THE LAKES, Tempe features 52 acres of man-made waterways and lush green landscaping. The Lakes was built over 40 years ago as the first waterfront master planned community in the Phoenix area. The Lakes community is unique because residents are required to have tree- lined yards filled with lots of greenery.
The Lakes has five and one half miles of shoreline. Other waterfront communities consist of separate lakes. Instead, the Lakes is a single waterway. It takes approximately an hour to fully navigate the lake in electric (only) boats. Kayaks, outriggers, canoes, and sailboats are allowed. The Boating Committee offers Poker Regatta and other social events. The Fishing Committee routinely stocks the lake with large mouth bass, crappie, and other warm water fish so residents can fish from their personal docks or greenbelt docks. In winter, rainbow trout are released.
The Lakes is proud of its "Lakes Beach and Tennis Club". The Clubhouse offers a heated Olympic swimming pool, large outdoor spa, children's pool and playground, basketball courts, volleyball courts and three lighted tennis courts. Inside the Clubhouse are two gyms, two racquetball courts, saunas, teenagers' game room, and meeting area. The Clubhouse was expanded to create a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with weights, treadmills, exercise bikes, TVs plus water aerobics. The Clubhouse has events on most holidays and provides monthly TGIF parties. Other clubs are Lakes Women’s Club, Out to Lunch Bunch, Garden Club etc.
The Lakes is close to Kiwanis Park, a 125 acre network of parks, lake, and recreational centers. Many of the Lakes' residents work or study at ASU in north Tempe, one of the largest campuses in America. ASU is near the Tempe Town Lake modeled after San Antonio's River Walk. The Lakes is about 8 miles east of downtown Phoenix and a 15 minute drive to the Sky Harbor airport.
The Lakes has over 1200 homes including condos, gated townhouses, waterfront patio homes, Mission Viejo on/off water single family homes as well as custom homes on the water or nearby. Condo buyers can chose from off water condos, Lake Park Villas, and on/off water, Sandcastle. The gated townhouses are Village Landing and Harbour Village both of which offer upscale complexes with pools and water features - some with waterfront views. The Coves and The Island (really a peninsula) contain custom single family homes, many of which are on the water. The rest of the single family homes were built by the California developer, Mission Viejo, which include both waterfronts and off water homes.
The OASIS in Tempe AZ is a lovely 170 acre waterfront subdivision featuring a 6.5 acre lake with spectacular fountains in the water. Tree-shaded greenbelts grace the community with benches to sit, enjoy and contemplate the tranquil waters.
A paved .88 mile walking and biking trail encircles the shoreline. It's a great trail for getting a workout or for just a leisurely meander. Anozira Parkway, one mile in circumference, offers an alternative workout for joggers and cyclists. The lake is stocked with 5 varieties of fish including bass and crappie. Catch and release fishing is allowed.
The homes in the Oasis create an upscale neighborhood that follows classic Mediterranean architectural style with stucco exteriors and red tile roofs. Many homes have updated and remodeled interiors. The homeowners association requires trees and scrubs in the front yards and either grass or well maintained desert landscaping.
The Oasis is a great neighborhood for raising a family since the subdivision is served by the circular Anozira Parkway with only one entrance and thus there are no thoroughfares leading to arterial streets. Kids have lots of places to play. The Oasis is in the popular Kyrene School District.
DOBSON RANCH, Mesa, is one of the largest waterfront master-planned communities in Arizona. Dobson Ranch has approximately 65 acres of common area with seven man-made lakes. Boating and fishing are allowed on the lakes but only with electric sound-less motors.
Dobson Ranch is a combination of single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums. There are 11 associations comprising 5,000 homes with 15,000 residents designed around the lakes theme. Within Dobson Ranch, are several well-regarded schools, churches, police and fire stations, and a city library.
DOBSON RANCH is adjacent to Dobson Ranch Golf Course, owned by the City of Mesa. Golf Digest ranked the course as the “best municipal golf course in all the USA and the “number one course in Arizona”. Avid Golfer AZ named Dobson Ranch golf course as the “Top 5 Best Overall-Valued Price” courses in Arizona. Dobson Ranch is a par 72,18-hole championship golf course with 6,712 yards of tree-lined fairways.
The ISLANDS, Gilbert, is the largest lake community in the Phoenix Metro in terms of number of homes-2589. Enjoy fishing and boating on 3 man-made lakes of hundred of acres. Pontoon and paddle boats can be used on the lake but no wakes. Gilbert has 25 golf courses within 20 minutes driving time, including the acclaimed Ocotillo Golf Club .
The Islands are 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 20 minutes to Williams Gateway. The community is conveniently located equal distance from #60, #202, and #101 freeways. The Islands schools are highly regarded and noted for their exceptional children friendly atmosphere-Island Elementary and Mesquite Junior High and High School.
The Islands is a master planned community from condos to custom waterfront properties.Some sub-associations are: Catalina Bay,Elliott Shores, Seawynds, Sandcastle, Windrift Falls at Coral Point.