New Home Ownership on the Rise!

by Shea Homes Arizona on August 28, 2015

Intrigue at Greer Ranch
We are happy to report that Shea Homes Arizona had an awesome second quarter of 2015! From April to June, 137 new home buyers were welcomed to the Shea family, compared to only 87 during the same time last year. That’s a 57 percent increase in new home happiness year-over-year.

We’re seeing strong growth across the Valley, from our beautiful and conveniently located homes in the Intrigue at Greer Ranch community in Surprise, to our family-friendly homes in Retreat at The Bridges in Gilbert, an exceptional master plan community which includes meandering streams and trails, play structures and community parks…it’s safe to say the Phoenix housing market is heating up again and we love helping so many families realize their dream of home ownership!

According to our home buyers, the top five communities in quarter two this year were:

  1. Intrigue at Greer Ranch (Surprise)
  2. Retreat at The Bridges (Gilbert)
  3. Hideaway at Johnson Ranch (San Tan Valley)
  4. Desert Intrigue (Peoria)
  5. Inspire at Estrella (Goodyear)

If you haven’t visited any of these communities, come check them out!

For more information about Shea Homes’ communities across the Valley, visit our website or you can call us toll free: 1-866-696-7432. To watch our informational videos, please visit our YouTube channel. To see our pretty pictures, check out our Instagram. To find out your design style, check out our Houzz. For more information on Shea Homes and what we’re up to in Arizona, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join us for some inspiration on Pinterest.

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Grand Opening Announcement: The Rowe at Baker Ranch

by Shea Homes Southen California on August 27, 2015

 

The Rowe, a new collection of elegant townhomes at Baker Ranch in Lake Forest, is having its Grand Opening this Saturday, August 29th! The festivities will begin at 10:00AM and last until 3:00PM, but the Sales Office and models will be open until 6:00PM. There will be food and beverages provided, as well as custom creations by a talented balloon artist!

The Rowe’s style and charm is perfect for everyone, and The Rowe’s convenient location is just steps away from The Grove Clubhouse. PLUS, when you’re looking to spend time outdoors, you will have access to the multiple amenities and recreational parks that the Baker Ranch community provides.  Amenities such as –  Barker Ranch Dog Park and Promenade Park that are coming soon!

Residence 1 & 1 ALT

5 Plex A – Santa Barbara (as modeled)

The Rowe offers 4 Plex, 5 Plex, and 6 Plex attached homes, with four lavish floor plans ranging from approximately 1,453-1,695 square feet, including 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, attached 2-car garages, impressive open interiors, contemporary kitchens, luxurious master suites, and outdoor courtyards that are ideal for hosting parties and relaxing with family and friends. Set against picturesque foothills and rolling hillsides, living at The Rowe will give you a lifestyle of total comfort and contentment, providing the ultimate sanctuary for you and your loved ones to call home.

Does this seem like the place to start building new memories? Continue reading to get more details on these stunning new Baker Ranch homes and join us for this exciting celebration this Saturday!

Residence 1 & Residence 1 ALT

Residence 2

 

Details & Features of Residences 1 & 1 ALT

  • Two Story
  • 1,453 (Residence 1) & 1,482 square feet (Residence 1 ALT)
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Great Room
  • Spacious Kitchen with Kitchen Island
  • Upstairs Laundry Room
  • Courtyard
  • 2-Car Garage
  • Options:
    • Gourmet Kitchen Island Styles
    • Study at Bedroom 3
    • Master Bedroom 2 at Bedrooms 2 & 3

Residence 2Residence 2

Details & Features of Residence 2

  • Two Story
  • 1,563 square feet
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Great Room
  • Spacious Kitchen with Kitchen Island
  • Upstairs Laundry Room
  • Courtyard
  • 2-Car Garage
  • Options:
    • Gourmet Kitchen Island Styles
    • Master Bedroom 2 at Bedrooms 2 & 3

 

Residence 3

Residence 3

Details & Features of Residence 3

  • Two Story
  • 1,695 square feet
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Great Room
  • Spacious Kitchen with Kitchen Island
  • Upstairs Laundry Room
  • Patio
  • 2-Car Garage
  • Options:
    • Gourmet Kitchen Island Style
    • Loft in Lieu of Bedroom 3
    • Master Bedroom 2 at Bedrooms 2 & 3

Homes at The Rowe start from the low $500,000’s with no Mello-Roos fees. If you’re searching for a new place and hope to experience a better lifestyle, then stop by this weekend and see for yourself what this fantastic, new Lake Forest neighborhood has to offer! For more information about The Rowe Grand Opening event, take a look at our event on Facebook and don’t forget to RSVP! We’ll see you this weekend!

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10 tips for babyproofing your new home

by Shea Homes Colorado on August 27, 2015

 

Go ahead, pat yourself on the back. Buying a new home is one of the smartest safety decisions you can make for your child. Sure those vintage homes can be adorable, but the narrow stairs, cloth electrical wiring, lead pipes, lead-based paint, and asbestos? Not so much. Thankfully, you won’t have to deal with any of that drama in a new home!

New homes, like those in Colorado, follow modern building codes that keep your family safe. After move-in, you may want to tailor your home further to keep the munchkins healthy and happy. First, let’s take a look in the kitchen, that pre-dinner playground where toddlers are tempted to cook up a bit of trouble.

1. Use cabinet latches and locks.
Ideally, you’re going to move those toxic, under-sink cleaning products somewhere high and out of reach. If not, then be super-vigilant with keeping the cabinets latched, as well as other cabinets housing breakables and heavies. Of course, it’s a smart idea to leave a few cabinets unlatched with child-friendly plastic measuring cups, spoons and nesting bowls to buy yourself some precious cooking time.

2. Keep the pet food bowls behind a baby gate.
A bowl of hard, crunchy pet food looks so inviting to a kiddo, but it can be a real choking hazard. If you can’t separate the pet food from the living areas, stand by as your pet eats, then immediately remove the bowl. (And if you have stairs, you’re definitely going to need another baby gate.)

3. Install stove knob covers and a stove guard.
Kids do what they see parents do—which can lead to twisting stove knobs and pulling down hot, bubbling pots of pasta water. Avoid that scary scenario with devices that make the stove completely inaccessible.

In the living room:

4. Edit your houseplant collection.
While you want your child to eat his greens, there are limits. Some plants look tasty to a little one, but many common houseplants are actually poisonous. Give those bad boys to your single friends, or those with older kids, and avoid indiscriminate noshing of the rest by keeping all plants high and out of reach.

5. Soften sharp edges.
Coffee tables, hearths, TV stands, and window ledges can be right at eye level for short stacks. Cushion all those edges with corner guards until kids get a little taller and steadier on their feet.

6. Choose kid-friendly window treatments.
Window blinds get a bad rap due to choking deaths caused by dangling cords. They’re not off-limits if you choose blinds that are cordless. Other options include roller or motorized shades, or wood or composite shutters.

In the bathroom:

7. Lower your water heater to 120 degrees.
This helps prevent busy little hands from getting burned when cranking up the faucet. Of course, you should always test the water temperature before placing your child in the tub, too. And install an anti-scald device to the end of the bath spout and sink faucet.

8. Install a toilet lock.
These smart devices serve many purposes. Little fingers don’t get smashed. No danger of accidental drowning. Prevention of icky, germy water play. And no flushing of toys down the toilet—common enough, as any plumber can attest.

9. Lock up your medicines.
First, see #1 regarding a latch on your medicine cabinet. Or if you opted for a cute bathroom mirror without a medicine cabinet, invest in a lockable medicine safe that can fit inside any cabinet or drawer.

And basically, everywhere in your home:

10. Cover your electrical outlets.
Because inquiring minds want to know…if that thing makes the vacuum go, what will happen if I put this fork/finger/whatever in there? It happens. Outmaneuver your budding electrical engineer with these universal outlet covers, which slide shut when the outlet is not in use.

For more information on our Shea Homes communities and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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Coming Soon: Alondra and Cortesa at Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo

by Shea Homes Southen California on August 24, 2015

 

Shea Homes is bringing two new collections of homes, Alondra and Cortesa, to the Village of Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo! Built within the Gavilán community, a collection of neighborhoods spread throughout Esencia, these beautiful brand-new homes are made for residents that are 55+ and looking to start the next phase in their lives. Searching for a place to settle down and spend your time taking leisurely hikes along peaceful trails, participating in activities that involve your interests, and living in an area with gorgeous views? Alondra and Cortesa have everything you need to experience a new, tranquil and relaxed lifestyle.

Alondra offers three single-story and two-story floor plans that range from approximately 2,325 square feet to 2,589 square feet, with 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5-3 baths, and 2-car attached garages. The homes at Alondra feature stunning and modern kitchens, open great rooms, and an outdoor retreat for your own little private getaway. Secondary master or guest suites with baths assure privacy and comfort for everyone. Each plan also offers optional variations that amplify your individuality and reflect your personal style and preferences. Located atop a ridgeline in Rancho Mission Viejo, residents of this quaint neighborhood will be able to enjoy backcountry views. Homes at Alondra start from the $900,000’s.

Alondra Residence 1C

 Alondra Residence 1C 

Alondra Residence 2A

Alondra Residence 2A

Alondra Residence 3B

Alondra Residence 3B

Cortesa’s four floor plans offer 2-3 bedrooms and 2-2.5 baths in a highly desired single level design. With homes ranging from approximately 1,816 square feet to 2,362 square feet, Cortesa perfectly blends indoor and outdoor living with luxurious kitchens, large outdoor retreats, and generous great rooms. Homeowners will love the impressive master suites with spa-inspired baths and large walk-in closets. Residents will enjoy the convenience of shopping and entertainment within a short distance of the community, as well as breathtaking views of the country. Homes at Cortesa start from the $700,000s.

Cortesa Residence 1C

       Cortesa Residence 1C

Cortesa Residence 2A

Cortesa Residence 2A

Cortesa Residence 3B

Cortesa Residence 3B

Cortesa Residence 4A

     Cortesa Residence 4A

Both of these accommodating collections of new homes will include access to the fantastic amenities of the Gavilán community, such as The Outlook, featuring an open-air retreat with seating and dining area, fireplace, TV, BBQ, fire pit and lap pool. In addition, enjoy the all-age amenities of The Ranch with loved ones and neighbors by utilizing the pools, trails, parks, as well as the up and coming Hilltop Clubhouse, which will include a fitness room, swimming pool and spa, staffed bar for events, arcade, fire pits and BBQ pavilion. The future Sports Park will include baseball, softball and soccer fields and tennis courts, batting cages, volleyball court and fitness track! Learn more about the amenities available in the Village of Esencia HERE.

Does this sound like the next destination for your life’s journey? Interested buyers MUST pre-qualify with Shea Mortgage, so make sure you pre-qualify for Alondra HERE and Cortesa HERE. By completing a pre-qualification with Shea Mortgage, you will receive an exclusive invitation to be among the first to preview our models prior to our model grand opening.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Alondra and Cortesa at Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo are the homes where your fresh start on life awaits and your new chapter begins.

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Quick Tips for Easy Water Conservation

August 21, 2015

As a rule, most of us desert dwellers here in Arizona know we are supposed to conserve water—this time of year, especially.  However, sometimes saving water doesn’t make the top of our to-do lists. To make it a bit more accessible, we did some research. Here are twenty-five easy ways you can save water today—most of them […]

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Grand Opening Announcement: The Peake

August 20, 2015

  Mark your calendars because our newest community, The Peake at Baker Ranch, is making its big debut in Lake Forest this Saturday, August 22nd! The Grand Opening festivities will take place from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, but the Sales Office and models will remain open until 6:00 PM. Food and beverages will be […]

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5 Places to See when Visiting Houston

August 18, 2015

Have vacation on the brain? If you’re headed to the great state of Texas and looking for a city full of activity, Houston is a prime location. When it comes to travel-bucket-list items and fun things to explore, Houston, and its surrounding areas, have a ton for visitors – and residents – to experience. While […]

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A Birthday Bash to Build Hope

August 14, 2015

  Giving back is extremely important and something that we at Shea Homes take pride in doing. Shea Homes Arizona recently teamed up with UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. and HandsOn Greater Phoenix and threw a birthday bash that will never be forgotten. The bash focused on giving homeless families living in the Watkins shelter a […]

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Come Spend A Day With Shea

August 13, 2015

On Saturday, August 22nd, come spend your day with Shea! Tour 5 San Diego communities with available homes throughout the county. RSVP now and scroll down to learn more about the event.   Loading… San Diego is known for fun, sun, and adventure – and we’re planning to enjoy all three on August 22nd! From […]

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Grand Opening Announcement: Brio at Beacon Park

August 12, 2015

  We are unveiling our newest community, Brio at Beacon Park, in Irvine this Saturday, August 15th! This stunning new neighborhood is perfect for active families who love the outdoors, with gorgeous tree lined streets and trails for walking and biking. When you live at Beacon Park, you and your family will also enjoy the outdoor […]

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