Location: 85226 is the Northwestern most section of Chandler making it the closest to Tempe, Phoenix etc. Important because a significant amount of the jobs and or major entertainment venues are located in Tempe and or Phoenix tenants may likely consider property in those locals as preferred.
School: Kyrene and Tempe High are both highly rated schools that have for years been sought out by those with school age children.
Remember tenants are short term mentality people, 6 months or a year in most cases. If most were long term they would be buying in this market if able to. For the short term memory group they may not be willing to commute an extra 30 or 45 minutes to get a newer or larger home further out.
Does the answer above mean this would be the only place Chandler or Gilbert one should look, absolutely not. The 202 freeway cuts across both communities now and has opened up opportunities further south and east with more affordable newer property that are also attractive.