City Hall, downtown Chandler. (Photo courtesy of deanouellette) Area Information
Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. Once a small agricultural town, the city of Chandler is now one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, and repeatedly recognized for its safe, family-friendly environment. The attraction begins with an ideal climate. With an average of 330 sunny days every year, residents have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city's 60 parks, six aquatic centers and 327 miles of paved bike paths and trails.
Chandler features a number of distinct neighborhoods. The walkable downtown area preserves the "City Beautiful" style of urban planning, which was popular during its founding in the early 1900s, and exudes historic charm. If you rent an apartment in Chandler, you might spend the day browsing some of the many boutiques and eclectic art galleries. As Arizona's fourth-largest city, Chandler also offers a taste of culture. The Chandler Center for the Arts hosts international performances, and a city program brings art installations to locations throughout town. There is also plenty of delicious local options for foodies, including unique restaurants that incorporate culinary influences from around the world, microbreweries and wineries. Chandler also has a scientific side. Proclaiming itself the "High-Tech Oasis in the Silicon Desert," the city has attracted big-name tech companies to its Price Corridor business district.
Commuters in Chandler use State Route 87, which runs north/south, and Commonwealth Avenue, which runs east/west. Commuters also take rapid-transit busses that run along Arizona Avenue to connect with light rail options in Mesa, to the north. The Chandler Municipal Airport provides supreme convenience for charter and business flights, while both the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in east Mesa are each just 20 minutes away.
Chandler's McQueen Lakes. (Photo courtesy of CWaterhouse)
Renting in Chandler, AZ
Apartments for rent in Chandler can be hard to find and pricey, as demand is high.
Chandler Attractions San Marcos Golf Resort ? One of Chandler's five championship golf courses, this was Arizona's first course designed as a resort.
Chandler Fashion Center ? This premier regional mall also includes an outdoor entertainment pavilion, movie theater and water display.
HuHuGam Heritage Center ? Run by the Gila River Indian Tribe, this center features important cultural artifacts that are preserved and displayed in a climate-controlled repository.
Lone Butte Casino: Just south of Chandler on the Gila River Indian Reservation, this destination offers gaming, entertainment, restaurants and lounges.