A Day Trip To Remember: Prescott, AZ

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 31, 2015

 

Hello Weekend! This is the second in a series meant for the Phoenician weekender looking for a little day trip adventure.

This day trip is a blast from the past as you walk the streets of the old west and make memories for years to come. Home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, historic downtown, hiking trails and scenic lakes, Prescott houses the perfect combination of history and nature. Only an hour and 45 minutes north of Phoenix, it’s a great way to beat the heat and experience a different side of Arizona.

Watson Lake:

Watson Lake

Photo Credit: David Seay of Flickr.com

Located four miles from Prescott, Watson Lake Park offers activities any visitor is sure to enjoy. Whether it’s just for a day or you choose to stay overnight, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Watson Lake offers camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, boating, recreational activities, canoeing, rock climbing, etc. Summer hours at the lake are from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. This is a great getaway outside of the city if you’re looking to spend the day in nature.

Downtown Historic Area:

Prescott Courthouse

Photo Credit: Ken Lund of Flickr.com

Prescott is home to just over 40,000 people and has some impressive accomplishments for a small city. Honored with a top 10 ranking of public spaces in the U.S., the Prescott Courthouse plaza is just one of the many great venues in the downtown historic area. It is home to three of Arizona’s most valued museums, annual art and music festivals, the famous Whiskey Row, restaurants, and plenty of shopping. This day trip has a small town vibe with big things to offer.

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6 San Diego Neighborhoods You Need to Explore

by Shea Homes on July 28, 2015

6 neighborhoods to visit in San Diego.

If you’ve ever been to, or lived in, San Diego, there are certain things you’ve definitely done and places you’ve visited; the pandas at the San Diego Zoo, the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, ate a burrito in Old Town, swam in the Pacific, and had a cocktail at a Downtown lounge. But, just outside the main hub of San Diego are a plethora of neighborhoods, each emerging with their own vibe and offering an ever-changing backdrop of businesses and activities. If you’re ready to explore more of what the San Diego region has to offer – read on!

1. Vista

A growing neighborhood in San Diego’s North County, Vista is being touted by some as the next must-visit area. With a wave of millennials setting down roots in the area, Vista has developed a hip atmosphere centered on great restaurants, emerging local brew houses and community events. What’s a day in Vista look like? Plan to meet friends for lunch at the Yellow Deli where we’re sure chatting will ensue, follow it up with some shopping at local boutiques and end the evening with a show with your loved one at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

2. Escondido

Although still a bit north of the center of San Diego, Escondido is the perfect spot to meet up with family and friends who live outside San Diego County for a day of outdoor enjoyment. The younger crowd will enjoy figuring out whether they like the rhinos or elephants at the San Diego Safari Park better. Not feeling all that exotic? Try tasting the local beer and produce at Stone Brewery after hiking around Daley Ranch.

#DaleyRanch #Hike #abandoned #old #barn #nevergetsold #Green #nature #Beautiful

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3. Encinitas

Looking for the ultimate surfer-chic neighborhood (even if you’re not a surfer)? You’ve found it. Encinitas is the ideal location for easy-going individuals looking to spend some time outside overlooking the ocean. With 30-miles of trails and a 44-acre community park, there’s not too many reasons to go indoors in Encinitas, so start each morning in this neighborhood by picking up some to-go coffee at Lofty Coffee Co. and a walk on the beach. Stop for some sustenance in the form of a Swami’s famous Acai Bowl before heading to the farmers’ market (if it’s Sunday) or maybe participating in some yoga on the beach.
Moonlight Beach in Encinitas

4. Normal Heights

Normal Heights is home to a diverse and close-knit group of people and local businesses that give way to a laid-back and welcoming vibe. A visit to this area will center around Adams Avenue – the main drag of this community. Start with a pour over coffee at Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, get your bike tuned up for a ride at one of the local shops, and wander some of the great antique shops along Antique Row. Don’t forget to stop for a scoop of handmade ice cream at Mariposa Ice Cream before sampling local San Diego brews at a variety of establishments in the area.

So many great places on #adamsave. What is your favorite thing to do on Adams? #aaba #adamsavenue #normalheights #kensington #antiquerow

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5. El Cajon

In a seemingly secluded location bordered by hills, El Cajon caters to outdoor enthusiasts and many native San Diegans who want to live close to, but not in the midst of, the bustle of the city proper. Try testing your luck and enjoying a nightcap after a day on nearby Mount Helix or hiking other various hills in the area at Sycuan Casino, one of San Diego’s largest casinos.

6. Chula Vista

Chula Vista literally means “beautiful view” and with over 60 parks and sports fields, you’ll be able to see much of it. Along with visiting the Olympic Training Center, you can plan on seeing one of today’s hit artists at the Sleep Train Amphitheater. If you’re looking to stay longer than just a visit, the Chula Vista Elementary School District was also the first to join Live Well San Diego – an initiative that works to establish farm-to-cafeteria programs, school gardens and safer ways to get to school.

Chula Vista San Diego

Are you familiar with San Diego? Tell us where your favorite spot in the county is in the comments below.

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Grab a hardhat: Visiting your home during construction

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 24, 2015

Did you ever wonder what a home under construction looks like from the inside? Many of us have driven by new communities and seen house frames go up or windows being delivered to a construction site, but when you build a Shea Home, you get a front row seat to the construction of your dream home!   Visitation Guidelines InfographicCurious about what else Shea has to offer? Take a look at our Arizona communities at www.SheaHomes.com/arizona and then come visit us to see for yourself what all the buzz is about. And if you choose to build with us, we’ll meet you at your new home—hardhat in hand.

 

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Fun. It’s not just for kids anymore at BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on July 22, 2015

 

With all the pools, parks, and highly ranked schools, Highlands Ranch and kids go hand-in-hand. But uniquely, BackCountry – a Shea Homes Community – reaches out to its adult residents as much as it does to its children, addressing sophisticated interests in ways uncommon in the suburbs. At BackCountry, grownups enjoy the best of both worlds: an engaging, adult lifestyle within a relaxed, suburban setting.

BackCountry-EmptyNesters-300pBeyond the trails that beckon bikers and hikers of all ages, the Sundial House itself is an adult magnet. There’s the pool, of course, with lap lanes and lounge chairs. But inside, you’ll also find folks doing yoga and cardio or de-stressing with a facial or massage. Meeting new friends at a book club or  empty nester potluck, or picking up goodies for an outdoor movie in the Amphitheatre or a time-saving and tasty “drive-by dinner.”

 

 

 

Comedy-Night-BackCountryOne of the favorite ways that adults unwind and socialize is at Indulge at Pike’s Pub. Located within the Sundial House, this weekend gathering place buzzes with residents enjoying wine, tapas, and flatbreads, made famous by the original Indulge Wine Bar.  Live music adds fun to the vibe twice every month. Stand-up comedy takes the stage sometimes, too.

 

 

IMG_3982At BackCountry’s regular wine tasting events, residents explore themes such as Mediterranean terroir, the focus of this event.

 

 

 

DSC_0008 DSC_0024About once a quarter, residents gather for a cooking class at the Sundial House kitchen. At this one, Leah Eveleigh, Winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, helped residents concoct a yummy Pacific Island menu. Read more about Leah here.

 

 

Rear-Exterior-Crop-2Having an award-winning community center like the Sundial House is only half the story. Compelling activities like these hum along thanks to an active HOA and resident advisors who make sure the good times keep rolling—for every age group.

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What’s Your Staycation Style? 3 Staycation Ideas.

July 22, 2015

Summer vacations are a rite of the season and shouldn’t be given up – no matter your age! Remember the carefree days of being out of school with full days open to you that could be used up however your heart desired? It’s time to bring back that feeling. While stepping out with awe onto […]

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Now Selling: Summerhill in Greensboro, NC

July 21, 2015

  We are proud to announce our newest addition to our Greensboro, NC new homes neighborhoods, Summerhill! Summerhill is located on Air Harbor Rd, giving our existing neighborhood in Greensboro, McNairy Pointe, some company right across the street. Summerhill has two villages, the Gardens and the Terraces. Below is a general neighborhood overview as well […]

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California’s First Farm-to-Table New Home Community

July 20, 2015

  Chat with neighbors on the porch. Make meals with vegetables you picked today. Solar power your home. Walk to the store that sells fruits grown locally. Picnic in the park. Bike to town. Watch the kids grow up healthy. Wake up where the sun smiles over a wide, green landscape. Nourish your life. This […]

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A Day Trip to Remember: Page, AZ

July 17, 2015

At Shea Homes Arizona, we love Arizona! And Phoenix isn’t the only town that has a lot to offer the Phoenician Weekender. Today’s blog post is the first in a series of day trips around the state we love. We hope it will inspire your adventurous side. A day trip to Page, AZ is a […]

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Being A Local Has Its Benefits at The Dunes!

July 15, 2015

Take advantage of living and working in Monterey County. Check out this exciting program that gives you a better chance to purchase a home at The Dunes on Monterey Bay. Six homes are reserved at our Sea House duet-style community for those who qualify. To Qualify, You Must: Be employed in any Monterey County public safety […]

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RSVP For Exclusive Serra Broker Event in Vista

July 13, 2015

  On July 22nd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, join the Shea Homes team at Prohibition Brewing Company to learn about our Serra community coming soon to Vista, California. Why You Should Attend: Learn how to be the first to join our priority list Discover how to register your clients Hear about the Shea […]

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