Hiking near East Valley Lakefront Communities at Peralta Trail

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Popular Hiking Trail in East Valley

You’d really be missing out if you didn’t spend one afternoon hiking up Peralta trail to the saddle which allows you to experience breath taking views on either side of the Supersition mountains and the landmark Weaver’s Needle.  Conveniently, the trailhead is located less than 30 miles from well known waterfront lake communities as Val Vista Lakes and The Islands and most areas in Mesa, Queen Creek and Gilbert.  The trail starts about 7 miles from the US 60.  You pass through the Peralta Trails subdivision for about 2 miles, passing an elementary school then continue another 5 miles on a dirt road to arrive at the trailhead.  If you make it to Frement Saddle you’ll have ascended 1,366 feet over 2.3 mile hike.

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Categories: Recreation

One Acre Waterski Lake Lot for Sale at Spring Mountain Ski Ranch

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Waterfront Property for Sale

Here’s your chance to enjoy a private tournament ski lake located in the west valley south of Buckeye. Own a one acre lakefront lot with 175′ of ski lake waterfront.  With only 11 lots per lake, you’ll have plenty of time to waterski and wakeboard.  This is a chance to get away from the city, enjoy the mountain views and some of the best waterskiing in the west on a slalom course.

Visual tour of Spring Mountain Ski Ranch

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Categories: Spring Mountain ski ranch, Waterski Lake Community

Outstanding swim facility near Chandler waterfront homes

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Hamilton Aquatic Center

Three times a week my son has swim practice as part of the Rio Salado Swim Club.  Practices are long; 90 minutes in the water and when he’s done he’s looks like a raisin.  But he’s getting some good exercise and not in front of the T.V.!   Practices are held at the Hamilton Aquatic Center located right next to Hamilton High on Arizona Ave.   It’s a perfect combination; a high caliber swimming program taking place at an Arizona Parks & Recreation Outstanding Facility Award recipient.  The San Tan Sun newspaper has given it the “Best of South Chandler for Family Fun” award, so it’s definitely worth visiting.  The facility includes 8 competition swim lanes, 2 water slides, two 1 meter diving boards, a zero depth play pool, SCS interactive water feature, water vortex and current river.
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Categories: Chandler, Pinelake Estates

Chandler Waterfront Homes: Pinelake Estates

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One of the newer Chandler lakefront communities

Those who appreciate homes on larger lots and enhanced curb appeal with a great selection of single story and two story luxury waterfront homes must add Pinelake Estates to their itinerary.  It is complemented by the Chandler city park that creates a gathering place where families can enjoy the playground, volleyball and basketball court.

Hamilton High School is less than a mile way and the 202 freeway is just 3 miles to the north.  You won’t have to venture far with the recent addition of retail shopping at the intersection of Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo.  The ever popular Chandler Fashion Center is a quick 7 miles away.  The south Chandler area has become home to many high tech semi conductor companies including Intel which are major employers in the Phoenix area.  Again proximity to work with a 3 mile commute from Pinelake Estates to Intel is extremely enticing.

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Categories: Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Pinelake Estates, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Three Gilbert Lakefront Home Communities’ Common Thread

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Something for Everyone at Freestone Park

Val Vista Lake, Stonebridge Lakes and Wind Drift, three waterfront communities in the heart of Gilbert are conveniently located within minutes of the flagship of all Gilbert Parks, Freestone Park. This facility packed, 65 acre park has something for everyone as shown in the park layout. It also features Gilbert’s only skate park.

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Categories: Freestone Park, Gilbert, Recreation

Are there tornadoes in Arizona?

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 It’s not a question I’m asked very often, but it is the start of the discussion regarding natural disasters and weather concerns from those considering relocating to the Phoenix area.

Our biggest climate concern? THE HEAT, followed by monsoon storms that can generate occasional high winds, dust storms and intense localized rainfall. The closest we get to a tornado are microbursts which accompany the monsoon storms.  The monsoon season runs from July through August.

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Categories: Relocation, Weather

Crystal Point Estates: Waterski Heaven – Arizona Style

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Tournament Waterski Lake in Gilbert

Strategically located in Gilbert is Crystal Point Estates, a waterskier’s paradise featuring a tournament water ski lake community for the 20 lakefront lots that surround the lake.  The typical lot size is 165′ of waterfront by 120′ deep, with custom luxury homes that range in size from 2,900 to over 6,500 square feet of resort style living.  The lake is approximately 200′ wide and 2,250′ long.  Currently, 18 luxury waterfront homes share the lake, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy your  private ski lake.

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Categories: Crystal Point, Waterski Lake Community

Roosevelt Lake on Labor Day 2008

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A great day for waterskiing

It has become almost a tradition that a good friend invites us to accompany his family to go boating at Roosevelt Lake, which is about 80 miles from Phoenix.  There was very little wind and that made for some great waterskiing.  Since it is his boat, he’s in the picture.  The water temperature was fantastic. It  was also fun just stopping, eating lunch in the boat,  and letting everyone swim.  Surprisingly, there were not a lot of boats or jet skis on the lake.  That may be because the proximity of other lakes such as Lake Pleasant, Saguaro and Canyon Lakes, or Bartlett Lake are considerably closer to Phoenix.  It was worth the drive!

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Categories: Recreation


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