Navigating Phoenix

Head West, LAD Follow Up

A few days back, Chris wrote a great post called Head West, LAD. He explained the local meme that helps us all remember that Lanes, Avenues and Drives are always on the West side of Phoenix. But he admitted there's no localalism for remembering where Circle, Court and Terrace are located.

Off the top of my head, the only Terrace and Circle I can think are on the East side.

Being addicted to my SnagIt screen capture software, I decided to make a map of where in the Valley homes on either Circles, Terraces, or Courts.


Circle, homes sold on in 2001

Courts, homes sold on in 2001

Terrace, homes sold on in 2001

Looks like Circles and Courts are largely on the East side of town, and the far Northwest. Terraces are mostly up north in Carefree & Cave Creek.  Hmmm.

Don’t mind me, I’m just addicted to my SnagIt.

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Navigating Phoenix – Head West, LAD.

We all know Phoenix is a big grid, with Named streets running east-west and Numbered streets running north-south.  And we know that street numbers start at Central Avenue, and run progressively larger to the east (streets) and west (avenues).

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But things are never as easy as they seem, right?  What about all those Lanes, Places, Drives, and other street suffixes?

Head West, LAD.

Lanes, Avenues, and Drives are on the west side of Central.

That leaves Ways, Streets, and Places on the east side of Central.  Unfortunately, the only good acronym might be considered controversial these days – can I say “WaSP” without getting in trouble?

I can hear some of you crying now – What about Circle or Terrace or Court?  Well…

Knowing the basics of East-West, the hundred block of North-South, and LAD-WaSP will get you where you need to be just about every time.  If you still get lost, trust your Garmin or your Google Map; they do a pretty good job ‘round these parts.

Your gettin’ there from here Realtor,

Chris Butterworth

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