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

 

$420,000 :: 150 N STARBOARD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,975 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 04/12/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5750478
Community: EAST LAKE AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-
Tract: EAST LAKE AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/22/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful water front home, with lake side views. Private pool and spa to enjoy- plenty of upgrades within this custom 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom and 3 car garage home located in the Wind Drift subdivision.Seller is leaving 2 televisions; one is locked in patio cupboard. Seller is also leaving bed in master bedroom.

Listed with Farnsworth Realty & Management Company


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$335,000 :: 687 S Sahuaro Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,299 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 03/22/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5740548
Community: LAGO ESTANCIA
Tract: LAGO ESTANCIA
Status: Active


Rare waterfront property! Beautiful, spacious home. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, large loft. 3 car garage. Beautiful pool. Exterior painted Dec 2013. Just a couple miles away from Downtown Gilbert and all it has to offer.

Listed with Geneva Real Estate and Investments


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$330,000 :: 229 E VAUGHN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,678 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 04/20/18, Last Updated: 04/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5755125
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-
Status: Active


Water front home within walking/biking distance to Downtown Gilbert. Bike path leads directly to dining, shopping and entertainment.Tons of living space in this cozy home, perfect for entertaining and family gatherings. The amazing outdoor space offers peaceful waterfront views plus you can paddle boat around the lake ( yes the boat comes with) Kayaking is allowed as well as catch and release. This home allows for an amazing resort lifestyle.The guest bedrooms create a private wing with a separate entrance and a shared bathroom. So many possibilities! Two community pools with hot tubs both on the water. One pool is heated.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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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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$489,000 :: 433 S LAKE MIRAGE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,593 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/06/18, Last Updated: 04/06/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5747954
Community: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Tract: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Status: Active


One of the most incredible view lots in The Islands with soaring ceilings and windows to appreciate the one-of-a-kind long lake view in multiple directions. This beautiful home comes with designer kitchen, granite countertops, travertine flooring, and upgraded finishes thought. Two masters, one up and one downstairs equipped with two vanities. Relax outside while enjoying the tranquil water or enjoy an active lifestyle community with restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Exterior includes built in dock, entertaining fridge, and second story patio with views galore.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$494,999 :: 542 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,913 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/29/18, Last Updated: 04/05/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715811
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/5/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


WOW! Honey stop the car, this is a great location close to schools, parks & shopping. A highly desirable area with a ski lake. This home is on the water with a fountain you can see from all your rear facing windows. 4 bedroom with one bedroom downstairs & a full bath downstairs, formal living & dining, Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops open to the great room,3 bedrooms upstairs & loft, tile in all the right spots. Huge covered patio with barbecue great views to enjoy all year long. 2 car garage with cabinets, new water heater & dishwasher and fresh paint. Seller is offering a $5000.00 flooring allowance with accepted offer. Truly a must see, it won't last long.

Listed with Southwest Mountain Realty, LLC


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$444,888 :: 1345 W CLEAR SPRING Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,643 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 04/04/18, Last Updated: 04/04/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5746489
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Status: Active


There is only one gated waterfront community in The Islands, and this fully updated home is located there. Welcome to The Falls where you can lock your door and leave because the HOA covers front and rear landscaping and exterior painting every seven years. From the moment you arrive at this beautiful waterfall community home you will love the curb appeal. The covered entry invites you into a grand foyer with a beautiful staircase and soaring ceilings. As you gaze across the giant family room you will be instantly drawn to your amazing water view. The oversized patio beckons you for relaxing evenings taking in your view of one of three community lakes. Take a cruise on a pontoon from your own private boat dock

Listed with The Beshk Group, Inc.


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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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$343,750 :: 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: 03/20/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5724005
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/20/2018 by 0%
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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