Chandler is a 58 square mile city bounded by many other prominent areas such as Tempe and Gilbert. It belongs to Maricopa County, AZ. As of today, continuous city development has allowed Chandler to reach its maximal size as it has already reached the demarcation lines of other nearby cities and communities such as the Gila River Indian Community.
Chandler is notable for being home of many global tech offices such as Intel. As of 2014 the current population of the city has exceed the 230,000 mark making it one of the most populous cities in the state.
Property Market in Chandler
People who are looking to move to Chandler, AZ are in for a treat. Like Scottsdale and its sister cities, Chandler offers a robust and competitive real estate market for every type of buyer. While there are fewer listings in Chandler compared to the larger metropolis that is Scottsdale, Chandler boasts a higher number of luxury properties and very affordable family homes under $300,000.
Looking for a luxury home?
Luxury homes in Chandler run the gamut from one million dollars to a high of four and a half million for larger properties.
A typical 1 million dollar residential property can accommodate five to six family members easily, has four to five bathrooms and has a total land area of four thousand to five thousand square feet. The average price per square foot of land of these properties is $210-$250.
The Vasaro Citrus Reserve Community is home to some of these luxury properties.
These gated residential areas are perfect for small and large families alike and you won’t be disappointed with the view or the easy access to the rest of Chandler. Stainless steel furnishings are common, especially in the kitchen and pantry.
You won’t have to worry about bringing in every piece of furniture from your old home as luxury properties are fully equipped and can be used immediately after purchase.
If you have more than three vehicles, try to find a property that has a four-car garage so you can fit all your vehicles easily and safely. Expect larger garages in properties that are at least $500,000 and above.
What About Less Expensive Residential Properties?
While luxury properties are widely available throughout the city, lower-priced family homes also abound. There are modern homes in the suburbs that are now selling for less than $200,000.
Residential units that are being sold for $180,000 to $350,000 have the following characteristics: 2-3 small to medium sized bedrooms and two-three separate bathrooms. Note that many average to mid-point properties have been remodeled or improved prior to listing.
Property owners often focus on “curb appeal” or making the property’s exterior attractive to potential buyers and improving the bathroom and kitchen. Often the highest level of improvement can be seen in these areas. Admittedly, a poorly lit or unimproved bathroom or kitchen can be a big deal breaker to the majority of potential house buyers.
One of the most prominent attractions in Chandler are its art centers such as the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery which you can visit free of charge on your first day in Chandler.
This art gallery boasts of more than 2,500 pieces of unique art reflecting American history as well Native American culture. For history lovers, the Chandler Museum is open to guests as well as academic researchers who are interested in delving into the roots of Chandlerites and the city’s robust agricultural past.
Many people don’t know that while Chandler valiantly stood against the Great Depression, the “cotton crisis” that would come years later would have a severe impact on the economic life of the city. These are just some of the things that you will learn when you pay art and history exhibits a visit if you decide to come to Chandler in the near future.
What about some family fun?
Chandler isn’t all commerce and history – it’s actually an ideal place for families with small kids because there are more than sixty recreational facilities for those seeking good, clean family fun especially in the summer.
Let your kids burn off their extra energy in one of these public recreational facilities. You can also try the indoor trampoline park, aptly called Jumpstreet.
Located off E. Warmer, this facility is unique not because of its numerous floor trampolines but because it also has fully functional “wall trampolines” that you can use in conjunction with the floor trampolines. Sounds crazy right? That’s what makes it special!
You can also find the best skate parks in the entire USA right here in Chandler (it’s official!). Fitness enthusiasts would also be happy to know that the recreational facilities here are cyclist-ready and you can even participate in events such as the Chandler Iron Man Triathlon to test your mettle against the fittest Chandlerites in the city.
Of course, if you want a more laid back approach to your visit to the city, we suggest that you hire any of the professional tour companies in the area. Guided tours are available throughout the year.
Guided tours cost anywhere between $75 to $120 depending on the length of the tour and the scenic areas to be visited. You will be visiting tourist favorites such as the Montezuma Castle, Apache Trail, Pueblo Grande Museum and even neighboring cities such as Scottsdale.
If you’re on a budget, the least expensive tours involve visiting old villages in neighboring cities. Such tours only cost $30 for adults and less for children under the age of twelve.
Scheduling should be easy as different tour companies accept bookings from Monday to Sunday. However, some special tours are only available twice a week especially if you’re going to ride a steamboat. Ask the tour company ahead of time to be sure.
Don’t worry about accommodations as there are plenty of places to stay in Chandler, too. Like its sister cities, Chandler is fairly complete when it comes to accommodating tourists and providing tourists fun activities to do while they’re still in the city.