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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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$739,000 :: 4465 S VIRGINIA Way, Chandler AZ, 85249

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,055 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 02/19/18, Last Updated: 02/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725797
Community: PINELAKE ESTATES
Tract: PINELAKE ESTATES
Status: Active


WATERFRONT PERFECTION! IN CHANDLER'S PRESTIGIOUS PINELAKE ESTATES!! THE MOST sought after floor plan. 4055 sq. ft. SINGLE LEVEL, 4 Bedrm/ 2.5 Bth~ PLUS OFFICE! PLUS BONUS ROOM! Private Gated COURTYARD ENTRY welcomes you to Gorgeous 8ft Iron & Glass Entry Door!! Enter to AWESOME LAKE & MOUNTAIN VIEWS from ALL LIVING AREAS!! THE BEST LOT ON THE LAKE !! Next to the ONLY Waterfall! AWESOME views from Formal Living, Dining rm and Family room w/ Stone Fireplace!! GORMET Kitchen w/ FIREPLACE, Stainless VIKING Stove & hood, built-in refrigerator & double ovens, custom 42" cabinetry w/ crown molding, granite counters & large center island and sliding glass doors to courtyard. TRUE Master Suite has gorgeous lake views w/ private sliding glass door exit to your Backyard Resort! HUGE walk-in shower,

Listed with HomeSmart


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$394,997 :: 1628 E CHICAGO Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,640 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 08/30/17, Last Updated: 02/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5653514
Community: SPRINGS
Tract: SPRINGS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/28/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Amazing Chandler home on a shimmering waterfront lot! Move in ready with vaulted ceilings, gorgeous laminate & tile flooring, plush carpeting, and a neutral color palette throughout. Large eat in kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, a plethora of cabinets, granite counters, a breakfast bar, and easy access to the formal dining room. Create your signature drink at the wet bar! Cozy fireplace in the family room! 2 master bedrooms! Upstairs master has access to the private balcony for spectacular views. Generous backyard has an above ground spa, covered patio, and sparkling lake views. This home will not be on the market long! See it today and start living!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC


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$1,999,000 :: 86 BILTMORE Estate, Phoenix AZ, 85016

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4 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,790 sq ft
Lot Size: 33,105 sq ft
Added: 03/06/17, Last Updated: 02/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5570933
Community: SQUAW PEAK VISTA LOT 1-51 64
Tract: SQUAW PEAK VISTA LOT 1-51 64
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 9%
Status: Active


Arizona Biltmore Golf Course, Frank Lloyd Wright School Designed by World Renowned Architect Vernon Swaback. Reminiscent of Mid-Century Modern. This is a Timeless Original GEM.Camelback Mountain Views sitting directly on the Links Golf Course, with Lakes. One of the BEST LOCATIONS anywhere. Warm Frank Lloyd Wright touches throughout. All bedrooms have own private baths (4), multiple fireplaces, and huge diving pool. Designed for Entertaining, Easy living, and Easy Maintenance. Easy Lock & Leave. An Address Recognized. WORTH viewing and writing on. A Must SEE -- limited opportunity to enter this incredible area. Write your contract.

Listed with Karen J Baer


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$299,900 :: 4519 E Walatowa Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,366 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 10/24/17, Last Updated: 02/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5678542
Community: AHWATUKEE RS 7 LOT 3216-3326
Tract: AHWATUKEE RS 7 LOT 3216-3326
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/19/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Fantastic location with GREAT VIEWS! Quiet street in retirement community with mountain views front & back. Amazing views of golf course & lake from gorgeous AZ room which brings sq.ft. to 1685! Ideal split-bedroom design with fireplace and floor to ceiling mirrors including dining room ceiling! Kitchen and baths have pull-out cabinet shelves. Dual-vanity master bath with large walk-in closet. Garage features custom built-in cabinetry, laundry sink and pull-down stair attic access. AZ room has separate AC/controls and all exterior side/rear windows and doors protected with RollerShield covers. Built-in barbecue on covered patio and newer appliances throughout. This home is perfect for entertaining friends & family. Best location in Ahwatukee!

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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$374,900 :: 761 E INDIAN WELLS Place, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,458 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 11/24/17, Last Updated: 02/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5691599
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/1/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


AWESOME WATERFRONT PROPERTY in ''LAGOS VISTOSO'' GATED COMMUNITY! North/South Exposure. Freshly painted, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage with epoxy floor coating. Fourth bedroom is currently set up as an office. Upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops, mosiac back splash and over/under counter lighting. ''VIKING'' cook top and microwave. Breakfast nook and formal dining room. Split floor plan with wood flooring in all bedrooms and family room. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet. Master bathroom has granite counter tops, custom lighting and separate shower and tub. Granite counter top and custom lighting in second bathroom. South-facing back yard with covered patio that leads to desert landscaping that ends at the water's edge of the lake. INCLUDES: Platinum Home Warranty!

Listed with Touchstone Realty, LLC


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$569,000 :: 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: 02/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725089
Community: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
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 wateris a private small park on the lake.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$649,000 :: 3353 E AMBERWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,912 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 12/15/17, Last Updated: 02/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5699315
Community: ESTATES AT MONTEGO BAY
Tract: ESTATES AT MONTEGO BAY
The price of this listing was last reduced on 12/16/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


THIS IS IT! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WATERFRONT ESTATE IN THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER AHWATUKEE COMMUNITY OF LAKEWOOD. THIS OVERSIZED LOT OF 1/3 OF AN ACRE. EXCEPTIONAL WATER VIEWS FROM KITCHEN, FAMILY ROOM & MASTER.PHENOMENAL FLOOR PLAN FEATURES 5 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS, 2 MASTER SUITES, LIVING ROOM,DINING ROOM, CUSTOM GOURMET KITCHEN SHOWCASES HIGH GRADE GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS, BRAND NEW CABINETRY, DOUBLE GOUREMENT FRIDGE WITH WINE COOLER AND BREAKFAST ROOM. OVERSIZED MAIN MASTER BEDROOM SUITE WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS AS IT FEATURES A LARGE BALCONY, WITH 2 WALK-IN CLOSETS.AMAZING BACKYARD FEATURES GORGEOUS DIVING POOL WITH WATER FEATURE,OUTDOOR BRAZILLIAN BBQ,PUTTING GREEN, RETRACTABLE MOTORIZED AWNING, MULTIPLE DECK SEATING AREAS AND PRIVATE BOAT ACCESS. THESE DON'T COME ALONG OFTEN! PLUS THE

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$334,900 :: 9637 S 51ST Street, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,788 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 01/26/18, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715148
Community: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
Tract: POINTE SOUTH MOUNTAIN UNIT 8
The price of this listing was last reduced on 2/8/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Move-In Ready Remodeled Home Located on the Golf Course in the Prestigious Pointe South Mountain Community. 3 Bed, 2 Bath with a 2 car garage, Vaulted Ceilings, Plantation Shutters and a Golf Course View. New Flooring and Fresh Paint Welcome you at the Door and Help Accent this Open Floor Plan. Home is Perfectly Positioned with Both a Water and Golf Course View. Come Experience it for Yourself!

Listed with Gentry Real Estate Group


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$699,000 :: 5508 S MARINE Drive, Tempe AZ, 85283

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,096 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 02/16/18, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5724574
Community: LAKES TRACT C3
Tract: LAKES TRACT C3
Status: Active


Lakes' newer looking custom build waterfront. Enter walls of windows w/ 180 degree water view. Great Room entry w/ 20 ft+ vaults. Real oak wood floors 3/4 inch thick thru-out 1st floor. 1st floor BDR/or great Office w/ hallway bath & views of water.Tons of lite oak cabinets & storage.Kool deck. Boat dock. Waterviews Gr RM, KT,BDR 1st level, MBR. Basement 668 sf w/LRM, BDR & Full Bath=great Theatre RM/guests/returning kids. Uostairs Loft w/Library. Monster MBR w/sitting area. MBath jacuzzi&sep ex-large 2 person shower. Gigantic MBR walk-in closet. 3 sliding doors to MBR deck.2 split BDRS up facing street trees w/ Jack N Jill full bathrm. Walls of lite oak cabinets & lots more storage upstairs. Extra wide, long 3 car garage. Greenbelt south so no zero lot line. Newer 2016 Lenox AC up.

Listed with Heins Realty


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$820,000 :: 1692 W ZION Place, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,919 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,552 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 02/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5724245
Community: EMBARCADERO AT OCOTILLO
Tract: EMBARCADERO AT OCOTILLO
Status: Active


Beautiful waterfront property in gated Embarcadero community. Negative edge pool appearsto flow into the lake great for entertaining family and friends. Gourmet kitchen features: granitecounters, stone backsplash, and rich cherry cabinets. Soaring ceilings, dramatic floor to ceilingstone fireplace. Nestled near the 202 and 101 freeways. Near numerous shopping, dining options andOcotillo golf course.

Listed with Dave Barber Realty, Inc.


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