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Old 05-19-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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I just got an offer from Intel in Chandler, and I will be moving to the Phoenix area from Florida in about a month, I don't know anyone in the area. I'm a 29 year-old single woman. I would like to find a furnished one bedroom apartment with Washer/Dryer in a safe apartment complex. I heard some places in Chandler can be dangerous...what are the areas in which you would not recommend a single woman to live? Also, I would like to be close to grocery stores, fashion center, etc. Any recommendations with price ranges will be really helpful.

While I would like to be relatively close to work, I don't wanna live in a place where I will be too secluded though. I would rather live close to people around my age, as I will want to make new friends and socialize. How is Chandler? Do you think it would be worth it to maybe find a place midway between Phoenix and Chandler or is it better to just find something in Chandler? What is the nightlife like?

How is public transportation? Do people usually drive to work?

How diverse is the area? What are other things that you think I should know about the area before moving?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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Chandler is a great city to live in. Lots of nice complexes. You might want to be over near Chandler Fashion Center. Lots of shopping and restaurants. There's a nice Mark Taylor complex, for example, off Ray Rd north of the 101 freeway. South Tempe is also an option.

Chandler is relatively diverse, partly due to companies like Intel and relative proximity to ASU in Tempe.
As far as getting to know people, there's all sorts of opportunities for that-- where you live, where you work, meetup groups and clubs, volunteer work, and through nightlife.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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Places in Chandler dangerous? Oh my. I was in Mesa and Chandler for a project which is what made me want to move to the valley, so I can say nothing in those areas worried me. Chandler isn't the spot for nightlife though, but Tempe is close so is Scottsdale. I was around the mall area which is less than 10 minutes from Intel if a remember right. Tons of apartments there. You will need a car otherwise it is a hassle. Phoenix is diverse but it is a different diversity than what I was used to living in the south
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Chandler is a bedroom community of Phoenix. There are no safety issues. I would say if you are going to be working there, live there too. Just do a computer search of apartments that have the amenities you want in Chandler, and then physically tour them when you get here. It's hard to say where you will make new friends. Work is a good start, and you can easily drive to whatever night spots you are attracted to from there. Through trial and error you will find your clique.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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Thanks! I will keep that in mind. I was kinda worried because I read somewhere that there were some 'gangs' in the area and a drug dealing problem... I am not sure how reliable that source was though.

I would be very grateful if some people could give me names of apartment complex they have lived in and liked, and the proximity they were from Intel in Chandler.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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Oh, good heavens. The exaggerated stuff people hear. I'm not saying there are no gang members or drug deals within the Chandler city limits, but in the areas anywhere within a five mile radius at LEAST of Intel, not an issue of concern.

I can try to go by that complex I'm thinking of, as I don't remember the name. But, if you go to the Mark Taylor website and search in Chandler, you wi find it, and maybe others
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
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Welcome to Intel I have been working here for a year and a few months and I love it. You can also search for apartments in the Ahatukee area. I know a few people that have apartments in Ahatukee and they love it. I think the drive time to intel (Depending on what campus you will be working at) will range from 10 to 15 minutes. You can always do a search on forrent.com for any city you are looking for apartments.

- Mark
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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The only bad part of Chandler is around Arizona Ave and Pecos. The best areas are going to be around chandler fashion square or the west chandler, south Tempe, auwatukee area.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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carmelle888, are you moving sight unseen? Intel is close to all the major shopping in Chandler. Nice looking campus. Do they do furnished apartments anymore? That may be hard to find
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:52 PM
 
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carmelle888, are you moving sight unseen? Intel is close to all the major shopping in Chandler. Nice looking campus. Do they do furnished apartments anymore? That may be hard to find
yeah, I have never been to Chandler, I have been to Phoenix once for a conference that lasted only 3 days, but I didn't see much of the city.
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