Phoenix, Arizona Lake Communities – Where does the lake water come from?

Sources of water for Phoenix lake and waterfront home communities

Many visitors are amazed that Phoenix has lake communities and waterfront homes since Arizona is in fact a desert.  The next question is obviously, “Where does the water come from?”.   Isn’t this a waste of scarce water resources?   And if you own a waterfront home in one of the Phoenix lake communities, don’t you want to know the source of the water next to your lot?  This may turn out to be another  criteria in your search for a waterfront home.   If you are interested in  the answers to these questions, read on.

 The uses of SRP canal water, well water and reclaimed water in lake communities

If you are interested in owning a waterfront  home, knowing the type of water that you’ll be viewing each day may be of interest to you. There are basically three alternatives; 1) Well water, SRP canal water, or Reclaimed water.  The earlier a lake community was developed, the greater the likelihood that the lake water source could be well or SRP water. Well Water:  Lake communities that use well  water are older communities or inherited water rights.  An incomplete list of lake commmunities that use well water are Leisure World in Mesa, Dawn and Viewpoint lakes in Sun City, Oakwood Lakes in Chandler, Desert Harbor in Peoria, Scottsdale Ranch, Lakewood in Ahwatukee, and valley water ski communities.  An obvious difference will be the clarity of the water compared to reclaimed water Father & Son Enjoying the Wildlifelakes.

Ahwatukee Area Waterfront Homes

Oakwood Lakes in Chandler

Scottsdate Ranch Luxury Waterfront Homes

Peoria Waterfront Homes

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 SRP Water: The Salt River Project (SRP) conveys surface water from the Verde River and Salt River watersheds. The SRP system is composed of six dams, 1,300 miles of canals.  A partial list, many in Gilbert, includes Val Vista Lakes, The Islands, Stonebridge Lakes, The Lakes in Tempe, and in Chandler;  The Springs and Pecos Ranch, and Garden Lakes and Crystal Gardens in Avondale.

Gilbert Waterfront Homes

Pecos Ranch Homes

The Lakes in Tempe Waterfront Homes

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Reclaimed Water: The most recent lake communities use reclaimed water.  Chandler is one of the biggest producers of reclaimed water which is used in those communities that belong to the Ocotillo Community Association which includes 167 acres of interconnected lakes. This includes such Chandler communities as Ocotillo, Ocotillo Lakes, Embarcadero, Vistas at Ocotillo, Cantabria Shores, Balboa Point and The Peninsula.  Other communities include Arrowhead Ranch and Sun Lakes.

Arrowhead Ranch Waterfront Homes

Chandler Waterfront Homes

Sun Lakes Waterfront Homes

If you are interested in receiving up to date homes for sale in lake communities via e-mail, click on send me waterfront homesTo confirm the type of water used in any lake community, call the HOA and ask for someone that is familiar with the community.

The Lakes in Tempe Waterfront Home

 Phoenix man made lakes have their own eco-system

Regardless of the water source for Phoenix area lake communities, a balanced biological ecosystem must exist for each body of water. Instead of vast amounts of chemicals, this is done naturally through the use of  specific breeds of fish.   Phoenix man made lakes use fish  such as Israeli carp and goldfish which control grass and algae. Koi fish help control mosquitos, while catfish eat dead fish carcuss.  Other fish  used in balancing these biological ecosystems include blue gill, sunfish and bass.   The Lakes in Tempe spends $10,000 every year stocking fish in their lakes which include bass, catfish, trout, tilapia, sunfish and bluegill according to Christine Baldanza, the community manager.

Most HOA’s do allow community residents to fish in the lakes while most are catch and release.  Some require a permit, some don’t.  It is best to check with the community HOA for specific guidelines.

Springs waterfront home

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Gilbert Waterfront and Lake Communities

 

$775,000 :: 1518 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,323 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,424 sq ft
Added: 03/14/19, Last Updated: 04/20/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5895944
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRACT A-C
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRACT A-C
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/20/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


REDUCED,BACK ON THE MARKET W/ NEW UPDATES! Custom, luxury waterfront home in prestigious West Lake Estates on a huge lot. 5 beds/3 baths. Beautiful chefs kitchen w/cherry cabinets, granite countertops, all stainless steel appliances, double convection ovens, fridge. Travertine+cherry wood floors. Beautiful custom window treatments. Combination family/game rooms w/pool table, wine cellar and bar area for indoor entertainment. Master bed has balcony overlooking large backyard, lake and mountain views. Huge master bath w/jacuzzi. Fabulous resort backyard w/ heated pool, spa, travertine patio, custom fireplace and lush landscaping. 2 RV gates. Everything has been highly upgraded! Access to Val Vista Lake amenities: pools, beach, spa, lagoon, tennis, racketball, gym, clubhouse. Home Warranty.

Listed with Arizona Oasis Realty


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$382,000 :: 1342 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 04/19/19, Last Updated: 04/19/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5914005
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF LOT 1-53 TRACT A-G
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF LOT 1-53 TRACT A-G
Status: Active


Fantastic waterfront home with incredible views! This elegant 3 bed, 2.5 bath cul-de-sac home is located in the fabulous Islands Community. Relax and enjoy fishing from your backyard! Your gourmet kitchen boasts a functional island, breakfast bar, and lovely maple cabinets. Your living room has great water views and natural lighting. Upstairs, your master suite has a private balcony and a full master bath. Fabulous wood flooring and neutral carpeting in all the right places enhance the living spaces. Schedule your showing today!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$699,000 :: 1717 E Coco Palm Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,052 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 02/01/19, Last Updated: 04/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5876441
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/18/2019 by 4%
Status: Active


Welcome to your DREAM HOME with a basement! Gorgeous 5 bed / 4 bath, 3 car extended depth garage and side double gate!! This lakeside home in the HIGHLY DESIRABLE Val Vista Lakes, GATED ''Lakeside'' community. New exterior and interior paint, carpet, most of the interior hardware and light fixtures and many other various trim work!!! Home features a wide open floor plan, easy clean-up tile flooring and beautiful finishes throughout. Outstanding chef's kitchen fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and tons of wood cabinet storage. LARGE living room has stunning wood flooring, custom stone fireplace, built-in entertainment center and double doors to backyard access. Backyard has grassy area, nice patio areas and a custom boat dock!!! This is a stunning home!!

Listed with Results Realty


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$453,000 :: 1346 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,121 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/05/19, Last Updated: 04/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5907215
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/17/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Stunning WATERFRONT property with unbelievable VIEWS nestled in Sandcastle Village! This cozy 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with a loft/den is full of custom amenities. As you enter the home you're greeted with vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors and an unmatched view of the lake. You will find stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and extra storage throughout the home and garage. A new water heater was installed March 2019, the new upstairs AC unit installed August 2018, and the roof is warrantied through 2024. Relax in the backyard while barbecuing on the built-in grill and enjoying the natural scenery in this highly desired community.

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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$1,050,000 :: 1422 W COMMERCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 6,298 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 04/12/19, Last Updated: 04/12/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5910662
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Status: Active


Do you love skiing & lake life? Would you like to be able to ski, wakeboard, jet-ski or paddle board every day of the year? If so, we have the PERFECT LAKEFRONT PROPERTY for you! This 5 bed (plus loft) / 5 bath two-story home w/ NEXT GEN SUITE is in the private lake community of Play del Ray on a crystal blue lake w/ a 1/2 mile loop which allows all types of motorized boats & jet skis, as well as swimming. The backyard/dock has brand new, heat resistant deck (no burning feet!), boat dock w/ motorized lift, crank shade structure, fully organized ''gear wall'' w/ racks, 2 outside heated showers, water fountain, sandbox (with auto water filler) & natural gas line for your BBQ. The side storage area is HUGE & can fit multiple vehicles, off-road ''toys'' and/or a RV.

Listed with Rachael Richards Realty


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$589,900 :: 826 S COPPER KEY Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,032 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 11/15/18, Last Updated: 04/10/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5847112
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/2/2019 by 4%
Status: Active


Blending relaxation and sophistication to create the ideal home! Masterful design and luxury are uniquely embodied in this 5 bedroom 3.5 bath 2 story home with 4032 SF! Travertine walkway leads to the front door, and upon entering your eye catches the sweeping grand staircase ahead and the expansive open floor concept. The incredible island kitchen features dark cabinetry, plant shelving, pantry, white appliances, breakfast bar, and recessed lighting. This home includes its very own movie room, with a 110 inch projection screen, surround sound speaker system, custom Venetian plaster walls, LED lighting, and ramp access to each tiered level. Please see more remarks for more info.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$530,000 :: 1509 W SILVER KEYS Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,409 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,504 sq ft
Added: 03/15/19, Last Updated: 04/09/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5896779
Community: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/9/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Looking for a new place to call home? Then this fabulous 3 bed, 2.5 bath waterfront lot property located in Gilbert is just for you! This lavish home boasts desert landscaping, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living areas, plantation shutters, neutral paint throughout, and more! The elegant kitchen offers ample cabinetry, a pantry, granite countertops, tile backsplash, matching appliances, and a lovely island with a breakfast bar. Inside the grandiose master bedroom you will find a full bath with double sinks, separate tub and shower, and a spacious walk-in closet. The wonderful backyard includes a covered patio, grassy area, built-in BBQ, and a sparkling blue pool! Homes this great never last long, don't waste any time and schedule a showing NOW!

Listed with Realty Executives


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$967,123 :: 2764 E WILDHORSE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 03/31/19, Last Updated: 03/31/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5904166
Community: SOMERSET PHASE 1
Tract: SOMERSET PHASE 1
Status: Active


Located in Gilbert's Newest Master Planned, Gated, Lake Community - Somerset at Belmont. Single level 4,292 Sq. Ft., 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4 car tandem garage. 12' ceilings in open great room, kitchen & dining room. Kitchen has large island, large prep kitchen and walk in pantry. Wolf 48'' Gas range and Hood with 11'' infrared griddle, 6 burners & dual ovens. 42'' maple cabinets with 18'' stacked cabinets and crown included. Kohler fixtures. Master bath has tub & walk-in shower, dual sinks and large closet. Large courtyard/covered patio. Rinnai tankless water heater, energy efficient EMC spray foam insulation and LED lighting. Under Construction. Best Location in Gilbert! Minutes from Shopping, Freeway access, Discovery Park - More Ready to move in MAY

Listed with The New Home Company


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$548,000 :: 432 S BAY SHORE Boulevard, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,521 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 05/24/18, Last Updated: 03/31/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5770856
Community: HARBOR POINT LOT 1-78 LAKE EASMT
Tract: HARBOR POINT LOT 1-78 LAKE EASMT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/18/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful remodel on the water in the Islands! New wood floors greet you as you open the door to the living and dining areas. It then flows into the kitchen & greatroom which overlook the sparkling pool, lake & grassy backyard. The kitchen has stainless appliances & plenty of counter space including a perfect area for a coffee bar! Upstairs is the master with a balcony with views of the lake. The master has a large ensuite bathroom and large walk in closet. The secondary bedrooms are also upstairs and are all a generous size. The second full bath is adjacent to the other bedrooms. The home also has a 3 car garage! New carpet, new wood floor, new lighting, new kitchen design, newly resurfaced pool, freshly painted inside and out and much more! This home is move in ready!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$699,500 :: 1826 E Cascade Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,870 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 11/30/18, Last Updated: 03/31/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5852673
Community: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
Tract: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/31/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Come experience waterfront living at Val Vista Lakes. Conveniently located to Dana Park and U.S. 60. This three bedroom with den/3 bath home is completely updated with tile floors, plush carpeting and granite counter tops. Balcony off master suite overlooking the lake. Take in all the breathtaking views Val Vista Lakes has to offer. See video and 3D tour links and be sure to visit the clubhouse to see all that is included in your low HOA fees, including tennis complex, indoor racquetball courts, cardio and weight training facilities, junior Olympic swimming pool and spa, banquet and meeting rooms, waterfalls and a tropical lagoon swimming pool with a sandy beach. Drive through the neighborhood to see the many sports parks and bicycle paths.

Listed with Homesmart


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


 

 

 

 

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