In the November 10, 2008 issue Business Week recognized Gilbert as one of the top places in Arizona to raise children. Obviously, they have their rating system which produced Gilbert as their top pick and makes parents in other towns & cities cry foul. Knowing the valley pretty well I reflected on the different qualities of each town and instead of questioning their choice, I tried to build a list in my mind of why I would support Gilbert a top choice, even if it was not number 1.
The Islands, a master planned lake and waterfront community with over 400 waterfront homes, is one of Gilbert’s most established lake subdivisions. Homes in The Islands range from townhouses to custom homes, built mostly between 1987 and 1995, and range in square footage from 1,300 to over 4,800 square feet. It also has a large waterfront park with walking trails, basketball court, sand volleyball, covered children’s play area and community center.
Within The Islands are individual communities or subdivisions such as Seawynds, Trade Winds, Windhaven, Coral Point, The Shores, Harbor Point, Key Harbor, Tres Vistas and Catalina Bay. Lakefront residents take advantage of the many long stretches of water measuring over 1/2 mile in length with an evening boat ride. Internal combustion motors are not allowed.
Those who appreciate homes on larger lots and enhanced curb appeal with a great selection of single story and two story luxury waterfront homes must add Pinelake Estates to their itinerary. It is complemented by the Chandler city park that creates a gathering place where families can enjoy the playground, volleyball and basketball court.
Hamilton High School is less than a mile way and the 202 freeway is just 3 miles to the north. You won’t have to venture far with the recent addition of retail shopping at the intersection of Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo. The ever popular Chandler Fashion Center is a quick 7 miles away. The south Chandler area has become home to many high tech semi conductor companies including Intel which are major employers in the Phoenix area. Again proximity to work with a 3 mile commute from Pinelake Estates to Intel is extremely enticing.
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.