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.
Ski lake with the most waterfront ski lots – Playa del Rey Estates in Gilbert
The main ski and wakeboard lake has 35 waterfront lots. Home sizes range from 2,600 – 5,400 sq.ft. There are a total of 128 lots in Playa del Rey all of which have lake privileges. One advantage of Playa del Rey is the HOA fee is $185/month compared to a significantly higher monthly fee for longer slalom water ski lakes. Satellite view of Playa del Rey Estates. Plat map of the subdivision. Gilbert’s McQueen Park is directly south of the subdivision. The lake depth ranges from 4′ – 7′ so a hydrofoil (airchair) is not a wise water sport activity choice. To see current listings, click on Playa del Rey Waterski Community Listings. Not as long as a tournament ski lake, the lake measures approximatley 1,170 feet in length and 350 feet wide with an island in the middle.
Slalom course water ski lakes in the Phoenix area
The remaining ski lakes are tournament slalom course lakes; three in the east valley and two in the west. Gilbert, which has more ski lake than any other city is home to Crystal Point Estates and Santan Lakeside Estates slalom course ski lakes. Buchli Lake, the original east valley ski lake is located in Queen Creek in Pinal county.
Crystal Point Estates has 20 lots with 18 luxury homes with 165′ of lakefront and 120′ deep. A water skier’s dream, the lake measure 2,250 feet long by 225′ wide with beaches designed to absorb the wake so it is calm and glass-like by the time you turn around for your next pass. Satellite view of Crystal Point Estates. To see current homes for sale, click on Crystal Point Waterski Homes for Sale. Crystal Point Estates and Playa del Rey are 1.5 miles apart.
Santan Lakeside Estates, located in south Gilbert, has 19 one acre lots nestled at the foot of the Santan mountains. Video of skiers at Santan Lakeside Estates. Here’s a satellite view of the community. Listings for Luxury homes in Santan Lakeside Estates . This gated luxury lake subdivision is about half built out. One acre lots currently are listed for $525K to $575K. Call me for details. Monthly HOA dues are currently $550/month. The community will host 2 AWSA events during 2009. The secluded setting next to the mountains with almost 1/2 mile of ideal waterskiing with lots averaging 230′ of lakefront led one visitor to comment that it was the nicest water ski lake they’d seen.
Buchli Lake is further to the east in the Queen Creek area of Pinal county. Satellite view of Buchli Lake. It is in a very rural setting, and has less than 10 lots on the lake. It was the original ski lake in the Phoenix area. Even with it’s remote setting, it will host 4 AWSA Western Region Tournament events in 2009.
Spring Mountain Ski Ranch is located on the west side of the Phoenix valley in Arlington, south of Buckeye. It is the newest water ski lake in the Phoenix area. Different from any east valley water ski lake is it has two slalom course lakes right next to each other. There are a total 22 one acre lots surrounding the two lakes. Here’s a visual tour of the community. The lakes are connected at the south end, making it easy to accomodate more than one skier in the community at any time. Electricity was recently hooked up to the community and the water source is well water. For current available lots, click on Spring Mountain Ski Ranch listings. No homes have yet been built in Spring Mountain Ski Ranch.
Lakeside Ski Village, located in Gila Bend is similar to Spring Mountain Ski Ranch with two ski lakes side by side. In fact, it is about 8 miles south of Spring Mountain Ski Ranch and no doubt the developers of Spring Mountain used it as a model. Here’s the satellite view of Lakeside Ski Village. For more information on available property in Lakeside Ski Village, go to Update on Lakeside Ski Village
Phoenix water ski lakes are different from other man made lakes in the area because of the water quality level they must maintain.
Owning a waterfront ski lake lot or home is a unique experience since there are less than 130 waterfront ski properties in the greater Phoenix area. Combined with our absence of cold weather and it makes a perfect opportunity for someone who really enjoys skiing in their backyard!
If this is a lifestyle about which you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail. Or tell me what kind of Phoenix Waterski Property you are looking for.