August 2013

Why Arizona Is So Awesome…

by Shea Homes Arizona on August 29, 2013

As many of us start to run out of town for this Labor Day weekend, there are many other Arizonans that are left behind.  Yet, is gc1that so bad?  Although everyone loves a nice, long weekend getaway from their home state, being “stuck” in Arizona is better than you think! You could be dripping sweat in the muggy humidity of Florida, or wearing scarves and long sleeves in Alaska.  For those of you who don’t appreciate Arizona – or just think you don’t – read below to see our favorite things that Arizona has to offer!  If you want to read more about why AZ is the best state, click here. (Source:  buzzfeed)

We are the Grand Canyon State, after all… How many people can say they have a 7th Wonder of the World in their state?  That is amazing in itself, and then once you go to the Grand Canyon, the astounding beauty is endless! Literally.

Can you find a better sunset anywhere else?  The orange, yellow and purple combination just doesn’t exist anywhere else in the nation.

There’s a huge stigma that Arizona is always hot and it never snows… In fact, it does snow in Arizona, a lot!  The great pool2thing about it is you could be tanning in Phoenix one minute and skiing in Flagstaff the next!

It’s odd if you see a house without a pool in the backyard.  While it’s nice to hang out at a resort pool every once in a while, Arizonans really don’t have to when they have a pool 10 steps away!

Arizona has countless world-renowned golf courses.  The mountains and desert aesthetics make for a beautiful view.  And have you heard of The Waste Management Open?hf3

Well Arizona is still just a dried up desert with no bodies of water, right?  INCORRECT.  We have lakes galore for boating in Arizona, white water rafting down the Colorado River, the crystal clear Havasupai Falls, and also the Salt River for a fun and relaxing tubing adventure! 

monsoon4What’s a haboob?  Just when you’ve have enough sun for the summer, in comes the giant haboob! Rather, a giant moving dust storm that literally engulfs our cities. But the sight of a haboob just means a monsoon is right around the corner, and Arizonans love monsoon season!

Arizona is home to 3 incredible universities.  And the rivalry is hotter than the state itself! The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University couldn’t be more different, specializing in several different fields and located in three diverse cities, but all offering phenomenal educations!ua5

The bar, restaurant and entertainment scene is anything but boring. With Mill Avenue in Tempe and Old Town in Scottsdale, the social scene and night life makes for great weekends.  Travel a few more hours south and there’s Mexico in Arizona’s front yard.  Beaches, margaritas and taco stands.  Need I say more?  Travel a few hours northwest to Las Vegas, Nevada, and there’s America’s playground right in our backyard.  And Arizonans can enjoy it all on whim!

Top 5.  Arizona is home to the 5th largest city in the United States.  Phoenix, Arizona is known as one of the cleanest and most efficient cities in our nation.

Now all this, is truly something to be proud of Arizona!

Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed in the Buzzfeed article are solely those of the authors and other contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of Shea Homes Arizona and any of its employees.

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Our San Diego office is a buzz of activity as our newest projects – Frame + Focus – begin to take shape.

The two townhomes are situated on a hill in the master-planned community of Citiva, overlooking beautiful Mission Valley.

These outdoor-oriented attached homes are the work of architect Mike Woodley, who designed Shea Homes’ first, award-winning community in Civita called Origen.

However, in his latest work, Woodley distinguishes Frame+Focus from Origen by utilizing horizontal lines and placing the living spaces on the ground level.

Woodley partly drew from modern and mid-century design when creating Frame+Focus, but his principal inspiration came from the desires of buyers: what people need in a home today.

Customers wanted more indoor-outdoor interaction, so he laid the Frame townhomes around a common courtyard, while Focus homes have a shared front yard and recreational area.

Check out the video to hear directly from Woodley about his Frame+Focus design.



Landsdowne at Bay Meadows – Opening Week!

by Shea Homes Northern California on August 28, 2013


Just a little over a week ago we celebrated our brand new Landsdowne community with a VIP Homeowner Party and Model Grand Opening. Both events were full of excitement as guests packed out our newly furnished models, exploring them for the very first time. The energy was contagious as we oo’d and aw’d at the beautiful interiors done by CDC Designs.

Our VIP home owner event featured a delicious spread of finger foods from Whole Foods as our home owners had an opportunity to be the first to tour our models. Laughter and praise could be heard throughout the homes as you made your way through and you couldn’t help but join in on the conversations around the decor, designs and beautiful views from the balconies!




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The Model Grand Opening event on Saturday was a smashing success with over 350+ guests attending during the 5 hour event. Families, couples and singles alike toured the models and were blown away by the location, layouts and proximity to the many local amenities Landsdowne offers to its residents. This grand opening was unique in that each model showcased a local treat, demonstration or goody for those who visited. Upon entering the sales office you were offered a complimentary coffee (ordered to your liking) or smoothie. In Plan 1B families could visit the balloon man who performed and made balloon animals for the children. In Plan 1A everyone could get their hands on a decadent cupcake. In Plan 2 guests could meet and talk with Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening who displayed a container garden perfect for Landsdowne residents to emulate, they also had a chance to try some of Whole Foods gourmet tomatoes. Lastly, in Plan 5, guests were offered the opportunity to watch an artist paint masterpieces with coffee grounds while snacking on gourmet olives and an assortment of cheeses from Whole Foods.

Landsdowne Model Building
Sales Office

Cupcakes - in Plan 1A
Coffee Grounds Painting in Plan 5

Plan 2 - Master

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Sales Are RED HOT At Stepping Stone In Parker

by Shea Homes Colorado on August 28, 2013


Since its opening in the spring of this year, the sales pace for homes in the Shea SPACES Discovery Collection has been red hot at Stepping Stone in Parker, Colorado. After recently releasing a third group of new homesites, only six remain. Visit today to find out what all the excitement is about and to add your name to the priority list. If you act quickly on homesites currently available you can select the plan, room options, and interior design finishes you desire most.

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Base priced from the upper $200s – mid $400s, and ranging in size from 1,863 – 3,110 square feet, the SPACES Discovery Collection at Stepping Stone is a new collection of homes that are smart and practical – just the way you live your life. From the character of the exterior elevations to the clean lines and interior finishes, these ten plans integrate traditional and modern influences inside and out. The flexibility of SPACES allows you to express yourself in how you define your surroundings. Forget compartmentalized rooms. A SPACES home grants you the freedom to create the areas you desire most. [read more…]


SPACES at Reunion Porchfront Homes Across From Southlawn Park

August 21, 2013

  The immensely popular Porchfront Collection of SPACES homes offered by Shea at Reunion now has three fabulous homes available directly across from Southlawn Park. These ingenious designs lend themselves well to charming curb appeal and the urban feel originally established in this high plains community just over ten years ago. Featured homes The three […]

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Shea’s Essenza Collection at Tresana Delivers Luxury

August 20, 2013
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  If your desire for la dolce vita, the sweet life, includes refined luxury and carefree living, consider the Essenza Collection of attached residences by Shea Homes at Tresana. Buyers are attracted to this popular collection of homes for its impeccable designs and styling as well as the neighborhood’s ambiance and convenient location. Located near […]

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Shea Homes to open five new home communities in San Diego

August 15, 2013

  Working aggressively to help meet the market demand for new homes in San Diego, Shea Homes has five new home communities in the construction pipeline. From contemporary urban townhomes to larger, coastal single-family detached homes, Shea’s new line-up of San Diego communities will begin to roll out later this year and continue through spring […]

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The Big Picture Comes into Frame+Focus

August 12, 2013

  San Diego residents will soon discover a new way of urban living at Shea Homes’ latest community: Frame + Focus.  We are following up our acclaimed project, Origen, with new townhomes that appeal to first time-home buyers and families. The big, unique draws to these homes? Frame will feature private yards attached to each […]

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Shea3D: Another first for Shea Homes!

August 9, 2013

Shea Homes is challenging industry standards with the launch of its newest approach to home design and home building – Shea3D™. This all-new, patent-pending way of building homes provides home buyers with an opportunity that they’ve never had before – the chance to choose from a variety of interchangeable lifestyle-driven spaces. Shea3D allows customers to […]

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Customer Care Connection, a YouTube Video Series

August 2, 2013

Helping you put print into practice At Shea Homes Arizona, we are all about customer service. We get several calls each day to our Customer Care team about how to do several little projects in and around your home. With use of technology today, we decided to make it a means of communication to our […]

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