November 2012

 

A white elephant gift exchange, which has many other names in various parts of the country, may be exciting for two reasons: First, it is a fun time to get together with friends while enjoying the holidays. Second, it is a great opportunity to clean out your gift closet! After all one man’s Snuggie, may be another man’s treasure.

Today, friends and families have taken this tradition and added their own twists. Some white elephant gift exchanges may indeed involve quirky items and re-gifts from the bowels of a gift closet. Other white elephants may incorporate themes such as holiday decorations or As Seen on TV products. Either way, we should all be happy that actual white elephants are no longer involved in the gifting process.

The origin of the white elephant gift can be traced by to 1850 in Siam, modern day Thailand. The albino pachyderms of the area were good omens and prized possessions but incredibly costly to care for. It was noted that the King of Siam would award a white elephant to a disagreeable courtier and the financial burden of the sacred gift would ruin them. And so the term white elephant became utilized to describe an item that’s expense is exponentially higher than its value to the owner.

With our current Facebook contest, Shea Homes Arizona has been asking our friends to submit photos of the wackiest white elephant gift that they have given or received. We have noticed the overwhelming amount of random treasures but no living, breathing elephants- thank goodness!

Don’t forget to enter our Wackiest White Elephant Photo Contest before December 7. What is the best white elephant gift you have ever received?

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Fulfill Your New Home Wish List At Beautiful BackCountry

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 28, 2012

 

If your new home wish list includes a spacious lot, a stunning quality-built home, personalized design finishes, and top-notch community amenities all in an award-winning gated community, you need to visit Shea Homes at BackCountry today.

The popular Water Dance Collection by Shea Homes has five excellent dirt-start opportunities available. These homesites range in size from 8,288 – 10,807 square feet and include flat, garden level, and walkout lots backing to open space. Once you’ve selected a homesite, you can choose from five remarkable floorplans. The sophisticated Water Dance Collection inspires great living with creatively elegant design that gives you exactly what you want. Base priced from the mid $550s, and ranging in size from 3,439 – 3,908 square feet, each of the collection’s stylish plans offer desired living spaces, gourmet kitchens, room for three cars, full basements with numerous finish options, and spectacular outdoor spaces, including covered porches. When you choose to build a home from the ground up you will have the opportunity to select distinctive interior design touches that suit your personal taste making this a home that reflects your individual style and flair. In addition, great incentives** are available for a limited time on these dirt start opportunities. Please see a sales representative for complete details. [read more…]

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The Holiday Season is a Time for Giving

by Jennifer Ivy on November 27, 2012

 

Please join Shea Homes as we launch our community food drive to help feed thousands of struggling San Diegans. Nearly half of the donated food goes to our most vulnerable populations: children and seniors. 

As we did in 2011, we are supporting the Community Resource Center’s annual Holiday Baskets program to provide food and essentials to over 1,400 low-income families.

We’re expanding our efforts this year to include support for Feeding American San Diego, a terrific organization with an impressive history serving San Diego during times of crisis.

Together let’s roll up our sleeves and see what we can do to make a difference.  

During office hours (Mondays 1-5 pm, Tues-Sun 10-5 pm) please bring your donations of canned, boxed or packaged foods (no glass containers, please) to any Shea Homes San Diego community.

Here’s how you can help:

What:  San Diego Food Drive

When: NOW through December 15th.

Where:  All Shea Homes San Diego communities

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Carefree Luxury Detached Villas at BackCountry

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 26, 2012

 

Imagine yourself standing on your ideal lot in beautiful BackCountry. As you breathe in the natural brilliance of the surroundings, close your eyes and envision your home being constructed around you from the ground up. See the foundation being poured, the frame being erected, the electrical components being run, the walls being placed, and your personal interior design finishes being added. Now open your eyes. You are where you want to be. You are home.

The Whispering Wind Collection by Shea Homes has excellent opportunities for you to pair a remarkable homesite with the single-family ranch villa of your choice including new and redesigned plans. Currently there are four homesites to build on and feature cul-de-sac location, garden or flat homesites, and are located on open space and by two of BackCountry’s community parks. When you choose to build a home from the ground up you will have the opportunity to select distinctive interior design touches that suite your personal taste making this a home that reflects your individual style and flair. In addition, great incentives are available for a limited time on these dirt start opportunities. Please see a sales representative for complete details**. [read more…]

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Last Minute Thanksgiving – Menu Ideas

November 19, 2012




  Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and while some of you have been planning and preparing this meal for weeks, there are others who haven’t given it much thought yet. And that’s okay, you still have plenty of time to prepare for this festive meal. First of all you, if you haven’t purchased your turkey yet, […]

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Heart of the Home

November 16, 2012




Famous English restaurant architect Terence Conran, in his book titled “The Kitchen Book,” said “A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life.”   Our customers couldn’t agree more. We know this because Shea Homes is so committed to discovering what our customers are looking […]

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Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Save with Shea’s “Count down, Move up” Promotion

November 15, 2012
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  Shea’s year-end promotion has been a great success so don’t wait to make your Move Up. Close before year-end on this SPACES at Reunion home and Shea Homes will reward you with a $3,000 bonus and up to $4,000* toward closing costs. This Home Qualifies! SPACES at Reunion Plan 3554 Price $214,156* 10767 Truckee […]

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A New Face in Project Leadership: Sarah Beckman Guides Voscana from the Ground Up

November 15, 2012




  Sarah Beckman’s first assignment as a Shea Homes project manager allowed her to successfully deploy a diverse set of skills. A graduate in Poli Sci from Chico State, Sarah’s path to Project Management took her through a State Senator’s district office and a law firm before arriving in the accounting department at Shea Homes […]

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Townhome-style living value priced from the low $200s at Tresana

November 15, 2012
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  Now is a great time to make your move to the Italian-inspired neighborhood of Tresana in Highlands Ranch. Shea Homes invites you to tour newly revitalized models and take advantage of base pricing starting from the low $200s on townhome-style residences in its popular Tapestry Collection. Visit today and check out two value-packed opportunities […]

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Tralee – What’s Around the Neighborhood?

November 13, 2012




  This weekend we introduced a brand new community in Dublin and we’re excited to tell you about it. Just 45 minutes east of San Francisco, Dublin is a community full of life, convenience and adventure. Nestled next to Pleasanton and just a short drive from Livermore, Dublin is the third city in what is […]

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