Driving through Phoenix neighborhoods – virtually

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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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

 

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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Palomino at Sierra Verde – Glendale Waterfront Community

 

Waterfront lotsGlendale Gated Lake Community

West of Arrowhead Lakes in Glendale is the gated lake community of Palomino. The homes were built by Shea Homes and all 109 homes are single  story with 2 – 4 bedrooms with an average size of 1,900 square feet, and 61 of them are waterfront homes.  The gated waterfront community of Palomino is located close to freeways,  parks, Lake Pleasant to the north,  and local shopping.  Like many waterfront communities in the Glendale area, Palomino  enjoys views of the hills north of Phoenix.

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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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Waterfront Holiday Christmas Decorations in Phoenix Lake Communities

Christmas lights light up lake communities

Christmas time in lake communities takes on an added dimension.  In addtion to the he annual ritual of displaying holiday lights in the front yard,  waterfront lots can decorate the backyards which can be seen from quite a distance.   Some lake communities even schedule a boat parade to show off decorated boats. Some communities such as Val Vista Lakes and The Islands in Gilbert make the boat parade an annual event.

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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.

Phoenix Area Master Planned Lake Communities

 What makes an Arizona community a master planned community?

 How do you know if you live in a master planned community? It is a commonly used expression when describing  Phoenix residential real estatePho to say a community is a “master planned community”.  If you ask 5 people for a definition, you’ll probably get 5 different answers.  Many are very well recognized communities throughout  the valley such as McCormick Ranch, Power Ranch,  Anthem, Desert Ridge, Verrado, Estrella Mountain Ranch and Ocotillo.

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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”