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

 

$325,000 :: 1450 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 2,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 11/22/17, Last Updated: 12/12/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5691047
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/22/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Stunning Waterfront Townhome in the coveted Gilbert Islands. This 2289 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2.75 bath with an office and loft is the perfect lock and leave low maintenance home! Well-appointed with 10 ft ceilings, travertine tile, fresh two-tone paint and an elegant wrought iron circular staircase. Kitchen features 42 inch Solid Maple Cabinets, Stainless Steel appliances, Granite Counters, Kitchen Island and Breakfast Bar. Updated bathrooms with stone vanities and surrounds. Master features lakefront balcony, walk-in closet, separate shower and garden tub. Lots of custom features and a community pool! Come see for yourself.

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$599,000 :: 1426 W Emerald Key Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,522 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 11/30/17, Last Updated: 12/11/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5693455
Community: Shores at The Islands
Tract: Shores at The Islands
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/30/2017 by 7%
Status: Active


One of the most incredible view lots in The Islands! This is a must see spectacular single-story home with soaring ceilings and windows to appreciate the one-of-a-kind long lake view in multiple directions. Beautiful architectural details include a double- sided fireplace which can be seen in both the living room and family room framed by tall built in book cases. Large master has bay windows overlooking the lake. 2nd master/guest room has separate entry, a bay window and views to take your breath away. Relax while swimming in the play pool, eating fresh fruit from mature trees, and viewing the lake. Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, it has an all pavered driveway with extra parking. Conveniently located just minutes away from thriving down-town Gilbert.

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$364,000 :: 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: 12/10/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697299
Community: Lago Estancia, WHISPER GROVE L
Tract: Lago Estancia, WHISPER GROVE L
Status: Active


Single level backs to lake. Located on large pie-piece shaped lot with room for RV gate***Rare find! *** Modified floor plan was a 4 BR originaly - now: 3 br,3 bath- has 2 master suites on opposite sides- perfect for guest suite set up***This home has 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, Family rm, Breakfast nook,sky-lites in FR, washer/dryer/refrigerator stay **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 shopping and restaurants

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$360,000 :: 244 N CORRINE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,005 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 12/08/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673864
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES ESTATES UNIT
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES ESTATES UNIT
Status: Active


This home is a rare find in the beautiful lake community of Stonebridge Lakes Estates. There is an amazing lake view with a meandering brick walkway down to the lake. Completing the backyard is lush landscaping including fruit trees and an extended 33 X 14 covered brick patio. Ceramic tile entry way leads to formal living and dining area complete with custom shutters. Kitchen includes bay window eating area, walk-in pantry, butcher block island, smooth top stove with microwave and Kitchen Aid refrigerator. Family room adjoins kitchen & has a corner fireplace, French doors lead to the patio from the family room & master bedroom. Awesome location is close to downtown Gilbert with all the fantastic restaurants & outside patio seating. Easy access to freeways, shopping and schools.

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$639,900 :: 1401 W SANDPIPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,884 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 12/04/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676764
Community: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Tract: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/25/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Gilbert's fabulous ''Islands'' community. Lake #1 is freshwater w/ catch and release fishing, great boating & fabulous sunsets(sorry no swimming). This former ''Street of Dreams'' home is like resort living. Professionally landscaped yard slopes to a beautiful water view w/a boat dock ready backyard. Inside, a foyer w/marble tile flooring and plush carpet. Open & airy floor plan, waterfront windows, 20ft ceilings, skylight,two fireplaces,2nd story balcony,formal dining, sunken living rm w/fireplace,family rm, & a roomy kitchen. Oversized master bedroom suite w/2 walk-in closets & soaking tub. Over $100,000 in upgrades. Reduced $10,000. Hurry for this fabulous waterfront property.

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$339,500 :: 1237 E ARTESIAN Way, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,521 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 11/08/17, Last Updated: 12/04/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5684838
Community: HARBOR VIEW AT WIND DRIFT
Tract: HARBOR VIEW AT WIND DRIFT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


One of Gilbert's Highly-Coveted Lake Front properties! Gorgeous 3 Bdrm/2 Bath 1521 sq ft single-level home right on the Wind Drift lake. Feel free to boat and fish! The resort-style backyard is complete w/ Pebbletec pool, waterfall, new redwood dock, covered patio and misting system. Interior upgrades include Silestone countertops, beautiful cherry wood cabinets, ceramic tile floors, double pane windows, new security system, and new water softener and reverse osmosis. Enjoy the gas fireplace and formal living and dining areas. Located in the Gilbert High school district and only a few minutes from Downtown Gilbert's many restaurants and entertainment venues. BONUS ALERT: Low HOA in Gilbert!

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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.

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$580,000 :: 480 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,552 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 10/06/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5670414
Community: PLAYA DEL REY
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


ENJOY RESORT STYLE LIVING IN THIS BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED PLAYA DEL RAY WATERFRONT HOME. AN ENTERTAINERS DREAM! OPEN THE DOOR TO SOARING VAULTED CEILINGS INTO THE FORMAL LIVING AND DINING AREA. ENJOY THE LAKE VIEW FROM HERE OR HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE BACKYARD. SOAK IN THE HEATED SPA OR TAKE A DIVE INTO THE PEBBLE TECH POOL. THE MASTER SUITE IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND BOASTS AN EXQUISITELY REMODELED MASTER BATH WITH A WALK IN TILE SHOWER, SOAKING TUB AND LARGE DUAL VANITY. YOUR KIDS OR GUESTS WILL ALSO ENOJOY A REMODELED BATH UPSTAIRS WITH TWO BEDROOMS, A LOFT AND SPECTACULAR VIEW FROM THE BALCONY. THE COMMUNITY AMENITIES ARE ENDLESS. THE LAKE ALLOWS SKIING, BOATING, AND SO MUCH MORE. VISIT THE CLUB HOUSE, PUTT PUTT GOLF COURSE OR VENTURE VIA PRIVATE ACCESS TO MCQUEEN PARK.

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$760,000 :: 1819 E LAKECREST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,503 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,761 sq ft
Added: 11/10/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5686286
Community: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
Tract: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
Status: Active


Beautiful Waterfront home located in Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores neighborhood. This home offers 2 large master bedrooms one on the lower level and the other upstairs. Upstairs master exits to a large covered patio. Updated kitchen with eat-n-kitchen, large great room, seperate dining and family room. The outdoor living is amazing with a large backyard featuring pool hot tub, oversized covered patio, boat dock and spacious grassy area. You won't be able to get enough of the outdoor living. This is a home you will enjoy spending with family and friends. Do not miss visiting the beautiful CLUBHOUSE!!! Boat available on separate bill of sale.

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$500,000 :: 1700 E LAKESIDE Drive #37, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 11/03/17, Last Updated: 11/15/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5682997
Community: BRECKENRIDGE BAY LOT 1-65 TR A
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE BAY LOT 1-65 TR A
Status: Active


Waterfront Condo in gated Breckenridge Bay at Val Vista Lakes.Cul-de-sac & private end unit. This is the one you have been waiting for! Updated and expanded! Light open kitchen with lots of natural lighting. New grey plank style tile flooring in kitchen. 42'' high cabinets,extra storage room & huge walk-in pantry. Family room w/fireplace +bonus room overlooking lake. Bonus room could be home office? Main level has second bedroom & bathroom, 3rd bed/bath upstairs and private. Low maintenance lock & leave makes this perfect secondary home.Tile roof updated in 2015. Flat roofs re-coated last month! High effeciency A/C units are recently updated. Compare this to new condo developments and you will find this is where the value is! Great Gilbert Val Vista Lakes location. Gated. Next door is the

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