Waterfront homes in Gilbert are some of the best in Phoenix
In your quest for Phoenix lake communities that have waterfront homes, any search would be incomplete if you didn’t consider the eight waterfront communities in Gilbert. I’m not counting subdivisions that have a community lake at the entrance or near the clubhouse. These are communities in which some of the homes are on waterfront lots. Specifically, these Gilbert waterfront lake communities are Val Vista Lakes, The Islands, Crystal Point, Santan Lakeside Estates, Playa del Rey, Lago Estancia, Stonebridge Estates, and Wind Drift.
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The next time you turn on the faucet or take a shower, take time to realize that you live in a desert where the average rainfall in the Phoenix valley is less than 9 inches/year but the average person uses 150 gallons of water PER day. So how do we satisfy our “thirst” for water that exceeds our natural supply in the valley? Continue reading “Water in the Desert – Phoenix water supply”
Phoenix Water ski lake communities overview
Instead of focusing exclusively on one water ski lake community, let’s take a quick look at an overview of lakes that allow water skiing and wake boarding in the Phoenix valley. These are different from the majority of lake communities because the water has to be “full body contact” quality. The HOA may also require the owner to become a member of the AWSA and the community ski club. It may be the equivalent of taking a sleep aid pill, but read the CC&R’s so you’re not surprised when you learn you are required to carry $1,000,000 of comprehensive personal liability insurance related to the lake and the activities thereon.
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Gilbert Waterfront Ski Homes
Playa del Rey Estates, one of the Phoenix area waterski communities has more ski lake homes than any other subdivision in Arizona. With the recent completion of homes on the last two remaining lots, there are 34 waterfront homes on the ski lake. Instead of traveling 45 minutes to Canyon Lake or Saguaro Lake to waterski, you can walk out your back door and be skiing in the time needed to hook up your boat to the SUV. The entire subdivision has 125 homes which enjoy ski privileges on the lake via a community boat ramp for those not on the lake.
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How do schools near waterfront / lake communities rank?
The other day the Tribune featured an article that discussed the number of schools that attained each level of the Achievement Profile as reported by the Arizona Department of Educaton. That made me wonder how the schools that serve the Phoenix area waterfront homes and communities are ranked. I should have stopped at that point since that simple question led to hours worth of searching, copying, pasting and creating hyperlinks. The best way to answer the question was to go the Arizona Department of Education website and find the rankings for each elementary school and the corresponding community. The page School Report Card page is invaluable with the amount of information it contains. Unfortunately, 2007 is the last year for which it will be available. Starting in 2008, the format is greatly condensed and I believe does not have as much information. If you want to how the Jr. High and High Schools rank for a specific neighborhood, just e-mail or hopefully you’ll have visited the department’s website and learned how to use this useful tool. I’m also convinced that what follows is the most complete list of waterfront / lakefront homes and communities for the Phoenix area by city.
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There’s a waterski lake in my backyard!
You’ll never see it as you’re driving on Riggs Road. There’s a gate and some attractive landscaping that is common to many custom home subdivisions in south Gilbert. What you many not know is that it hides a 13 acre waterski lake where 20 owners enjoy a slalom waterski course year round and enthusiats gather for regional waterski competition on the 2,200 ft. long lake known as Santan Lakeside Estates.
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Tournament Waterski Lake in Gilbert
Strategically located in Gilbert is Crystal Point Estates, a waterskier’s paradise featuring a tournament water ski lake community for the 20 lakefront lots that surround the lake. The typical lot size is 165′ of waterfront by 120′ deep, with custom luxury homes that range in size from 2,900 to over 6,500 square feet of resort style living. The lake is approximately 200′ wide and 2,250′ long. Currently, 18 luxury waterfront homes share the lake, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy your private ski lake.
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