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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$795,000 :: 5051 S Girard Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,869 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 08/26/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6283918
Community: Bridges
Tract: Bridges
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/1/2021 by 4%
Status: Active


Stunning 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home in the sought after Bridges community. This 3869 square foot home has tons of space. Enter into the formal dining room & living space, with staircase, and a half bath. Open great room kitchen with massive island, breakfast seating, white linen cabinets Silestone quartz countertops. Upgraded Stainless appliances and eat in kitchen area. Large family room with lovely wood look tile flooring. Large master with 5 piece master bath, walk in closet connected to laundry. and views of the beautiful mountain vista. Huge open loft with unique space. 3 car tandem garage with opener and paver driveway. Large grass backyard backs to greenbelt. This Premium lot is close to Gilbert regional,

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$550,900 :: 2241 S AGNES Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,129 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,050 sq ft
Added: 09/17/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6294851
Community: BUNGALOWS AT COOLEY STATION PHASE 1
Tract: BUNGALOWS AT COOLEY STATION PHASE 1
The price of this listing was last increased on 9/20/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Photos coming soon. This cozy 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home in the prestigious Cooley Station Community welcomes you! The meticulously designed kitchen area features an open floorplan with essential amenities such as sleek granite countertops, appliances, alluring cabinetry with plenty of counter space, and a kitchen island with a built-in breakfast bar perfect for sharing a home-cooked meal. Relax in the primary bedroom complete with an ensuite bathroom, private toilet room, double vanity sink, and a walk-in closet. The rear exterior area features a covered patio ready for the next family cookout with plenty of space for outdoor activities. Fantastic home a short drive from the Greenfield Lake Golf Course, Toka Sticks Golf Club, and many more outdoor recreational activities!

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$1,200,000 :: 2570 E CALLE DE FLORES --, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,755 sq ft
Lot Size: 48,352 sq ft
Added: 09/10/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6292053
Community: Metes and Bounds
Tract: Metes and Bounds
Status: Active


THIS IS THE LIFE! Prepare to be impressed when you enter this superbly maintained & presented home set on a sprawling 1-acre lot occupying a peaceful street position. This home enjoys abundant natural light and a layout designed for easy living and entertaining incorporating a generously proportioned kitchen with quartz countertops, welcoming living and dining room, guest powder room and laundry. The living room provides comfort and warmth while the backyard brings year-round delight. Take a dip in the pool or share your stories around the fire pit with family, gazing at the bright flames under the starry night sky. Recent upgrades include new exterior paints in 2020. 1 AC unit in 2020, 2 AC units in 2017. New roof and front windows in 2019.

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$795,920 :: 2353 E Athena Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,597 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296085
Community: STRATFORD
Tract: STRATFORD
Status: Active


Under Construction ETA April or May4 Bedrooms plus den with double doorss and closet, Single Level, Kitchenaide Gourmet Cooktop Package, Freestanding Tub in Owners Suite, Upgraded Regal White Cabinets thruout the house. 8' Interior Doors, 10' Ceilings, Lots of Recessed Lighting thruout entire house, Walk in Shower at one secondary bath ilo standard tub/shower. 20' Wall of Glass at great room. Buyer can still choose Flooring, Countertops, Bath/Shower Surrounds, Interior Paint, Lighting, Finishing Touches. Photors are of a completed home in another community. Taxes are Approximate...Write on builders Contract

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$1,255,995 :: 3705 E BOOT TRACK Trail, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,955 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6296063
Community: LAKEVIEW TRAILS SOUTHEAST AT MORRISON RANCH
Tract: LAKEVIEW TRAILS SOUTHEAST AT MORRISON RANCH
Status: Active


Located in the highly desirable Morrison Ranch master plan community in Gilbert, this beautiful new Toll Brothers Quick Move-in Home will be completed October/November 2021. Sophisticated finishes throughout! Gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliances, upgraded cabinets and countertops. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with a 16' multi-panel sliding glass door that opens to linear fireplace on the covered patio. Lavish primary bathroom with large walk-in shower, free standing tub, quartz countertops, and oversized walk-in closet. Versatile study to suit your needs with endless possibilities. Split 3 car garage. And plenty more! Convenient to the San Tan Mall and Downtown Gilbert for endless shopping and dining opportunities.

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$383,000 :: 1435 S SPARTAN Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,279 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6295914
Community: DAVE BROWN LAMOREAUX FARMS
Tract: DAVE BROWN LAMOREAUX FARMS
Status: Active


Wow! Wonderful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath that has been updated. New Flooring Throughout, Fresh Interior and Exterior Paint. Kitchen Features New Cabinets & Quartz Counters, Stainless Appliances.Large Master bedroom with walk in closet and split from the secondary bedrooms for privacy! Remodeled master bath with custom shower, new vanity and quartz counters. Hall bath has been remodeled. Inside Laundry Washer and Dryer Included! Home is a short distance to downtown Gilbert, Freeways, Shopping, Schools and Restaurants! Sharp Home, Easy Show !

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$675,000 :: 5693 S PARKCREST Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,311 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 08/31/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6286967
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 4
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


AMAZING OPPORTUNITY & LOCATION in GILBERT, AZ * 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3635 sq. ft, two-story, 3 car split garage * A great lot with no one behind you and low maintenance backyard * Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, wall oven, gas cooktop, huge pantry, and large kitchen island * Dual vanity sinks in Master and Upstairs Hall Baths * Spacious walk-in closet in Master Bedroom and 2 of the 4 secondary bedrooms * Tons of Storage * Large Loft * Lots of natural light * tons of storage * 1-year old Tankless Water Heater * Too much to list * Hurry, a must see...Won't last long!

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$769,900 :: 3451 E ORLEANS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,843 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 09/10/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6238202
Community: MARBELLA VINEYARDS PHASE 2A REPLAT
Tract: MARBELLA VINEYARDS PHASE 2A REPLAT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Stunning home located in the beautiful neighborhood of Marbella Vineyards. Prepare to see a model quality home with all the upgrades and features. Kitchen is a gourmet chef's dream with gorgeous white cabinets, massive island, tons of counter space with beautiful granite, stainless appliances, under cabinet lighting... this home has too many upgrades to list! Plantation shutters, new chandeliers and ceiling fans! Owners suite bath features separate walk-in shower and a soaking tub with extra large walk-in closet. Step out into the beautiful back yard with extended covered patio, built in BBQ, artificial grass and heated spa! Don't forget to check out the 3 car garage... Did I mention that this house is across from a greenbelt? Don't miss it!

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$845,000 :: 2745 E CARLA VISTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,800 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 08/30/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6286553
Community: GATEWAY RANCH
Tract: GATEWAY RANCH
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/20/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful, spacious, dream home located in desirable Gateway Ranch on a 1/4 acre lot. This home has it all! The downstairs features a stunning entry with vaulted ceilings, open living room, dining room, and a family room with a cozy, gas fireplace. Trendy, new paint and flooring, new light fixtures, and fans are found throughout the home. The gorgeous, airy kitchen has new, quartz countertops, an oversized sink, island, stainless steel appliances, and hookups for both a gas or electric stove. The tuxedo, maple cabinets are all soft close. The ample, bottom cabinets have slide out drawers. French doors off the kitchen open to a lush backyard with a pool, gas BBQ, covered patio, RV gate, extended concrete pad, and storage shed. One guest bedroom, bathroom, and a huge laundry room complete

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$1,080,000 :: 1461 E ARIS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,065 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6295881
Community: HAMSTRA DAIRY PHASE 1 REPLAT
Tract: HAMSTRA DAIRY PHASE 1 REPLAT
Status: Active


Stunning home located in the master-planned community of Waterston! A welcoming foyer leads to a bright spacious great room & formal dining area. The wide-open kitchen has plenty of cabinets, top of the line SS appliances, and a gorgeous marble waterfall island w/breakfast bar. The naturally bright primary bedroom is roomy enough for all your furniture and includes a beautiful bathroom with dual floating marble vanities. You'll notice highly upgraded modern light fixtures throughout the home, dimmers connected to wifi, and motion sensor lights where suited. Windows display plantation shutters or roller shades in all the right places. Outside you'll discover a large covered patio, artificial turf, a cozy fire area, and a side patio. Call to schedule a showing today!

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