Phoenix, Arizona Lake Communities – Where does the lake water come from?

Sources of water for Phoenix lake and waterfront home communities

Many visitors are amazed that Phoenix has lake communities and waterfront homes since Arizona is in fact a desert.  The next question is obviously, “Where does the water come from?”.   Isn’t this a waste of scarce water resources?   And if you own a waterfront home in one of the Phoenix lake communities, don’t you want to know the source of the water next to your lot?  This may turn out to be another  criteria in your search for a waterfront home.   If you are interested in  the answers to these questions, read on.

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Luxury Waterfront Property in Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Tempe,

Phoenix Luxury Homes in Lake Communities

Phoenix is home to many custom luxury homes.  When luxury homes are on a waterfront lot, it adds another dimension to its desireability and uniqueness.  In many cities, the most appealing and expensive homes are those found in  lake communities.  For some buyers, waterfront homes represent the perfect paradox, a waterfront home in the desert.

To see a quick link to waterfront homes in the Phoenix, over $400K, Phoenix waterfront homes.

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Ahwatukee Waterfront Condo and Home Communities in Phoenix

Three Lakefront Communities in the Ahwatukee Foothills of Phoenix

Just 5 miles west of the I-10 Interstate is a 6 acre lake set back in the Ahwatukee Foothills and surrounded by three waterfront communities; Toscano Lakeside, San Simeon Condos, and Miralago at the Foothills. These communities are within walking distance of Desert Foothills Park and the Foothills Golf Club, and just over a mile  east of Club West Golf Club.  Less than a mile to the south is Pecos Road which offers great accessibility to the 202 and I-10.  They are found within the highly rated Kyrene Elementary School District and Tempe Union High School District boundaries.

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Boating in Phoenix Lake Communities

Waterfront Homes and communities that allow boating

As with a search for any home, Phoenix area waterfront property buyers have their criteria that best describes their dream home.  When describing Phoenix real estate waterfront homes, there is an additional parameter that is often important; a lake that allows boats. Instead of going to a park, a waterfront home owner may decide to go “crusing” around the lake.   Some communities allow boats and some do not.  Most lake communities only allow pontoon boats that are powered by electric motors.  To enjoy a true motor boat ride you’ll have to choose from one of the six water ski communities in the valley.  Even if the community does allow boating, make sure and verify that the body of water to which you’ll have access is large enough for that occasional boat ride.

Charter Schools in Arizona

Charter schools provide an alternative to traditional public schools

One of the many, but very important items on the checklist of things to do for a family relocating to the Phoenix area is researching schools.  Which school is the best school in the area we want to live? Which district is the best? Do they have extra-curricular activities? And the questions go on and on.  These families will also have to add another question that they may not have considered previously, “What about charter schools?” Continue reading “Charter Schools in Arizona”

The HB 2001 Jobs Bill – Now for the part they didn’t tell you!

Arizona Jobs Bill – HB 2001 will lower business property taxes, targets jobs creation

Arizona is open for business with business property tax cuts and targeted incentives aimed at job creation.  That’s the purpose and strategy behind HB 2001 that was signed into law last month.  That’s what the sponsors want you to remember.   What they didn’t tell you is what will happen to residential property taxes.  Buried deep in the 214 page bill is a change to the tax treatment of residential property.  And in this bill what they didn’t tell you will cost you.  How so? Read on.

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Lakewood Waterfront Homes in Ahwatukee area of Phoenix

Ahwatukee Lakefront Community at Lakewood

The Lakewood waterfront community is at the entrance to the Ahwatukee Foothills of Phoenix.  Ahwatukee has been considered by some as the world’s largest cul-de-sac.  You can enter via Ray, Chandler Blvd., or Pecos and those are also the streets by which you will exit. This highly desireable area and community is only 2 miles  from the I-10 and loop 202 freeway.  Another advantage is Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary is located within this 1 square mile development.

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Granite counter tops – An enviable upgrade

 Granite – An Elegant Natural Stone Upgrade

Granite counter tops in Phoenix homes are always considered an upgrade and a distinguishing characteristic in any kitchen. The Arizona Regional MLS has recently made “granite countertops” a searchable field for those buyers where granite kitchen counter tops are a “must have”.  While buyers and sellers alike will attest to the natural beauty of granite, the facts behind this natural igneous upgrade are sometimes unknown. 

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Making sense of Maricopa county property taxes and valuations

Maricopa County Tax Bills Arrived – Some Happy, Some Not

The motivation for this article comes from all the recent news about taxes, and some buyers who say interesting things like “The property values have gone down, so the taxes better be lower!”   With that I thought it was the right time to dig in and get to the bottom of this sensitive topic.   I’m glad I did because there are some interesting facts of which I was unaware.  Read on and find out what is myth, what is reality,  and discover some unknown facts.

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