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.

$747,000 :: 1814 E LAKECREST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,320 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757045
Community: CRYSTAL SHORES AMD LOT 1-82 TR
Tract: CRYSTAL SHORES AMD LOT 1-82 TR
Status: Active




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$800,000 :: 1825 E MONARCH BAY Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,140 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,761 sq ft
Added: 04/23/18, Last Updated: 04/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5755855
Community: CRYSTAL SHORES AT VAL VISTA LA
Tract: CRYSTAL SHORES AT VAL VISTA LA
Status: Active


Must see this beautiful and updated home with dramatic vaulted ceilings on the 'big' lake in the much sought after community of Val Vista Lakes*Enter to living room and separate dining room*Island kitchen has been remodeled with stainless steel appliances, gas stove, beautiful cabinets, walk in pantry and eating area*Family room has marble gas fireplace*Luxury master suite boasts remodeled bathroom with double head shower,Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, and closet organizers*Fabulous yard has outdoor kitchen with sink, bar and grill, *Beautiful pebble tec pool and separate spa with new heater*High pressure mister systems on downstairs patio and upstairs deck*Val Vista Lakes community includes 4 lakes, a swimming lagoon, junior Olympic pool, Jacuzzi*The clubhouse includes cardio room,

Listed with Penfield Properties


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$755,000 :: 1520 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,446 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 04/20/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5754636
Community: Val Vista Lakes WEST LAKE ESTA
Tract: Val Vista Lakes WEST LAKE ESTA
Status: Active


Highly desirable single level custom waterfront home in West Lake Estates*Beautiful entrance with private gated courtyard and front water fountain *Separate guest detached mother-in-law suite or used for private Home office*Large master suite with separate outdoor exit*Huge master closet*Separate tub and shower*Large open and bright custom kitchen with gorgeous views of the lake*Kitchen island*Travertine countertops*Family room with 2 sided gas fireplace with breath taking views of the lake*Split floor*Wonderful backyard for entertaining family and friends with full length patio*Built-in barbecue*Pebble tech pool*Boat dock for private boat*This is a must see*Don't forget about the use of the Val Vista Lakes Club house with beach pool area, swimming pool, gym, tennis and so much more

Listed with Elite Desert Realty, LLC


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$925,000 :: 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: 04/04/18
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 4/4/2018 by 2%
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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$775,000 :: 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: 03/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5707695
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/23/2018 by 3%
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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$1,135,000 :: 1506 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 5,706 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
Added: 02/23/18, Last Updated: 02/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5727612
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRA
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRA
Status: Active


Beautiful Waterfront Home! Luxury living in gated WestLake Estates close to the Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse! The home has 3 bedrooms on the main floor (2 w/views of the lake), all connected to baths, the grand master suite is on the second floor with a private balcony facing the lake, large walk-in closet, luxury master bath & fireplace. Walkout basement suite is perfect for guests w/an exit to the backyard, bedroom, full bath, fireplace & kitchenette. the large kitchen has lots of cabinet & counter space, built-in refrig/freezer, gas cook-top, breakfast nook looking out to the beautiful backyard & an exit. Formal living & dining along with large family room including a floor-to-ceiling fireplace w/views to the amazing backyard. Negative edge diving pool, outdoor kitchen, gas firepit etc.

Listed with Re/Max Infinity


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$309,900 :: 4680 S Greythorne Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,533 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 01/02/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5703207
Community: Ocotillo Lakes Parcel B
Tract: Ocotillo Lakes Parcel B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/20/2018 by 6%
Status: Active


Walking distance to the NEW Intel Expansion! Highly upgraded, Ocotillo Lakes home. Vermont slate flooring throughout. Custom Classy Closets in every bedroom. Plantation shutters throughout. Gourmet kitchen with solid surface countertops, upgraded appliances, undermount sink, huge island and pantry. Custom heated pool and spa with in-floor cleaning. Outdoor fireplace, BBQ, and oversized covered patio. 2 car garage with built-in storage cabinets. Security system available.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$299,000 :: 1821 W HAVASU Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,336 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 03/03/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5731493
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL B
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/19/2018 by 4%
Status: Active


Well maintained cozy home in Ocotillo Lakes, 3 bed 2 bath, all split, 3rd bedroom makes a great office. Carpet 2 years old and like new! Energy efficient Pulte built home. Master bath has 2 sinks and separate tub/shower, walk-in closet. Chandler Traditional Academy Independence elementary, walk to Intel, golf course and lake subdivision...near freeways...doesn't get much better than this location.

Listed with Orion Fine Homes, LLC


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$379,900 :: 1893 W CANYON Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,803 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 04/09/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5748966
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL B
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL B
Status: Conditional


Beautiful Move-in ready Waterfront home in Ocotillo Lakes on a North-South lot. This 4 bedroom, 2 full bath home has been updated with fresh paint and new carpet. The Double doors on the 4th bedroom makes it a great home office space. Tile floors in all the main living areas leading to the covered patio with ceiling fan and down to your own dock. Great location in the Ocotillo Community and the Price corridor.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$659,900 :: 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: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5724002
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/19/2018 by 1%
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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$357,900 :: 1812 W HAVASU Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,803 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 03/08/18, Last Updated: 04/12/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5733593
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL B
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES PARCEL B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/12/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


**HUGE REDUCTION...PRICE IS RIGHT** Nice find in Ocotillo Lakes w/in Home boundaries in the highly sought-after Chandler Traditional Academy elementary school.This home has many great features: corner lot w/side garage-door entrance & RV gate and parking. Newer dual-stage AC, gas stove & water heater, granite counter tops, tile in all the right places with brand new carpet throughout. (See list in documents section.) Fourth bedroom shows as a lg den off living rm & is perfect for an office or workout space. Pride of ownership is very apparent when you walk through the home. The spacious & private backyard is ready for lots of BBQs, pool parties & entertaining. Easy access to freeway systems, shopping, parks, etc. This one wona(tm)t last long. Put this on your viewing list today

Listed with AZ Realty Network


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$699,000 :: 1761 W LYNX Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,329 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 03/20/18, Last Updated: 03/31/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5739665
Community: Ocotillo Lakes Parcel I
Tract: Ocotillo Lakes Parcel I
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/31/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Must See Incredible Lake Views!!! Private gated and lake community. Amazing open floor plan with 4 large bedrooms, a den/office area & 3 full bathrooms. Custom paint, fire place, custom window treatments throughout, corian countertops, built-in sub zero refrigerator/freezer his & hers master closet, separate garden tub & shower and much more. N/S exposure on large waterfront lot, pool with 2 waterfalls, large covered patio, citrus trees and a great yard for entertaining. Pristine water front property in great condition with interior 2 tone paint, Updated cabinets, appliances, including the 3 CG with epoxy flooring & Quality Pattern Carpets.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC


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