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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$999,500 :: 3020 E PALO VERDE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,591 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,038 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154386
Community: CIRCLE G AT HIGHLAND WEST
Tract: CIRCLE G AT HIGHLAND WEST
Status: Active


Stunning, One of Kind Home in the heart of Gilbert. This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath +office home features a wide open floorplan and indoor/outdoor Arizona living, doors that open up to your heated pool, party ready patios with gas firepit & plenty of grass. Still room to design your own sport court! Recently updated Kitchen features quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances & upgraded white cabinetry. You'll have plenty of room at the massive kitchen island for easy entertaining next to the light & bright family room. Just off the entry, conversation & formal dining area. Split floorplan, private master suite & bath with garden tub & large shower, duel vanities & walk in closet. 3 secondary bedrooms opposite hall with Bedroom 4 with ensuite bathroom. Come tour today!

Listed with Home Centric Real Estate, LLC


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$355,000 :: 2252 E Catclaw Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,669 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,406 sq ft
Added: 10/17/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6148496
Community: Finley Farms
Tract: Finley Farms
Status: Active


You will love this charming home in the desirable Finley Farms neighborhood in the heart of GILBERT! With the vaulted ceilings in the master and family rooms, this home features 3 bedroom + Den. Den has double doors and exit door towards the other bedrooms. New interior two-tone paint! Freshly painted cabinets throughout! Open kitchen with new granite tops/faucets/under mount sinks and more... North/South exposure. Ac unit and water heater replaced in 2019. Minutes away from Loop 202, US 60, parks, restaurants, shopping ... It is ready & waiting to be your new home!

Listed with Gold Trust Realty


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$570,000 :: 4271 S MARBLE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,586 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154315
Community: ESTATES AT THE SPECTRUM
Tract: ESTATES AT THE SPECTRUM
Status: Active


Fabulous home in the Estates at the Spectrum in Gilbert situated on a private 11000+square foot lot awaits you! Featuring 5 bedrms (one bedrm downstairs), 3 bas, bonus room downstairs w/ sink & laundry hook-up, a 2nd laundry room upstairs, extended tech center, Library area w/ built-in book shelves. Beautiful kitchen with raised panel cabinets, granite countertops, gas cook top, double ovens, stainless steel appliances & island. Wood floors in dining room & great room. Master bath w/ double sinks, 2 walk-in closets, separate tub & shower. Lush lawn recently seeded, backyard with extensive pavers, fruit trees, diving pool & spa. Convenient location to 202 freeway, shopping, Gilbert Regional Park & Mercy Gilbert Hospital. Chandler school district.

Listed with Coldwell Banker Realty


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$515,000 :: 3429 E HARRISON Street, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,274 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154290
Community: LYONS GATE PHASE 7
Tract: LYONS GATE PHASE 7
Status: Active


Nearly new 2014 built 4 BR, 3 bath home plus den plus loft with 3274 sq ft of living space and a POOL in the desirable community of Lyons Gate in Gilbert! Move-in ready! Huge kitchen has plenty of cabinets for storage. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hood over gas cooktop, wall ovens, microwave, and dishwasher. Formal dining room has a butler pantry. Upstairs laundry room with access from Master closet. Backyard has a covered patio, built-in trampoline, sparkling pool, travertine pavers and synthetic turf. RV gate, 3 car tandem garage.

Listed with Platinum Service Realty


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$390,000 :: 1561 E BLACK DIAMOND Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,724 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6151626
Community: WESTERN SKIES ESTATES UNIT 2
Tract: WESTERN SKIES ESTATES UNIT 2
Status: Active


This lovely home is located on a North South lot, backing to the 12th Tee of Western Skies Golf Course. You will enjoy the open feeling as you relax in your sparkling pool! The landscape gives you views of the golf course but also provides some privacy.The home features multiple living spaces and eating areas. The Kitchen has granite counters and an Island with a composite sink. There are Three Bedrooms and Two baths. The master suite features a large walk in closet, private bath with dual sinks, walk in shower and garden tub.The interior laundry room has cabinets for storage. The Garage has Cabinets and a peg board area for your tools. This could be Your next Home!

Listed with Arizona Gateway Real Estate


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$336,500 :: 3873 E GIDEON Way, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,780 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 09/12/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6131270
Community: COOLEY STATION NORTH
Tract: COOLEY STATION NORTH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/30/2020 by 0%
Status: Active


Charming 3 Bed 2.5 Bath courtyard home in esteemed Cooley Station North Community with Community Pool/Spa. Home has Great room with an open kitchen with a paver patio and tranquil water fountain. NEW PAINT!! NEW CARPET!! All 3 Bedrooms upstairs split. Master Bedroom has walk-in closet, dual sinks, soaking tub and step-in shower, laundry room and a loft perfect for home office, exercise or X-box. Loaded with upgrades!! Granite counters, SS/black appliances, surround sound, oil-rubbed bronze door hardware, soft water loop, epoxy garage floor & stacked stone exterior! HOA maintains front yard. Large open Green Located near 202 Freeway, Top-Golf, San Tan Village, half-block from Cooley Middle School. Community has 3 pools, spas, playgrounds, basketball and wide open green spaces. Must See!

Listed with Rapido Realty, LLC


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$325,000 :: 1513 E CAMPBELL Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,356 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154209
Community: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Tract: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Status: Active


Calling all buyers! Now is your chance to see an adorable, single level home on a quiet cul-de-sac. It features BRAND NEW Wood plank tile and carpet, new paint, granite and classy kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances. Don't forget your very own PRIVATE pool with brand new plaster!

Listed with HomeSmart Lifestyles


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$355,000 :: 3784 E CHICKADEE Road, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,730 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154167
Community: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 3B
Tract: POWER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD 6 PHASE 3B
Status: Active


Here it is! Officially on the market and ready to make your own! This immaculate Power Ranch home is bright and airy. The 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom gem is the perfect size. You're sure to love the gorgeous staircase, granite counter tops and white cabinets! Have you ever had the convenience an upstairs laundry room? They're a game changer! Let's talk upgrades: In the past 12 months, this home has fresh interior paint, new carpet, a new garage door opener, new stainless steel appliances, new blinds throughout the bottom floor, a new R/O system, and extended pavers in the back yard!. Open houses being held this weekend 10/31 and 11/01 please come by and see for yourself! You'll be impressed!

Listed with HomeSmart


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$350,000 :: 221 E VAUGHN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,571 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154160
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-123 TR A-F
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-123 TR A-F
Status: Active


From the beautiful lakefront views, the wood fireplace in the living room, the spacious kitchen with beautiful cabinets and tons of storage- this home is a must see! Home is located on the lakefront with a private dock and large covered patio. The master bedroom en suite features a dual sinks, soaking tub, and walk in closet. There is something for everyone at Stonebridge Lakes, two beautiful community pool, playgrounds, etc- it's just a great place to call home!

Listed with Mark Brower Properties, LLC


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$1,350,000 :: 2698 E LINES Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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7 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,792 sq ft
Lot Size: 37,898 sq ft
Added: 10/30/20, Last Updated: 10/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6154156
Community: LINES FAMILY ESTATES
Tract: LINES FAMILY ESTATES
Status: Active


Wow! Who needs lots of space for family & separate building for work? This amazing home w/large basement for kids w/bedrooms, playroom & entertaining room. Detached1,000 sq foot casita w/full kitchen, laundry, & bathroom. On the second floor is a 600 sq ft office & separate 600 sq ft storage room that could easily be turned into another office or bedroom. An enormous RV garage w/room for multiple cars & oversize workspace w/bathroom. The main house has vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, a great room concept, a lg laundry room, & a great slide for the kids to take them from the first level to the basement. 2 extra-lg RV gate, a large pool, spa, & lots of new winter grass areas for the kids to play. Your home is located minutes from the freeway & shopping. Come Say Yes To This Address

Listed with Arizona Best Real Estate


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