In our 1st series post on buying a home in Gilbert, Arizona, we talked about the reality that when you do buy a home in a particular neighborhood, you’re not only buying that home in Gilbert, you’re buying the entire neighborhood around that home. The popularity of living in the Phoenix metropolitan area, which includes about 10 major cities, is growing. It’s becoming more competitive, and people are still flocking to the Phoenix area as we are writing this. The next city we are going to feature is Chandler, Arizona. Located just south of Tempe, Arizona, and to the west of Gilbert, Arizona is Chandler. Chandler is home to some of the most sought after real estate outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s family friendliness, with homes ranging from the middle to upper median, is certain to please your neighborhood desires. Along the way, we give you some visual representation on what styles of homes you could see, and some other fun things.
Keep in mind that these series are designed to spark your imagination, and help you start to identify some of the things that are important to you in your home search. Once you identify those things, our concierge client services folks can answer any questions you have. For now, please enjoy this brief look into some of the more striking talking points on Chandler, Arizona.
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Buying the Chandler, Arizona Neighborhood
CHANDLER, ARIZONA ECONOMICS
The city of Chandler started getting popular a little before Gilbert but is still one of the most up and coming places in Arizona. Chandler is a suburb of Phoenix that is also located in Maricopa County. Chandler is a little bit more densely populated than Gilbert, as the Gilbert area is more spread out. The city of Chandler has a population of 252,692 people. Similar to Gilbert, Chandler residents are primarily young business professionals and families. In this city, the residents are also mostly homeowners. With the percentage of people who own a home being 65% while the other 35% of residents are renters. The median household income in Chandler is $82,925. The median home value in this city is $510,800. While the median rent here is slightly lower than in Gilbert, coming in at an average of $1,312 per month.
Chandler has a few high rankings to boast about as well. The city of Chandler ranked #3 for Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in Arizona out of 58 suburbs. Which is even a couple of spots higher than Gilbert ranked. The city of Chandler also ranked a little higher than Gilbert for Best Suburbs to Live in Arizona, snagging the #2 spot. If you have kids you’ll find great schools in Chandler as the city was ranked #4 out of 119 for Places with the Best Public Schools in Arizona.
CHANDLER, ARIZONA CRIME AND SAFETY
The city of Chandler also does quite well when it comes to crime and safety. Falling far below national averages for both violent crimes and property crimes. Using the same measurements as above (calculated annually per 100,000 residents), Chandler’s robbery rate is 39.2 while the national average is 135.5. Chandler did have a slightly higher rate for some crimes when compared to Gilbert though. For example, the motor vehicle theft rate in Chandler is 145.1. Which is about 80 points higher than in Gilbert, but still far below the national average at 284.
CHANDLER, ARIZONA SCHOOLS
Like Gilbert, Chandler also has many A-rated schools in its district. In fact, Chandler actually has a slightly better school system to boast about compared to Gilbert. If you’re looking for quality schools for your kids this city has quite a few to offer. For public schools, take a look at BASIS Chandler. This school has both elementary level campuses and high school campuses. For their high school, they ranked the #6 Best Public High School in Arizona and for their elementary school, they ranked #10 Best Public Elementary School in Arizona. When it comes to private schools check out Seton Catholic Preparatory and Valley Christian Schools. These are both A-ranked schools that offer smaller classroom sizes so that your kid gets a more personalized learning experience.
CHANDLER, ARIZONA RESTAURANTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Living in Chandler, Arizona will give you plenty to do without having to leave your area. If you’re looking for a culinary experience, take a quick drive to downtown Chandler for some excellent food. While you’re there stop into The Perch Brewery for not only great food and drinks but also for the ambiance. At The Perch, they have over 50 brightly colored, tropical rescue birds that are too pretty to take your eyes off of. Also, make sure to drop by Jinya for some seriously great ramen, and if you’re looking for some light lunch fare then check out The Original Chop Shop. They are a great health food café offering juices, acai bowls, buddha bowls, chop salads, and more! The coffee scene in Chandler is also not going to disappoint. Peixoto is a must try Brazilian coffee roastery that’s right in downtown Chandler. Also, make sure to attend the Ostrich Festival that is held in Chandler every March. This event features ostrich races, a morning parade, national and regional entertainment, and also carnival rides and activities.