Near Interstate 10 and Santan Freeway/Loop 202, Verano Townhomes offer many transportation options to its residents. If you’re planning to commute to ASU in nearby Tempe, you can cover the nine miles by car in approximately 18 minutes. While Interstate 10 provides a convenient traveling route to the campus, the interstate freeway is known for its heavy morning traffic, potentially doubling your commute time.
Taking your car to campus can also cost you hundreds of dollars in parking fees. A better alternative is to use the region’s extremely efficient public transportation system. A bus ride to the university takes a little less than an hour. Begin your commute by walking a block-and-a-half to the bus stop at Knox Road and 43rd Street. There, you’ll hop on a free ALEX neighborhood shuttle and transfer to a Route 108 bus at 48th Street and Knox. After a 13-minute ride on the Route 108 bus, you’ll transfer a final time to the Route 65 bus. Route 65 offers several stops along ASU’s western side, including near Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Plummer Aquatic Center and Sun Devil Stadium.
Biking to the university is also possible, although it’s a fairly ambitious undertaking. The ride lasts 48 minutes to an hour, depending on the route you choose. All of the possible routes involve noticeable elevation changes, although the routes heading toward campus are mostly descending. When you reverse the route to go home, though, you’ll make some marked climbs.
There are dozens of eateries, shops and services in close proximity to Verano Townhomes. If you like smoothies or pizza, you’re especially in luck since Jamba Juice and Papa John’s Pizza are just half a block away. Circle K, Valero, CVS, Asdoh Dental Clinic, Shell and HUB Fitness are a block from the townhomes. Several more shops and conveniences are three and four blocks away along East Ray Road, including Sweet Tomatoes, Sprouts Farmers Market, Best Buy and AMC Ahwatukee 24 cinemas. The popular Chandler Pavilions are just a block farther.