December 2017

Holiday Outings in the Desert

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 15, 2017

Holiday Outings in the DesertThe holidays are here and that means there are festivities all around the Valley for the whole family to enjoy. We put together a list of some of the events taking place this month and into the New Year. Shea Homes® wishes you peace, and joy this holiday season!

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Through December 30, 2017

Stroll the pathways of the Desert Botanical Garden as it glows with over 8,000 hand-lit Luminaria bags. Don’t miss out on a warm cup of cider or cocoa with the family as you walk the elegant garden trails. For more information, visit: https://www.dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-0

ZooLights

Through January 14, 2018

See the animals come to life through lighted displays at the Phoenix Zoo. Walk the park while looking at the glimmering lights while trying to spot dinosaurs in the desert. Ride the camels and the carousel, too. For more fun, visit: http://www.phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/.

Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker

Through December 24, 2017

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker as it illuminates the stage at the Phoenix Symphony with more than 150 performers. Truly a holiday tradition. For more information, visit: http://balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2017/

Lights of the World Lantern Festival

Through January 2, 2018

Explore the Arizona State Fairgrounds as it fills with Chinese traditional lanterns, state-of-the-art technology, and lights galore. Enjoy the culture, cuisine, and entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit: https://lightsoftheworldus.com/

Christmas at the Princess

Through December 31, 2017

Skate and twirl around in the ice skating rink, and enjoy the resort’s holiday-themed spectacle. Spot the lights on more than 100 trees, the 14-foot poinsettias, the large-scale toy soldiers, and more. For more information, visit: http://www.fairmont.com/scottsdale/promotions/christmas-at-the-princess/

Christmas in Color

Through December 30, 2017

Lights and holiday music! Stay warm and cozy in your car as you make your way through this Christmas tunnel at Goodyear Ballpark. It is truly a Willy Wonka–like attraction that will wrap you in a magical display of animated lights, giant candy canes, snowmen, and holiday creatures. For more information, visit: http://christmasincolor.net/

Glendale Glitters

Through January 6, 2018

Year after year Glendale Glitters dazzles the crowds every Friday and Saturday night of the holiday season with concerts, food, horse- drawn carriages, and twinkling lights decorating all of downtown. For more information, visit: https://www.glendaleaz.com/glitters/

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Some home buyers are willing to sacrifice indoor space for more outdoor living space, but shorter days and cooler nights can often send homeowners indoors. Even though the weather may not always be ideal, we believe that enjoying your home’s outdoor space should not be limited to the warmer months of the year. Come winter, the only change you should need to make to still enjoy your outdoor space is a few cozy blankets and a glass of mulled wine. Make the transition between seasons seamless with these 6 suggestions on how to make your outdoor living space enjoyable year-round.

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How to Add Hygge to Your Home

by Shea Homes Northern California on December 14, 2017

Winter is the perfect time to make your home more hyggeligt. Hygge, pronounced HOO-gah, is a Danish word that is associated with happiness, coziness, comfort, contentment and, of course, home. It does not have a direct translation in English, but this idea and lifestyle is assumed to be part of the reason that Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world, if not the happiest.

Could you use a little more hygge in your home? Shea Homes® has some simple ideas to get you started!

Hygge Cozy

Dim the lights. Lighting is a key staple of hygge, and it is said that the best lighting is in the hour before sunset. You can recreate this lighting anytime by turning down the lights, or turning some of them off altogether. You can also substitute candles or holiday lights for overhead lighting.

Use that fireplace. While fireplaces are beautiful to look at even when staged or un-used, we think the best way to change the ambiance of a room is to light the fireplace. Not only does it provide cozy heat, it also helps to provide a soft lighting that always makes us feel more relaxed.

Grab a cup of coffee. Snuggling up with a soft blanket and a cup of coffee (or tea) will definitely help with that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Make some stew. One of the best ways to get warm and cozy on a cold winter day is to make some soup or stew. While buying stew may be easier, making this meal at home will also spread elegant smells throughout your house. And bonus hygge points to you if the stew is made for or by a loved one!

Then enjoy it with friends. Spending time with those you cherish is thought to be another staple of hygge. In Denmark, small, close-knit groups of friends gather together for coffee or alcoholic beverages to enjoy a hyggelig time. Although it is suggested in Danish culture that these small groups must contain only close friends, in the United States we tend to enjoy making new friends, along with getting together with our long-time pals.

Put on fuzzy slippers or hand-knitted socks. What is more cozy than having something warm and soft cradling your feet? Don’t knit? No problem – you can purchase hand-made socks at local markets, or online. Although, if they are made for you by a loved one – you are likely to feel extra hygge.

Ready to learn more about Hygge? Read The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking, the founder and chief executive of the Happiness Institute, a think tank based in Copenhagen dedicated to exploring why some societies are happier than others.

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Introducing Bristol at Baker Ranch!

by Shea Homes Southern California on December 11, 2017

 

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A new year is quickly approaching, which means new additions are on the horizon for the Shea Homes® SoCal family. What new additions, you might ask? We are excited to announce that Bristol will be making its grand debut at Baker Ranch in January 2018!

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Bristol will include two-story, single-family homes, with distinctive floorplans that offer 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2.5 to 3 bathrooms, attached 2-car garages, and approximately 1,692 to 1,904 square feet of living space. As for highlights for each floorplan, residents will find accommodating, quality interior designs that provide a comfortable way of living, such as:

✔  Generous Covered Patios

✔  Open Great Rooms

✔  Private Office in Plan 2

✔  Grand Kitchen Islands

✔  Ample Counter and Cabinet Space

✔  Large Walk-In Closets

✔  Optional Lofts

✔  Downstairs Bedrooms w/ Full Bath in Plan 3

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‘Tis the season to make your home jolly

December 8, 2017




Decorating your home for the holidays can be fun and something special that the whole family gets to enjoy. Every year we unload the great big holiday boxes from the attic, remembering all of the fun decorations filled with memories that have been collected over the years. We at Shea Homes® recognize these moments and […]

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Guest Bedroom Decorating Ideas and Designs for Your 2017 Holiday Season Guests

December 4, 2017




The final leaves have fallen from the trees, holiday lights are sparkling in the streets, and the scent of cinnamon and pine candles fill our homes. The holiday season has arrived and it won’t be long until visitors are knocking at your door. Make your house feel like a second home by providing your guests […]

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New Homes in Gilbert Now Open!

December 1, 2017




The last of Shea Homes® three communities at Recker Pointe in Gilbert, Arizona is open! Compass at Recker Pointe offers 3 innovative, two-story homes with large great rooms, versatile lofts and spacious bedrooms. These courtyard villas are stand-alone homes with private backyards and a shared tumbled paver auto court. These homes range from approx. 2,088- 2,197 sq ft. […]

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Shea Homes Coming Soon to Innovation in Fremont

December 1, 2017




We are excited to announce that Shea Homes® will be building new homes within the new Fremont Innovation District, located in Fremont, California. Shea Homes will be building a new home community called Theory that will feature 4-story condo buildings, and offering 4 single-level home plans within the beautiful Innovation master planned community. Preliminary home plans are […]

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