December 2013

Homeowner Testimonial: Truly Amazing Experience in Charlotte

by Kelly Moorcroft on December 31, 2013


Read what our happy homeowner Neil in Charlotte had to say about his Shea Homes experience:

Gil, Steve, Jeff and Flynn Harris (Bank of NC):

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for our new home here at Bear Creek in The Palisades.

We spent our first night in the house last night and I gotta admit we were both pretty misty eyed looking up at the ceiling while laying in our bed (surrounded by boxes from the movers!) and discussing the past year that got us to this point.  For the past year we have looked up each night and dreamt what it would be like to finally have the night we had last night in our new home.  It was great to finally experience it!

Steve, thanks for an easy sales process w/ absolutely zero pressure or feeling like we were just  ‘purchasing’ something.  You made the whole experience very simple and painless.  (I’ve never been so comfortable opening my checkbook for someone, nuts, right?!)

Jeff Buffington, man, what can I say; you are THE MAN.  You got the house absolutely perfect.  You walked into a big mess when Jim left and you were nothing but accommodating and professional the entire time.  Even when I was freaking out, you put my fears to rest and were always on top of everything w/o hesitation to make it to my neurotic expectations.  You are owed a steak and beer (several) from Courtney and I when you are ready!

Flynn, my money man.  We went through a huge hiccup in May with my old mortgage company but you stayed the course and calm and helped me walk through exactly what we needed to do to get this approval done correctly.  We never got to meet, but you are definitely an intricate piece of this puzzle for putting Courtney and I in this home.  For that we will always be grateful.

Gil, being a business owner myself, I can tell you its always nice to get visited by the ‘head honcho’ and feel comfortable.  You have an exceptional staff w/ Steve and Jeff and it was nice to put a face to name on the Company.  Def. impressed  w/ you showing up and taking the time to discuss the home to myself and my parents.  We are glad to become part of the Shea Home ‘family’ of buyers.

To all, thanks again for all your efforts.  This truly is an amazing experience buying, building and moving into a brand new ‘dream’ home.  Courtney and I couldn’t be more excited about our future and we thank you all for making this dream of ours come to fruition.

Neil S. – Shea Carolina Homeowner


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Make 2014 The Year To Move To Beautiful BackCountry

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 31, 2013


Will 2014 be the year that you move into the house of your dreams in the private nature-oriented community of BackCountry in Highlands Ranch? Shea Homes currently has homes from its Water Dance Collection that will be ready at the beginning, and towards the end of the year.

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The first of three homes, an elegant Stonewalk plan, will be ready in February. This impressive 3,637-square-foot plan with four bedrooms and 4-1/2 bathrooms exhibits distinctive and thoughtful design. Living spaces include a fantastic kitchen with large morning room, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, and homework station; a great room with fireplace and volume ceiling; a den; a formal dining room with butler’s pantry; and a convenient second-level laundry room. Additionally, the covered outdoor dining terrace will be a popular gathering place for family and guests. Stunning interior design finishes include alder espresso Ravenwood cabinetry, hickory/tobacco hardwood flooring, tile flooring and slab granite countertops with backsplash in the bathrooms and laundry room, and slab granite kitchen countertops with a full backsplash. This exemplary home is priced at $874,401*. [read more…]


5 Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 27, 2013

This time of year, people all over the world are thinking about their hopes for the new year. Is that you? And if so, have you started setting real, achievable goals for yourself? Whether it’s buying a house for the first time, quitting smoking, running a marathon (or just running a mile), or growing closer to a friend or family member, according to current research, setting goals can make all the difference in making your dreams a reality.

1There is nothing magical about January 1, but for some reason, for many, the New Year is a great opportunity to get a fresh start in working towards those dreams. But what is the best way to make those resolutions stick and to actually achieve your goals in 2014?

We know you’re busy, so we did a little research and found some of the top tips from the experts:

1) Keep them simple

When setting goals for the New Year, try to keep them from becoming overly complicated. Set a few goals that are realistic, achievable and that you feel positive about. For you, that may mean setting one goal or it may mean setting five goals instead of ten. The key is remaining positive and not becoming overwhelmed. No one can do it all, so be picky and consider what will make your life the most happier, healthier and satisfying.

2) Keep them measurable

Set goals that can be measured, but don’t get overburdened with measuring up. Do you want to get healthier or lose weight? Instead of setting a goal to lose 15 pounds, try measuring health by a different standard. Set a goal to eat fruits and vegetables with each meal. Your body will love the nutrients and you can feel that sense of accomplishment without being a slave to the scale.

3) Keep to your plan

After you set your goals and make a measurable plan for achieving them, stick to it! People who achieve their goals, are often the ones who write them down and stay mindful of them. Write out your plan and find a place to display it where you will see it every day. You can even make a collage filled with quotes or pictures that remind you why you want to achieve your goals.

4) Keep them to yourself

While it might seem counter-intuitive, recent studies show that telling the world about your new found life plan might actually make you less likely to achieve it. One explanation is that telling others can give you a false sense of achievement and it may lessen your motivation to move forward with your plan. On the other hand, if you can find someone who is like minded to work together with—a committed work-out buddy, for example—studies show you might have a better shot at sticking with it. In summary, be sure to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

5) Keep celebrating your achievements2

As you stick to your plan and meet some of the smaller goals leading to the big goals, don’t forget to celebrate! Plan on rewarding yourself as you go along. Did you meet a savings goal for the month? Splurge a little the next time you go out to eat. Remind yourself that goals are meant to improve your life, not squeeze out the fun.

We hope this is a great year for you! For more inspiration and tips on achieving specific goals in 2014, check out our Pinterest Board “Keeping Those New Year’s Resolutions.” And if your goal is to buy a new house this year, stay tuned for a post all about making that dream a reality! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for updates on new Shea Homes communities around the Valley of the Sun.

Happy goal setting!


3 Easy Treats for New Year’s Eve

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 26, 2013

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. Whether you need to bring a dessert to your co-worker’s annual party or you’re cuddling up on the couch with your sweetie for a movie marathon, here are three easy-to-make treats that are sure to impress (and hit that sweet tooth craving).1

1)      Peppermint Oreo Truffles are easy enough that the kids can help and tasty enough to serve to guests. With just four ingredients, they don’t break the bank either! Check out the full recipe and directions here.

2)      This dessert is easy to make, even easier to customize, and may just remind you of the good ol’ days baking with mom. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dip can be served with apples, pretzels, graham crackers, cookies or just eaten with a spoon! Click here for the recipe.









3)      These Mini Tiramisu Trifles are a stunning addition to any dessert table, but they don’t require an expert chef! And who doesn’t want an excuse to buy some mini dessert spoons? Take a look at the recipe here and if you need some help perfecting those chocolate curls and shavings, here are some tips from the experts.

For more New Year’s Eve ideas, you can visit our Pinterest Board, “And a Happy New Year!

We hope you enjoy welcoming in the New Year with your families and friends! All the best from all of us at Shea Homes Arizona for a happy and healthy 2014!

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Shadow Walk Collection at BackCountry Delivers Impeccable Styling

December 23, 2013
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  Make your next home a new Shea home in the award-winning community of BackCountry in Highlands Ranch. Come tour the Shadow Walk Collection that offers six dynamic plans that incorporate extraordinary design with ideal living spaces.  These fabulous homes, base priced from the $500s, range in size from 2,604 to 3,594 square feet and […]

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Luxury and Carefree Living Go Hand In Hand at Tresana

December 19, 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. Priced from the mid $400s to the $500s, this collection captures the sought-after essence of sophisticated living and pairs it with exquisite architectural detailing and elegant […]

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Say goodbye to cookie cutter homes

December 13, 2013

Have you ever looked for a new home and been disappointed when all of the houses in a neighborhood are just a slight permutation of one design? Shea Homes knows that homeowners want to live in a real community that looks and feels distinctive—one where every home is unique.  In Shea communities, houses don’t come […]

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Consider Available Inventory at SPACES at Reunion!

December 12, 2013
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  The immensely popular SPACES homes offered by Shea at Reunion now has two homes available that will complete early next year. These contemporary designs lend themselves well to the hip urban feel originally established in this high plains community just over ten years ago. Featured homes The first home is a charming 2,162-square-foot plan […]

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Holiday “Sip & See” Social Event at Castlebrooke Farms in China Grove!

December 12, 2013

Please Join Us for a Holiday Sip & See Social! Come sip, snack and tour our Napa model & Inventory Homes in Castlebrooke Farms Sunday, December 29th  2 – 5 PM Goodies for all who RSVP! RSVP by 12/24/13 to: Castlebrooke Farms in China Grove 148 Castlegate Way, China Grove, NC 28023 704.856.0120

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Closing Out Soon: Kensington and Brighton at Watson Estates in Buckeye

December 6, 2013

Watson Estates is a beautiful new home community located in the town of Buckeye, minutes west of downtown Phoenix and just south of I-10. Designed around existing native desert vegetation and created to minimize environmental impact, Watson estates is the ideal mix of big city convenience and the pleasures of untouched nature. Homeowners enjoy the […]

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