Determining if a Phoenix lake community allows boating
One of the most frequently asked questions I recieve is “Does this lake community allow boating?” The second most frequent question is “How big is the lake?” We’re going to answer both of these questions. Previously, I’ve attempted to make a list of lakes where boating, kayaking, and canoeing are permitted and which lakes are larger and more conducive to boating. I’m going to share some tools with you so that you can answer these questions.
Starting your Phoenix area waterfront home search
Not all Phoenix waterfront property is created the same. Some residential lakes provide ample room for pontoon boats and kayaks, while others have been characterized merely as canals. So do all lake subdivisions allow boating? Do some lakes allow fishing while others do not? And what about the water quality, do all lakes receive water from the same source? Which Phoenix cities have the most lake subdivisions and waterfront homes? If you are curious about any of these questions, read on.
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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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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”
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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Crystal Gardens and Garden Lakes in Avondale
Some of the most affordable lakefront homes in the Phoenix area are found in the Avondale lake communities of Crystal Gardens and Garden Lakes. Even though they are adjacent to each other, they are very different. The lake of Crystal Gardens is actually an ecosystem wetland project consisting of 72 acres that recharge SRP and CAP water into underground aquifers. Garden Lakes is the more mature and traditional lake community with 2 lakes totalling 37 acres with the majority of homes being built during 1987 – 1993, while Crystal Gardens homes were built during 1999 – 2002. Crystal Gardens does not allow boats while Garden Lakes does.
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Avondale Lake Community – Garden Lakes
Directly north of one Avondale waterfront community, Crystal Gardens, is Garden Lakes, a lake community that was built between 1987 and 1993. The entire subdivision including both the north and south lakes measure over 1 square mile. North lake waterfront homes number over 130 while south lake waterfront home are approximately 100. Garden Lakes builders include UDC, Pulte, and Continental.
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This Avondale Lake Community Is Truly Unique
As you drive along Crystal Gardens Parkway you notice that this is not like other Phoenix lake communities. If you stop to observe the lakes, you’ll find out they are not lakes but “treatment cells”. Further research reveals that these cells also have “working fish” and are part of the Avondale Wetland project. That’s when you really wonder what’s going on and feel the need to understand this Avondale waterfront community.
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