Lets’ talk termites and Phoenix homes

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Termite TubeTermites and Phoenix Homes

At some point in the inspection process, a diligent buyer will need to have a termite inspection, also known as a Wood-Destroying Organism or Insect Inspection.  This typically is done at the same time as the general home inspection.  Many inspectors are also licensed to perform termite inspections which adds about $55 to the general home inspection cost. While the most common termite in Arizona is not as destructive as those found in other parts of the country, a thorough inspection is a wise choice in order to protect an asset as valuable as a home. Read the rest of this entry

Categories: Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe

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

What’s going on in your Phoenix waterfront lake?

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 What kind of fish are in Phoenix man made lakes?

When it comes to maintaining the lakes in Phoenix lake communities, is it done by chemicals or is there a more ecologically balanced way to take care of the lakes?  Dumping chemicals into lakes is expensive and the results are short lived.  The more environmentally friendly solution involves choosing specific species of fish that address the needs of urban man made lakes at a fraction of the costs of chemicals.  You may even call them “utility fish” because of their utilitarian function of keeping the lakes ecologically maintained.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Recreation, Tempe

Tempe Waterfront and Lakeside Condos and Townhouses

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Waterfront Townhouses and Condos in Tempe, Az.

Tempe represents the oldest and newest of waterfront living.  The Lakes in Tempe is one of the oldest master planned lake communities in Arizona, while the high rise condos, Edgewater and Bridgeview, on Tempe Town Lake represent the newer and more urban lifestyle living. Waterfront and lake community condo & townhouses in Tempe offers some of the best waterfront living in the Phoenix area.  While many waterfront home buyers are looking for single family lakefront homes, those who seek a more maintenance-free lifestyle with lake views owe it to themselves to discover townhouses and condos in Tempe.  Waterfront condos and townhouses  in Tempe will be found in either The Lakes in Tempe, or around Tempe Town Lake.

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Categories: Tempe, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront Condos

Waterfront Holiday Christmas Decorations in Phoenix Lake Communities

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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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Categories: Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Sun City, Tempe, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge

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New Bridge Installed Over Tempe Town Lake Dam

One Oct. 18, 2011, the new Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian bridge opened, connecting the north and south shores of Tempe Town Lake.  The bridge consists of 4 spans, each measuring 228 feet, weighing 165,000 lbs.  The bridge protects the bladders of the dam from the sun and contains a built-in sprinkler system to cool the bladders when needed.   This was the point of contention when one of the bladders failed on July 20, 2010, that the maintenance had been inadequate. The picture to the left was taken just days after the dam failed and sent over 750 million gallons of water down the Salt River.  The lake was dry for 3 months before the dam was repaired and the lake refilled in October 2010.

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Categories: Tempe, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront Condos

The Lakes in Tempe Waterfront Property and Homes for Sale

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Waterfront Homes,  Patio Homes, Condos, and Townhouses in The Lakes in Tempe, Az.

 Within The Lakes master planned lake community are over 260 waterfront homes that include condos, townhouses, patio homes  and single family homes built around  a 50 acre man made lake in Tempe.  Residents enjoy a community pool and spa, tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball court. The club facilities are open to residents for parties, receptions and host many of the community sponsored activities such as water aerobics, boxercise, Yoga classes, and The Lakes Women’s Club.  More information can be gathered at The Lakes Community website.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Tempe, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront / Lakefront Community, Waterfront Condos

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

What’s Happened Lately in the Phoenix Real Estate Market

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Phoenix real estate market update for 2011

I found the following quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt, “There are as many opinions as there are experts.” Speculating on real estate trends is a favorite past time for anyone, especially as of late. It is easy to get caught up in the broad “one size fits all” real estate commentaries, so read on to see what’s really happening with Phoenix area real estate. To truly understand, it is always best to look at the data and identify trends.

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Categories: Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Tempe

Harbour Village at The Lakes in Tempe Az. – Waterfront Townhouses

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Waterfront Townhouses in The Lakes in Tempe, Az.

One of the many residential housing options offered in The Lakes  master planned lake community is Harbour Village, with spanish architecture and lush green landscaping. Not a large complex, Harbour Village consists of  40 units, 12 of which have waterfront views of the lake.   These waterfront townhouses have found favor with prospective buyers since they typically sell within 2 months of being offered for sale, and are strategically located to take advantage of the widest part of the the lake.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Tempe, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront / Lakefront Community


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