Are addresses in the Phoenix area really that helpful?

Figuring out Phoenix and surrounding city addresses

Yes, an address is the unique identifier for a location within a city, and should let everyone know exactly where you live, but how useful is it?  How are addresses determined and what do they mean? Most addresses include a north/south/east/west coordinate.   North, south, east or west of what? Are all addresses based on one central coordinate in downtown Phoenix, or does each city have their own coordinate sytem?  How much  do we really rely upon an address to arrive at a destination?  If you know the answers, congratulations; if not then  read on.

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Mesa, Az. Waterfront Communities and Property – Homes, Townhouses and Condos

Overview of Mesa Waterfront Property

Mesa has a variety of lake communities; ranging from newer waterfront condos in Superstition Lakes to active adult waterfront homes in Leisure World.  Dobson Ranch is the largest lake community in Mesa located next to the Dobson Ranch municipal golf course.  Dobson Ranch waterfront townhouses and condos can be found in developments such as The Landings, Water Works, and Lake Park Development.

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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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Mesa Condos at Water Works

WaterWorks Condominiums in Mesa, Az.

It would be a stretch to classify Water Works as a lake community but the water features in the middle of the complex do provide a soothing atmosphere to the condominiums. There are just over 200 condos that were built between 1982 and 1985, with either 1 or 2 bedroom floor plans. The development is located east of Dobson Rd. on Baseline in Mesa.   The complex also features a community pool, and is just around the pool from the Dobson Ranch Golf Course.

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Dobson Ranch Waterfront Townhouses at The Landings in Mesa, Az.

Lakefront Views at The Landings at Dobson Ranch Townhouses

The unique characteristic of this lake community is the high percentage of townhouses that have views of the water.  Over 75% of the properties have a view from the back patio and bedrooms of the small canals that run north and south through the community.  There is a combination of single and two story townhouses in The Landings.

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Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K in Mesa

Early Morning Run in Perfect Weather at Shun The Sun Race

On November 12th about 1,000 runners gathered at the Hohokam Stadium, the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs, to participate in the third annual Shun the Sun 5K, 10K, and half marathon.  The purpose for the race is to raise awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention.  My purpose for attending the race was to be the cheer leader for my wife Chris who ran the half-marathon (13.1 miles).  The weather was perfect, overcast and 55 degrees at the 7:00 a.m. start time.

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Dobson Ranch Waterfront Townhouses at Lake Park in Mesa

Lakeside Townhouses in Dobson Ranch

If you’re looking for waterfront townhouses or condos in Mesa, and specifically Dobson Ranch, checking out Lake Park townhouses would be a good idea. There are 126 units built around a small lake, just over 1/2 acre, in the center.  The units on the outer ring overlook a small canal and the Dobson Ranch golf course.

Satellite View of Lake Park townhouses in Dobson Ranch

The townhouses range in square footage from 1,556 to 1,963, with 2 – 3 bedrooms. The condos were built between 1980 – 1985.

 

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Superstition Springs In Mesa Residential Lake Community

Waterfront Homes in Superstition Springs in Mesa

This Mesa lake community is a hidden treasure among lake communities in the Phoenix area.  First of all, Mesa doesn’t have a lot of lake communities or waterfront communities, so potential buyers may not think to look in Mesa.   Secondly, it has less than  70 waterfront lot homes, so the community is not well known among lake communities. These lake subdivision homes, mostly single story, represent some of the most affordable and best values in waterfront property in the valley.

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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. For an updated post on this subject, go to  residential lake communities that allow boating.

Phoenix area lake communities with a community pool

Waterfront communities with a community pool

Let’s face it, it can be nearly an impossible task to live in Arizona and not grave the relief that a private pool in your backyard can offer.  When it’s 110 degrees outside, you will be convinced it is a must-have.  Even when your Phoenix home is a second or vacation home used mainly during the winter months, pools are an attractive addition to any backyard.  But there may be reasons why you should forgo that luxury and let your community HOA manage that responsibility.

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