The city of Chandler is located south of Mesa and west of Gilbert, and was founded in 1912 as a farming community. Today, more than 100 different subdivisions populate Chandler, such as Arizona Country, San Marcos, Ray Ranch, Pecos Ranch, and Monterey Point. One such subdivision, Clemente Ranch, showcases one and two-story homes, up to 4,500 square feet in size. Another popular neighborhood, Pennington Place Community, features Arizona ranch and Santa Barbara style homes, and average 2,000 square feet. There are several townhome and condominium options in Chandler as well, such as Cantabria Shores, Arcadia Village, and Lemon Tree Community.
Nearby, the 76 square mile city of Gilbert has a rural charm, thanks to its agricultural beginnings. Gilbert is primarily a suburban community, and features dozens of distinct neighborhoods and subdivisions. For example, Ashland Ranch features Southwest style single-family homes from 1,800 to 3,000 square feet, on tree-lined streets with numerous landscaped common areas and private parks. Other popular subdivisions within Gilbert include Breckenridge, Madera Park, Circle G, Neely Farms, San Tan, Power Ranch and Morrison Ranch.
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Things To Do: Fitness and outdoor enthusiasts in Chandler will enjoy popular parks such as Tumbleweed Park and Desert Breeze Park, as well as the Koli Equestrian Center and the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. In Gilbert, outdoor lovers enjoy the multi-acre Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, with 4.5 miles of walking trails, as well as abundant bird life and fishing. Two more popular parks are the Freestone District Park and Crossroads Park.
Golf options in Chandler include the Ironwood Golf Club, Bear Creek Golf Complex, Ocotillo Golf Resort, the Sunbird Golf Club and the San Marcos Golf Resort. Golf courses in Gilbert include the Western Skies Golf Club, Greenfield Lakes Golf Club, Trilogy Golf Course at Power Ranch, and Seville Golf and Country Club.
Chandler hosts several events such as a Chihuahua race during Cinco de Mayo, the Ostrich Festival, the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony during the holidays, and the Chandler Artwalk. Chandler is also home to Rawhide Western Town, a Western-themed attraction featuring live shows, restaurants and shopping. Other shopping options include the popular Chandler Fashion Center, Chandler Pavilions, The Shoppes at Casa Paloma, and the Phoenix Premium Outlets.
Gilbert also is home to several holiday events such as a Halloween carnival as well as an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration. There are a few weekly farmer’s markets, served by nearby farms, as well as a bi-weekly art walk October through March. Major shopping areas include the San Tan Village open-air mall and the shops at the Gilbert Town Square.
Chandler is 17 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, but also features its own municipal airport. Gilbert is served by one major freeway, the Loop 202. Gilbert is a twenty-five-mile drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, but is closer to the smaller Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.
Schools: Chandler is served primarily by the A rated Chandler Unified School District. Gilbert is served primarily by Gilbert Public Schools, with a few areas served by Mesa Public Schools, Chandler Unified School District and the Higley Unified School District.