Chandler Real Estate
Originally an agricultural and tourist community drawing farmers and ranchers, Chandler has grown into quite the hub for high-tech manufacturing companies such as Intel Corp., Motorola and Microchip Technology, therefore increasing population and economic growth. In 1980, Chandler’s population was close to 30,000 and has, since, increased to over 246,000 in large part to the influx of high-tech companies. In addition, Chandler is home to TechShop and the Arizona State University Innovation Center, which helps grow small businesses and entrepreneurs.
With such growth also came a thriving community dedicated to the arts resulting in The Chandler Center for the Arts. The center offers everything from concerts to art exhibits as well as several art and education programs for children. There is definitely no shortage of fun and unique things to do in Chandler, notably, the annual Ostrich Festival that takes place in March. It is as interesting as it sounds filled with ostrich races, hundreds of exhibits, entertainment, and a downtown parade.
The City of Chandler has some of the highest ranked school districts by the Arizona Department of Education and U.S. Department Education including Chandler Unified, School District No. 80 – Kyrene and Gilbert School District.
What makes Chandler unique is the integral role that corporate sponsors, such as Shea Homes, plays in helping the community. Shea Homes has demonstrated its commitment to Chandler schools by partnering with the Chandler Public Libraries for the Read Around the Home reading program in 2008 with their key initiative being the “Read to Your Child 15 Minutes a Day” program. The program’s goal is to bring parents and children together as a way to achieve academic success.
As Chandler continues to grow, it has not lost its small-town charm, just take a trip downtown and see for yourself.
Chandler Housing Market
Second quarter of 2016 sees Chandler housing prices continuing to rise, with a median price of just under $270,000. The average price per square foot in Chandler had a steady rise from October 2015 at $137 to July 2016 when it reached a high of $178. There was a small drop in August 2016 to $147. Median rents are down slightly to $1,499. The chandler housing market has been quite brisk, with both new and existing homes experiencing short marketing times. Old Stone Ranch is one of the most sought after planned communities in Chandler with its tree-lined streets and offering three picturesque lakes, walking paths and playgrounds scattered throughout.