January 2014

We are now open at Verrado: Welcome to Vallarta!

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 31, 2014

All of us at Shea are thrilled to share the news about the opening of Vallarta in the housing community of Verrado. The vibrant 1.1Verrado community of a proposed 11,000 homes, spans across 8,800 acres in the West Valley, and ranges in elevation from 1,100 to 3,600 feet. Built on small-town design principles, Verrado offers a diverse array of authentic architectural styles including Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Ranch Hacienda and other first-of-their-kind homes that complement the natural topography of the land. Just 25 miles from Phoenix, Verrado offers a welcoming Main Street with dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Interlaced with miles of parks and trails, Verrado offers residents a championship golf club, excellent educational and recreational facilities, and healthcare resources, as well as a variety of clubs, community services, and activities. Vallarta at Verrado is a community made up of far more than homes; it is a place to share life and the people with whom you share it with. www.verrado.com

1.2Here is a quick synopsis of how our team built the innovative models at Vallarta!

The trio models consist of connected homes, separated by a state-of-the-art wall system. After just one day of framing, the models had already come together. Workers install the roof trusses and after just few days,1.3 the framing for the trio models is completed. In some areas, drywall is installed early, specifically around the Solatubes, which brings in natural light to a few areas of the model. An electrician then finishes up the wiring in the model.  Netting holds the wet blown insulation between the studs until the model is drywalled. On the walk out deck of the two-story model, a worker applies a special, water resistant coating, and the model structure is now complete! Next the home is ready for drywall, masonry, stucco and interior installations such as cabinetry, carpeting and paint. Lastly, the renderings of the finished product are created, as you can see below! Come visit us for a tour of these magnificent single family homes, and get more instant information at SheaHomes.com.



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Diverse Buyers Appreciate Carefree Attached Living At Tresana

by Shea Homes Colorado on January 24, 2014


Buyers searching for stylish home design, low-maintenance living, and convenient community access are finding their way to the quaint Italian-inspired neighborhood of Tresana in Highlands Ranch. The Tapestry Collection of townhome-style residences appeal to young families and professionals as well as empty nesters. Don’t miss out; visit today and take advantage of base pricing starting from the mid $200s on these fabulous homes.

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

Available homes
Check out a 1,524-square-foot Jacquard plan that will be ready in the fall. Priced at $274,560* this contemporary flat reclassifies one-level living. The living space in this open and clever plan is situated on the second level with easy access from the first-level 2-car garage. In addition to two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this plan has a vast great room adjacent to both the dining area and kitchen, and a large deck for quality time outdoors. [read more…]


While Shea Homes Arizona has incorporated Feng Shui in its homes before, we are now looking into it even further. Our Feng Shui Master, Denise Liotta-Dennis of Dragon Gate Feng Shui, LLC, is coaching us through the process so that our homeowners can live a life filled with prosperity. We interviewed Denise to catch all the details of Classical Feng Shui and how we at Shea Homes Arizona incorporate it into our homes.

photo1Can you start off by telling us your role with SheaHomes Arizona? I’m the Feng Shui Master for their Arizona projects. I was trained by an old Chinese Grandmaster who lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For those of us who don’t truly know the definition, what is Feng Shui? Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of harnessing the natural forces of nature to promote prosperity, harmony, and vitality. It’s about making constructive changes in our lives by enhancing the human experience and benefiting from the energies of our living environment. Classical Feng Shui employs a body of laws and techniques that extract the energy of the environment that have been proven, used and handed down for over 3,000 years. Famous institutions and business moguls such as Steve Wynn, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Bill Gates to name a few; utilize formulas of Classical Feng Shui when they design their multi-million dollar enterprises. A westernized version came to America about 30 years ago; this style unfortunately is not the same caliber as authentic, Classical Feng Shui.

How can people benefit from making Feng Shui photo2adjustments? Feng Shui was created to support people in very specific areas of life—creating opportunities for wealth-building, securing your health and enhancing all your relationships—romantic, family, co-workers and children. Energy is all around us, in and out of the buildings we live and work in; the ancient Chinese figured out some very significant things that would affect the human experience—for good or bad. The knowledge was considered so powerful that they secreted it away for thousands of years. It is said that Chinese dynasties were lost and gained through the powerful precepts of Feng Shui. Now that the ‘cat is out of the bag’, we here in the West may benefit greatly by incorporating it in our living and working environments. If your living space has not supported you in the three categories of Feng Shui, you may want to consider making some adjustments.

photo3Are there certain colors that follow Feng Shui? How do these colors affect a person’s mood? The use of color factors very little in Classical Feng Shui as either an enhancement or cure, less than 15%. I know that sounds odd with thousands of books and websites putting color front and center. Without a doubt, color will affect our moods, this has been proven scientifically. However, Feng Shui is not about altering our mood; it’s about increasing prosperity, securing our health and enhancing relationships. This is not accomplished by color; rather other important factors dealing with the overall energy of the site and the interior lay-out of your living space. Think about it, Feng Shui dates back thousands of years, there were no Home Depots offering hundreds of paint choices. Feng Shui professionals use red (fire) to stimulate certain energies, but where practical real fire– such as a stove, fireplace or decorative torches—is the superior enhancement. By the same token, certain areas of a home or business may want to avoid too much of the red family of paints (reds, purple, orange or pinks) as it may stimulate negative energy. However, having said even badly placed color will not prove to be detrimental as it is not as important as other aspects of Feng Shui that could bring disaster to your money or love life. 

Is Feng Shui design the same as interior design? No, Feng Shui and interior design are mutually exclusive. Humans are geared to appreciate and seek beauty; a well-designed building or interior will always affect us in a positive way. However, this will not necessarily translate into good energy. How many restaurants, with gorgeous interiors, have gone under and fallen into bankruptcy? So, a beautiful interior alone will not assure success or your ability to thrive. I’m fond of calling interior design the ‘look’ and Feng Shui the ‘feel’. When these two things come together—wow! You have quite the place when the energy (feel) and the design (look) form a harmonious experience that excites us. To ensure the success of any construction endeavor—new homes, restaurants, office building and so forth–the energy cannot be ignored. It must be designed and sited to have superior energy in order to support the owners, developers, patrons and buyers.

For more information on Shea Homes and what we’re up to at the Arizona division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch our fun and informational videos on YouTube.  For more home inspiration, pin your way through our Pinterest boards! Don’t forget to visit Dragon Gate Feng Shui’s website for more on Feng Shui!


Make Your Super Bowl Party a Touchdown

by Shea Homes Northern California on January 23, 2014


Whether you will be watching the big game for the great plays or the memorable commercials, this collection of tips from the pros will help you get ready for kickoff!

We know it can be overwhelming to have a large group of people visit your home, especially when they plan to stay, and eat, for multiple hours. Have no fear. We are here to help.

Here’s the game plan:

Winning Décor
Look for decorating ideas that will work well in your home. Dressing up your table with a brown or green tablecloth then adding colorful details can change the whole feel of a room. Check out this easy DIY Football Field Party Table we found on Pinterest, or head over to A to Zebra Celebrations for game day inspiration. Try other unique and festive ideas like cutting coasters out of AstroTurf or making a Guacamole Football Field.

A to Zebra Celebrations | Super Bowl Party Ideas

Slow Cook Your Way to VictorySomewhat Simple | Super Bowl Party Ideas
We all know recipes take time to prepare. Why not cut your kitchen time on the big day by using a slow cooker? That way you can spend more time enjoying the company of your guests during the game. Here are 8 Slow Cooker Recipe Ideas for Your Super Bowl Party from the 365 Days of Slow Cooking Blog.

Quarterback Moves & Food
Looking for more great recipes? Check out this winning spread (right) from the Somewhat Simple.

You can always find unlimited ideas on Pinterest, but we’ve selected the best of the best just for you on our Game Day Pinterest Board.

Be sure to add these awesome recipes from Hungry Happenings to your playbook! These Salted Beer Soft Pretzel Footballs can’t be beat.

Hungry Happenings | Salted Beer Soft Pretzel Footballs

NFL Worthy Wings
No football celebration is complete without delicious chicken wings. Try this uniquely delicious Honey-Sriracha Chicken Wing Recipe from the Food Network and you will have the fans screaming for more.

Keep the Team Healthy
Looking for healthier ideas? Check out Turning the Clock Back for great recipes like vegetarian chili.  And when the game is over, let your guests help clean up. You were kind enough to host and entertain, but don’t feel like you have to do it all. Picking up after themselves makes your guests feel useful and could save you hours of work.

These Super Bowl ideas are sure to make you the MVP of the day. Be sure to comment with your own game day advice and success stories!

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Urban-style Porchfront Homes Available at SPACES at Reunion

January 17, 2014
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  The immensely popular Porchfront Collection of SPACES homes offered by Shea at Reunion now has three chic homes available for purchase that will be ready in March. Each of these ingenious designs located along Southlawn Park lends itself well to charming curb appeal and the urban feel originally established in this flourishing high plains […]

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Your Home Buying Guide: How to find the home that’s right for you

January 17, 2014

Maybe you’ve always wanted to own your own home, and you feel like now is the right time to make that dream a reality. Maybe you own a home that doesn’t fit your family or lifestyle anymore, and you’re looking for a change. Or maybe you think you’re ready for home ownership, but you’re just […]

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Relaxing in the Post-Holiday Season

January 15, 2014

  The most wonderful time of the year has come once again, and although the holiday season is filled with family, love and giving, it can also be a bit overwhelming. There were holiday parties to throw and attend, the kids’ dance recitals, family flying in and family flying out, and with all that excitement, […]

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Stepping Stone Delivers Smart And Practical Living

January 9, 2014
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  Base priced from the upper $200s – mid $400s, and ranging in size from 1,863 – 3,110 square feet, the Shea 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 […]

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New Year, New Home?

January 6, 2014

  If your 2014 resolution is to invest in your future, a new home may be the way to go. Whether you are looking for more space for your family or you are ready to downsize, purchasing this year could make the most sense. Evaluate your situation Decide if looking for a new home is […]

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