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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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$769,000 :: 1901 E CYPRESS TREE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,645 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 07/05/17, Last Updated: 09/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5629011
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/26/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


PRICED more than $20K lower than appraised value to allow for more upgrades. WATERFRONT Home in Gated neighborhood of Val Vista Lakes with a fully finished Basement- 4,645 sqft, 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, huge office with a separate entry. Second story features 2 of the bedrooms plus the Master Suite that offers an additional sitting/TV room and a workout room with a separate entry into the Master Bath. The main level of this beautiful home boasts the elegant Living Room with a 2-way, gas fireplace; the Kitchen with All New Stainless Appliances; the Breakfast Room; a closed in Patio Area with access to the Living Room and the Dining Area; a half bathroom; 1 Bedroom with a private 3/4 bathroom; and the Laundry Room. Fully Finished Basement has 1 bedroom, 3/4 Bathroom,

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$399,999 :: 1341 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,017 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 09/15/17, Last Updated: 09/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661079
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/18/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


This North/ South exposure home has been fully updated and offers 3 bedrooms that all have a water view. 2.5 bathrooms that have granite and under-mount sinks. The entire first floor has new wood-look tile and a wood-burning fireplace with travertine stacked stone. The kitchen offers all new soft close cabinets including 2 lazy Susan's and all lower cabinets are drawers for ease of use. The kitchen has brand new granite countertops, subway tile backsplash and a garden window for growing fresh herbs. All brand new stainless steel appliances. This home offers a large pantry off the kitchen that measures 9 feet long by 5 feet deep. The laundry room has a beautiful granite countertop folding area and stainless steel hanging rack. Relax in your paved backyard or take a dip in the pool.

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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$319,000 :: 1674 S SYCAMORE Place, Chandler AZ, 85286

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,663 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 09/08/17, Last Updated: 09/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5657669
Community: PECOS RANCH UNIT TWO REPLAT
Tract: PECOS RANCH UNIT TWO REPLAT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/13/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautifully cared for home located in desirable Pecos Ranch community. Nestled on a lakefront lot, enjoy those cool Arizona evenings feeding the ducks or having a BBQ with friends in this fantastic backyard! Smart use of square footage inside with thoughtful upgrades throughout. Private master suite upstairs offers a getaway with plenty of space to relax and unwind! Located near community park...you can see it from your driveway!! Lake is stocked with fish on a regular basis!!! Close proximity to shopping, dining & entertainment with easy access to the Loop 101 and 202 freeways. Come enjoy your lakefront paradise in the growing Chandler community! Welcome home!

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$339,900 :: 5710 W IVANHOE Street, Chandler AZ, 85226

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5 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,262 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 07/31/17, Last Updated: 09/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5640382
Community: MAY'S POND LOT 1-134 PARCEL A-
Tract: MAY'S POND LOT 1-134 PARCEL A-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/19/2017 by 6%
Status: Active


Waterfront home in prime Chandler location. Large, open floor plan with high ceilings and fans throughout. Hardwood floors lower level, tile in baths, new carpeting in all bedrooms. Master bedroom and guest room downstairs and 3 additional bedrooms upstairs. Lap pool with waterfall overlooking the lake. Plus community walking paths, community pool, playground, recreation center, and catch and release fishing right out your backdoor. Tremendous water views from master bedroom, kitchen, family and dining area, and upstairs bedroom. Fireplaces in both family room and master bedroom. Refrigerator, washer, and dryer are included. Two A/C units for maximum air flow and energy efficiency. This home is immaculate!

Listed with Centre Point Real Estate LLC


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$725,000 :: 1849 E WILLOW TREE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,445 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 08/30/17, Last Updated: 09/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5653543
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


WOW! This is it! ASTOUNDING VIEWS from almost every room- Kitchen, Family Room, Dining Room, Living Room and Master Bedroom! Enjoy Grand Cathedral Ceilings, gorgeous TRAVERTINE flooring, NEWER BRAZILIAN HARDWOOD floors,GAS FIREPLACE in Family Room, GOURMET KITCHEN with CUSTOM KITCHEN CABINETS, WINE RACK, built in OVEN, COOK TOP too! IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED! FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM with SITTING area. Master Bathroom has separate shower and JETTED TUB with double sinks. TWO Guest Bedroom downstairs with FULL Bathroom. You'll love the outdoor with INFINITY pool, Spa and Fire Pit too! Close to Route 60 & LOTS of STORES. SEE VIRTUAL TOUR IN PHOTO SECTION! ***OWNER WILLING TO SELL FURNISHING*** Enjoy an evening boat ride from your home on the lake to the Clubhouse!!Don't wait to enjoy the

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$715,000 :: 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: 09/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5611056
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
The price of this listing was last increased on 9/8/2017 by 9%
Status: Active


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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$409,000 :: 1624 E CHICAGO Street, Chandler AZ, 85225

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,231 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 09/08/17, Last Updated: 09/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5657849
Community: SPRINGS UNIT 2 AMD LOT 30-213
Tract: SPRINGS UNIT 2 AMD LOT 30-213
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/8/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


SPECTACULAR RESORT LIKE WATERFRONT PROPERTY WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF YOUR VERY OWN WATERFRONT LOT IN CHANDLERS PRESTIGIOUS COMMUNITY ''THE SPRINGS'' WALK INTO THIS HOME AND NOTICE THE OPEN AIRY FEELING WITH HIGH VAULTED CIELINGS AND TONS OF NATURAL LIGHT. REMODELED THROUGHOUT!! NEW KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, NEW STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES,CABINETS, LIGHTING,NEW FLOORING,ALL NEW EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PAINT,NEW AC, NEW ROOF, NEW BATHROOMS WITH HIGH END FINISHES INCLUDING CLAW FOOT TUB IN MASTER. PLUS MORE!! OVER 100K SPENT IN UPGRADING THIS BEAUTY. ENTERTAIN IN THIS TRUE BACKYARD PARADISE EQUIPPED WITH SANDY BEACH,FULL BAR,AND YOUR VERY OWN BOAT. HOME HAS A HUGE 3 CAR GARAGE WITH WORKBENCH, AND MASTER BALCONY RETREAT. CLOSE TO HIGH END SHOPPING AND NIGHTLIFE.HURRY WONT LAST LONG!!

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$269,900 :: 212 W VERANO Place, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,691 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 08/04/17, Last Updated: 09/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5642060
Community: LAGO ESTANCIA PARCELS 11,12 &a
Tract: LAGO ESTANCIA PARCELS 11,12 &a
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/4/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Come see this immaculate upgraded 3 BR home in the highly sought after Lago Estancia subdivision. This beautiful home has been redone from top to bottom. Upgrades include custom cabinetry throughout, granite counters in kitchen, media center, office, and both baths, custom walk-in shower in master, stainless steel appliances in kitchen, separate office with built in desk and cabinetry, dual pane windows, 3/4 '' hardwood and tile floors, custom paint, upgraded lighting, ceiling fans and plumbing fixtures throughout, water softener, dual attic access and lots of cabinetry in garage w/ insulated door. Outside you have an entertainers dream with a front courtyard, covered back patio w/ ceiling fan, lake views, built-in BBQ island,easy care landscaping, and a large heated hot tub with gazebo.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$699,000 :: 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: 09/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661443
Community: OCOTILLO LAKES
Tract: OCOTILLO LAKES
Status: Active


CHECK OUT THE VIDEO! Live the Ocotillo Lakes lifestyle! Stunning luxury waterfront home in exclusive gated community. 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. The gorgeous 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. Amazing backyard with private dock and covered patio overlooking the luxuriant lake and grassy landscape. This waterfront house is one of a kind! Click MORE

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$525,000 :: 2003 E CATAMARAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 3.25 baths
Home size: 2,970 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 09/16/17, Last Updated: 09/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661262
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


Beautiful custom home with views down the lake ** Casita/office/guest room with bathroom and separate entrance ** Master bedroom downstairs ** Loft upstairs with beautiful lake views ** So many windows and walls of glass makes this home very bright ** Granite island kitchen with loads of cabinets abd eating area ** Large walk in closet in master suite ** Val Vista Lakes community enjoys 10 tennis courts, including pickelball, indoor racquetball courts, heated pool, heated spa, lagoon beach, kayaks and pedal boats for homeowners to use, workout room, cardio room, many events to enjoy and so much more ** There are four lakes for your boating and fishing pleasure ** This beautiful home is ready for your client to move in

Listed with Penfield Properties


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