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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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$842,000 :: 4461 S PECAN Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,323 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 06/15/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5620065
Community: WATERMARK AT OCOTILLO
Tract: WATERMARK AT OCOTILLO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/4/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Waterlot in Watermark*Gated Community*Former Camelot model* waterfront home w/ pool in Chandler features 4323sf home w/5 bedrooms* 4.5 baths, loft & bonus room w/exquisite custom finishes* travertine, wood floors, alder wood doors & cabinetry to the beamed ceilings & custom built-in cabinetry thru out* Gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters, custom tile backsplash, porcelain farm sink, SS Kitchen Aid appliances & R/O* Butlers pantry w/wine fridge*Breakfast bar & breakfast room w/ built-in workstation & slider to large private courtyard w/ fountain & custom landscaping*paver drive*Entertaining Family room w/ Gas Fireplace overlooks lake & backyard resort w/ Pebbletec pool* water feature & surrounded by lush greenery for privacy and an outdoor kitchen & boat dock*First floor guest

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$449,000 :: 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: 08/14/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5646408
Community: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
Tract: LAKEWOOD PARCEL 12 LOT 1-132 T
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!

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$499,900 :: 874 W BEECHNUT Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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5 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,515 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 08/13/17, Last Updated: 08/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5646188
Community: OAKWOOD LAKES
Tract: OAKWOOD LAKES
Status: Active


Absolutely beautiful remodel with everything redone with the highest quality. Flooring, baseboards, carpet, kitchen, baths - you name it. Stunning kitchen with new cabinets, soft close drawers, lots of pullouts and the most gorgeous granite you've ever seen! Refrigerator, Washer/Dryer stay! Backyard to die for! Boat dock with seating and a 14 ft. aluminum bass boat with electric motor and canopy are included for fishing and enjoying this serene lake. Pebble sheen pool w/grotto and waterfall, lushly landscaped backyard paradise with gas BBQ, gardens, trees, grass and custom desert landscaping. New VOC paint throughout, garage w/epoxy floors and sink. New HVAC, pool pump, please look at the documents tab for the whole list! Great location near Intel, Ocotillo, the 202 and I-10 are nearby.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$489,900 :: 683 W NOLAN Way, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,666 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 08/10/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645122
Community: OAKWOOD LAKES
Tract: OAKWOOD LAKES
Status: Active


Wonderful WATER FRONT home! You will be proud to entertain your friends & family. 4 bed. & two bath. Huge Master suite and bath with his/her vanities, Newer snail shower and separate large garden tub. Lge walk in closet. walk out to backyard patio. Large Living room with a gas fireplace and wood floors. Family room also has wood floors also has walk out to Private Pool and Lake area. Kitchen that has more than enough cupboards and counter space. Granite counters with stainless appliances that are included with the sale. walk in pantry..Lovely 10' ceilings and Tile in all the right places. Backyard is an Oasis including a wood burning fireplace and a BBQ bar The sellers have added another covered Patio. 3 car gar w/epoxy floors & cabinets. Fishing in this Fresh water lake is wonderful!

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$849,500 :: 1901 E CYPRESS TREE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,645 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 07/05/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
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 8/1/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Gated Lakeside Subdivision Home in 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, a private sitting room and an open area with a lovely custom bar equipped with a sink, refrigerator and

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$325,000 :: 7002 S 38TH Place, Phoenix AZ, 85042

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,270 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 08/12/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645935
Community: PINES AT THE RAVEN
Tract: PINES AT THE RAVEN
Status: Active


Stunning golf course views! This home is located on the 8th green of the championship Raven Golf Club, ranked ''#5 Golf Course in the State'' by Arizona Magazine. The back yard has a private putting green, interior boasts a spacious, single level, four bedroom two bath home in a huge open floor-plan with high ceilings. Nestled in a pristine, gated community featuring a large pool, two green belts, and gorgeous views of South Mountain. Close to major employers, shopping, entertainment, freeways and more. Don't miss this opportunity!

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$825,000 :: 4180 S AMBROSIA Drive, Chandler AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,039 sq ft
Lot Size: 19,166 sq ft
Added: 06/13/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5619492
Community: EMBARCADERO AT OCOTILLO
Tract: EMBARCADERO AT OCOTILLO
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/31/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Absolutely amazing waterfront property with boat dock on nearly a half acre. Original owner has taken meticulous care of this beautiful home. This stunning semi-custom residence features a diving pool with upgraded decking; high-end maple cabinetry with under-mount lighting; shutters throughout; boat dock; eave electrical outlets (for seasonal lighting); hot-water recirculating system; new hot water heater; garage cabinets; executive landscape lighting (with copper fixtures, light meters, and upgraded transformers); producing sweet orange tree; and gorgeous landscaping (including 10 shade trees); gas fireplace with media nighes; window treatments; custom tile flooring design; granite counter-tops; and stainless appliances.

Listed with Ready Group


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$514,500 :: 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: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5610329
Community: HARBOUR CLUB AT OCOTILLO LT 1-
Tract: HARBOUR CLUB AT OCOTILLO LT 1-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/4/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


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!

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$519,000 :: 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: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5645708
Community: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
Tract: RICHMOND SHORES LOT 1-105 TR A
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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$575,000 :: 1262 W MOUNTAIN VIEW Drive, Mesa AZ, 85201

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 6,020 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,908 sq ft
Added: 06/29/17, Last Updated: 08/11/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5626650
Community: Country Club Heights
Tract: Country Club Heights
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/20/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


ONE OF A KIND CUSTOM HOME, THAT HAS MORE STORAGE THAN YOU WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH! THIS HOME HAS 5 BEDROOMS, A LARGE OPEN LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM AREA WITH WET BAR, AND A GREAT BIG KITCHEN, PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. THE HOME HAS THE MASTER & A SECONDARY MASTER BEDROOM UPSTAIRS, & 3 FULL BATHROOMS. DOWNSTARIS IS THE WALK-OUT BASEMENT, WITH 2 BEDROOMS, THE LAUNDRY ROOM, AND A LARGE ENTERTAINING/FAMILY ROOM. THE HOME IS LOCATED WITHIN 2 MILES TO THE CUBS & OAKLAND A'S BALLPARKS & HAS OVER 72 PARKS WITHIN 10 MILES. THE LIGHT RAIL LESS THAN 1 MILE AWAY, 101 & 202 FREEWAYS WITHIN 2 MILES, & 300+ RESTAURANTS WITHIN 5 MILES. TEMPE MARKETPLACE & MESA RIVERVIEW ARE A SHORT BIKE RIDE AWAY & THE TEMPE TOWNLAKE BIKE PATH IS LESS THAN .25 MILES AWAY! MORE IN DOCS TAB FOR LOCATION AND AMENITIES!

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