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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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$335,000 :: 1151 E FRYE Road, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,559 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 03/14/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5736698
Community: MIRALAGO
Tract: MIRALAGO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/22/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Imagine owning one of the largest waterfront lots in the gated community of Miralago. The mountain and water views from your extra-large patio alone are cheaper than therapy! Inside, the home you will enjoy vaulted ceilings, newer bamboo wood floors, granite countertops, gorgeous cabinetry, custom paint, updated bathrooms, lighting fixtures, newer appliances and much more. Dual master bedrooms, one of the first floor and the other on the 2nd floor, makes this floor plan ideal for any situation. Enjoy private front courtyard and gate. Walking distance to the community salt water pool, Jacuzzi, and clubhouse which is also on the water and features some of the best views in Ahwatukee.Come SAY YES TO THIS ADDRESS

Listed with Arizona Best Real Estate


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$420,000 :: 150 N STARBOARD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,975 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 04/12/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5750478
Community: EAST LAKE AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-
Tract: EAST LAKE AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/22/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful water front home, with lake side views. Private pool and spa to enjoy- plenty of upgrades within this custom 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom and 3 car garage home located in the Wind Drift subdivision.Seller is leaving 2 televisions; one is locked in patio cupboard. Seller is also leaving bed in master bedroom.

Listed with Farnsworth Realty & Management Company


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$335,000 :: 687 S Sahuaro Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,299 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 03/22/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5740548
Community: LAGO ESTANCIA
Tract: LAGO ESTANCIA
Status: Active


Rare waterfront property! Beautiful, spacious home. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, large loft. 3 car garage. Beautiful pool. Exterior painted Dec 2013. Just a couple miles away from Downtown Gilbert and all it has to offer.

Listed with Geneva Real Estate and Investments


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$2,590,000 :: 17 E Oakwood Hills Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 6,427 sq ft
Lot Size: 67,953 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5755418
Community: Oakwood Hills
Tract: Oakwood Hills
Status: Active


This incredible 1.56-acre estate is in the prestigious, privately gated community of Oakwood Hills, a 14.5-acre community which features a freshwater lake, beautiful waterfalls and streams. Perfectly sited on a premium, cul-de-sac homesite, this exquisite 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 6,427 sq. ft. home is surrounded by perfectly manicured grounds overlooking the stunning lake. Enter thru the wrought iron gates into the beautifully landscaped front courtyard. Step inside the grand entry which opens to the magnificent living room overlooking the beautiful grounds. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, a large breakfast bar, island, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a beautiful custom painted ceiling. The kitchen opens to an inviting breakfast nook with

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$475,900 :: 3741 S BARBERRY Place, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,458 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 07/17/17, Last Updated: 04/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5634237
Community: MONTEREY BAY AT OCOTILLO
Tract: MONTEREY BAY AT OCOTILLO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/21/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Gorgeous waterfront home in Monterey Bay, Ocotillo. SPACIOUS rooms. Large main living room and formal dining room with hardwood floors. Dining room has French sliding doors opening out to side patio with travertine floors and views of lake. Full guest bedroom suite on main level with it's own full bathroom. Upgraded kitchen features extra-wide granite island and countertops with subway tile backsplash. Kitchen and breakfast nook opens to spacious family room with direct views of the lake. Upgraded carpet with updated fixtures & fans. Adjoining space off master suite for office or home gym. Oversized walk-in closet. Large balcony off master suite with expansive views of lake. Shady backyard with plenty of room for pool. Garage with upgraded storage cabinets, water softener, and R/O system.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$329,500 :: 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: 04/20/18
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 3/14/2018 by 0%
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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$359,000 :: 1266 E CHICAGO Circle, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,070 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 04/20/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5754746
Community: SPRINGS UNIT 2 AMD LOT 30-213
Tract: SPRINGS UNIT 2 AMD LOT 30-213
Status: Active


Premium view lot! Gorgeous & newly updated waterfront home in The Springs w/ an amazing view! One of the best & most affordable lake communities in the Valley, offering clubhouse, tennis, basketball courts, community pool & hot tub & multiple lakes & waterfalls. Freshly painted inside & out! New Granite counter tops, new wood-look tile, new carpet. Three bedrooms & a den/loft/office. Large master w/huge walk-in closet, garden tub & separate shower. Cozy fireplace, breakfast bar, new sinks & faucets & water heater. Vaulted ceilings, eat-in kitchen w/bay window, large pantry & formal dining and living room. Lots of storage & laundry room w/cabinets. Soft water loop. Close to Chandler Fashion Square, San Tan Mall & downtown Chandler for fabulous shopping & dining! Open house Sunday 4/22 11AM

Listed with Long Realty Partners


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$755,000 :: 1520 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,446 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 04/20/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5754636
Community: Val Vista Lakes WEST LAKE ESTA
Tract: Val Vista Lakes WEST LAKE ESTA
Status: Active


Highly desirable single level custom waterfront home in West Lake Estates*Beautiful entrance with private gated courtyard and front water fountain *Separate guest detached mother-in-law suite or used for private Home office*Large master suite with separate outdoor exit*Huge master closet*Separate tub and shower*Large open and bright custom kitchen with gorgeous views of the lake*Kitchen island*Travertine countertops*Family room with 2 sided gas fireplace with breath taking views of the lake*Split floor*Wonderful backyard for entertaining family and friends with full length patio*Built-in barbecue*Pebble tech pool*Boat dock for private boat*This is a must see*Don't forget about the use of the Val Vista Lakes Club house with beach pool area, swimming pool, gym, tennis and so much more

Listed with Elite Desert Realty, LLC


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$500,000 :: 851 W HACKBERRY Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,076 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 04/19/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5754333
Community: OCOTILLO EAST PARCEL 5
Tract: OCOTILLO EAST PARCEL 5
Status: Active


Absolutely incredible opportunity to own a well loved and updated home in Ocotillo! This ACTUAL 5 bedroom is sporting loads up updates and upgrades including new paint inside and out, both HVAC units replaced in 2016, total pool renovation with Kool-Deck, tile, equipment, water feature, and pebbletec in 2016! Stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and a brand new water heater installed in Feb 2018! Granite countertops and a great center island! Upstairs you'll find a large master bedroom with dual sink vanity in the bathroom. Soaking tub and walk-in shower! Downstairs is another bedroom with hardwood flooring and a full bathroom right next door! Bose in-ground speakers in the back and a beautiful view of the lake from the front door!

Listed with State 48 Realty, LLC


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$399,000 :: 2211 S EL MARINO --, Mesa AZ, 85202

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,822 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/19/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5754148
Community: DOBSON SHORES UNIT 4 LOT 191-3
Tract: DOBSON SHORES UNIT 4 LOT 191-3
Status: Active


WATERFRONT RARELY AVAILABLE IN DOBSO0N SHORES! Come and see this fabulous 3 bed, 2 bath property now for sale in Mesa! Featuring desert front landscaping, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, dining and living areas, a cozy fireplace, inner courtyard, and designer paint, this is sure to be the one you've been looking for! The elegant kitchen offers ample cabinetry, a HUGE pantry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a charming breakfast bar. Inside the gorgeous master bedroom you will find a a spacious closet, separate toilet/shower room, and a private exit to the patio with water views. The backyard is comprised of a cozy covered patio/deck overlooking the community's gorgeous lake! Don't miss the opportunity to make this fantastic home yours, schedule a showing today!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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