If you count the individual Chandler waterfront communities, you’ll easily be in excess of 25 Chandler lake communities. Many of them are part of the overall Ocotillo Community Association. Many of these are well know Ocotillo lake communities such as Balboa Point, Embarcadero, Cantabria Shores, Bridges at Ocotillo The Vista at Ocotillo, The Penisula, and Crown Point. This post will give anyone interested in Chandler waterfront homes a good overview of the available options.
Newer Ocotillo Chandler Lake Community
The Watermark at Ocotillo joins other Ocotillo master planned communities such as Monterey Bay, Cottonwood Springs, Cantabria Shores and other highly regarded Chandler neighborhoods as part of the desireable Ocotillo waterfront communities. Those who work at Intel and other high tech companies will cherish the close proximity and almost non-existent commute. A little over 3 miles away is the 202 freeway offering easy access to the rest of the Phoenix valley, with the Chandler Fashion Mall less than 5 miles from the Watermark at Ocotillo waterfront community. Homes in Watermark at Ocotillo range in size from 2,600 to 4,400 sq.ft. and 20 lakefront homes.
This 234 unit gated community of townhouse style condos located within the Ocotillo master planned community features 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans that range in size from 1,226 to 1,805 sq.ft. The development includes a community swimming pool, spa, fitness center and clubhouse. Unique features of this Chandler Az community include 2 car garages and 9 foot ceilings. The award winning builder Starpointe Communities began building in 2003 and completed the development in 2006 so the feel and architecture is more contemporary than other communities in the area.
The newest Chandler lake community is Fulton Ranch with a range of contemporary home designs that range from Cachet Homes 1,386 sq.ft. condominiums in Serenity Shores up to custom built luxury waterfront homes in The Island at Fulton Ranch. In between, the other Fulton communities include Aegean Cove, Mediterranean, Gallery, and Caribbean that occupy over 520 acres in south Chandler. Students in Fulton Ranch attend Ira A. Fulton elementary, Bogle Jr. High, and Hamilton High School in the highly rated Chandler school district. The property that is now Fulton Ranch was once owned by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company which raised cotton for the fiber necessary for tires. Fulton Ranch is also close to the many semi-conductor industries such as Intel, Microchip Technology, and Freescale Semiconductor which collectively employ over 12,000 workers in the Chandler area.
Some of the best views from lakeside homes in Chandler may be the result of a balanced blend of lakefront property bordered by lush greens and fairways of well maintained golf courses. This is definitely the case for Ocotillo homes in subdivisions such as Crown Point, The Island at Ocotillo, The Vistas at Ocotillo among others.
Cantabria Shores is located in south Chandler in the Ocotillo area and has some of the best views of any waterfront community in the valley. This is because of the lake and golf course combination that offers a view not characteristic of typical townhouse developments. Floor plans of these chandler townhomes for sale range from 1,100 sq.ft up to 2,217 sq.ft with a 1 or 2 car garage and include single and two story designs. As late as 2007, larger townhouses sold for over $400K.
Ocotillo neighborhoods in Chandler are known for their lakes and waterways but do you know what goes on behind the scenes to keep the lakes functioning? The picture to the right is one of 15 pumping stations that keep the water recirculating, moving from lake to lake, and irrigating over 1,900 acres. But where does the water come from? How many gallons per day are used to irrigate and maintain the Ocotillo Community? What keeps the water from seeping into the ground beneath the lakes? What species of fish are stocked in the lakes and what purpose do they serve? Unless you know the answer to these questions, then maybe you should click the “Read the rest of this entry” button that follows.
Sun Lakes Active Adult Community abounds in waterfront homes
Amazingly, Sun Lakes has over 430 waterfront homes, and that is not counting those homes on golf courses within Sun Lakes that also have lakefront property. This may come as a surprise since Sun Lakes is known for it’s well manicured 18 hole golf courses, and 5 club houses. This 3,500 acre active adult community is home to approximatley 16,000 residents.
Market analysis & trends of waterfront homes
Now that we’ve finished up with the 1st quarter of 2009, it is a good opportunity to review what transpired during the first 90 days of 2009 for waterfront homes for the southeast valley, including Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Sun Lakes, and the Ahwatukee Foothills. The data is from the Arizona Regional MLS for waterfront property. I used waterfront information for the 1st quater 2008 , 4th quarter 2008, and 1st quarter 2009. I only used sales of single family homes.
Ocotillo Lakes amenities among the best
Besides having some of the most prestigious waterfront neighborhoods in the valley, the Ocotillo Lakes area of south Chandler ranks high in academic acheivement, and provides many family centered activities, and low crime rates compared to national standards and some of the lowest in Chandler.