Does this Phoenix Residential Lake Allow Boating?

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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.

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Introduction to Phoenix waterfront property

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The Islands Lake at Sunset

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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Categories: Avondale, Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale

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

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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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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Scottsdale, Stonebridge lakes, Val Vista Lakes, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Boating in Phoenix Lake Communities

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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.
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Charter Schools in Arizona

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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?” Read the rest of this entry

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

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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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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Avondale Waterfront Properties and Lake Communities

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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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Categories: Avondale, General Waterfront Info

Garden Lakes Waterfront Homes in Avondale

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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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Categories: Avondale, General Waterfront Info, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Crystal Gardens Waterfront Homes – Avondale Lake Community

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This Avondale Lake Community Is Truly Unique

Crystal Gardens entrance lake

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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Categories: Avondale, General Waterfront Info


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