September 2014

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Reunion Selling Quickly as Buyers Drawn to Design of SPACES

by Shea Homes Colorado on September 25, 2014


Shea SPACES homes at Reunion are selling almost as quickly as they become available. Currently there is only one home available for sale from the popular 3500 series of homes that can close by the end of this year.

Ready in October will be a 1,863-square-foot Plan 3506 with three bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms. Priced at 264,540* this hip home with contemporary design features has a main-floor office, second-level laundry, open kitchen with eat-around island, dine, chat, and watch with fireplace. Additional features include 9-foot main-level ceilings, a 40” flat-panel television, recessed canned lighting, Solatube day lighting in the master bath, stainless steel appliances including a gas range, air conditioning, and a 2-car garage. Design finishes have been selected, so come see for yourself why this home should be your new home. [read more…]


Choosing a Charlotte New Home Builder

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by Kayla Kody on September 25, 2014


Choosing a Charlotte new home builder is a difficult task, how do you know what to look for? Where can you find information? It can all be a bit overwhelming to say the least. In an effort to help you make your decision we went ahead and jotted down some thoughts and useful resources for you. We recognize that each soon to be homeowner is unique, so keep in mind that these are listed in no particular order, as what is most important will differ by individual. We hope this helps!


Location– Are the neighborhoods available located in areas that make sense for you?  Is it as close to – or far away from, the city as you would like to be? Take some time to map out how long it will take you to accomplish what you need to each day. Some individuals are willing to make 15 minute drives to the grocery store, or hour long commutes, others aren’t. Check out the traffic in the area as well, Waze is a great app that will help you accomplish this.


Schools– If you have children or are planning to have children, schools are sure to be close to the top of your priority list. is a wonderful resource for reviews on local schools and features both public and private schools. Do a little investigating, ask around, and head straight to the source by scheduling a tour to make sure the school is up to your standards.


Price Range– This one is clearly important, as your budget will dictate many of your options. Make sure your builder is competitive with other builders in the area of similar quality, but be sure you’re not comparing oranges to apples. Some builders focus on quantity, others quality (we think of ourselves as the quality type). Obviously, you will pay for quality of materials, location, and many other factors. Just make sure the price is in line with what is reasonable for you.


Builder Reputation– We like to say that we don’t build houses, we build homes. Your home is where you are going to make memories, and you don’t want just anyone building it. Look up recent reviews on the builders in the area, and check them out on social media. This will help you get a feel for what they’re all about. Are they tied to the community? Do they have happy customers? Do they address the concerns of the unhappy customers? All are important in your evaluation.


Plans– Does the builder you are considering offer plans that will fit your needs? You might need an in-law suite, or space for a home office. Make sure you can find a plan that’s right for you. Blueprints are wonderful, space planners are great, but nothing replaces actually visiting the plan. Ask your sales representative if he/she can tell you where there may be a model or a home in progress for you to visit.


Square Footage– This can be difficult because you’ll want to take into account what you need now and what you’ll need in the future. Cost of living, time put into upkeep, and flexibility of the space can all be dependent upon square footage. We found a great article that might help you.


Design Studio– We’re partial to this one because we love our design studio, but also because we believe in giving you the chance to see your selections, and get ideas on what you might like to put together, in person. When we consider new products to incorporate into our homes we want to see, touch, and test them. We’re pretty sure you might be similar when selecting what you’ll put in your new home. If a builder does not have a design studio do they have adequate online pictures (many of ours are on houzz )? Can you go see the selections used in homes in progress or the model?


Hopefully we’ve given you some things to think about as you enter into your home building journey. We’re here to answer any questions you may have, ask in the comments below or contact us.


#10 You trip over things several times on your way to the bathroom during the night.

A short visit to the loo turns into a long journey. You play hop scotch while trying to remember where the piles of junk are on the floor in complete darkness. You turn into a sailor, and the silent night is now filled with an array of various curse words.

#9 You find things YOU did not even know you had.

After purchasing your favorite movie, you come home to realize you actually have several copies of the same movie you forgot you had. Or, common items like pens and paper is actually shoved in the corner of your office in giant piles. You are either a hoarder, or you are just very prepared.

#8 You cannot get yourself to throw anything away, so you toss it in another room.

Cleaning your room is never an option, so relocating your junk into a different spot in the house becomes much more suitable for you and your guests. Closets are commonly used dumping grounds.

#7 You wait for someone else to empty your trash.

You see the trash overflowing in your trash can, but you avoid it until someone else takes it out for you. It is almost like a game. Whoever sees the trash first has to take it out!

#6 You have furniture, but you cannot see it.

Your furniture is strategically placed throughout the house. Months went into designing each room and picking out the correct furniture. Alas, as the years went on, you realized you bought a house with not enough storage and your messes are spilling out into the living room.

#5 You do not want people over, but when they do you relocate your mess.

Your situation is like that episode of Friends where Chandler finally opens Monica’s secret closet. After knowing how extreme she is about her apartment, to his surprise he finds a heap of junk shoved into the closet. Watch the scene here: 

#4 You keep clothes that is not in style, but you think it will be back in style in another decade or so.hoarder1

In some cases, yes, some styles of clothing actually does come back into style. But, keeping your jumpsuits from the 70s may be a little excessive, but who knows, you may need them for a costume party or for when you are going to paint the house next week…NOT.                                         

#3 You can only watch the first half of an episode of Hoarders.

hoarder2Hoarders is already a show you wouldn’t watch but when your friend puts it on to show you how messy people’s homes are you go along with them so they do not realize that quite possible you maybe one of them. Or, maybe you enjoy watching this show because here are some people that you can actually relate to!

#2 You spend your money on things that NO ONE needs.

Here is another reference for you. It is like an episode on The Office called “Money”. Michael realizes he is in over his head in debt and Oscar shows him how he spends his money: mostly on things that no one needs such as multiple magic sets. What? Having multiple magic sets would reveal so many magic secrets all at once! Watch the scene here:

#1 When you say, “I may be messy, but I know where everything is in my mess (a.k.a. an organized mess).”

If you ever hear yourself saying this phrase, you are just trying to justify the fact that you are a hoarder and you just want people to get used to it. Done. No more questions.



First Brightside Homes Released at Bay Meadows

by Shea Homes Northern California on September 18, 2014

Bay Meadows | San Mateo

The day you have been anxiously awaiting is here! The first Brightside homes at Bay Meadows in San Mateo will be released for sale on Saturday, September 27th.

These brand new floorplans range in size from 1,259 to 1,981 square feet, and plans range from 2-bedrooms to 4-bedrooms. Lots to be released on September 27th include E-1 (Plan 4), E-3 (Plan 2), E-4 (Plan 3) and E-7 (Plan 1). View the Community Map for location details. All prospective buyers must pre-qualify with Shea Mortgage by September 25th in order to participate in this release.

This exciting new collection of townhomes is just minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment, business centers, and is conveniently located within the charming urban village of Bay Meadows. Located at the Hillsdale Caltrain Station in historic San Mateo, Bay Meadows combines the communal feeling of the suburbs with cultural aspects of the city. Diverse architecture, high-tech office space, innovative eateries and boutique retail seamlessly coexist with miles of biking trails, networks of parks, community gardens, and wide-open spaces. Being in the heart of San Mateo, minutes from Whole Foods, and just steps from the prestigious Nueva School, Brightside at Bay Meadows is truly in an ideal place to call home.

Ready to learn more? View the Brightside Brochure online, or call the Brightside Sales Team at (650) 897-5887 and start living life on the brightside.

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$10,000 Off* Ten Shea3D Homes Ready For December Move-in

September 18, 2014
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  Come get a sneak peek of the innovative Shea3D™ model homes that are nearing completion in the new community of Colliers Hill in Erie. The homes are open to preview this Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. As construction winds down on the models, ten additional homes are also under construction and scheduled to […]

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DIY: Home Decorating on a Budget

September 9, 2014

  Nobody wants to live in a dull space, no matter how minimalistic you are. There is a style out there for everyone, and home decorating is no exception. Spring and summer are great times to spruce up your home’s look, even if it’s just some new art on the wall or rearranging the living […]

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Shoreline Homes at Summer Lake Released!

September 8, 2014

Looking for a new place to call home? Shoreline at Summer Lake is the neighborhood you’ve been waiting for. This refreshing new collection of just 60 homes includes ideal lakeside locations.  Five of these stunning new Shoreline homes will be released for sale on Saturday, September 20th. Each of Shoreline’s four floorplans offers spacious, relaxed comfort […]

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Our annual Pet Photo Contest is back! Submit and win up to $100!

September 5, 2014

Each year, we love hosting our Pet Photo Contest to promote interaction on our social media sites and to support a very important cause and local organization, The Arizona Humane Society! For each “Like” we get on our Facebook page, or each “Follower” we gain on our Twitter, during the Pet Photo Contest, we donate […]

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Closeout Incentive for Parkside at Reunion Model Home for Sale

September 4, 2014

  The Parkside at Reunion neighborhood by Shea is closing out with the sale of its model homes – a triplex-style condominium. In addition to affordable pricing, buyers can receive a $3,000 incentive towards closing costs on this home. Please see a Community Representative for details. Stardust Model For Sale Priced at $205,500* the triplex-style […]

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Top 15 Cities for Buying a New Home

September 2, 2014

  As we climb out of the worst housing market since the Great Depression, cities all over the United States are experiencing an upturn that is changing their economy for the better. Houses at reasonable prices for both the buyer and seller are cropping up everywhere, giving families the opportunity they need to find their […]

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