What’s going on in your Phoenix waterfront lake?

 What kind of fish are in Phoenix man made lakes?

When it comes to maintaining the lakes in Phoenix lake communities, is it done by chemicals or is there a more ecologically balanced way to take care of the lakes?  Dumping chemicals into lakes is expensive and the results are short lived.  The more environmentally friendly solution involves choosing specific species of fish that address the needs of urban man made lakes at a fraction of the costs of chemicals.  You may even call them “utility fish” because of their utilitarian function of keeping the lakes ecologically maintained.

Fish that eat plants and algae?

Grass CarpMany of the utility  fish used in the maintenance of Phoenix man made lakes are plant eaters which serve as a natural, biological control for aquatic plants in the lakes.  The most common fish employed for the task of controlling plant growth are Israeli carp, White amur, and tilapia.

Some of the more aggressive plant eaters are White amur or grass carp which are native to eastern Asia and were introduced in 1963 in the United States to control aquatic plants. They can consume up to 3 times their body weight daily and live on average 5 – 9 years. Tilapia is another useful plant eater that reproduces quickly, likes warm and is at risk in cold water.  When the water temperature drops below 55 degrees, they are in danger.  After a couple of days of very cold weather, any dead fish in the lake is most likely a tilapia.

Some people have asked me about mosquitos especially around lake water.  This is unlikely in Phoenix waterfront properties since mosquitos breed best in shallow, stagnant water with cover.  Nearly all of the banks on Phoenix man made lakes have a cement bank that drops off very abruptly.  If this is an issue, the Gambusia, a genus of fish can be introduced into ponds to eat mosquito larvae. Midge flies can be controlled  by goldfish, sunfish, or small Israeli carp.

Game fish in man made lakes

dobson-ranch-park-lake-and-golf-courseSome man made lakes stock fish that are considered more of a game fish. The degree to which lakes are stocked with game fish is a decision that must be made by each community HOA. Some HOA’s consider stocking games fish to be very important, such as The Lakes in Tempe.  Other communities don’t consider it a priority.  In considering a waterfront property in a Phoenix area lake community, it would be wise to call the HOA and speak to someone to understand their priority on stocking game fish.

Typical game fish found in Phoenix man made lakes are catfish, bass, sunfish and in some cases crappie.  Another question to ask the  HOA would be whether the fishing is catch and take or catch and release. In some lake communities, fish may not be permitted. If the lake water is reclaimed water, then only catch and release is permitted.  Stocking fish in any lake is dependent on the time of year. It must be done between the end of October through April since transporting the fish during the hotter times of the year puts them at risk.

Arizona Urban Fishing Program

Urban Ponds and Lakes

Another fishing alternative is taking advantage of the Arizona Urban Fishing Program which is considered one of the best in the country.  Click on the picture to the left to see the 21 urban lake locations throughout 11 cities in the Phoenix area which are stocked 20 – 24 times per year with trout, catfish and sunfish.  This program provides a convenient opportunity to fish  for healthy edible fish.

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As you look at Phoenix waterfront property, talking to the HOA or the company that maintains the lake could be a very beneficial call to understand how the lake is maintained, which fish are stocked in the lake; both utility and game fish, and if it is catch and release or catch and take. They’ll also be surprised that you’ve called, because they rarely receive calls asking for such detail.  And while you have them on the phone, ask them for the water source of the lake.  That will really put them to the test!

If you are a waterfront property owner and would like to know the value of your home, click on What’s the Value of My Home.   Or for if your dream is to own a Phoenix area waterfront home, click on send me waterfront homes.     If you have  any questions regarding waterfront homes, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Many thanks go out to Rick Amalfi of Aquatic Consulting.  He is a great source of information since maintaining lakes in lake communities is what he does.   As you can see maintaining the lakes in Phoenix urban lakes involves planning and preparation to create its own ecosystem that allows Phoenix to have waterfront property.

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$429,900 :: 601 S MARINA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,156 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 03/11/20, Last Updated: 03/30/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6048952
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/30/2020 by 4%
Status: Active


Exquisite 3bd/2.5bth sought after lake front home with loft in majestic Islands gated community. Multiple views of the lake from inside including front door entrance. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and rich window placement to add abundance of natural light. Freshly updated with new carpet,paint and fixtures. Modern eat-in kitchen with etched glass cabinets,tile floors,upgrade lights,granite counter tops,stainless steel appliance and counter top range. Family room boasts wood floors and gas fireplace. All bedrooms upstairs. Oversized master suite comes with walk-in closet and exit to 2nd floor balcony. Master bath includes separate tub/shower with 2 sink vanity. Loft upstairs includes built in bookshelves. HOA maintains landscape and exterior paint. Steps from community pool.

Listed with AZ Pro Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$839,899 :: 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: 03/28/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5979288
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/22/2020 by 0%
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


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$429,500 :: 1317 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 03/28/20, Last Updated: 03/28/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6058087
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
Status: Active


Fantastic upgraded waterfront home in sought-after ''The Islands'' for sale! Soaring ceilings and beautifully custom-made veneer stone fireplace wow you right after you walk in. Elegant wood-like tiles throughout the 1st floor, and plantation shutters installed in the entire house. Modernly upgraded kitchen features chic tile backsplash, stainless appliances, granite slab counter top, and a nice water view from your kitchen window and dining room. Upstairs is where 3 bedrooms are, all with walk-in closets and an ideal layout splits master suite from other 2 guest bedrooms. A huge window in the master bedroom invites precious lake view into your master suite for you to wake up refreshingly every morning. This house has so much to offer that you will not want to miss it!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$574,900 :: 1426 W SILVER KEYS Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,740 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,633 sq ft
Added: 03/25/20, Last Updated: 03/25/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6056242
Community: The Islands
Tract: The Islands
Status: Active


This amazing LAKEFRONT property with stunning views, built-in swimming pool and covered cabana style ramada with sink and extra storage is a private PARADISE! Inside, you'll find a grand 2-story great room and dining area, family room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen + built-in desk. A BIG bedroom and full bath downstairs. Walk up the gorgeous custom staircase to a huge master suite with vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows + a door to the private deck overlooking the backyard! ALL bedrooms are EXTRA large! No carpet just real wood plank flooring and tile throughout! This large waterfront property located on a cul-de-sac is an entertainers dream! The Islands community is a wonderful and unique place to live! Walking paths with panoramic lake views - a true slice of paradise! WELCOME HOME!

Listed with Homelife Professionals


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$490,000 :: 1700 E LAKESIDE Drive #32, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,777 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,663 sq ft
Added: 12/07/19, Last Updated: 03/22/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6012051
Community: Val Vista Lakes BRECKENRIDGE BAY LOT 1-65 TR A-I
Tract: Val Vista Lakes BRECKENRIDGE BAY LOT 1-65 TR A-I
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/22/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


RARE Waterfront townhome in Breckenridge Bay at Val Vista Lakes! Single level 2 bedroom, 2 bath low maintenance home is move - in ready. Gated subdivision makes this an ideal lock-n-leave for a winter home. Bright kitchen with skylights and bay windows, light cabinetry and porcelin tile. 5k appliance allowance. Formal dining room opens to the family room and Views of the lake. Master suite has private entrance to backyard. Large walk-in closet, dual vanity & seperate tub/shower. Secondary bedroom also has a large bay window and bathroom adjacent for guests privacy. Large private backyard with boat dock. Perfect northeasterly views of the mountains and wide open lake. Pavers cover the back to create an ideal outdoor space perfect for entertaining. Convenient to the famed Val Vista La

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$339,800 :: 695 S SAHUARO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,672 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 02/26/20, Last Updated: 03/20/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6041975
Community: PARCEL 3 OF LAGO ESTANCIA LOT 31-90 TR A-E
Tract: PARCEL 3 OF LAGO ESTANCIA LOT 31-90 TR A-E
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/20/2020 by 3%
Status: Active


LAKE HOME in Beautiful LAGO ESTANCIA. Enjoy premium lot with surrounding lake views. A desirable lake community in the heart of GILBERT. You will enjoy the privacy of a corner lot with lake views in this beautiful park setting. Home features 3 bedroom/2 bath, OPEN FLOOR PLAN, large living room, formal dining, breakfast nook, natural light, neutral 20 x 20 tile, VAULTED CEILINGS and fans though out. The kitchen has a pantry, lots of cabinet space, matching appliances and a breakfast bar. Split floor plan features a large master suite, walk in closet, double sinks, garden tub and separate shower. The backyard is perfect for ENTERTAINING with a large extended patio and view fencing to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL LAKES. Home has new paint and is MOVE IN READY.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$965,000 :: 2103 E CLIPPER Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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6 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,248 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 03/19/20, Last Updated: 03/19/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6053139
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


Imagine yourself living on the water in the highly desirable, gated Regatta Community in fabulous Val Vista Lakes! This gorgeous remodeled home is in immaculate condition and ready to move in tomorrow! When you enter this home, through the custom iron and glass doorway, you are immediately greeted by amazing natural light, through the clerestory windows and soaring ceilings. Step through the full wall of glass doors out into your lakefront resort backyard, complete with designer pool and spa, extensive flagstone decking, low maintenance artificial turf, custom landscape and walkway lighting, complete with WIFI controlled lights and water feature. Enjoy the built in gas BBQ center, fire-pit, palm trees, bistro lights and your own dock to launch your canoes and kayaks....all included!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$445,000 :: 517 S MARINA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,003 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 03/13/20, Last Updated: 03/14/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6050491
Community: CORAL POINT TRACT A-K
Tract: CORAL POINT TRACT A-K
Status: Active


Lakefront Property! Upon entering, notice the soaring 26ft ceilings in your open and airy living room. This charming home has an updated kitchen with white cabinets, granite countertops, granite backsplash, and beautiful views. 2 large glass sliding doors that open onto a tile patio compete with 2 fire pits, a pond, an in ground spa and amazing views of the lake. Upstairs the large master suite includes his and hers closets, vaulted ceilings and a deck overlooking the lake. Don't miss out on the chance to live in your own ''Island'' paradise.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$769,000 :: 3795 E Arianna Court, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,372 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 03/13/20, Last Updated: 03/13/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6050446
Community: SEVILLE PARCEL 30
Tract: SEVILLE PARCEL 30
Status: Active


Beautiful home, primely located in the wonderful community of Seville! This home sits at the end of a Cul de Sac on a premium golf course lot near the 18th hole. While lounging in the back yard, you have a panorama of the lush green course & San Tan mountains, along with a bonus view of a serene pond just on the other side of your fence. This truly is resort style living! The gorgeous kitchen boasts extra cabinets & a butler's pantry that leads to the formal dining room. In addition to spacious bedrooms & ample storage, some of the many upgraded features in this home include custom lighting, newer plumbing fixtures, crown moulding, custom stone accent walls, stainless steel appliances, & more.

Listed with Vision Realty Pros, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$563,000 :: 1414 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,545 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 03/13/20, Last Updated: 03/13/20
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6050219
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF LOT 1-53 TRACT A-G
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF LOT 1-53 TRACT A-G
Status: Active


Waterfront lot with custom inside built in 2007. Custom Alder cabinets in entire home with granite counters. Travertine flooring thru entire home except carpet in 3 bedrooms. Downstairs den with double doors can be changed to a bedroom if needed. Open floorpan with kitchen, dining, and family room all open to view of the lake. Sliding door to cement patio area. Master bedroom has a balcony also. Electric fireplace in family room. Surround sound inside and out. Huge master with his and her sinks , jetted tub. Master has sitting area with wet bar. Both other bedrooms have their own sink area and share toilet/shower. Dual HVAC system . Extra insulation for every efficient home. Washer and dryer are tenants. Fridge stays with offer. Home warranty in place with 2-10. Owner/Agent.

Listed with Sun Canyon Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


 

 

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