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

Community Facility Districts in Phoenix Arizona

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What is a Community Facilities District?

A community facilities district is a special taxing district that allows the financing of the installation, operation and maintenance of public improvements such as roads, water and sewer facilities, flood control and drainage projects.  Many well-known communities in Scottsdale, Goodyear, Surprise, Peoria, Buckeye and Mesa have utilized CFD’s to finance the installation and maintenance of infrastructure for specific communities. The bonds associated with the CFD’s become the responsibility of the property owners who benefit from the infrastructure improvements.   How can you find out if your property is located in a CFD? And if it is, what are the taxes for the CFD?

 

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Categories: Goodyear, Mesa, Scottsdale

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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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Phoenix, Pinelake Estates, Scottsdale, Stonebridge lakes, Sun City, Tempe, Val Vista Lakes, Waterfront / Lakefront Community, Waterski Lake Community

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

Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Relocation, schools, Scottsdale, Tempe

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

Granite counter tops – An enviable upgrade

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 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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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Pinelake Estates, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Making sense of Maricopa county property taxes and valuations

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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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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Tempe

CantaMia in Estrella Mountain Ranch – Adult Lake Community

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 Goodyear Active Adult Waterfront and Lake Community in Estrella Mountain

 My search this week for waterfront and lake communities in the Phoenix area landed me at CantaMia by Joseph Carl Homes in Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear.   This active adult retirement lake community features 17 acres of lakes in phase I and 23 acres in phase 2 & 3.  Total homesites at buildout will be just under 1,800.  CantaMia offers 14 home plans that range in size from 1,189 to 2,852 square feet and will also feature its own community center that promises to be one of best in the valley.  CantaMia residents also have access to the impressive Starpointe Residents Club.

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Categories: Active Adult Retirement Lake Community, Goodyear

Estrella Mountain Ranch- Lakefront Community in Goodyear

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Goodyear Waterfront Homes and Lake Community

Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear is home to its’ largest lake community that according to planning documents has the potential to grow to 50,000 homes and 1,600 acres of commercial development.  This secluded community has one of the best community centers, resident waterpark and community pools in the west valley, and is located right next to the 19,840 acre Estrella Mountain Regional Park.  Nestled next to the Sierra Estrella mountains just 8 miles south of the I-10,  Estrella Mountain residents enjoy over 40 acres of parks that include pathways, pavilions, an amphitheater, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.  On the lake north lake is the Yacht Club that offers sailboats, paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks.  Estrella is also home to a Nicklaus-designed championship golf course.

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Categories: Active Adult Retirement Lake Community, General Waterfront Info, Goodyear


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