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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$725,000 :: 6711 S BANNING Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,968 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
Added: 10/14/22, Last Updated: 12/03/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6476515
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 38B
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 38B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/3/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


MOVE IN READY home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Seville! A spacious 4-bed, 3.5-bath, CORNER LOT, 3 CAR GARAGE HOME! This home has been well cared for with TWO AC UNITS UPGRADED in 2020, NEW CARPET & INTERIOR PAINT done in 2022 and much more! Come inside to discover plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings, impeccable eat-in kitchen features ample cabinetry, SS appliances, an island w/breakfast bar & granite counters. Spacious main bedroom comes with backyard access, large ensuite w/dual vanities, a walk-in closet, and a garden tub. Lastly, relax under the covered patio from the lush low-care front & backyard. This beautiful home checks ALL of the boxes!

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$500,000 :: 3579 S RANGER Trail, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,483 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,614 sq ft
Added: 12/03/22, Last Updated: 12/03/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6495157
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 9 PARCEL 1 LTS 1 THRU 66
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 9 PARCEL 1 LTS 1 THRU 66
Status: Active


Welcome to your new home in the award winning Power Ranch community! This two-story, air conditioned 3 car garage residence features a greenbelt front yard, 2 streets from community pool & a striking stacked stone accented facade. Exterior was just painted! Enter to discover a lovely interior showcasing a warm neutral paint, carpet in all the right places, plantation shutters, a formal living & dining that has a convenient pass-thru to the kitchen. Home also includes a fireplace! The kitchen comes complete with SS gas appliances, granite, a breakfast bar, and plenty of cabinets. Large upstairs main bedroom gives you a walk-in closet, en suite with dual sinks, a separate tub, & shower + private balcony access. Huge upstairs loft and nook style den. Both secondary bedrooms have walk in clos

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$430,000 :: 1758 E CARLA VISTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,124 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 12/03/22, Last Updated: 12/03/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6487678
Community: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Tract: GILBERT RANCH UNIT 2
Status: Active


Move-in ready! Super cute and updated. Popular Gilbert Ranch. Great location. Soft gray and white pallet, wood look plank tile, carpet in the bedrooms, quartz countertops, higher profile baseboards, stainless refrigerator, dishwasher, range, and microwave. 2 1/2 inch faux wood blinds. Pool and spa in an easy to care for backyard. 3 bedroom or 2 bedroom plusden/office, 2 bath is the perfect starter home or ideal for downsizing. Close to wonderful restaurants, shopping, and award winning schools.

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$509,000 :: 933 W Tremaine Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,751 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 07/16/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6435382
Community: SONESTA ESTATES UNIT 1
Tract: SONESTA ESTATES UNIT 1
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 4%
Status: Active


A beautifully remodeled single story home with 4 bedrooms 2 bath. Brand new white cabinets, polished granite countertops and tastefully tile lined kitchen walls. Backyard is abundant in space for all types of activities. Beautifully smooth tiled floors and abundant natural lighting filters from the large windows. An overall clean and minimalist interior appearance.

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$459,900 :: 3973 E WYATT Court, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 11/10/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6487308
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 15
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 15
Status: Active


What a great Move-in Ready Family home in Gilbert. No carpet in the entire home, Brand new wood like plank tile T/O. Brand new stainless Steel kitchen Appliances. Fridge, washer & dryer stay, New interior and exterior paint. Split floorplan Pet and kid friendly grass in the backyard. San Tan Ranch community offers many community events such as WInter Wonderland in Dec, be a part of this. Close to schools, shopping, parks and places to eat, Walk to Higley High or San Tan Elementary, shopping at San Tan Mall. Or enjoy the many parks in the community such as Menlo or Grizzy, 2 lots over is a Community Volleyball park.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$800,000 :: 3904 E LEAH Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,305 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 12/02/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6495129
Community: HIGHLAND GROVES
Tract: HIGHLAND GROVES
Status: Active


Looking for a GORGEOUS kitchen and entertainers backyard? This 3300 square foot, home in a prime Gilbert location boasts loaded upgrades that are hard to come by. The foliage lined paver walk way leading to the front door gives the home a cozy inviting feel, and draws you through the front door where a grand staircase entry way will greet you. Off to the right you'll find an intimate living room, and to the left a spacious great room, both equipped with new plantation shutters and intricate woodwork. The real show stopper is the completely remodeled kitchen with quartz counters, a gas range, an industrial fridge, extended island with storage, and MASSIVE PANTRY! The new tile throughout contributes to the light and bright feel of the home. The upstairs is home to 4 of the 5 bedrooms

Listed with O48 Realty


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$399,000 :: 722 N Cedar Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,503 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 09/09/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6461926
Community: La Vida Serena Estates
Tract: La Vida Serena Estates
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


NEW PRICE REDUCTION. Priced below Recently Appraised Value. Seller has made repairs from previous inspection reports. It's ready for you to move in. New Roof, New Central AC, New Wall Unit ACs in PERMITTED Addition, New Electric Panel, New Windows in main rooms, New Bathroom Vanities, New Cordless cellular blinds. New Refrigerator and Dishwasher, and freshly painted exterior. All appliances and an INSIDE Washer Dryer are included. Zero carpet in Home. Just ONE MILE from Downtown Gilbert. Driveway Parking for 4 plus an RV gate for your toys. Did I mention no HOA? The back bonus room is huge and has endless possibilities- game room, family room, home theater, workshop. The 4th bedroom in rear of home could also be a gym, office or craft room.

Listed with United Brokers Group


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$490,000 :: 4165 E CLAXTON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,163 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 10/20/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6479746
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 7 PHASE 4
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 7 PHASE 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/2/2022 by 1%
Status: Active


Spacious 4 bed, 2.5 Bath in super desirable Power Ranch! Large kitchen features pantry, island, desk area and eat in dining.Refrigerator, washer and dryer included. There is also formal dining area and living room with warm wood laminate flooring.Master bedroom is on main floor with large walk-in closet and double sinks. 3 bedrooms and separate living area are upstairs. Recently upgraded HVAC with two zones, upgraded flooring throughout.Wonderfully landscaped backyard has synthetic turf and pavers. Front yard has low maintenance desert landscaping. Largestorage space under stairs. Don't let this beautiful home slip away. Call to schedule a showing today

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$955,400 :: 3114 S COTTONWOOD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,871 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,375 sq ft
Added: 11/14/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6489433
Community: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Tract: ALLEN RANCH PARCELS 1 2 3 & 4
Status: Active


Entertainers dream house. Lot is14,000 +sqft. of exquisite resort grounds. Must see document section to review all upgrades owners have made. WAY TOO MANY TO MENTION! Beautiful wood window sills! Tilt outs at kitchen sink! Gourmet pantry. Charming interior w/10' ceilings, 8' doors, soothing palette, and a spacious living area for receiving guests. Wonderful computer/office nook. Main bedroom has double entry. Watch TV while bathing or look out at your orchard.. Den/4th bedroom has private courtyard French door entry. Enjoy gourmet meals in the fabulous kitchen while listening to your surround sound. Or sit outside at your Gourmet Island Entertainment Center watching the fire ice! Electric car charger in single garage. Only have a neighbor on one side! This value will not disappoint!

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$409,000 :: 206 N PALM Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 776 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 12/02/22, Last Updated: 12/02/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6495085
Community: GILBERT
Tract: GILBERT
Status: Active


Gorgeous remodeled bungalow in Gilbert's Heritage District! Walking distance to the best that Downtown Gilbert has to offer with award winning dining & entertainment. Stunning and fully renovated in 2021, no expense was spared with this gem while keeping the historic character of this home intact. No HOA and currently operating as a successful short-term rental on AirBnB. Keep it as a rental, or move-in and experience truly unique Gilbert living.

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