What makes an Arizona community a master planned community?

 How do you know if you live in a master planned community? It is a commonly used expression when describing  Phoenix residential real estatePho to say a community is a “master planned community”.  If you ask 5 people for a definition, you’ll probably get 5 different answers.  Many are very well recognized communities throughout  the valley such as McCormick Ranch, Power Ranch,  Anthem, Desert Ridge, Verrado, Estrella Mountain Ranch and Ocotillo.

 Characteristics of a Master Planned Community in Phoenix

Master planned communities allow developers a way to create a more unique environment.  Through a combination of residential housing choices, common amenities such as parks, community pool, clubhouse and walking trails, retail and commercial centers, the master planned community offers a more complete lifestyle to its residents.  Indeed some of the larger scale master planned communities incorporate this mixed use concept.  McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, one of the first in the valley, sits on just over 3,000 acres and includes a variety of residential housing, as well as two golf courses, 25 miles of biking/walking paths, man-made lakes, commercial and retail centers.  In the east valley, some of the most desireable and unique developments, are amenity rich master planned communities that include Power Ranch in Gilbert, Val Vista Lakes, Agritopia, and Chandler’s Ocotillo.  Depending on the size and scope, a master planned community can approach a “city within a city”.  For example, Desert Ridge in northeast Phoenix is comprised of 5,700 acres and will have up to 50,000 residents.  Besides residential choices,  the Desert Ridge master planned community is home to the Mayo Clinic,  Desert Ridge Marketplace,  and a JW Marriot Resort and Spa and a business park.    Ocotillo, a 1,900 acre master planned community in Chandler  includes 167 acres of man made lakes, an award winning golf course, retail, commercial and industrial centers as well as desireable residential communities.

Phoenix Lake and Waterfront  Master Planned Communities

 When it comes to community amenities, there are some lake community subdivisions that come to the top of the list.  Val Vista Lakes, Province an active adult community in Maricopa, McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Power Ranch in Gilbert,  and Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear.

Waterfront Homes in Val Vista Lakes    

Val Vista Lakes Homes for Sale

Province Waterfront Homes for Sale

Estrella Mountain Ranch Homes for Sale

Power Ranch Homes for Sale

The above  lake communities all have community centers, walking paths, and a community pool offering their residents additional community amenities.

To find out about other master planned lake communities , click on receive homes for sale and describe to me the home you’re looking for.  There are many other master planned lake communities that offer scenic views from your backyard.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

$725,000 :: 1825 E CYPRESS TREE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,493 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,939 sq ft
Added: 02/01/18, Last Updated: 02/01/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5717278
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT HOME!!! FORMER MODEL ON A PREMIUM LOT! Gated community. Sale price includes, furniture, appliances and the BOAT!!! Breathtaking view and amazing upgrades make this spacious and open home an exceptional deal. The kitchen boasts granite counter tops, sub-zero fridge (included), double oven and breakfast nook where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the lake. Patio area is ideal for entertaining. Family room has electric fireplace. CL water system throughout the home. Val Vista amenities are included in HOA dues and include club house, pool, beach area, tennis and weight room. Walking distance to elementary school and children's playground. COME LIVE A VACATION YEAR ROUND!!!

Listed with Briggs Realty LLC


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$684,900 :: 1901 E CYPRESS TREE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,646 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 12/17/17, Last Updated: 01/31/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5699613
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/10/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


COMPLETELY MOVE IN READY 5 bed/4.5 bath two-story BASEMENT HOME on WATERFRONT LOT in sought-after GATED COMMUNITY in Val Vista Lakes. $30k in upgrades, including plantation shutters & updated lighting/fixtures throughout. FRESH INTERIOR PAINT is a huge plus! All woodwork, door & trim has been recently refinished. AMAZING KITCHEN w/ SS appliances (including double wall ovens), beautiful cabinetry w/ glass front accents, appliance garage, huge pantry & island w/ bar top seating. Window lined breakfast room has great view of backyard & lake & connects to the DELIGHTFUL ARIZONA ROOM where you can enjoy the wonderful AZ sunshine all year round! Spacious multi-purpose room downstairs makes the perfect home office, craft/sewing, gym or play room & has bathroom attached. ENORMOUS MASTER SUITE w/

Listed with Rachael Richards Realty


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$630,000 :: 1831 E LAKECREST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,870 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 12/20/17, Last Updated: 01/28/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5700347
Community: CRYSTAL SHORES VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: CRYSTAL SHORES VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/20/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Must see this beautiful remodeled home on the ''big'' lake in much sought after Val Vista Lakes**This property is exceptionally large on a 13,708 s.f. lot**Enter to living room and separate dining room**Island kitchen is remodeled with granite counter tops, cabinets have been replaced, walk in pantry, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and separate eating area**All bathrooms have been remodeled**Tons of grass area in yard with pebble tec pool and waterfall**Newer air conditioners, ceiling fans throughout, RV gate, balcony off master bedroom, and much much more**Val Vista Lakes community includes four lakes, a swimming lagoon, junior Olympic pool, Jacuzzi and a spacious clubhouse with cardio room, weight room, indoor racquetball, and banquet facilities**Other community features inclu

Listed with Penfield Properties


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$949,900 :: 1410 E CORAL COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,832 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 01/20/18, Last Updated: 01/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5712006
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRA
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRA
Status: Active


Your Grand Mediterranean Estate on the water! Imported Inlaid Italian Marble provides a stunning entry that takes your breath away. Dramatic architectural features, & superior new finishes abound throughout the home! Main level features a guest bedroom suite, & walk-in closet. Also, there is grand library/office. The lavish Master Suite has beautiful hardwood floors, sitting area, dual-sided fireplace, three large walk-in closets & picture perfect lake views. The views never stop, the lake can be seen from the elegant living, dining room, large kitchen & family room. Upstairs, are 2 large bedroom suites; one with private bath and walk-in closet. Sit fireside next to the heated pool & spa & entertain on your outdoor covered patio. And so much more! This home is a must see!

Listed with Cooper Premier Properties LLC


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$799,900 :: 1912 E CATAMARAN Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,798 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,939 sq ft
Added: 01/11/18, Last Updated: 01/11/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5707695
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


THIS HOME IS IDEALLY SITUATED ON ONE OF THE LARGEST NORTH/SOUTH FACING WATERFRONT LOTS & HAS ONE OF THE MOST OPEN SPACIOUS FLOORPLANS IN REGATTA. (A Val Vista Lakes Community)IDEALLY LOCATED ON A CUL DE SAC, THE HOME IS SET BACK WITH A LONG WIDE DRIVEWAY THAT ACCOMMODATES PARKING FOR 3 CARS DEEP AND 3 CARS WIDE IN ADDITION TO THE OVERSIZED 3 CAR GARAGE.ADDITIONALLY, THIS HOME BOASTS ONE OF THE LARGEST BACK YARDS IN REGATTA WITH A REMODELED PEBBLE TEC SALTWATER POOL WITH NEW FILTER AND VARIABLE SPEED PUMP, SALTWATER SPA AND LARGE TRAVERTINE PAVER PATIO. ENJOY THE PRIVACY AND ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS VIEWS FROM THE COVERED ENTERTAINING AREA OR MASTER BALCONY. YOU CAN SIMPLY RELAX IN THE SPARKLING POOL OR TAKE THE BOAT OUT FROM YOUR PRIVATE DOCK THAT INCLUDES ELECTRIC AND WATER. Home features

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$950,000 :: 1125 N DATE PALM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,458 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 09/14/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5660217
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Absolutely stunning semi-custom home in the Lakeside neighborhood in Val Vista Lakes where homes are going up to over $250/sqft. This completely remodeled home features the absolute best lake views that Val Vista Lakes has to offer, a professionally designed putting and pitching green, top of the line artificial grass backyard, stunning 12 person spa and pebble sheen pool that is wrapped with Marbella stone on the pool deck, built in gas and charcoal grills, amazing outdoor gas fire pit that overlooks the lake and pop-out tv for enjoying a game while sitting in the pool or on the patio. Inside you will fine a custom gourmet kitchen with double edge eco-quartz countertops, travertine tile and hardwood floors, plantation shutters and tinted and reflective windows for privacy and efficiency.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$699,900 :: 4901 S PECAN Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,533 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5724002
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
Status: Active


Hurry to see this beautiful home in the gated community of Ocotillo Lakes!! Located on a waterfront lot, you have some of the best views in the community from every rear window of the house. This spacious home has 4 huge bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a balcony overlooking the pebble tec pool in the backyard and the lake behind. The master bathroom has a large garden tub, dual sinks, and a walk in closet the size of most bedrooms! New carpet throughout the upstairs, new wood flooring in the living room and dining room, completely repainted interior and exterior, new cool decking around the pool, a/c units replaced just a few years ago, new water heater, newer roof, and the list goes on. The home also comes with a water softener and RO system.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$648,700 :: 1740 W BARTLETT Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,234 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 01/08/18, Last Updated: 02/11/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5706097
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/26/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Fabulous waterfront home in exclusive gated community. Live the Ocotillo Lakes lifestyle! Close to shopping, golf, grocery stores, top rated schools, restaurants, Village heath club & spa, Intel, Orbital, Chandler's Price Corridor & easy access to the freeways! Fabulous interior boasts soaring ceilings, formal living-dining room, family room with cozy fireplace, den perfect for an office, large enclosed loft and plantation shutters throughout. Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, white cabinets w/crown molding, tile backsplash, walk-in pantry, quartz counters and island with breakfast bar. Master retreat offers a lavish bath with double sink, soaking tub, separate shower and a walk-in closet. Hurry!!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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