December 2012

Top 5 things to do in the Valley this New Year’s Eve

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 28, 2012

Can you believe that it’s just about that time to ring in the New Year? There are so many things to do in the Valley of the Sun, but here are some of our top picks of events for all members of the family.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Rawhide – Ring in the New Year Western Style at Rawhide’s Steakhouse. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu, live music, dancing, party favors and a sparkling beverage to toast the New Year. Details: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, 5700 West North Loop Rd., Chandler. $45 Adults, $18 Kids 4-12. (480) 502-5600

New Year’s Eve at iPic Theaters — Celebrate New Year’s Eve at iPic Theaters with a special NYE package, including tickets to the movie of your choice, an appetizer and dessert buffet, as well as an entrée choice and two drinks per person. Details: 6- Dec. 31 iPic Theaters at Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 North Scottsdale Road. (480) 483-3232

New Years Eve Comedy Show– Jester’Z Improv is offering an all age appropriate clean way for the entire family to spend New Year’s Eve. The show runs for 90 minutes and will end at the stroke of midnight. After the show stick around for refreshments and mingle with the Jester’Z group. Details: Dec. 31. 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Jester’Z Improv Comedy, 7117 East McDowell Road. $13 Online, $14 at the door. (480) 423-0120.

Noon Year’s Eve — Ring in the New Year at the zoo in the coolest way with tons of snow including a special snow area for toddlers, a snowball target practice area, prize drawings and giveaways, live music, fun and games with Radio Disney and a special cider toast at noon for kids to ring in the New Year. Admission and activities free with regular Zoo admission. Details: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dec. 31 Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. $20 Adults, $10 Kids 3-12, Free Ages 2 & Under. (602) 273-1341.

Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve —Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve will revisit the origins of their celebrations by hosting a free community celebration. For the first time in decades, access to Mill Avenue’s restaurants, shops, and unique culture will be free and open to the public to enjoy a night of live music, entertainment, food, and fireworks. A Family Fun Zone, sponsored by Chevrolet, will bring Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Show to Mill Avenue. Emcees, DJs, and music will captivate audiences with music, dancing, and interactive games from 6-9pm on 7th Street, just west of Mill Avenue. Details: 6 p.m.- 12 a.m. Dec. 31. Mill Avenue and 7th Street. Free. (480) 355-6060.

No matter what you decide to do to bring in the New Year, we at Shea Homes wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Let us know what your family plans on doing this New Year’s Eve.


Design Trend Spotlight: Folding Patio Doors

by reddoor on December 26, 2012

Folding patio doors and multi slide doors open your home to the outdoor room. One of the biggest trends in home design ideas is actually found outside of the home. The idea of the outdoor room used to be as simple as a covered patio, has since become an extra living space that homeowners love to take advantage of. As an extension of the home, outdoor rooms include amenities like cooking appliances, outdoor bars, fireplaces, and furniture for dining and lounging. What really makes the indoor/outdoor lifestyle a modern phenomenon in home décor is the point of connection:  wide open, disappearing walls that are only possible with the inclusion of a folding patio door.

A new take on the traditional glass patio door, these contemporary glass-wall systems are composed of floor-to-ceiling panels that slide on overhead tracks. They can fold open to create a seamless, open-air connection to the outdoors, and lock together to form a secure, transparent wall that meets stringent requirements for air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance, and forced entry.

The Vanishing Wall at Shea’s Veranda at Glenwood

Shea Homes has been designing with folding patio doors for years, but the most dramatic example to date may be found at Veranda at Glenwood, where the vanishing-wall concept is fully integrated into each of the house plans to ensure a dynamic indoor-outdoor connection. This distinctive design feature goes perfectly with the overall lifestyle at Glenwood, a resort-inspired community surrounded by public parks, the links of the Aliso Viejo Country Club, and majestic views of the Saddleback Mountains.

At Veranda, Shea Homes uses folding glass patio doors by Western Window Systems, a respected brand distinguished by craftsmanship and a capacity for greater widths and heights — precisely the traits necessary to create one of the most exciting new home communities in Southern California.

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About the author

Josh Englander is a novelist and the founder of DesignLens, an online architectural publication that explores residential design and land planning concepts in America.



Envision yourself living on the edge of 8,200 acres of untamed beauty with majestic pines, Colorado wildlife, and rugged trails. This is where you can be if you make a move to the incomparable community of BackCountry in Highlands Ranch. Shea Homes is proud to offer carefree luxury from its Whispering Wind Collection of luxury detached villas. Now available are two homes that will complete next year. If you act quickly you can take advantage of a $37,500 dirt-start incentive* towards personalized design options. Please see a sales representative for full details.

The Whispering Wind Collection of villas are base-priced from $464,900* and offer luxurious, yet uncomplicated living with front yard maintenance and snow removal from drives and sidewalks.

Scheduled to complete in July 2013 is an elegant 2,481-square-foot Brisa ranch-style home with two bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms. Priced at $548,067* this villa has a spacious great room with fireplace, well-designed kitchen with island and cozy morning room, formal dining room, covered outdoor dining terrace, and a 3-car tandem garage. The gourmet kitchen features Kitchen Aid stainless steel gas appliances including a refrigerator and double ovens.

Also available is a stunning 2,830-square-foot Canterbury for $658,425* that will be ready in October 2013. With four bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms this ranch-style plan includes a great room with fireplace and media alcove, a well-designed kitchen with island and morning room, a main-floor study, formal dining room, covered outdoor dining terrace, and 3-car tandem garage. The partially finished 1,271-square-foot basement offers a recreation room with fireplace, a game/media room, and a bar.

The prices on the two aforementioned homes are not final as design options have yet to be selected. Please see a sales representative for full details.

Just outside your door

Corridors of open space draw nature into the neighborhood so that you and your family can step outside to relax, clamber across a waterway, or explore rustic trails. Follow one of the many winding trails that lead out past the Sundial House – private lodge and pool, past the neighborhood’s edge, and you will enter the astonishing South Rim where a private enclave of 467 wild acres is set aside for you to enjoy as a BackCountry resident. At BackCountry, the traffic, the meetings, and the endless buzz of the modern world are forgotten as you marvel at how quiet and naturally beautiful life can be. Follow the trails even farther, and you’ll soon arrive at the awe-inspiring Backcountry Wilderness Area** where adventure and discovery await.

Visit the Whispering Wind Collection of Luxury Villas at BackCountry today. For additional information call 303-346-3800, or visit BackCountry is located at Broadway and Wildcat Reserve Parkway in Highlands Ranch.

*Prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. See a sales representative for complete details on incentive offers. **Approximately 8,200 acres in the southern part of Highlands Ranch have been designated as Backcountry Wilderness Area (Open Space Conservation Area). This area is dedicated to the preservation of open space, wildlife habitat enhancement, outdoor recreation, and other permitted uses. Of that, 467 acres have been set aside for exclusive, private use for BackCountry residents.


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Tresana in Highlands Ranch Offers Chic Townhome-style Living

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 20, 2012


 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.

The Tapestry Collection features four trendsetting home styles including a ranch, a flat, and two townhome-style residences, each with an attached 2-car garage. These delightful homes offer intimate living spaces, generously sized living or great rooms, well-designed kitchens, and open dining areas.

Available homes
Check out the 1,524-square-foot Jacquard plan with distinctive interior design features that will complete in March 2013. Priced at $266,804*, the living spaces in this open and innovative residence are situated on the second level with easy access from the first-level 2-car garage. In addition to two bedrooms and two bathrooms this home has a vast great room adjacent to both the dining area and kitchen, and a deck with access from the master and dining room. Elegant design finishes include maple wood-style laminate flooring, tile flooring in the bathrooms and laundry room, slab granite kitchen countertops with a full tile backsplash, maple kona cabinetry, natural stone tile countertops in the master bath, tile countertops in the master bathroom, and tile countertops in the secondary bathroom.

A second Jacquard plan is also available for $241,191**. If you act quickly you will have the opportunity to personalize this home by selecting interior design touches that reflect your individual style and taste. Please see a sales representative for details. This home will be ready late summer/fall 2013.

Finally, consider the Raphael plan with two bedrooms and two bathrooms that will be ready in summer 2013. Priced at $260,506* this lovely 1,536-square-foot home features a private master bedroom located alone on the third floor, sensible kitchen and dining area, living room with fireplace, private deck, and an attached 2-car garage. Beautiful interior design elements include laminate hardwood kitchen flooring, tile flooring in the entryway, bathrooms, and laundry room, engineered stone slab kitchen countertops with a full backsplash, tile countertops in the bathrooms, and maple cabinetry.

Colorado Life. Italian Style.
Inspired by the quaint Italian hillside village that shares its name, Tresana offers rich architecture and exquisite landscaping reminiscent of the serene Tuscan countryside.

See the world a different way from Tresana’s plaza where a built-in exterior fireplace, two adjacent gas barbeque grills, and a covered picnic pavilion make this the ideal spot for relaxation, reflection, and reconnecting with family and friends. There is also a seasonal oversized spa and wading pool, and a tot lot for little ones.

Tresana’s ideal location near C470 and University Boulevard grants easy access to a seemingly endless array of amenities, shops and entertainment options. In addition you can enjoy access to community and neighborhood parks, over 60 miles of trails, state-of-the-art recreation centers, and much more.

Fall in love with Tresana and get more for your money; tour the Tapestry Collection today. For additional information call 720-344-1700, or visit

*Prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. **Price is not final as interior design options have not yet been selected.


Hold the ones you love a little tighter

December 20, 2012

Feelings of home and community are especially important this Holiday season in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  As we grieve as a nation and mourn the senseless loss of life, especially those that were cut short so young, it is important to remind ourselves of the ties that bind us to our […]

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Energy Efficient Products We Love: LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing

December 19, 2012

When it comes to increasing home energy efficiency, it’s often the little things that make a big difference.  In the case of radiant barrier roof sheathing, it’s the thinnest of layers, such as these slender sheets of aluminum that cool down attics and save energy in a big way. Radiant barriers are highly reflective materials […]

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Home sales higher than expected

December 18, 2012

Now might be a better time than ever to purchase a new home, as home sales have increased to their second-highest year-over-year increase in 2012.

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Holiday Dinner, Done Right

December 14, 2012

  Turning your home into a Winter Wonderland is only one of the many things families do this holiday season. Most can agree that this month is about the time spent with family and friends. And boy is it! There is no doubt that you’ve already found yourself participating in holiday parties, perhaps multiple, so […]

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Top 5 Christmas Gifts this Season

December 14, 2012

  Christmas is right around the corner and for those of us that still have to go Christmas shopping for our loved ones, here are the Top 5 Christmas toys/Gifts of 2012. TOP 5 Gifts Master Moves Mickey (M3) – Disney’s new toy is on every kids Christmas list, this year. This little Mickey Mouse […]

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Chic Popular Attached Residences at Tresana Attract Sophisticated Buyers

December 13, 2012
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  If you are looking for stylish attached living in an ideal location give yourself the gift of a new home in the Italian-inspired neighborhood of Tresana in Highlands Ranch. Here, you will find stunning residences from the Shea Homes Montage Collection that fulfill your desire for style, convenience, and value. Located at University and […]

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