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

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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

 

$569,000 :: 362 S BAY SHORE Boulevard, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,211 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 02/17/18, Last Updated: 02/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725089
Community: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Status: Active


Please text or call for Full Video Virtual Tour. This gorgeous home has been professionally remodeled and it shows! Flagstone & wood throughout all areas! Beautiful Kitchen has upgraded Alder Cabinets, Granite Counters, & Stainless Steel Appliances! Open layout to family room features a wrap around wall system & Corner Granite Eichler Gas Fireplace, Surround Sound, & wall to wall windows w/ amazing views of the lake! Master Suite, has highly upgraded bathroom w/ Carerra Marble Counters, porcelain tile shower & much more! Backyard features flagstone throughout all patio areas, gazebo w/outdoor cook center, Lynx BBQ, gas firepit, waterfall, newly renovated oversized dock & breathtaking views of the wateris a private small park on the lake.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$325,777 :: 1353 W Crystal Springs Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,150 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 01/30/17, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5553974
Community: CORAL POINT
Tract: CORAL POINT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/31/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


Welcome home to this newly updated property in an exclusive gated waterfall communitylocated with The Gilbert Islands. This single family home but the HOA covers private streetmaintenance, exterior painting every 7 years, and maintenance of the beautiful waterfalls that thisneighborhood is famous for. Do you want to avoid yard work and still have gorgeous landscaping?Well, the HOA covers that, too! Home was recently updated with the new tile inside and on the backyard. You have to see it to appreciate it. Largest Former Model Home in the community. Buyer toverify all the material facts and information in regards to the size and shape of the property.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$344,500 :: 1326 W CLEAR SPRING Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5724005
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Status: Active


WATERFRONT LAKEFRONT LOT in a GATED COMMUNITY with a gorgeous backyard that backs up to the water. Sit out on the balcony and watch the beautiful waterfall. Home has bay windows in the dining room and kitchen. Awesome views from the dining room. Home has Two Zone Air Conditioners. Masterbath has separate Shower and Tub. Home flows smoothly and has great views. Also you can put your boat in the big lake and take it up to the community pool and spa.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$249,990 :: 1106 W EDGEWATER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,198 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/15/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5723932
Community: COVE AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-173
Tract: COVE AT THE ISLANDS LOT 1-173
Status: Active


Welcome to beautiful waterfront living in the Islands!! This two bedroom, two and one half bath townhouse is filled with an abundance of natural light. The home features a spacious family room with a soaring ceiling, fireplace, and impressive views of the water. The upstairs boasts of two spacious bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The home offers a 2 car garage, water softener, and an open patio to enjoy the AZ evenings. All of this and recently painted on the interior! Great Gilbert location close to shopping, freeways, and entertainment. The home has tons of potential, and just needs your personal touches. Bring an offer today!

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$600,000 :: 1560 W COMMERCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,861 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 01/12/18, Last Updated: 02/12/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5708539
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Status: Active


WATER SKI LAKE FRONT PROPERTY!!, The only home on ARMLS on the water ski lake in the gated community of Play Del Rey. This update to the interior of this home was just completed, new flooring, SS appliances including a new built-in ice maker, trash compactor, microwave, smooth top range, built-in oven and dishwasher. New light fixtures and more. Amazing views across the back of the home of the negavite edge pool with hot tub, fire pots and built in BBQ perfect for entertaining. Ski year round right from your back yard with direct access to the lake from your backyard. 3 car garage with builtin cabinets for lots of storage.

Listed with Starwood Realty


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$1,899,000 :: 193 N SKI Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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6 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 6,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 09/20/17, Last Updated: 02/09/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5662648
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Beautiful Custom home on a private water ski lake. Water ski, tube, wakeboard, all out your back door. This home is the builders personal home. Custom in every way. Master Suite, plus office & guest bedroom all on the first floor. All bedrooms have their own full bathroom. Open great room with 21ft ceiling open wall of windows to the beautiful lake view. Granite counter tops, Top of the line stainless steel appliances, double ovens, warming draw, 6 burner Thermador Cook top, custom oak cabinets through out the home. Large center island with vegetable sink & eating area. Large covered patio with built in misters, built in BBQ & sink. Private boat dock with sink & small refrigerator. Large ski house to store tubes, wake boards, skis Large 5 car garage with built in cabinets, epoxy floor

Listed with The Hogan Group LLC


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$349,950 :: 731 S PUEBLO Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,308 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 12/10/17, Last Updated: 02/08/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697299
Community: Lago Estancia, WHISPER GROVE L
Tract: Lago Estancia, WHISPER GROVE L
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/12/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


Just reduced!*Single level backs to lake (view fence)***Located on large pie-piece shaped lot with room for RV gate***Rare find! *** Modified floor plan was a 4 BR originally-now: 3br,3 ba**2 master suites on opposite sides- perfect for guest suite set up***SOLAR SYSTEM electricity installed and fully paid for and stays with the house***Swimming pool, 3 car garage, desert landscaping with mature trees***Vaulted ceilings and many plant shelves throughout**Formal LR & DR, FR, Breakfast nook,sky-lites in FR, washer/dryer/refrigerator **Newer stove and MW**The house needs cosmetic updates and is priced accordingly*** Great community with many water ponds, walkways/jogging paths, green belts, bridge, fountain***Convenient location near everything-shopping and restaurants...

Listed with West USA Realty


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$739,000 :: 794 S OCEAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,032 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 02/02/18, Last Updated: 02/03/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5718416
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS UN
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS UN
Status: Active


Lakefront stunning resort style living w/negative edge swimming pool. This home has been meticulously maintained & upgraded with the latest trends by the original homeowners. You will appreciate the hard wood flooring, the beautiful kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters & views of the lake. Enjoy entertaining family & friends in this gorgeous home that has views from the formal dining, kitchen, family room and master bedroom retreat. Master Bedroom is over sized & has a walk out deck. Master bathroom has soaking tub, recently remodeled shower, large walk-in closet with lots of shelving. The secondary bedrooms are Huge with walk in closets. Downstairs one bedroom down with bathroom great for guests or could be used as an office. Indoor/Outdoor living awaits as you!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$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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$579,500 :: 1161 W REDONDO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,251 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 11/08/17, Last Updated: 02/01/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5684874
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS 2
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/8/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


WATERFRONT HOME with VIEWS from Multiple Rooms including the expanded master suite and its new private balcony. The amazing Views continue from the Great Room and its New Upgraded Fireplace. The Kitchen is Fully Upgraded with Granite Countertops/All New Stainless Steel Appliances and separate Wine Nook with Cooler. Granite and Tile upgrades continue in all 3 full bathrooms. This home has a great backyard for entertaining with large covered patio adjacent to sparkling pool and New Private Boat Dock with Putting Green. Spacious 3 Car Garage. Move in Ready with Spectacular Views. This Islands Home is just minutes away by boat or by walking to the community park which includes large shaded play ground, basketball and sand volleyball courts.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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