When It Does Rain in Phoenix It Can Rain!

Severe thunderstorms bring needed rain but cause floodingRetention Basin with Ducks

It  is almost pointless to talk to someone in July when the temperature is 110 degrees about what happens in Phoenix when it rains. You want to point out how planned communities have drainage plans and retention basins, etc.   The situation in the summer  may be that no precipitation has been seen for months, so they wonder why you’re even bringing it up. Well, the last couple of day we’ve been drenched and now those plans and preparation are very much needed and appreciated.  Meteorologists are even saying that we may see as much rainfall in this 5 day period as we saw all of last year!  Yesterday there was even a tornado warning,  and many roads have been closed because of  flooding.  The picture above is not a lake water feature for a subdivision.  It may be for the time being, but actually it is a retention basin with grass in the community common area that accumualtes the runoff from storms such as the one we are having that has dumped over 3″ inches of rain in a 24 hour period in some parts of they valley.

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Living As Close As You Can To A Lake or Reservoir In Phoenix

See What Canyon Lake Has To Offer

Canyon Lake in the Tonto National ForestLet’s face it, to live on a lake in Phoenix or any surrounding city may not be a possibility, especially when you are are looking for a place  to  water ski, wake board or use a hydrofoil.  To water ski, you are limited to 6 subdivisions in the valley. When a client from Utah with a passion for an “airchair” or hydrofoil was looking for a home, we had to look  close to a lake or reservoir since hydrofoils require a depth well beyond the typical  6 – 8 foot depth of a residential man made ski lake.  Or the goal may be to find a home close to a lake if you love fishing. The good news is that there are many Phoenix area homes near lakes or reservoirs.  The cities or towns of Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills and Gold Canyon enjoy good access to lakes such as Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, Lake Pleasant and Bartlett Lake.

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Superstition Lakes Condos – Mesa Waterfront Community

Superstition Lakes Condominiums in MesaMesa Lakefront Community of Superstition Lakes, a gated community

What does Superstition Lakes have to offer? Plenty.  It is located on the  Mesa – Gilbert border and next to exceptional restaurants and less than a mile away from the Superstition Mall and the Superstition freeway.  The Superstition Spring Golf Club provides lush green landscaping in addition to the man made lakes that surround the complex.  Residents of this gated commuity  have access to the clubhouse, spa and community pool.

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Dobson Ranch Lake Community and Waterfront Homes

dobson-ranch-homes-in-mesa-azDobson Ranch – Mesa’s First Planned Community.

The origins of Dobson Ranch reach back to the early history of the east valley when it began as a cattle ranch and farming operation.  Wilson Wesley Dobson emigrated from Canada to Arizona and began his cattle ranching and farming in 1886, which is 25 years before Roosevelt Dam was completed.  He may have belonged to the Salt River Valley Water Users Association (SRVWUA) who pledged more than 200,000 acres of their land for the federal construction loan to build the dam. As many as 20,000 head of cattle roamed the land where Baseline Road stands.

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Basement homes in Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, and Scottsdale

Custom Basement home in Chandler & GilbertAre there basement homes in the Phoenix area?

As of this writing there are 635 listings for homes with basements in the Phoenix metro area, out of  a total of 25,941 listings for single family homes.  Less than 2.5% of the total homes available for sale have basements.  Those that have moved here from other states, which is about everyone,  always ask why the scarcity of basement homes.   You’ll certainly get a variety of answers.  Read on for the real reasons!

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