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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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To receive a customized search for waterfront homes, please click on  Send me waterfront homes for sale.   Or if you have any questions regarding the different lake communities, please don’t hesitate to call me at 480-326-8571. When you’re looking for waterfront property, make sure to call an agent that specializes and is knowledgeable about waterfront homes in the Phoenix area.

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$2,299,999 :: 6 E OAKWOOD HILLS Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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7 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 8,142 sq ft
Lot Size: 61,855 sq ft
Added: 10/10/16, Last Updated: 10/22/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5509450
Community: OAKWOOD HILLS SUBDIVISION RE-A
Tract: OAKWOOD HILLS SUBDIVISION RE-A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/21/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Energy Efficient Home with 4 BRAND NEW 16 Seer Trane A/C Units- Multi Zones!! Impeccably Maintained 3 Story Estate w/ breathtaking views of the picturesque lake often graced w/ the most elegant swans. An ideal Family home nestled w/in private cul-de-sac and sitting on 1.4 Acres of rolling grassy hills, a covered Play Gym, Fenced Pool & Spa and Firepit. Built for Entertaining, this home has been professionally designed & decorated w/ Custom Neutral Hues t/o and Unbelievable Custom Drapery & Cabinetry. Gourmet Kitchen w/ Open Concept to Family Room easily accommodates multiple cooks w/ double ovens, double 4" thick granite slab counters, Double islands, plenty of counter space, an ice maker, built in Sub Zero Fridge & Freezer, Viking Appliances incl warming drawer and multiple sinks.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate LLC


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$699,000 :: 1761 W LYNX Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,329 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 05/26/17, Last Updated: 10/22/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5611056
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/11/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Please Ignore the days on the market, Priced $60K Less then same floor plan sold cash! IT WON`T LAST AT THIS PRICE!! BREATHTAKING LAKE VIEWS from the moment you enter this Executive home in private GATED community. Amazing OPEN floor plan-4 Large Bedrooms+den/office & 3 Full Bathroom. Custom paint, Amazing Custom Fire place, custom window treatments throughout, corian countertops, built-in sub zero refrigerator/freezer, garden tub & shower-his and hers closets. N/S exposure on large waterfront lot, Pool w 2 waterfall-HUGE covered patio, large back yard for entertaining, citrus trees, an entertainer's dream home! Pristine water front property in great condition with interior 2 tone paint, Updated cabinets, appliances, including the 3 CG with epoxy flooring & Quality Pattern Carpets.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$408,777 :: 660 E RIVIERA Drive, Chandler AZ, 85249

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,001 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 10/21/17, Last Updated: 10/21/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5677547
Community: LAGOS VISTOSO
Tract: LAGOS VISTOSO
Status: Active


Stunning 4 bd, 3 ba, 3001 sq foot mini-estate w/ lake view lot located in the prestigious gated community of Lagos Vistoso! This estate open floor plan is remodeled to perfection w/ designer painted interior, elegant plantation shutters throughout, refined flooring, dramatic custom lighting, 12 ft. built-in bookcase w/ library style rolling ladder, built-in entertainment center & lovely guest bdrm downstairs & loft Beautiful gourmet kitchen features upgraded cabinetry w/ glass uppers,newer stainless steel appliances, add'l beverage frig, farmhouse drop sink, cook top w/ subway tile back splash, gigantic Mstr retreat & bathroom. You will love the resort style back yard w/ sparking pebble tec pool, over-sized patio & breathtaking views of the lake. Plz view the virtual tour.

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties


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$374,900 :: 12641 S 41ST Place, Phoenix AZ, 85044

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/05/17, Last Updated: 10/21/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5615631
Community: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
Tract: CENTER COURT AT AHWATUKEE PHAS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/1/2017 by 6%
Status: Active


Great Tri-level home built by Blandford. Frame and integra block construction. Travertine tile in main living areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Ceiling fans in bedroom's, dining room, family room. Sub zero refrigerator stays with home. Property backs up to the lake(which is currently without water).Golf course is not operable(currently not cared for and developers are attempting to rezone for housing..........This home was unable to be shown until Sept. 1st due to tenant problems,which is the reason for the days on the market being what they are.Home shows very well, clean and ready to move into.VACANT AND ON ARMLS LOCKBOXOWNER ANXIOUS, MAKE OFFER!!

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$279,900 :: 1348 E CINDY Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,688 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5677166
Community: SPRINGS UNIT 2 AMD LOT 30-213
Tract: SPRINGS UNIT 2 AMD LOT 30-213
Status: Active


Beautiful single level Water Front lot.3 bedroom 2 bath home showing pride of ownership. Newly painted exterior, and interior. Vaulted ceilings, formal living room. Family room that opens to a patio, a few steps and you are on your own boat dock with a small paddle boat for your enjoyment on the water. Spacious master suite with master bathtub and shower combination, Plus double sinks. Shopping and great schools all near by.

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


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$289,990 :: 3241 S MINGUS Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,507 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,049 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5677087
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 18
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 18
Status: Active


This beautiful 1507 sf home in gated community with lake view has a lot to offer! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, stunning upgraded kitchen modern espresso style cabinets. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with gas range, upgraded flooring, luxury bathroom package including resort style over-sized walk in shower with bench and rain head in Master bath, ceiling fan pre-wires, gas stub at Laundry and patio, security system with two years of monitoring, window blinds and much more. The community is gated with clubhouse, heated pool and Jacuzzi. Front and rear landscaping is installed and maintained by the community.A PUBLIC REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.

Listed with Lennar Sales Corp


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$864,990 :: 3981 S RINCON Drive, Chandler AZ, 85286

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,304 sq ft
Lot Size: 32,234 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5677103
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 28 LOTS 16
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 28 LOTS 16
Status: Active


This awesome great room floorplan is located in Chandler with Chandler school district!! Beautiful custom home that is a must see. Builder incentives available! So many bells and whistles this home! Come see it today!A PUBLIC REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.

Listed with Lennar Sales Corp


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$649,900 :: 1401 W SANDPIPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,884 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676764
Community: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Tract: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Status: Active


Gilbert's fabulous ''Islands'' community. Lake #1 is freshwater w/ catch and release fishing, great boating & fabulous sunsets(sorry no swimming). This former ''Street of Dreams'' home is like resort living. Professionally landscaped yard slopes to a beautiful water view w/a boat dock ready backyard. Inside, a foyer w/marble tile flooring and plush carpet. Open & airy floor plan, waterfront windows, 20ft ceilings, skylight,two fireplaces,2nd story balcony,formal dining, sunken living rm w/fireplace,family rm, & a roomy kitchen. Oversized master bedroom suite w/2 walk-in closets & soaking tub. Over $100,000 in upgrades. Hurry it will go fast!!!

Listed with West USA Realty


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$398,000 :: 3429 E WILDWOOD Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85048

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,704 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 08/14/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5646408
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/14/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Lakewood waterfront lot, single level!! 3 bedroom. 2nd bedroom could be a den/office. $15,000 kitchen remodel- new cabinets, granite counters, travertine backsplash, small appliance bays. Dishwasher, disposal and microwave have been replaced recently. Both bathrooms have been partially remodeled. Electric paddle boat included with house, parked at your own dock! Two fireplaces, premium sound system with speakers in every room, ceiling fans, water filter, water softener, lifetime compressor and heat exchanger warranty on AC equipment.The house has a very large storage room. Enjoy your view of the lake from your spa, on its own deck. Low care landscape maintenance, mostly desert and premium artificial turf along the lake. Come see this amazing house!

Listed with Realty Executives


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$650,000 :: 1740 W BARTLETT Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,234 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 09/16/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661443
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/17/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Reduced hurry! Remodeled luxury waterfront home in exclusive gated community. Live the Ocotillo Lakes lifestyle! Close to shopping, golf, grocery stores, top rated schools, restaurants, Village heath club & spa, Intel, Orbital, Chandler's Price Corridor & easy access to the freeways! Fabulous interior boasts soaring ceilings, formal living-dining room, family room with cozy fireplace, den perfect for an office, large enclosed loft and plantation shutters throughout. Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, white cabinets w/crown molding, tile backsplash, walk-in pantry, quartz counters and island with breakfast bar. The master retreat offers a lavish bath with double sink, soaking tub, separate shower and a walk-in closet. Ocotillo voted BEST community in Arizona! Click MORE!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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