In 1891, veterianarian, Dr. Alexander John ("AJ") Chandler bought 80 acres of land from the U.S. government southeast of Phoenix in the Salt River Valley. By 1900, he owned an 18,000-acre ranch in the area, which he then subdivided and sold as “Chandler Ranch” parcels – and the rest, as they say, is history.
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For a city once known more for its ostrich farms than anything else, Chandler, Arizona has come quite a long way. Today, Chandler is a lively suburban community of about 260,000 people. It's known for its close-knit friendly community, wide range of things to do all year, and employment opportunities in a variety of high-tech industries. Read More...
The city’s connection to ostriches occurred during the early 1900’s where a plume of ostrich feathers adorning a woman’s hat was all the fashion rage. Militaries also sought these feathers. What 19th or early 20th century picture of a military parade doesn’t have stiff-backed officers marching in step with a billowing ostrich feather atop their hat or helmet?
Unfortunately for Chandler’s ostrich farmers, the bottom fell out of the market once women decided that fluttering feathers were no longer chic. And the military found that ostrich feathers did not stand up well in the trenches of northern France.
Not to worry, because while these big birds roamed Arizona’s farm pastures or sunk their heads into a hole, someone else, Dr. A.J. Chandler, very much had his head in the clouds, looking into the future.
Chandler was a visionary developer who saw great promise in the area. He purchased 18,000 acres of mostly parched land and then helped devise an irrigation system, based on the irrigation of the ancient Hohokam natives, whereby water could be routed to hundreds of sub-divided lots each 160 acres in size.
Chandler then launched a national advertising campaign which attracted hundreds to the area. It wasn’t long until this dusty bit of Arizona with its three tumbled-down wooden shacks became the dynamic city called – you guessed it - Chandler.
Unlike Tombstone or Dodge City, Chandler’s wild west roots don’t really have much of a connection to the gun-slinging cowboys and poker-playing outlaws who, after one too many shots of whiskey, often pulled out their guns and proceed to put holes in each other. It does however, retain the legacy of cowboy cuisine and foods unique to that period in American history.
Since 2010, at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park, there has been the Chuck Wagon Cook Off. Folks in Chandler take seriously the recipes and meals fit for the trail. Here you’ll be able to eat authentic Chili Con Carne (with beans or without), slow, fire roasted beef ribs, sourdough biscuits, and other dishes unique to the wild west. After all, as every trail boss knows, a cattle drive moves on its stomach.
Chandler today boasts of many fine restaurants. However, today few serve meals from the back side of a chuck wagon. In fact, the city has pretty much everything one looks for in an exciting, cultured, and pleasant place to live.
Livability.com ranked Chandler #22 best city in America for families in 2020, citing great schools, a sunny climate, and a “massive” assortment of recreational facilities. To top that off, NerdWallet named Chandler the third best city in America for working parents, citing the low cost of living, affordable childcare, and high-quality schools.
Chandler Unified School District is a big contributing factor to the city’s desirability. Ranked the second best school district in the state, Chandler Unified serves 44,500 students in 50 schools and is joined by 10 private and charter schools.
The city bills itself as the “Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest,” due to the plethora of technology and manufacturing jobs available here. Computer giant Intel set up its second largest facility in Chandler in 1980, becoming the city’s largest employer. In total, the company has invested over $1.7 billion in the area.
And it’s not just jobs that are aplenty in Chandler. There are over 67 parks in here where you see dozens of people peddling around on their bikes every day. There are bike lanes and trails throughout the community.
If you are seeking culture and entertainment, the Chandler Center for the Arts is a 1,500 seat preforming arts center. There are also many art galleries and local ballet troupes.
When it comes to bragging rights, Chandler can claim the state’s first golf course, the San Marcos Golf Resort, created in 1913 . As everyone knows, golf is almost a religion in Arizona and Chandler is, so to speak, the Vatican or Mecca of the game (at least that’s what a few local boosters say).
Currently (2021), the housing market in Chandler is very tight with unusually low inventory. Home values are growing too, due, in part, to the desirability of this wonderful community. Chandler offers an array of waterfront, golf view, and traditional neighborhoods with palm tree-lined streets, as well as higher-end, luxury homes with lots of land and horse privileges. If your tastes are more modern or you are looking for new construction, Chandler has that too.
According to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service ("ARMLS"), the YTD median home price in Chandler, AZ as of June 29, 2021 iis around 450, 000.
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