Chandler is one of the cities which make up the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, as do its neighboring cities of Mesa, Tempe, and Gilbert. Chandler has less of a big-city feel, however, at its southern border is the unspoiled desert land of the Gila River Indian Community. This means that a short drive in one direction brings you to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and in the other direction into the heart of the Sonoran Desert.
The population of Chandler is about 250,000, out of the almost 5 million that make up the Greater Phoenix area. The town was founded in 1912 and a number of historic buildings remain. The city is also noted for its many recreational areas, parks, gardens, aquatic centers, and museums.
The attractive climate is what brings many people to Central Arizona initially, and that is part of Chandler's appeal. There are roughly 300 sunny days a year, compared to about 200 for the U.S. as a whole. This is a big draw if you wish to enjoy the active adult lifestyle, and have an interest in such pursuits as hiking, tennis, golf, or pickleball.
Winters are mild, with average daily lows of 40 and 41 degrees, though there may be a few frosty nights and occasionally a light flurry of snow. From April to October the temperature seldom falls below 70 degrees, with a daily average of 92 degrees in July, the hottest month. This is an average figure, and residents have to be prepared for days when the temperature is over the 100 degree mark any time from June to September.
Chandler offers a choice of 55+ active adult communities of various sizes and in various price ranges.
The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo
The non-age restricted The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo has 278 one- and two-bedroom condos and penthouses ranging in from 862 square feet to 1,577 square feet. Prices start in the mid $200s for one bedroom and mid $300s for two bedrooms.
Amenities include a heated pool with cabanas, a fitness center, yoga studio, and a clubhouse with billiards and media center. The property is a five-minute drive from downtown Ocotillo, with a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. It's also a five-minute drive to the Ocotillo Golf Club, a 27-hole course offering preferential rates to residents of The Cays.
Lone Tree is a 55+ active adult gated community of 72 homes. It's a five-minute drive from the East Hunt Highway, which marks the end of Chandler and the start of the undeveloped land of the Gila River Indian Community. In the other direction it is 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
All 72 single-family homes have a minimum of two bedrooms, with some having a den, and larger homes have a second den or third bedroom. Homes range from 1,715 square feet to 2,509 square feet and all have a two-and-a-half-car garage and either two or two-and-a-half bathrooms.
There are no shared amenities, but Lone Tree is connected to the Lone Tree Golf Club by a footpath. Residents can buy a monthly membership for access to the course and use of other facilities such as The Grille restaurant and the club's hiking and biking trails.
Solera is a gated 55+ community of 1,179 single-family homes. It's a two-minute drive from the East Hunt Highway, marking the southern boundary of the city of Chandler and the start of flat, open desert land. It's a 30 minutes' drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
There are ten different models for homes, starting at 1,151 square feet for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car garage home, up to 2,421 square feet which has two bedrooms, a den, three bathrooms, and a two-and-a-half-car garage.
Solera has a number of amenities including a clubhouse, a ballroom, fitness center, arts and crafts center, two outdoor pools, four tennis courts, and courts for pickleball, bocce, and shuffleboard. It's a one-minute drive from the Lone Tree Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course.
The community supports numerous social clubs and leisure activities, including dancing, woodworking, ceramics, Bible study groups, gardening, bridge, theater, and a singles group.
Springfield is a 55+ active adult community of 742 single-family homes that were built from 1996 to 2000. It's a 15-minute drive from downtown Chandler, and 35 minutes from Phoenix International Airport.
There are a large number of models available, ranging from floor plans of 930 square feet for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home, through to 2,382 square feet providing two bedrooms, a den, and three bathrooms. All have two- to three-and-a-half-car garages.
Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, two outdoor pools, a movie theater, tennis courts, bocce, shuffleboard, and a basketball court. The many social clubs cover interests as diverse as bible study and poker, with groups for card and board games, water volleyball, gardening, and golf. Springfield is across the street from the Springfield Golf Resort.
Sunbird comprises 1,631 single-family homes for active adults of 55+. Sunbird is a two-minute drive from the southern end of Chandler and open desert, 10 minutes away from Interstate 10, and 35 minutes from the international airport in Phoenix.
One of the most affordable communties near Phoenix, there are 20 different models in the Sunbird. The smallest being 745 square feet for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home with a one-car garage. The largest homes available are 1,680 square feet which include two bedrooms plus a den, two bathrooms, and a two-and-a-half-car garage
This larger development offers many amenities including a substantial clubhouse, 18-hole golf course, fitness center, several arts and crafts centers, two pools, four tennis courts, and six shuffleboard courts. There are many clubs and classes, including cards, singing, gardening, hiking, and arts and crafts.