I can pack a suitcase in record time if you say this magic sentence to me, “let’s go to a new city and discover all the things it has to offer that we don’t have at home.” There is nothing better than falling in love with a new place. The first time I went to Portland I discovered the Pearl District and all their delicious restaurants and micro breweries, (I’m still working through them). The last time I was in Portland, I fell head over heals for the Alberta District – an up and coming arts area. This summer we went to Denver and stayed in the LoDo District. It was walking distance to Coor’s Field where we caught the D-Backs vs. Rockies game.
This got me thinking, if super cool cities have districts that define their areas, what does Chandler have? We have districts too, we just call them Corridors. Let me break them down for you.
UPTOWN DISTRICT: North of Ray to Elliott and from the rail road tracks west to Alma School, this is an area on the verge of a resurgence. Attracting Millennials, this area is centrally located to the freeways, downtown Chandler, and multiple jobs. The area is an older part of Chandler, but there are many niches of homes that don’t have HOA’s so they can be fixed up in any style your heart desires without restrictions. Also, you can still find a nice townhome under $200,000.
DOWNTOWN DISTRICT: The iconic San Marcos Hotel sits in the mecca of this historic area of Chandler. This is the ideal place for locals and tourists to stay if they want to be in the hub of the city. If you are looking for a festival, want to do a pub crawl, or sample the best local food in the city and be in walking distance to your bed, you’ve come to the right place. Get up the next morning and you can walk out on the golf course for a round at the oldest course in Arizona. The living areas around downtown are diversified. Apartment living, condos, and the San Marcos Country Club circle the district.
TECH CORRIDOR: This area got its name due to the Tech companies that have landed between the South 202 freeway and Ocotillo Road off of Price Road. Home to Intel, MicroChip, PayPal, and more, this area attracts the tech crowd and is surrounded by South Chandler’s residential area. Housing close enough to work to ride your bike or Uber to work? Check. Need a place to unwind after a long day? Drop into the Meridian or the Living Room for a fun vibe, relaxing atmosphere, and plenty of good food and drinks. Movies and shopping? The Chandler Mall is right down the street.
SUN LAKES: Ok, so Sun Lakes isn’t a Corridor per se, but it does have it’s own unique flair that cannot go unmentioned. Between Riggs and Hunt Highway, Alma School and Dobson, you will find the crowd having the time of their lives. That’s because Sun Lakes is the retirement community for anyone who is ready to retire from work but not life. Golfing, swimming, happy hour, bunco, softball, and tennis, this list just touched the surface of activities happening here. If you’ve imagined it, there is a group to join that would love to have you!