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One of the most precious resources for a state where the majority of its population lives in a desert is water.  As the population grows so does the attention on this critical resource.  However, as the valley has grown developers realized that lake communities and waterfront property presented an effective and unique marketing tool, and water conservationists saw the use of precious potable water to fill these decorative lakes a major concern. What’s the legislature to do?

The Lakes Bill aka ARS 45-132

The negotiation attempted to balance the demand for scenic and recreational lakes within housing communities with the conservation of critical water resources. The result was a piece of legislation commonly known as the “Lakes Bill”.  The bill states “a person shall not use any water for the purpose of filling or refilling all or a portion of a body of water ” within an active management area. (A.R.S. 45-132) Wow, that’s restrictive!  But there are some exceptions.  One of those is that the body of water was filled before January 1, 1987, or a substantial capital investment in the physical on-site construction of the body before January 1, 1987.  Or if the body of water is an integral part of a golf course that complies with applicable conservation  requirements.  Another notable exception to building a body of water within an AMA is if it is filled with effluent or reclaimed water. This exception has allowed developers to continue to offer lake communities including Pinelake Estates, Fulton Ranch, Ocotillo Lakes, Estrella Mountain Ranch, and Arrowhead Ranch.Santan house with pool

This is the reason why newer lake communities must use effluent instead of other sources of water such as ground or surface water.  Older communities such as The Islands, Val Vista Lakes, Scottsdale Ranch, Oakwood, The Springs, Desert Harbor, and The Lakes at Tempe use different sources of water because of their construction prior to the Lakes bill in 1987.

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$498,000 :: 1750 W BARTLETT Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,531 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 10/11/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5672545
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
Status: Active


Electric powered boats quietly pass this beautiful one owner, semi custom home. 3 bedrooms + den,2 bath single story. Walk to work at Intel from this Gated community,93 homes by Edmunds-Toll Bros, 2X6 construction, Waterfront Property! diagonal 20' tile flooring entry, halls,kitchen&baths. Gas fireplace w/raised hearth.Formal living&dining room. Built-in bookshelf/cabinet&entertainment center in FR,Plantation Shutters,Ceiling fans throughout,Cook for family gatherings in large kitchen w/48''Maple cabinets,Glass cooktop,Granite Counters, refrigerator & dishwasher less than 1yr old. R/O & water softener,wired for security, crown molding,Classy Closets, Covered patio. painted stucco fence, Waterfront back yard w/steps to brick layed sitting area.Add wood dock and ready for casual boating

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$495,000 :: 16408 S 35TH Street, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,372 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 08/11/17, Last Updated: 12/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645708
Community: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Tract: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/9/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


SINGLE LEVEL ON UNBELIEVABLE LAKEFRONT LOT WITH GREAT VIEWS OF THE LAKE! SPLIT FLOORPLAN! 2-WAY FIREPLACE WITH CONVERSATION PIT, VAULTED CEILINGS, SKYLIGHT, CEILING FANS, AND SUNSCREENS.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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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.

Listed with HomeSmart


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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

Listed with West USA Realty


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$635,000 :: 921 E CANYON Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,690 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 12/09/17, Last Updated: 12/09/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697044
Community: MCQUEEN LAKES
Tract: MCQUEEN LAKES
Status: Active


Extraordinary WATERFRONT home in McQueen Lakes. Custom finishes throughout. Gourmet Kitchen w/large island, gas cooktop. Rich, expansive granite counters. Custom cabinetry. Large walk-in Pantry. Casual eat-in area leads to sliding glass door opening to VIEWS & covered Patio. RESORT LIVING in the spectacular backyard. Pool w/waterfalls & fire pots. Gas BBQ. Gas fireplace. Multiple outdoor living spaces for shade & sun. Easy-care turf. 4690 SF two-story featuring large bedrooms & Guest Quarters on the main level. Owner's suite features a stone fireplace & private balcony overlooking the lake. Deluxe bathroom w/generous split vanities, stone & tile accents, separate walk-in closets. Shutters & custom window treatments. Loft + Theatre Room w/seating & equipment. Main level GUEST BR w/bathroom.

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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.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$569,000 :: 6645 E REDMONT Drive #16, Mesa AZ, 85215

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,220 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 12/08/17, Last Updated: 12/08/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5696511
Community: PARCEL 7 AT RED MOUNTAIN RANCH
Tract: PARCEL 7 AT RED MOUNTAIN RANCH
Status: Active


TREMENDOUS TRI-LEVEL. This expansive abode is situated on a stately corner lot in exclusive Dos Lagos. Sunrises over mountain peaks in the east illuminate the serene lake setting, just beyond your back yard. Warm finishes and designer neutral paints create a welcoming ambiance in the spacious formal living, dining and family rooms. The heart-of-the-home kitchen is graced with soaring 13' ceilings, dual islands, jet-black slab granite counters, Knotty Alder cabinets and stainless appliances. Natural slate, rich hardwood and tremendous Travertine dress the floors. Impressive outdoor amenities are perfect for alfresco entertaining - covered & open-air paver patios, pebble-finish pool/spillover spa, lake view, BBQ island and fire pit. Available memberships at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club.

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$320,000 :: 205 E Fleet Drive, Tempe AZ, 85283

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,465 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 12/07/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5674137
Community: Tempe Gardens
Tract: Tempe Gardens
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Solid Block Construction-They don't make them like this anymore!!! Professionally remodeled to create an open concept/great room floor plan w/ wood plank tile, plush carpet flooring, granite countertops, custom shaker style cabinetry & a double set of French doors w/ sidelights offering tons of natural light & show off spectacular views of the golf course & serene Arizona sunsets. Low maintenance front & backyards w/ desert landscaping, diving pool, patio & view fence overlooking the 9th hole of the Ken McDonald golf course. 12 Foot RV gate so bring the toys! This is the perfect place to turn into your new home! New 3 Ton 13 Seer A/C & Heat Pump (2013), Hot Water Heater (2016), Roof (2016), Flooring/Kitchens/Bathrooms (2013), Pool Pump (2016)/Plaster (2013), Double Pane Windows (2013).

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix


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$719,000 :: 3143 E MARSHALL Avenue, Phoenix AZ, 85016

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,683 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 08/21/17, Last Updated: 12/07/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5649532
Community: BILTMORE SHORES REPLAT LT 1-38
Tract: BILTMORE SHORES REPLAT LT 1-38
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


Move in ready or ready for your renovation! Unparalleled views of the water, golf course and surrounding mountains from this charming single family home! All the right spaces including 2 ensuite bedrooms, an office and generous master suite make for a very livable and enjoyable floorplan. Enjoy the expansive patios and sparkling pool for the ultimate in entertaining areas while soaking in the surround views. Oh so close to all the Biltmore has to offer --- hiking, biking, shopping and first class dining just mere minutes away!

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$519,500 :: 3125 S LAGUNA Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,918 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 05/24/17, Last Updated: 12/07/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5610329
Community: HARBOUR CLUB AT OCOTILLO LT 1-
Tract: HARBOUR CLUB AT OCOTILLO LT 1-
Status: Active


Back on the Market after an incredible remodel! Waterfront home with loads of custom upgrades! Over 150k in upgrades recently added. Enjoy resort style living in the highly sought after Ocotillo Lakes. Grand entryway featuring custom metal door and chandelier. Travertine and hardwood flooring throughout. Kitchen features granite countertops, custom cabinets, openings to both living and great room with bar, perfect for entertaining. Incredible lake view with private dock. Master Bedroom features patio with elevated views great for outdoor living. Basement boasts a full bedroom and bath and separate living quarters. And don't forget to relax at the pool overlooking the Ocotillo Lakes!

Listed with West USA Realty


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