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

 

$1,800,000 :: 193 N SKI Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 6,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,038 sq ft
Added: 10/14/19, Last Updated: 10/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5991650
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT 1-20 TR A-H
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT 1-20 TR A-H
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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$659,000 :: 5115 S PEACH WILLOW Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,551 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 10/14/19, Last Updated: 10/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5991652
Community: TRILOGY UNIT 5
Tract: TRILOGY UNIT 5
Status: Active


A Beautiful Cimarron model located on the ninth green overlooking the lake and Superstition Mountains. This home has all upgraded cabinets in the kitchen & bathroom with granite all around. It has a paid up leased solar system, heated pool but lout covered patio with BBQ. The side patio has louvered cover to either open or shut. This house is a must seen and a great entertainment home.

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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$425,000 :: 1410 W CLEAR SPRING Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,715 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 09/26/19, Last Updated: 10/11/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5983925
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/4/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Gorgeous 2715 sf home in beautiful gated community. The property is on a lagoon, graced by a cascading waterfall. You will find four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, family room and living room. You will enjoy two patios, one off the family room with a view of the waterfalls and lagoon. The second patio has room for alfresco dining. Additional features are vaulted ceilings, 2 fireplaces, plantation shutters and a master bath with jacuzzi tub. Portable sauna does not convey.HOA dues cover street maintenance, include front and rear weekly yard maintenance., and painting of home every 7 years. One bedroom has been used as an office. The community pool and spa are on the lake.This property is move-in ready!Please use Kelly Johnson at Security Title, 480-448-7066

Listed with Wright Realty Group


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$995,000 :: 1320 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 5.5 baths
Home size: 4,584 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,375 sq ft
Added: 10/05/19, Last Updated: 10/05/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5988143
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES - VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES - VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


THE WAIT IS OVER! Luxurious WATERFRONT home in the exclusive gated enclave of West Lake Estates, Val Vista Lakes most prestigious custom communities offers TREMENDOUS VALUE! Showcasing spectacular sweeping lake views & lush gardens from nearly every room, this home offers an abundance of timeless architectural details and custom finishes. The grand entryway w/ a dramatic staircase leads to the large living and dining rooms w/ floor to ceiling windows, allowing an abundance of natural light and captivating LAKE VIEWS. Custom detailed features include elegant granite & wood floors, detailed millwork, custom built-ins & cabinetry, & varied tray ceilings. The light and open gourmet kitchen offers a classic pairing of white cabinetry & gleaming black granite counters, stainless steel

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$690,000 :: 1826 E Cascade Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,870 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
Added: 10/03/19, Last Updated: 10/03/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5987118
Community: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
Tract: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
Status: Active


Come experience waterfront living at Val Vista Lakes. Conveniently located near Dana Park and U.S. 60. This four bedroom 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


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$629,900 :: 2112 E FREEPORT Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,864 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
Added: 07/29/19, Last Updated: 10/03/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5958260
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD LOT 1-108
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD LOT 1-108
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/6/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


PRICE REDUCED 20K! Prime Lake location in gated community, ''The Regatta'' at Val Vista Lakes! Lakefront living in this Single Level beautifully maintained home. Well designed floor plan to take advantage of the lake views with large windows across the expanse of the huge family room wall. You can see the views from the open kitchen as well with its large walk in pantry and wrap around counter space. Formal dining room has views of the lake as well along with the formal living room. The large Master suite features lake views, a full bath, double sinks, separate tub and shower, and large walk-in closet. Split large bedrooms, two in the front and two in the back that both have full baths to make two Master Suites Large 3 car garage with built in storage cabinets.

Listed with Homestree Realty


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$654,900 :: 2036 E Clipper Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,493 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 09/19/19, Last Updated: 09/20/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5980928
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
Status: Active


Well this is a super nice home in a highly desirable East Valley lake community and its waiting for you, to call it HOME! Here we go, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with just under 2,500 square feet. Nice vaulted ceilings in the Living and Family Room. Large great room concept flows nicely into Family room with a massive Kitchen Island, perfect to use a breakfast bar-plus you have a spot for your Eat in Kitchen and still have a formal dining spot. Upgraded flooring in the entire house from tile to wood. The Upgrades over the past few years include New Roof (2015) New AC/Furnace in 2014, all 3 bedrooms have engineered hard wood as well. Master has wood flooring, bay window and gorgeous lake views. The community, in case you've never seen it, features a Million Dollar Clubhouse which

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$755,000 :: 1455 W HEATHER Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,561 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 07/05/19, Last Updated: 09/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5944062
Community: PLAYA DEL REY ESTATES
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/17/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Location is Everything! Direct Lake Access with Rare Private Covered Boat Slip and Lift. Wakeboard, Jet Ski and Kayak from Your Own Backyard in this Private Recreational Lake Community. Interior boasts spacious, light-filled rooms, wood plank flooring and beautiful South facing lake views. Home has been updated to include newer appliances, A/C, interior and exterior paint, Lutron Caseta smart home lighting system and more. Massive master suite opens to 450 square foot deck overlooking the lake. Split floor plan with multiple living spaces offer convenient options for guests and multi-generational living-3 bedrooms and 2 full baths downstairs plus large home office. Add the ultimate media and game room if desired! Expand the outdoor living space w/lakeside dock if desired.

Listed with Platinum Living Realty


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$849,900 :: 532 N ACACIA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,063 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 09/16/19, Last Updated: 09/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5979288
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Status: Active


Incredible remodeled Waterfront Home w/covered patio, refreshing pool, spa, synthetic grass, private balcony/deck, and amazing views of the lake. Enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, and swimming! Dramatic soaring ceilings, sweeping stairway to second level, travertine floor, soothing interior palette, upgraded recessed lighting/ceiling fans, and Architectural details throughout. Decorative columns, arched windows, wet bar with tile, French Doors to patio, hardwood floor, and stacked stone fireplace. Gorgeous gourmet kitchen features x-large center island, granite counters, travertine backsplash, SS appliances, and plethora of upgraded wood cabinetry. Fantastic loft area with endless possibilities. New paver driveway, iron gates, and cement RV parking.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$630,000 :: 2119 E Clipper Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,810 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 06/27/19, Last Updated: 09/12/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5945164
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/12/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Waterfront living*Single level* Many upgrades/recent improvements including: New roof underlayment plus sky lights; Bamboo wood flooring; newer carpet; updated cabinets; no salt H2o softener; stainless appliances; slab granite counter tops; plantation shutters; high efficiency A/C; remodeled MBR shower. Two fireplaces, one outside on patio next to in ground hot tub/spa. Boat dock! 3rd garage bay was converted to living space with extra insulation plus heated/cooled & Included in square footage. It can be converted back. Prestigious Val Vista Lakes resort living w/$10 Million Clubhouse, four lakes, junior Olympic heated pool, Jacuzzi, sandy beach entry lagoon, lighted tennis courts, racquetball, waterfalls, community activities, fishing, boating & workout facility w/cardio & weight rooms!

Listed with Choice One Properties


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