(Image: ChOp Chandler near Sun Lakes)

The premier, 40 and above, active-adult community of Sun Lakes located just southeast of Chandler is comprised of three gated and two non-gated country club communities -- each with its own golf course and amenities center. Residents enjoy resort-style amenities including several 18-hole and 9 hole golf courses, five clubhouses, restaurants & cafes, community pools & spas, tennis courts, health clubs, driving ranges, arts & crafts centers, pro shops, billiards, fishing lakes, and miles of walking paths with scenic desert and lakeside views. In addition to all that Sun Lakes has to offer, residents enjoy convenient access to a number of top-rated dining destinations in nearby Chandler.

Below is a list of five popular restaurants near Sun Lakes that are certain to please the most discriminating connoisseur of food and drink:

1). West Alley BBQ + Smokehouse  
111 W Boston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 248-8819

Located in downtown Chandler, West Alley BBQ + Smokehouse is in the same building that houses Puro Cigar Bar. West Alley BBQ has become a regular Chandler hotspot for barbecue lovers and foodies. Along with mouthwatering meats smoked slowly onsite, and available by the pound and on platters, menu items include pulled pork nachos, loaded smoked potatoes, chicken wings, smoked turkey salads, and much more. This place is the real deal so bring your appetite and get ready for some of the best barbecue you’ve ever experienced. West Alley offers lunch specials, and at night you’ll find offerings from a full-bar with live music on Saturday nights and karaoke on Thursdays. Hours of operation include: 11 am - 9 pm Sunday - Thursdays; 11 am-midnight Fridays -Saturdays (subject to change).

2). ChOp Chandler 
2625 W Queen Creek Rd
Chandler, AZ 85248
(480) 821-0009

Winner of the Diner’s Choice 2016 Award, CHoP Chandler is owned by the same group that delivered Rock Lobster – The Sushi Room Reinvented, The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge, and Humble Pie. The upscale, chic steakhouse & lounge features chophouse classics, cocktails and a daily happy hour in a contemporary setting. The CHoP Chandler menu includes bountiful burgers to bone-in steaks along with simply prepared seasonal fish and nightly specials cooked on the seven-foot mesquite hardwood grill. You’ll also find salads, fresh vegetables, desserts, and vegetarian and lighter fare options. For dessert, you’ll want to try the Lava Cake or the Toffee Bread Pudding with Frangelico sauce. CHoP Chandler hosts Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm - 6:00, where you can enjoy a selection of wines by the glass, 6 different draft beers, and specialty cocktails. Highly recommended -- you’ll definitely want to experience CHoP Chandler for a delicious meal and an enjoyable evening out.

3). DC Steak House
98 S. San Marcos Place
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: 480-899-4400

Located in Chandler’s historic downtown square, DC Steak House is the place to go for steaks, seafood, chops, wine, and great atmosphere. A sophisticated chophouse offering old-school surf 'n' turf, plus a full bar & nostalgic wall murals, Downtown Chandler Steak House is situated amid quaint boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Within walking is the renowned San Marcos Resort. When dining at DC Steakhouse, be sure and try the bone-in ribeye, baby back pork ribs, lobster tail, and homemade lobster macaroni & cheese. Open 7 nights a week:  Monday – Saturday 4 pm - at least 11 pm. Sunday 4pm - 10pm. Happy hour: Sunday through Thursday from 4-6pm in the lounge. 

4). The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge
2475 W Queen Creek Rd.
Chandler, AZ
(480) 855-2848

Located in Downtown Ocotillo in Chandler, The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge features scrumptious appetizers to share, like their artisan cheese platter, and delicious hot and cold sandwiches. All fresh produce is local. The open-air, welcoming environment features comfortable, social, and soft seating areas both inside and on the outdoor patio. You can experience delicious food and an international wine selection within an intimate patio setting. They offer a changing selection of boutique wines that are exclusively available at The Living Room. Enjoy simply prepared, flavorful foods including flatbread, bruschetta, pinwheels, sliders, and a nice selection of colorful salads.  The Living Room’s popular Happy Hour includes $5 glasses of wine, $3 well drinks or draft or $5 skinny cocktails from 11 am to 6 pm daily in the Wine Lounge. Meet up with friends on the weekend and enjoy music with a live DJ. 

5). P.F. Chang's China Bistro
3255 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 899-0472

P.F. Chang's China Bistro is located in the Chandler Fashion Center mall. Offering a family-friendly, upscale bistro-like atmosphere, P.F. Chang's serves great Asian fusion cuisine -- made-from-scratch recipes with fresh ingredients. The menu includes scrumptious items like Miso Salmon, Walnut Shrimp with Melon, Honey Crisp Chicken, and Fried Rice with Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp. You’ll also want to try the Chicken Lettuce Wraps -- Oh so good! Wine, specialty drinks, Asian beers, sake, cappuccino, and espresso are available outside standard beverage offerings. Hours of operation include: Monday - Thursday & Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday 11 pm - 11 pm.  Happy Hour at P.F. Chang’s is from 3 pm - 6 pm Monday - Friday.


Buyers looking to invest in a resort lifestyle will find a vast selection of residential choices within the five Sun Lakes communities: Sun Lakes #1, Cottonwood, Palo Verde, Ironwood, and Oakwood country clubs. In addition to Sun Lakes’ outstanding world-class amenities, residents have dozens of community clubs to choose from including billiards clubs, technology clubs, and photography clubs, and arts & crafts clubs, just to name a few! Sun Lakes is just minutes from the Chandler Fashion Center mall, major employment opportunities (Intel, PayPal, Orbital ATK, Microchip Technology, and more), shopping plazas, a community college campus, a library, restaurants, boutiques, and healthcare and service providers. Sun Lakes is also just 20 minutes from the urban amenities of downtown Phoenix and offers convenient access to the major highway routes: I-10 and the 101 and 202 freeways, making for an easy commute to anywhere you want to go.

Sun Lakes Homes for Sale

With so many choices available in Sun Lakes, buyers will need to work with an experienced Sun Lakes REALTOR® who can provide valuable insight into the different Sun Lakes communities and the properties available within each neighborhood. For over two decades, Cathy Carter has been helping her clients buy and sell homes in Sun Lakes and the surrounding area. As a local resident herself, Cathy is very familiar with the different neighborhoods in Sun Lakes and is always the first to know when new properties come on the market. For out-of-town buyers, Cathy is also a Relocation Specialist and will be there to cater to your every need to ensure that your home purchase and move-in goes smoothly.  Along with her professional team, Cathy offers a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise. When you hire Cathy to assist you with the purchase of your new home in Sun Lakes, her services are FREE -- real estate commissions are paid by the seller.

Please give Cathy a call today at 480-459-8488, or fill out the online contact form, and she will be delighted to answer any questions you may have!

2450 S. Arizona Ave, Suite 1
Chandler, Arizona 85286
Cell: 480-459-8488
Toll-Free: 800-519-5578 

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Cathy has been in the Real Estate industry for over two decades in the Arizona market. She has the ability and confidence along with continued education that is necessary to succeed in this ever-changing market. Cathy specializes in difficult to move properties in the Chandler Area. Quick to respond to all tasks required. Equator Certified Platinum for Bank owned homes and Short Sales as well.

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