Making Snowbird Plans? Chase the Sun to Chandler Arizona

September 19, 2018 • Fenny Peiffer

Chandler AZ

The 55+ set loves the Arizona lifestyle, and who can blame them? With cities like Chandler making it easy to settle in and spend more time out on the course, relaxing poolside or taking advantage of its robust job market, snowbirds, and full-time residents agree there’s no better place to jumpstart their next chapter. Just 20 minutes from Sky Harbor International, and  Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airports, and 22 miles outside the Valley of the Sun, Chandler is the suburb named one of Arizona’s best by, and has been a resounding favorite with a  growing number of technology, and manufacturing enterprises. Progressive, and brimming with activity, Chandler is all about having everything at arm’s reach.

Established in 1912 by veterinarian Alexander John Chandler after purchasing an 18,000-acre piece of land known as Chandler Ranch, agriculture played a key role in the city’s burgeoning economy. Not straying too far from its homegrown roots with events like the Chandler Ostrich  Festival paying homage to over a century of ranching history, Chandler has quickly grown into a high-tech Silicon Valley of sorts – home to business giants like PayPal, and Intel Corporation.  Not ready to call it quits, many baby boomers relocate to cities like this long before they plan to retire not just for the endless recreation, but also for the opportunity to launch new careers or explore entrepreneurship.

While the rest of the country unpacks their snowboots, Chandler keeps the top down, and the sunscreen ready to go because any place with 330 days of glorious sun, and average temperatures of 85 degrees, is an outdoor mecca. Some cities are made for golf, and Chandler is right up there with the best of them. Ranked the 3rd best city for golf enthusiasts by Smart  Asset, boasting seven championship courses including Bear Creek Golf Complex and Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, let’s just say Chandler is on par with scoring a hole in one.  Everyone agrees Arizona’s crowning glory is its Sonoran Desert landscape, and there’s no better place to experience the dusky-hued tranquility of hiking trails at dawn, or a day of urban fishing than at Chandler Veteran’s Oasis Park, a meditative refuge set apart from the city.

When it comes to having everything at their fingertips, active adults love this city. Home to a  weekly farmers market, three casinos, and pedestrian-friendly streets complete with maps, and free parking, Chandler has one of Arizona’s best downtown vicinities. Splashes of creativity are scattered throughout the city from public artworks to the Chandler Center for the Arts, and the shopping and dining options are virtually limitless. Whether as a retirement destination, or a  sun-kissed retreat from the cold, Chandler has a variety of real estate options from 55+  communities, to non-age restricted neighborhoods like Carino Villas each centrally located just  minutes from all that this vibrant city has to offer.
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