Welcome to the second in our new blog series from CENTURY 21 Northwest Realty: Battle of the Phoenix Cities! We’ll give you an overview of two cities in the Valley of the Sun, taking a look at homes, schools, and entertainment in each. This week, two of the Valley’s most illustrious cities will be showing their stuff: Chandler vs Mesa! Who will win? You decide!
Chandler vs Mesa: Overview
Chandler is a city bustling with activity ranging from hiking trails and lakes to sports complexes, as Chandler is the fourth largest city in Arizona in terms of population with well over 300,000 residents. Dr. Alexander J. Chandler founded the Town of Chandler on May 17, 1912. He created one of the most advanced irrigation systems in the country, converting the dry desert into farmable land. Since then, Chandler has been rated Top 100 Best Communities for Young People (among a bunch of other awards/ratings over the years).
Currently, Mesa is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, due to its excellent climate and strong local economy which boasts some of the country’s top manufacturers. Electronics, automotive testing, propulsion equipment, aerospace, and heavy machinery firms are among the most significant in the region.
Chandler vs Mesa: Homes
The median home value in Chandler is $249,300. Chandler home values have gone up 2.3% over the past year, and experts predict they will rise 0.2% within the next year. The median rent price in Chandler is $1,400, which is higher than the Phoenix Metro median of $1,295. The best Chandler neighborhoods to live in are Fulton Ranch, Tuscany at Chandler, West Chandler, South Chandler or Ocotillo.
The median home value in Mesa is $186,600. Mesa home values have gone up 4.2% over the past year, and experts predict they will rise 1.0% within the next year. The median rent price in Mesa is $1,175. The best Mesa neighborhoods to live in are Queen Creek, Apache Creek, or Fort McDowell.
Chandler vs Mesa: Schools
Peoria is home to excellent elementary schools (such as, Haley Elementary, Hull Elementary, and Hancock Elementary) and high schools (such as Chandler High, and Hamilton High). In 2014, Chandler High School ranked better than 73.2% of high schools in Arizona.
Mesa is also home to top-rated elementary schools (such as Las Sendas Elementary and Hale Elementary) and high schools (such as Heritage Academy and Mountain View). Mesa has a record-breaking count of nine schools among Arizona’s best K-12 public schools. These outstanding schools are the 2015 winners of A+School of Excellence awards from the Arizona Education Foundation
Chandler vs Mesa: Entertainment
How about a step back in time? Check out the Old West at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, a 1880s-style steakhouse, saloon and Western town, is a place for kids to ride burros, watch the Rawhide Roughriders’ stunt show and experience the Butterfield stagecoach, similar to a Pony Express mail delivery. The city of Chandler has invested in “green space” with more than 60 regional, community and neighborhood parks, as well as 6 aquatic facilities, within 70 square miles.
In Mesa, you’ll have easy access to the area’s most popular natural attractions, including Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers, Usery Mountain Regional Park and area lakes. Explore the mysterious Superstition Mountains or cruise Saguaro Lake aboard the Desert Belle and Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat.
Chandler vs Mesa: Who Won?
From Chandler’s old west opportunities to Mesa’s growing economy, the East Valley has a lot to offer! So, in the battle of Chandler vs Mesa, which city do you think won? Whether you’re looking for a home in Chandler or Mesa, CENTURY 21 Northwest Realty is here to help, by providing you with the information you need on the homes you want. Contact us to find your East Valley home today! 623.299.2148