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

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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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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Mesa, Townhouses & Condominiums

Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K in Mesa

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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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Categories: Mesa, Recreation

Dobson Ranch Waterfront Townhouses at Lake Park in Mesa

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Lakeside Townhouses in Dobson Ranch

If you’re looking for waterfront townhouses or condos in Mesa, and specifically Dobson Ranch, checking out Lake Park condos 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 Condos in Dobson Ranch

The condos 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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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Mesa, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront Condos

Superstition Springs In Mesa Residential Lake Community

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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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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Mesa, 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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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

Phoenix area lake communities with a community pool

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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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Categories: Active Adult Retirement Lake Community, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Waterfront / Lakefront 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

Leisure World Active Adult Lake Community in Mesa

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Retirement Community with lakeviews at Leisure World in Mesa Az.

Leisure World was established in 1972 and I’m sure it was considered to be “way out there” in east Mesa.  Now this 1.5 square mile active adult/retirement lakefront gated community with waterfront homes is part of the greater Phoenix area that connects seamlessly with the rest of Mesa and neighboring cities.  Build out occured in 1994 with over 2,600 homes, both condos and single family homes,  built by three builders; Western Savings, Dietz Crane, and Rossmoor. Leisure World residents can be a young as age 45, as long as 80 percent of all residents are 55 and over.

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Categories: Active Adult Retirement Lake Community, Mesa, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport serves the east valley

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Former Military Air Base continues to transform

In 1991, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended that the Williams Air Base close its doors.  Two years later in 1993, it became a reality and the former Air Base began its search for a new identity.  A plan was developed to transform the base to be an aerospace center and an educational, research and training facility with the airport serving as a reliever to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  Currently, aviation uses include commercial passenger service, aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, modification, air cargo operations and flight training.  In 2008, the former base became the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.

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Categories: Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes


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