympic-size pool, banquet halls, sandy beach lagoon and more! Beautifully kept neighborhood and an A+ rated elementary school.

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$739,000 :: 3273 E PAGE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,735 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 05/31/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6409057
Community: HIGLEY GROVES
Tract: HIGLEY GROVES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 5%
Status: Active


Meticulous 4 bdrm 2 bath home with a split floorplan, master retreat, 4 ft garage extension, and storage galore. The open concept & abundance of natural light are sure to please. Spacious greatroom & huge kitchen flow seamlessly together while adjacent room offers space for separate sitting area or formal dining. Stellar features include sizable bedrooms w/ enviable walk-in closets, recently updated master bath, 10 ft ceilings, elegant color palette, double french doors, 300sf covered patio, and mature landscaping. Highly coveted Higley Groves at Morrison Ranch offers a hard-to-find hometown feel with its white picket fences, treelined streets, parks, and walking paths. This home & neighborhood are an absolute dream for any owner!

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$645,000 :: 2045 S MARBLE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,136 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 06/29/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6426147
Community: ASHLAND RANCH
Tract: ASHLAND RANCH
Status: Active


This Fulton home is in Ashland Ranch and has a split floor plan that features a 3 bedroom plus DEN, 3 car garage and a spacious back yard. This home is light and bright featuring a spacious kitchen with an island.The home features 2 spacius bedrooms with a large open den/office, and an oversized master bedroom and master bath.. This lovely community boasts multiple playgrounds, basketball courts, green belts and an elementary school, and is minutes away to great restaurants, San Tan Village, Top Golf, Main Event, and the 202 for easy freeway access!

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$581,000 :: 2925 E ANDRE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,171 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 06/13/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6416040
Community: COUNTRY SHADOWS
Tract: COUNTRY SHADOWS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 0%
Status: Active


Very motivated seller!! Classic Ranch-style home w/ Solar-Panels in the Country Shadows community, , Open-floorplan & Details throughout with a secondary master bedroom. Eat-in-Kitchen features Stainless Steel Appliances, Gas Stove, Cinnamon Cabinets, & Pantry, into the Dining area & Living room w/ Built-in-Entertainment space. Through the double doors you will find the Office, Workout space or Guest Bed. Spacious Master w/ Full Bath. Inside laundry, into the 2-car Garage w/ Shelving. Relax or Entertain in the backyard w/ Covered Patio, Doggy Gate & endless Potential! Corner lot with home facing North to park.

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$420,000 :: 1152 W WINDJAMMER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,198 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 06/21/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6419657
Community: COVE AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-173 TR A-Z AA-DD
Tract: COVE AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-173 TR A-Z AA-DD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 1%
Status: Active


Fantastic location in the heart of Gilbert! Welcome to the Islands with beautiful landscaping throughout community, lake access a short distance from this home. Fishing and boating at several lakes open to all residents. This townhome has its own private backyard complete with an above ground spa and Gazebo for privacy. Great floorplan with guest bath downstairs, 2 large bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. Plank tile floors on entire bottom level installed in 2019, interior completely repainted, 2019, garage floor coated, 2019, fireplace updated 2019, Roof redone 2020, exterior painted 2020 and AC installed 2020! LOWEST PRICED HOME IN THE ISLANDS!!!

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$949,000 :: 3114 E CANYON CREEK Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,106 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 06/09/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6413020
Community: CHAPARRAL ESTATES WEST
Tract: CHAPARRAL ESTATES WEST
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 2%
Status: Active


This incredible Gilbert home truly has it all! Gorgeous curb appeal invites you inside! The spacious floorplan features a formal living and dining room with tall ceilings, as well as a family room with a stone fireplace. The fresh paint and carpet make this home feel brand new! Your stunning eat-in kitchen showcases crisp white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, NEW Induction Cooktop, walk-in pantry and an island with breakfast bar seating. The separate den has built-in desks and is perfect for your home office. Guests will appreciate the downstairs bedroom and full bathroom! Upstairs, there is a spacious loft and sizable bedrooms for the whole family. Your remarkable primary bedroom is spacious with a luxurious en-suite featuring separate vanities, a walk-in shower, jetted tub and

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$550,000 :: 3658 E SUNDANCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,750 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 06/29/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6425803
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 1
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 1
Status: Active


This Gilbert two-story home offers granite countertops, and a two-car garage.

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$661,883 :: 2122 E Flamingo Way, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,967 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 05/23/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6404780
Community: STRATFORD
Tract: STRATFORD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 8%
Status: Active


Builder final closeout at super popular Gilbert neighborhood. Stylish Bungalow elevation in Gilbert's premier community Stratford. Lots of community amenities; party pavilion with fireplace, firepit, gas grills, basketball, cornhole, playground equipment and lots of grass. Town of Gilbert with Chandler schools. loaded with amenities; White Shaker style cabinets with 42'' uppers, recycle center, built in oven and cooktop. Freestanding tub, over height, upgraded master shower, stereo and security prewire, Garage side exit door, plumbed for RO, softwater, nickel faucets and hardware throughout. FULLY UPGRADED, 100% wood look tile, quartz, subway tile backsplash, framed mirrors and more. Taxes estimated. Pics are of a similar model home. Estimated completion is fall 2022

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$599,999 :: 3886 S DEW DROP Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,006 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 06/01/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6406671
Community: POWER RANCH
Tract: POWER RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 0%
Status: Active


Welcome To Power Ranch! One of the southeast valley's premier master planned communities. Parks, Pools, School, a Fishing Pond, and more. This charming home has all the right space in all the right places. Walk into an inviting open concept kitchen, dining, living space. Super clean with updated wood look tile and fresh paint. Upstairs 4 spacious bedrooms await. The outdoor space in this home in phenomenal featuring an expansive corner lot, courtyard, and sparkling pool. An extended driveway for extra parking or a basketball hoop for a quick pick-up game. For the price this home is a winner. Welcome to your new home in Power Ranch.

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$775,971 :: 2072 E Flamingo Way, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,048 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 03/30/22, Last Updated: 06/29/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6376177
Community: STRATFORD
Tract: STRATFORD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/29/2022 by 6%
Status: Active


Builder final closeout of a very successful Gilbert new home community! Close and move in July!.This home is loaded with an abundance of premier finishes: White Shaker style cabinets, quartz kitchen countertops,, Kitchenaid appliances, home theater pre-wire, oil bronze lighting and plumbing fixtures, farm apron sink, contemporary horizontal stainless steel stair railing, laundry upper and lower cabinets. Landscape allowance for front yard. Lots of wood look tile, upgraded carpet, Built in appliances, subway tile backsplash, Downstairs guest suite. Flex room can be an office or formal dining area, plus spacious loft upstairs, too much more to list. Taxes estimated for 2022, pictures are of a similar plan, which is a model home

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