November 2015

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Is Stepping Stone right for you? Three questions to ask yourself.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 30, 2015

 

No man is an island, they say, and neither is a home. It’s critical that your “perfect home” be in a community that’s equally in sync with your tastes and lifestyle. Because after all, you do have to go outside sometime.

If you’re thinking about Stepping Stone for your future home, ask yourself these three questions. They’ll help clarify what’s unique about the community and if it’s right for you.

1. Do you like a small-town feel?
Even if you work in downtown Denver, you aren’t destined to a frantic, urban lifestyle. When your day is done, ease on down to Parker, with its friendly, authentic, small-town vibe. Far from an upstart suburb, this place dates back to 1863, when it was the Pine Grove mail stop. Plenty of historic charm remains, seen in Mainstreet buildings such as a 1912 chapel and 1908 hotel converted to a favorite coffee shop. Mainstreet is the heart of this town, where residents come together for the cool boutiques and restaurants (often locally owned)  and a year-round roster of community events, such as concerts and holiday gatherings centered around the Victorian-detailed gazebo in O’Brien Park. Get all the small-town ambiance you want—along with fast access to I-25, giving you a straight shot into downtown, the Denver Tech Center, or the Lincoln light rail station.

2. Want to know your neighbors?
Like anyone else, hermits are welcome to live in Stepping Stone—but they sure will miss out on a lot of fun. Stepping Stone residents are quick to tell you how warm and welcoming people are here. Amenities such as the Lantern House clubhouse & pool, extensive trails, and creative parks promote easy, frequent connections between residents. And an active HOA is always cooking up community-wide events, such as Dive-In movies, a Fall Pumpkin Patch and other holiday events, such as the Red, White and Blue Festival for Independence Day and Visits with Santa. As Kimberly Aiken, Stepping Stone’s community manager says, “Our buyers tend to be very community-minded, so we already have a spirit of inclusiveness here.”
SS Kids Playing on Stepping Stones SS Lifestyle Neighbors Visiting

3. Do you like variety in homes—and people?
Stepping Stone attracts a mix of residents. The community is home to many young, first-time buyers, attracted by the well-priced homes and modern home styles. Families with growing children take advantage of the parks, competitive-sized pool, and nearby schools. And empty nesters are eager for the convenience of Stepping Stone’s new ranch-style homes in the Watercolor Collection.  Stepping Stone homebuyers enjoy a variety that keeps streetscapes as interesting as the people who live there. Shea Homes also offers the SPACES Discovery Collection of homes with base prices from the mid $300s to the upper $400s.
SS 5004 Model Family Room

So now that you’ve mulled over the possibility of living in Parker at Stepping Stone, maybe it’s time for a visit. Seeing the place—with its small-town vibe, strong sense of community, and variety of homes and residents—is the best way to definitively answer these questions, and any others you still have.

For more information on our Shea Homes Collections and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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Family Friendly Things to do in Orange County

by Shea Homes on November 29, 2015

3 categories of family friendly activities to do in Orange County
Southern California is a travel destination for thousands each year who are looking to soak in the sunny weather (available almost year-round!) and explore some exciting new destinations. But, thinking of fun new activities for the whole family to enjoy can even be difficult for natives and residents. To help you decide what to see and do while in Orange County, we reached out to Shea Homes Orange County homeowners to see what their favorite things to do are and put together this list below from their recommendations. Depending on what your family enjoys take a look at this list of locals’ favorite things to do in Orange County and start planning your vacation, or just your weekend to-do list if you live in the area.

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5 Easy Tips to Welcome Your Holiday Guests

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 25, 2015

 

Preparing your home for guests can feel a bit overwhelming, especially since your time may also be wrapped up in getting ready for the holidays. Here are a few simple tips to help make your guests feel welcome and at home.

Make space for your guests

This might seem like a no brainer, but it is probably the easiest, most effective way to help guests feel at ease right away. A cluttered guest room or common area can make guests feel unsure about where to put their things or feel out of place.

Clear some extra space in the guest closet, leave a drawer empty, put a small tray out for keys and phones in the guest room, and cut out some of the regular clutter in the great room. A few simple changes will give your guests plenty of space for essentials and to help them feel relaxed in your home.

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Is Reunion right for you? Three questions to ask yourself.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 24, 2015

 

No man is an island, they say, and neither is a home. It’s critical that your “perfect home” be in a community that’s equally in sync with your tastes and lifestyle. Because after all, you do have to go outside sometime.

If you’re thinking about Reunion for your future home, ask yourself these three questions. They’ll help clarify what’s unique about the community and if it’s right for you.

1. Do you love the outdoors?
If you moved to Colorado for its natural beauty and endless outdoor activities, then you can skip to question #2. In other words, run, do not walk, to Reunion—you were made for each other. Otherwise, let’s explore this idea a bit. First of all, depending on how it’s situated, your home can offer beautiful vistas of the mountains (including magnificent vistas of Longs Peak), which are easily enjoyed in person, thanks to Reunion’s fast access to I-70; Reunion is nicely positioned north of downtown Denver traffic. But you don’t even need to go to the mountains to get your nature fix. Reunion is just north of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre haven to 330 species of animals, including bison and deer. And Reunion is just south of Barr Lake State Park, a perfect, nearby destination for fishing, boating, and bird watching. But really, natural beauty lies just outside your door: Reunion is home to more than 150 acres of parks (boasting their own lakes and waterfalls), 10 miles of trails, and 170 acres of open space.

Reunion Mom and Daughter Playing Soccer   Reunion Mom and Daughter Walking
Reunion Boy Riding Bike
2. Want to know your neighbors?
Like anyone else, hermits are welcome to live in Reunion—but they sure will miss out on a lot of fun. Reunion was master-planned to build a strong sense of community with amenities that draw people together. Such as multiple parks sprinkled throughout, and, of course, Reunion Park, the 52-acre centerpiece, where people gather for swimming, fitness, and other life-enriching classes at the award-winning rec center; walking the trails; watching the kids play on athletic fields; meeting friends for picnics; and attending community-wide events at the amphitheater and grassy open spaces. The Reunion social calendar is always booked with special events, such as the Kite & Flight Festival, Movie Nights, the Red, White & Bluefest Independence Day Celebration, and other holiday and seasonal events. Reunion residents are quick to tell you how warm and welcoming people are here—friendliness seems to be in the community DNA.
Reunion July 4 Bike Parade   Reunion Kite and Flight Festival
Reunion Car Show

3. How important is price?
Unless you answered that question with “money is no object,” then you’re going to want to look closely at Reunion. Reunion was conceived of as an inclusive community that’s accessible to everyone from young families to empty nesters. Interestingly, real estate website Movato ranked Commerce City (home of Reunion) #1 on its list of most affordable Denver suburbs.  As Commerce City’s largest development, Reunion contributes directly to this ranking where Shea Homes offers their SPACES Collection priced from the upper $200s.  Being so close to downtown Denver (less than 30 minutes away), and Denver International Airport (15 minutes away), and yet so affordable, is truly exceptional.
Reunion 3507 Model Exterior   Reunion 3507 Model Kitchen

So now that you’ve mulled over the possibility of living at Reunion, maybe it’s time for a visit. Seeing the place—with its natural beauty, strong sense of community, and well-priced homes—is the best way to definitively answer these questions, and any others you still have.

For more information on our Shea Homes Collections and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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The Cannery: A Farm-to-Table New Home Community

November 24, 2015




  The idea for living at The Cannery is pure and natural: Surround homes with parks and a working farm. The parks and open space energize the residents and the farm feeds the community. The Cannery is the first farm-to-table new home community in California, and it will include 547 energy efficient homes with Livable Design features […]

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What you Need to Know About Mortgages in 2016

November 22, 2015




Different types of home loans, explained. Buying your next home is fun and exciting, but we know that the buying process can feel tricky and overwhelming, especially when choosing between all of the mortgage loan options out there – how do you know if an adjustable-rate mortgage is right for you, or if you qualify […]

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Tailgate at Home with these Football Finger Foods and Party Games

November 20, 2015




  Can’t make it to the University of Phoenix Stadium this Sunday for our Shea Homes tailgate on Nov. 22? No worries! Round up your friends and neighbors and host your very own celebration to cheer on your favorite team. Football Fare Need tailgate menu inspiration? Look no further. We’ve put together our favorite crowd-pleasing […]

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5 Kitchen-Centric Upgrades to Become the Ultimate Holiday Host

November 20, 2015




Did you offer to host a holiday gathering this year? Whether you’ll be opening your home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or another date to celebrate, there’s one thing that’s certain: your kitchen will likely become bustling hub as you create delicious dishes and invite people in to socialize. Now is the time to optimize […]

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Is BackCountry right for you? Three questions to ask yourself.

November 19, 2015
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  No man is an island, they say, and neither is a home. It’s critical that your “perfect home” be in a community that’s equally in sync with your tastes and lifestyle. Because, after all, you do have to go outside sometime. If you’re considering BackCountry for your future home, ask yourself these three questions. They’ll […]

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Come Explore Trilogy’s Newest Resort Community!

November 19, 2015




    Shea Homes® is excited to announce the expansion of our active lifestyle portfolio with our newest Trilogy® community in North Carolina, just north of Charlotte. This naturally beautiful master planned community features a stunning 606 acres set amidst a verdant backdrop of lush forests and meadows, as if the varied geography itself were […]

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