LOCATION: About 1/2 mile northwest of Lake Pleasant, in the southernmost tip of Yavapai County. The City of Peoria has annexed to the eastern and southern border of this section. Although the mailing address is accurately listed as Morristown, an unincorporated community 30 miles distant to the west, the location is better known for its proximity to Lake Pleasant in the Castle Hot Springs area, from the famous (and currently closed) old resort about 3 miles away.
From the Phoenix metro area, the property is best reached by proceeding north on I-17, exiting westbound on the Carefree-Wickenburg Highway (State Route 74) towards Wickenburg, following signs to Lake Pleasant Regional Park (turning north (right) at milepost 19) on the west side of the Lake. Alternately, drive north on Lake Pleasant Parkway, turning left at State Highway 74. The property is 3.8 road miles from the North Park Entry.
ACCESS: is via approximately 3.7 miles of graded City and County maintained road (recently rebuilt early in 2012 with stabilized gravel). Believed to be included in the metropolitan Phoenix area PM-10 emissions area, there exists a possibility that the road will soon be hard surfaced.
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Generally located in the center portion of Section 14, T7N, R1W. It includes Yavapai County Tax Parcels 204-01-013D and 013E, and is surrounded by private property, with Castle Hot Springs Road forming the eastern border. To the north is 80 acre Casa Rosa, a now-closed resort from the early 1900’s. The west and south is a parcel of about 100 acres owned by remote investors. Also to the south is an undeveloped 2 acre parcel. Several building sites on the parcel are elevated, resulting in wonderful lake views, with spectacular mountain views in all other directions.
The property is hilly to mountainous with desert vegetation, including an abundance of Saguaro and Prickly Pear Cactus, Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Creosote Trees. About 5 acres on the western border is a thick mesquite grove, bordering Castle Creek Wash. Although very close, there is no known flood plain on the property. Given that the few full time human residents are located miles away, critters include mountain lions, bobcats, desert mule deer, javalina, fox, coyotes, feral burros and the occasional rattlesnake. Gamble’s quail, cardinals, doves, finches, pinon jays and songbirds of all types are also in abundance.
IMPROVEMENTS: In addition to a great well (280′ deep, 8″ steel cased, estimated 30 GPM pumping capacity) and nearby utilities, the property boasts an engineered (and attractively painted) 30′ x 40′ steel building with a concrete foundation, 3 huge overhead steel doors for large toys and vehicles, and a partially finished interior. A second floor (of about 600 square feet) consists of 2 large rooms and a full bathroom. The ground floor has parking for an RV, as well as an additional bathroom and several less finished rooms. It was once the intention of a previous owner to house his collection of Llamas on the property and live in this building while building his dream house overlooking the Lake. An approved septic system serves this building. There are also a variety of well-placed roads leading through most of the property.
UTILITIES: Presently located on Castle Hot Springs Road, modern 3 phase grounded electric service was installed by Arizona Public Service in 2011, bringing power across the street from this property.
Zona Communications currently provides underground fibreoptic telephone cable to the property as well as high speed internet service. It should be noted that although the area code is 928, local calling service is provided at no additional cost to and from the area codes 602, 623, and 480 in the Phoenix area. Cell phones also generally work well on this property, depending on your carrier.
The domestic well on the property is equipped with a 1 HP submersible pump and pumps at an estimated 13 GPM, although a larger pump could be used.
ZONING: Yavapai County zoning is RCU-2A, a rural “holding” designation, which broadly means 1 residence for every 2 acres, and certain light commercial uses with a permit, such as a low density bed and breakfast.
DEVELOPMENT: Located next to Peoria, possibilities exist for a higher and more creative planned area development, and annexation into the City may be possible. Should it be the owners’ desire to “split” the property into up to 5 parcels, this should be relatively simple and administratively done. Please check current Yavapai County lot split regulations. It should be noted that the property is outside any Active Water Management Area, necessitating only a water adequacy report rather than a certificate of Assured Water Supply as is needed just one mile further south. For splitting the property into a total of 5 or fewer lots, a well sharing agreement should be used, in addition to appropriate access and easement roads.
SUMMARY: This pristine parcel is one of very few properties in the Lake Pleasant area which has good physical access, close by or on site utilities, combined with unobstructed views of the Lake from parts of the property and a cooperative government atmosphere for high end development, should that be the desire.