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

 

$474,999 :: 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: 06/18/18
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 6/18/2018 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. Truly a must see, it won't last long.

Listed with Southwest Mountain Realty, LLC


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$224,900 :: 2670 S VOYAGER Drive #109, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,006 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 06/01/18, Last Updated: 06/11/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5774386
Community: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 3 CON
Tract: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 3 CON
Status: Active


What a lovely townhome! Located in Gilbert, this two bedroom has stone and brick trim, front patio is covered with a fountain/lake view. Living room downstairs, great room/loft and eat in kitchen upstairs. Stainless steel appliances, built in microwave, custom cabinets, dining area. Custom design trim throughout bedrooms, one bedroom has access to a 3/4 bath, master bed has a full bath and walk in closet. The seller would also like the buyer to take it fully furnished!! This one is sure to sell fast, see it today!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$650,000 :: 1726 E QUEEN PALM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,134 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/09/18, Last Updated: 06/09/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5778204
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


AMAZING WATERFRONT BEAUTY! Gorgeous views of the big lake & you can boat to the clubhouse! Updated Pebble-tec pool, huge north-facing patio overlooking grassy backyard & lake! Custom oak flooring in lower level, updated paint colors, Gourmet Kitchen w/updated cabinets, Huge Island, Double Ovens PLUS Microwave & Stainless Refrigerator. Family Room Gas Fireplace, Formal Living & Dining Rooms, Office off FR & next to 3rd Full Bath, Huge Laundry Room & Enormous Pantry are all on ground floor! Upstairs features Oversized Master Suite w/Updated Custom Shower plus Huge Garden Tub. 2 more Bedrooms up w/Jack & Jill Bath between. Extended Length Garage w/Cabinets! Over $50,000 in recent updates! Val Vista Lakes features a Clubhouse, Jr. Olympic Pool, Tennis Club, Workout Rooms, Sandy Beach & MORE!

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$449,900 :: 1765 W ASPEN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,732 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 06/07/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5777263
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Status: Active


Fantastic former Blandford model at El Dorado Lakes. 138 feet of waterfront living with views of the 8th green from your backyard and Master bedroom deck. Gorgeous setting lets you relax with the lake in your view. PLUS, a large, well maintained and updated 2 story home you will love. Separate, but open floorplan with lots of living space options. Formal and informal dining. Island kitchen with stainless appliances and upgraded wood cabinetry. Super spacious master bedroom with sitting area AND FIREPLACE! Large Master bath with dual vanities, separate tub and shower. Twin closet set up too. 2732 sqft PLUS a 3 car garage AND double gate with extra concrete on the side yard.One of the biggest lots in the subdivision.Tuff shed for extra storage in the backyard too! Come see it today!

Listed with Imperial Realty Services, LLC


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$710,000 :: 1211 N REGATTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,342 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 06/07/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5777160
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Status: Active


4 bedroom 3 bath custom built lakefront home with one of the very best views in Val Vista Lakes!Gated community,3348 SF in main house,833 addl SF in garage.Builder utilized many energy efficient upgrades:3 + car garage, insulated garage & insulated garage doors.Master Bedroom on main floor.Marble Floor & Counter in Master Bath2x6 construction.Highly insulated to save you $$ on cooling / heating bills.Upgraded energy efficient Pella windows.3 brand new 16 seer A/C units; 3 zones for maximum energy efficiencyNew hot water heater; New water softener. New exterior paint.Granite counters throughout home, custom built cabinetry throughout.Tons of closet space.Outdoor cooktop. Boat dock.'Tubes in walls' pest control system Mature fruit bearing tree in yard.RV g

Listed with Revinre


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$1,795,000 :: 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: 06/04/18
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 6/4/2018 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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$749,888 :: 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: 05/30/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5707695
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/30/2018 by 0%
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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$549,000 :: 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: 05/29/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725089
Community: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/29/2018 by 1%
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 water is a private small park on the lake.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$339,000 :: 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: 05/29/18
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 5/29/2018 by 1%
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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$475,000 :: 1248 N PALMSPRINGS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,083 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 05/27/18, Last Updated: 05/27/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5772091
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
Status: Active


WATERFRONT LOT! SPECTACULAR REGATTA LAKE VIEW! A former model home w/3BR+loft. Casual elegance in LR/DR with plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings & a gracious stairway. Family room boasts a fireplace. Kitchen has solid surface counters. Relax on the 2nd story balcony w/awsome views of the lake. All new upgraded carpet, large tile & light fixtures. The garage has professionally installed epoxy floors and cabinets. Backyard features heated play pool and flagstone. Enjoy the ammenities which include the multi-million dollar clubhouse, heated pool, sandy beach, tennis, racquetball, weight rm., banquet areas, plus 4 lakes and many walking paths w/low HOA. Great Gilbert schools.

Listed with LRA Real Estate Group, LLC


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