Driving through Phoenix neighborhoods – virtually

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Waterfront townhouse at Coral ReefGetting to know waterfront neighborhoods and determining lot sizes

We all know that pictures of a house for sale may allow you to fall in love with a house, but what does the lakefront neighborhood look like? And those wide angle pictures may lead you to believe that the backyard is almost 1/2 an acre on a waterfront lot, but how large is it really?  Read on to become an informed buyer, and drive through the neighborhood, even from thousands of miles away.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear

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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Categories: Arrowhead Ranch, Avondale, Chandler, Crystal Point, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Lakeside Ski Village, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Phoenix, Pinelake Estates, Santan Lakeside Estates, Scottsdale, Spring Mountain ski ranch, Stonebridge lakes, Sun Lakes, Tempe, Val Vista Lakes, Waterfront / Lakefront Community, Waterski Lake Community

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

Waterfront townhouse in The Islands for Sale

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Coral Reef Townhouse in The Islands for SalePontoon boat view

Waterfront townhouses in Gilbert are not very common, and The Islands is one of the few lake communities that offer lakeside townhomes.  The Islands is one of the largest man made lakes in the east valley and a true favorite of those who enjoy boating. The Islands also boasts great proximity to the freeway, parks and shopping. It consists of three separate bodies of water which comes from the SRP watershed.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Gilbert LDS Temple announces open house dates

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Gilbert Temple under constructionMormon  temple open house dates set for early  2014

Almost 5 years after its announcement in April 2008, the Gilbert LDS Temple will be dedicated on March 2, 2014.  Prior to the dedication, a public open house be held from January 18th – February 15th, 2014(excluding Sundays).  This provides a rare opportunity for the public to take a guided tour of the Temple prior to its dedication. Reservations can be made on-line at www.gilbertmormontemple.org the last days of Dec.  2013.      Photo credit: DuseyPhoto

 

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Categories: Gilbert

Gilbert Waterfront Home in Stonebridge Lakes Estates

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Stonebridge Lakes Waterfront Home  for SaleLake view from balcony

Looking for a family sized Gilbert waterfront home?  Your search has ended! This two story, 5 bedroom, 2,985 sq.ft. home in Stonebridge Lakes has spacious bedrooms and an upstairs walk-out balcony providing just another vantage point  from which  to enjoy the lake views. Enjoy your waterfront views from the back patio in the evenings.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Stonebridge lakes

Gilbert Classical Academy Ranks Nationally Among High Schools

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GCA MarqueeGilbert High School Ranks 3rd in State and 28th Nationally

According to a US News and World Report article this year, Gilbert Classical Academy ranks 28th nationally among high schools.  Gilbert Classical Academy is a public Junior High and High School in the  Gilbert School District.  Very much different that its larger public counter parts, the 2013 graduating class totaled 37 seniors. The school first opened in 2007. The enrollment  is done by means of a lottery and there is always a waiting list. The curriculum is made up mostly of AP and Honors classes.  The reason this headline caught my attention is  my youngest son just finished his freshman year at GCA where he also participated in swimming and basketball.  Therefore, I thought I could add some additional insight to this article. Read the rest of this entry

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The Islands waterfront homes with great views in Gilbert, Az.

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What makes a Gilbert waterfront home great? – The ViewThe  Islands Waterfront with boats

One of the most important criteria for a waterfront home is not the curb appeal as you drive up to the house, but the view from the backyard looking out on the lake.  Even though an appraiser may not be able to quantify this view, waterfront home buyers understand the importance of a view that extends more than 100 feet from the shoreline.  The Islands is also a true boating community that allows boating for lakefront residents with pontoon boats as you can see from the picture to the right.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Gilbert

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

Phoenix 2012 Real Estate Review

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A Look  Back at 2012 for Phoenix Real Estate

The year in review of 2012 for homeowners was an encouraging one to be sure. 2011 was essentially a flat line, and there has not been any appreciation in home prices since 2005. Therefore, the 12 – 29% increase experienced in nearly all Phoenix metropolitan cities in 2012 was the perfect present indeed! If you’re interested in why prices finally made a U-turn and the chances of a repeat performance, feel free to read on.

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Categories: Chandler, Distressed Sales - REO and Short Sales, Gilbert, Phoenix, Short Sales


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