The East Valley

Chandler

A thriving suburb that’s home to a tech giant and lots of family fun.

Chandler is a suburb in the East Valley that’s home to the Fortune 500 Intel headquarters, packed with excitement for the whole family, and offers affordable homes with room to spread out.

History Downtown Chandler

The city offers affordable homes, a good school district and plenty of places for kids to play, making it an option for growing families to consider.

There are ample opportunities for playtime with the kids with 60 recreational parks, six aquatic parks, or the city’s 35,000-square-foot Chandler Skate Park. Adults can get in on the fun, too, at one of the city’s seven golf courses or by taking advantage of miles of hiking and biking trails.

Residents can also enjoy shopping at Chandler Fashion Center and Phoenix Premium Outlets, trying local flavors ranging from tangy BBQ to authentic pho, and visiting the monthly Art Walk along the trellis-covered walkways of Downtown Chandler.

The city offers affordable homes, a good school district and plenty of places for kids to play, making it an option for growing families to consider.

Locals love: There’s plenty of outdoor recreation, golfing and a vibrant downtown. Its central location makes it easy to access areas outside of Chandler.

Nearby attractions:

  • Arizona’s largest western-themed attraction—Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
  • Family fun center Makutu’s Island
  • The Annual Ostrich Festival
  • Vintage rail cars at the Arizona Railway Museum

Closest cities: Gilbert, Mesa

Freeway access: Santan Freeway, Price Freeway Loop 101, Arizona Avenue SR 87

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Gilbert

A fast-growing city with family-friendly neighborhoods.

Gilbert is a sophisticated city that still holds onto its history established by the original locals: farming families.

Safe neighborhoods, excellent schools and outdoor and cultural attractions help make Gilbert an attractive option for young families.

Even though it’s one of the fastest growing towns in the country, Gilbert still has a small town feel with nods to the past.1 Gilbert’s roots and present come together in Heritage District, where the city’s historic buildings have been converted into places for entertainment and restaurants—like the popular local favorites, Liberty Market and Joe’s Real BBQ.

Safe neighborhoods, excellent schools and outdoor and cultural attractions help make Gilbert an attractive option for young families.2

Locals love: Unique dining experiences like Liberty Market as well as the local community events like the Gilbert Farmer’s Market, Global Village Festival, and Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Nearby attractions:

  • Huge selection of golf courses
  • Historic downtown
  • New Mormon temple
  • Cosmo Dog Park
  • Riparian at Water Ranch (a popular wildlife preserve)
  • Central Trail System (135 miles of biking, hiking horseback riding trails)
  • Gilbert Regional Park (coming soon)

Closest city: Mesa

Freeway access: Santan Freeway Loop 202, Superstition Freeway US 60

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Mesa

Big-city culture meets easy suburban living in the desert.

The city of Mesa offers locals the fine dining, arts, entertainment and professional sports of a big city, mixed with the familiarity of life in the suburbs. Cultural amenities like live music and museums are plentiful, while the stark beauty of the desert is never too far away.

Downtown Mesa

Cultural amenities like live music and museums are plentiful, while the stark beauty of the desert is never too far away.

Mesa is home to plenty of farm-to-table restaurants, spring training teams including the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s, and the Mesa Arts Center: the Southwest’s largest urban art and entertainment campus. You’ll also find lots of great escapes from the city hustle, including desert landscapes and nearby adventures like ranches, farms, wineries, breweries and tons of hiking.

The vibrant city, affordable housing and close proximity to ASU-Polytechnic Campus attract families, students, and retirees to the city.

Locals love: There are tons of community events to explore and enjoy. In addition, Mesa is home to an emerging nightlife and culinary scene ranging from farm to fork, comfort foods with a twist, tapas style noshing, posh wine bars, craft breweries, and gastro pubs.

Nearby attractions:

  • Local flavors along the Fresh Foodie Trail
  • Cactus League Spring Training stadiums
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
  • Shopping at the upscale Village Square at Dana Park or funky downtown boutiques
  • 200 public art sculptures in the downtown area
  • Performing arts theaters, galleries and exhibitions at Mesa Arts Center
  • Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails and golf courses

Closest cities: Gilbert, Tempe

Freeway access: Interstate 10, State Highway 60, Loops 101 and 202, and State Route 24. Mesa is also part of the Phoenix-Mesa metro area light rail system with stops going into Downtown Mesa.

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Tempe

Exciting nightlife in a centrally-located college town.

Home to family-friendly festivals, outdoor activities and Arizona State University, Tempe has plenty of sports, shopping, culture and food. The college atmosphere makes it feel like a living, breathing city that comes alive at the start of each semester.

 Mill Avenue Bridges in Tempe

Tempe is a good location to consider for couples, families, singles, and, of course, college students, looking for a lively city.

Locals can enjoy shopping at Arizona Mills or Tempe Marketplace, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding at Tempe Town Lake, soak up local culture at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, catch a college football or spring training game, and hiking and biking paths around town.

Tempe is a good location to consider for couples, families, singles and of course, college students, looking for a lively city. In fact, the city is ranked among the top 20 places to live in the U.S. for people in their 20s and 30s.1

Locals love: Always having something to do, living in a central location with easy access to everything you need, with multiple transportation options including the light rail, Orbit shuttles, and shorter commute times than other East Valley cities—just a short 10-minute drive to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Nearby attractions:

  • Arizona State University
  • Events and outdoor activities at Tempe Beach Park
  • Restaurants and entertainment on Mill Avenue
  • Live theater at ASU Gammage Auditorium

Closest cities: 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale

Freeway access: Loop 202, Loop 101, U.S. Route 60, SR-143

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Queen Creek

A growing suburb with small-town, rural charm.

Queen Creek is a shop-local, know-your-farmer type of community where you can enjoy everything from family-owned farms and boutiques, to unique shopping destinations and large-scale superstores.1

The city is all about farm-to-table cuisine and honoring its equestrian and cowboy/cowgirl heritage. Local favorites like Schnepf Farms, the Barney Family Sports Complex and the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center provide entertainment for kids and parents alike.

Queen Creek is a shop-local, know-your-farmer type of community.

Open land in Queen Creek

Queen Creek is also home to a vibrant entrepreneurial culture, an educated workforce and some of the highest household incomes in the state2, making it a great place for growing families and young entrepreneurs who don’t want the hassle of living in a big city.

Locals love: There’s an undeniable, colloquial charm about Queen Creek, not to mention lots of outdoor activities including horseback riding, golfing, and hiking.

Nearby attractions:

  • Local farm-to-table delicacies like Queen Creek Olive Mill
  • Agritainment including Schnepf Farms and Superstition Farm
  • Special events and horseback riding at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre

Closest cities: Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix metro

Freeway access: Near the Santan Freeway

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