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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$599,900 :: 2567 E PENEDES Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,311 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199230
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 4
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 3 PARCEL 4
Status: Active


Model Perfect! This is one STUNNING and well maintained home that is loaded with upgrades in the top-rated community of Freeman Farms! The grand entry with soaring ceilings leads you to the wonderful living space downstairs to include formal living and dining, guest suite w/ bath, Family room and the AMAZING kitchen. Gorgeous Cherry cabinetry, over-sized Kitchen Island, large walk-in pantry and Top Line SS appliances make entertaining in this kitchen a dream. Spacious upstairs loft offers a nice retreat. Master Bedroom is split w/ generous ensuite bath to include double vanities with seating area, oversized shower/ soaking tub and custom walk-in closet. All 3 secondary bedrooms upstairs are generous and have walk-in closets. The backyard is INCREDIBLE with an expansive covered patio,

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$479,900 :: 1357 W CRYSTAL SPRINGS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,445 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6192824
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Status: Active


Absolutely stunning custom home situated on the builder's showcase lot offering the best view of the falls! This gem is well appointed with vaulted ceilings, skylights, plantation shutters, tile and wood flooring throughout and two gas fireplaces. Kitchen boasts custom wood cabinets with multiple pull out cutting boards, island, wet bar, breakfast bar, and huge walk-in pantry! Master retreat offers private fireplace, balcony overlooking waterfall, snail shower jacuzzi tub and large master walk-in closet. Separate 8X8 bonus space upstairs can be used as additional storage or small office. Huge laundry room with mud sink, extended garage with mud sink and reroofed in 2012. Only community in The Islands that offers natural gas! This is a must see!

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$689,000 :: 2493 E NARROWLEAF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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6 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,065 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199223
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Status: Active


The house you've always dreamed of is here! Captivating two-story property with all the bells & whistles offers desert landscaping, 3 car garage, RV gate, and stone accents. Interior boasts clean & spacious living areas. Elegant family room w/fireplace & in-ceiling speakers. Gourmet kitchen features high-end SS appliances, staggered cabinets w/crown molding, granite countertops, tile backsplash, large island, and walk-in pantry. Master suite has an immaculate ensuite with his & hers sinks, make-up vanity, soaking tub, and ample walk-in closet. Oversized loft is perfect for a game area. Let's not forget about the amazing backyard! This great Oasis offers full length covered patio w/ceiling fans, fenced pool, lush lawn, many palm trees, and citrus trees. Stop looking & start calling!

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$549,000 :: 343 W DUBLIN Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,913 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199188
Community: RANCHO DEL VERDE UNIT 4
Tract: RANCHO DEL VERDE UNIT 4
Status: Active


DON'T MISS OUT on this wonderful home in a great location! Close to everything: Crossroads Shopping Center, San Tan Village Regional Mall & the 202. Walking distance to 2 neighborhood parks (1 just out the front door), & the largest featuring covered playground equipment, B-ball & sand V-ball courts, 2 Gazebos & various workout stations. Inside you're greeted w/grand sweeping staircase at the entry. Elegant columns & arch feature separating LR & Formal DR. Huge Kit. features lg. island, granite counters, breakfast bar, tons of cab. space, & walk-in pantry. Also downstairs is an office & a large Bonus Rm. The lg. Master Suite has an elegant bath w/dble. sinks, sep. tub & shower & lg. walk-in closet. 3 other BRs upstairs (1 extremely huge!). Inviting back yd. w/fenced pool, fire pit, lawn &

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$319,500 :: 1278 E CLIFTON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,357 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199219
Community: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Tract: SPECTRUM AT VAL VISTA PARCEL 1
Status: Active


This beautifully maintained 3 bed /2 bath single story home, is located on a premium corner lot, in the highly desired community of Spectrum at Val Vista! The home features an open floor plan, with an eat-in-kitchen, granite countertops, an island and plenty of cabinets. The spacious master has an en-suite with dual vanities, soaking tub and separate shower. The backyard boasts a covered patio and newly installed stamped concrete. Spectrum offers miles of walking/biking trails, greenbelts, basketball, tennis, playgrounds and so much more. Easy access to 202 Freeway, San Tan Mall, Great Restaurants, Shopping, along with everything Gilbert has to offer!!

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$330,000 :: 1083 S COTTONWOOD Court, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,340 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6198014
Community: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL B
Tract: SETTLER'S POINT PARCEL B
Status: Active


Beautiful home on the corner lot! Welcome to this open floor plan located in the highly desirable Settler's Point community! This well maintained property offers plenty of features for you and your guests to enjoy... The kitchen offers plenty of granite countertops plus a kitchen island for meal prep or entertaining... you won't run out of room for your cooking essentials in these spacious cabinets... Enjoy your favorite glass of wine or read a novel in the quiet setting of the home! There's a large master suite and the secondary bedrooms are perfect size for kids and guests... You'll be in the perfect location, near Life Time Fitness, restaurants, shopping and more! You'll also have easy access to highway 87 and near the lower 202 freeway...

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$424,900 :: 514 N COBBLESTONE Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,229 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199075
Community: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Tract: STONECREEK LOT 1-231 TR A-S
Status: Active


This 4 BR 3 BA + den/office 2,229 sq ft home is in the heart of Gilbert. Owners have loved this home & it shows. Den/office is located on main floor. Upstairs you will find the spacious KIT that flows into the dining area & great room w/vaulted ceilings & stately FRPL. Great room has expansive windows that overlook backyard. MBR is lg w/walk-in closet & MBA has separate tub & shower & dual sinks. 2 additional BR's & hall BA complete the upstairs. Downstairs there is another huge living area w/projector screen & BR & BA perfect for guests. Lg laundry rm w/space for extra refrigerator. Backyard is very private, perfect for family gatherings & BBQs. Stone creek is so green w/mature trees, community pool, playground, tennis ct, basketball & near Freestone park. Rare find that won't last long!

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$440,000 :: 1148 S LYDIA Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,437 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199081
Community: COOLEY STATION NORTH PARCEL 3
Tract: COOLEY STATION NORTH PARCEL 3
Status: Active


This home has it all, large open floor plan with lots of upgrades, Downstairs master bedroom with an additional downstairs bedroom (currently used as den/w closet). Full secondary bathroom on main floor. Large loft on and bedrooms that have walk in closets. The home has every square foot as usable space. This home has a ton of storage space. Nice landscaped backyard with pavers. Home is near schools, shopping, restaurants and easy access to the 202 freeway.

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$480,000 :: 6001 S ROCKWELL Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,964 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6197869
Community: SHAMROCK ESTATES PHASE 2B
Tract: SHAMROCK ESTATES PHASE 2B
Status: Active


Welcome home to this three bedroom two bath single level home in Gilbert with a saltwater POOL!! Meticulously cared for by the original owners, the home is a split floorplan - Owner's ensuite on one side, and two bedrooms on the opposite side. The open floor plan allows movement between the kitchen and the great room, and the kitchen island is perfect for your next buffet. Tons of natural light along with high ceilings add height and elevation to your interior, Located in Shamrock Estates, it is exceptionally close to San Tan Village, shopping, dining, and the loop 202. It is also minutes away from Gilbert Regional Park - over 270 acres of fun and entertainment! Must see, won't last !!

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$800,000 :: 3916 E CASSIA Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,044 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 02/25/21, Last Updated: 02/25/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6199027
Community: BRIDGES NORTH
Tract: BRIDGES NORTH
Status: Active


You have to check out this gorgeous 4 bedroom 3 bath home in Gilbert! Out front you have lovely curb appeal with low maintenance yard and spacious 3 car garage. Inside is absolutely stunning with tons of natural light, neutral paint throughout, a beautiful fireplace, and tons of space for entertaining. Dining area has a gorgeous tile accent wall, and the large kitchen has more cabinet / countertop space then you'll know what to do with and breakfast bar / island. Large master bedroom includes a walk-in closet, and the mater bath has a separate shower / tub, double sinks, and private toilet room. Out back you can relax under the covered patio while the kiddos swim in the sparkling blue pool and the dogs run around on the luscious green grass. Home definitely won't last long so check it out!

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