Grand Opening Announcement: Serra in Vista

by Shea Homes on July 2, 2015

Serra in San DiegoVisit our newest community in Vista for our Grand Opening Event on August 1, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and start your story at Serra. Or, if you want to visit sooner, stop by Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM for a community tour – look for the Sales Cube, just north of the community area, which will soon feature a sparkling pool and clubhouse, someone will be there to greet you.

Click on the flyer below for more details about Serra and the Grand Opening Event. Be sure to add this event to your calendar!
SERRA-Info-DownloadSerra San Diego Grand Opening
With 73 single family Spanish, Cottage and Prairie-style homes available, Shea Homes is ready to help you every step of the way to getting into the home of your dreams. Homes within this gated community contain 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, large master bedroom walk-in closets, oversized kitchen islands, second floor laundry rooms, and range in size from 1,757-2,022 square feet.
For additional information about the 3 floorplans available, keep reading and be sure to bring your favorite plan with you to our event!

Plan 1

Serra by Shea Homes - Floorplan option 1(click to download more details about this plan)

Details & Features:

  • 1,757 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms + a loft
  • 2 car attached garage

Plan 2

Serra by Shea Homes - Floorplan option 2(click to download more details about this plan)

Details & Features:

  • 1,857 square feed
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • 2 car attached garage

Plan 3

Serra by Shea Homes - Floorplan option 3 (click to download more details about this plan)

Details & Features:

  • 2,022 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms + a loft
  • 3.5 baths
  • 2 car attached garage
  • Kitchen pantry

We hope to see you on an upcoming weekend tour, or during our Grand Opening event (or both!). Worked up an appetite after touring our homes? We recommend visiting Ciao Ristorante or Prohibition Brewing Company, both located close by, for a refreshment while you contemplate which home you like best.

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4th of July Events Around the Valley of the Sun

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 2, 2015

Happy Fourth of July! We hope you are enjoying friends, family and celebrating our nation’s independence today! If you haven’t figured out where to go tonight for fireworks and festivities, we have put together a list of some fun Valley events you might want to check out!

Be safe and enjoy!

SCOTTSDALE 4th of July at WestWorld: “Be Red, White and Cool,” as you enjoy West World’s festivities under 300,000 square feet of air conditioned comfort! This is an event the entire family can enjoy with live music, food and drinks, and a kids zone. Gates will open at 2pm and the fireworks take off at 9pm. Visit to purchase your tickets.


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TEMPE Tempe Town Lake Festival: Join thousands for lakeside festivities on the lawn! Enjoy food, live music, a splash playground for the kids, Miller Lite Beer Gardens for adults, and so much more.  Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks show will begin at 9:15pm. Tickets will be $8 at the gate, but note that children 12 and under have free admission. Visit for details.


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PHOENIX Fabulous Phoenix Fourth: Come to Steele Indian School Park and enjoy local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverages, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Your little ones will love Kids World which will consist of youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone. You can plan to be there from 6pm to 10pm with the fireworks spectacular at 9:30 pm. Contact 602-262-6862 for details.


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PEORIA 4th of July All American Festival: Multiple stages will be set-up at the Peoria Sports Complex with entertainment for you and the whole family to enjoy. Kids will have a blast at the Kids Zone, Water Zones, and a variety of other activities that will be offered. Concessions and beer will be available as well. Fireworks start at 9:15pm but you can plan to arrive as early as 5pm. Admission is $10 and kids 12 and under will be admitted for free. You can also count on free parking! Contact 623-773-8700 for details.


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GLENDALE Westgate Firework Festival: Head out to Westgate Entertainment District for an eventful evening that is sure not to disappoint! Activities will include live music, great “grab and go” dinner deals, a beer garden, and kid friendly events such as face painting, games and prizes. The show of the night, the firework spectacular, will begin at 9pm. Visit or call 623-385-7502 for details.


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SURPRISE 4th of July Celebration: What better way to celebrate America than with baseball and fireworks! Head out to Surprise Stadium for the Rookie League baseball game at 5:30pm and enjoy the fireworks show following the game at 8:30pm. Bring a canned food donation and your admission is free! Contact 623-222-2000 for details.


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4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: Tumbleweed Park will be hosting a traditional fireworks show at 9pm this Fourth of July. You can plan to arrive at 7pm and pay a $5 dollar parking fee (per vehicle). Contact 480-782-3037 for details.


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FOUNTAIN HILLS Fourth at the Fountain: Fountain Park will be treating its guests to live entertainment, a live parachuting demonstration, bounce houses, a beer garden, and food and beverages. Bring the whole family and wrap up this festive night with a fireworks show at 9:30pm. Guests ages 20 and under will be admitted for free. Anyone age 21 and over will pay $5.00. Contact 480-816-5100 for details.


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Tips & Sips: 3 Must-Have Summer Parties

by Shea Homes on July 1, 2015

Host the 3 summer parties to make this season a hit in your neighborhood.From the Fourth of July, to Labor Day, to everything in-between, summer is meant to be spent in the open-air, enjoying blissfully unstructured, sunny days with loved ones. The epitome of the season? All of the backyard soirees – filled with dips, sips, friends and family – you can host to show off your envy-worthy outdoor space. Since we’re already in the summer-spirit, we wanted to pose a fun summer challenge to each of you: see if you can make time to connect with friends, family and neighbors over the next few months by hosting the 3 must-throw summer parties listed below.

1. Gather a Close-Knit Group

Busy schedules always seem to make getting together with close friends a little tough. But, with summer work schedules and people wanting to stay out later in the evenings to enjoy the warm evenings, it’s the perfect time to extend the invite to friends who you want to catch up with.

Since the get together will likely be on the smaller side, and be pretty casual – it is your closest friends, after all, they’ve probably seen you in your PJs before – opt for serving something a little special. Mules are all the rage right now, and it’s not just because everyone looks good sipping out of copper mugs (think of the backyard selfies you can take!)—they’re also downright dee-lish. This peach mule recipe from A House in the Hills is ripe for summertime. Fresh, muddled peaches are added to a concoction of vodka, peach schnapps and Grand Marnier. Of course, ginger beer is what makes a mule and what’s great is it also cuts the sweetness, so even those who don’t like sugary drinks will enjoy it. Serve some crunchy veggies with dip and salty snacks for the perfect mix!

Don’t want to spend that much time with a muddler in hand? Pin the recipe below to keep handy – it’s not only super refreshing to enjoy, it’s super easy to make! But, note, this drink isn’t for the faint of heart, too much “Grinning” can be a bad thing. Enjoy in moderation!

This gin cocktail will surely have you grinning!(click to enlarge)

Most of the time, chatting and reconnecting will take up most of the party amongst close friends, but if you’d rather have some entertainment to focus on, center your get-together around the release of a new summer television show (Netflix, anyone?), or a blockbuster that was just released. No matter what you decide, make sure your guests have snacks and beverages readily available at the beginning of your gathering, so you don’t have to spend time running into the kitchen to replenish the crudité.

Outdoor entertaining space for summer parties2. Host a Block Party Bash

Find yourself waving at the neighbors each morning but not even knowing their name? Remedy the situation and host an impromptu block party. Many folks head out of town on the holiday weekends, so try planning your celebration on an “off-weekend.” Print up a few flyer-style invites and deliver them door-to-door to everyone on your block. While you may already know some of your neighbors, this is the perfect way to extend the invite to those you don’t. When party day rolls around, simplicity is key so that you can mingle with as many people as possible and appease to as many tastes as possible. One safe bet: beer and BBQ. To be someone unique, try adding some of Anheuser-Busch’s newest creation, Oculto, to your cooler. Tequila is increasing in popularity and beer—well, beer has always been popular. Put them together and you’ve got the perfect summer drink, and you don’t even need a mixologist! While the beer doesn’t actually have tequila in it, it’s made with blue agave, which is what is used to make tequila. The beverage is also blended with beer that was aged in wood from tequila barrels – quite a different brew! Round things out with some non-alcoholic beer, sodas and plenty of water.

Of course, chips, salsa and guac are the perfect easy snack serve, but also try throwing some marinated carne asada on the grill, it’s an easy cut of meat to grill quickly and in large quantities for groups. Set up a DIY taco bar so everyone can build their own tacos to their liking.

Since many visitors will be new to your home, open up the back doors to make them feel welcome. Another helpful tip is to make sure everyone knows which restroom is designated for guest use – put up a simple sign that helps point people in the right direction.

Outdoor-indoor-home make perfect venues for summer parties 3. Round up Your Family – Reunion Style

It’s typical for families to spend time together during fall and winter holidays, but try instituting a summer reunion so everyone can keep in touch year-round. Since it’s likely you’ll have attendees of all age groups, prep your backyard with activities for everyone. Cornhole is a fun game all ages can take part in, but some people may rather just sit back on your patio furniture with their feet up. We love the idea of turning on a backyard fire pit as the sun goes down. While some may appreciate the added warmth as summer breezes sweep in, the kids will be itching to roast some marshmallows.

Comfortable indoor-outdoor seating areaIn terms of food, why not make it a potluck? Everyone loves sharing their holiday dishes at Thanksgiving, so give them the chance to show off their summer cooking as well. Serve a refreshing summer sangria that pairs well with just about any dish. Plus, you can make an alcohol-free version for the kids – serve it in a fancy glass with a straw and they’ll keep themselves entertained sipping on their “fancy” drink.

Refreshingly easy white wine summer sangria recipe(click to enlarge)

Will you accept the challenge to host these parties at your Shea home? We’d love to hear about them, and see any photos. Leave us a comment below, or share your photos with us on our Facebook or Twitter.

Have a great summer!


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Read a book. Make a friend at BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 30, 2015


Once a month, between 10 and 14 women gather at the Sundial House at BackCountry, a master-planned community by Shea Homes —ostensibly to talk about the book they’ve read, but more importantly, to deepen their sense of community.

Danni Holland, the founder of the BackCountry Book Club, wants to make clear that the doors are wide open to everyone in the community.

“We usually have one or two newcomers each meeting,” says Danni. “And we’d love to keep growing.” No intellectual posturing required—this is a friendly group open to all BackCountry residents, where the time splits naturally between book chat and pure socializing. Books usually don’t get overly lofty, and include both fiction and nonfiction, since one of the goals of the group was to help lure each other out of their reading comfort zones. They vote on book selections every couple of months.

The group’s diversity makes it all the more interesting, says Danni. “Our members range in age from mid-30s to 80s. The difference in life experience and perspectives adds so much to our discussions.” She says the book club has also very much facilitated friendships. In fact, she met her closest BackCountry friend at the first book club, not realizing that she actually lived just four doors down from her. Others have experienced the same, forging friendships that include walking together and other get-togethers. Not too surprising, given that “there’s a lot of neighborliness at BackCounty in general,” says Danni. “We have lots of outgoing, friendly neighbors around us,” she says. “I think people move here because they want to live in a neighborly community. The kind where there aren’t fences and there’s a good level of trust.”

As Danni says, “We come together around a book, but we stay together for the friendships.”

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Make Your House a Home at Colina

June 30, 2015

  If you haven’t visited the stunning new Colina model homes at Waterstone, then you don’t know what you’re missing. I mean, who doesn’t want a beautiful home with a gorgeous view!? Located in Vallejo, and just minutes from downtown Benicia, the new Colina neighborhood by Shea Homes sits atop a beautiful hillside and overlooks the […]

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10 Unique (and Appreciated) Wedding Gift Ideas

June 27, 2015

As soon as the save-the-date arrives, many people start frantically searching for the best wedding gift they can get the happy couple. When it comes to the modern day wedding gift, guests are really starting to think outside the box. While registries still exist, they’re not as much the norm. Brides and grooms have also […]

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Shea Homes Water Safety

June 26, 2015

Like it or not, Arizona’s sizzling summer heat has arrived. The kids are on summer break and there is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the swimming pool. At Shea Homes, we’re passionate about caring for our customers, which is why we want to share a couple of important water safety tips to […]

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Mom, I’m bored. (Said no BackCountry kid ever.)

June 22, 2015
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  Okay so that’s wishful thinking, but it’s no exaggeration that BackCountry is an incredible place to be a kid. You see it in the way children ride their bikes freely and play in happy little packs, roaming from yard to yard and house to house. (Gated communities where people know each other promote that kind of […]

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Spruce up Your Summer Patio

June 19, 2015

Have you been eyeing your backyard lately thinking that it could use a little love after the long winter? Patios and outdoor spaces can become neglected during the cooler months, but when summer rolls around, it’s time to plan some DIY patio projects and put in some elbow-grease so you can enjoy your outdoor space […]

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Top 7 Gifts for Dad

June 19, 2015

We know Father’s Day is tomorrow, but we also know time can slip away from you. Not to worry! Shea Homes has you covered. We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 gifts for dad and all for under 30 bucks. Gather the kids; it’s time to get to work. 1. Father’s Day Card A […]

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