February 2018

Moving to Houston? 5 Houston Suburbs to Consider.

by Shea Homes on February 28, 2018

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Houston someday soon, you’re not alone—with a strong job market, world-class dining and retail, a beautiful arts and culture scene, and a big professional sports presence, Houston has become a popular destination for budding professionals and young families alike.

However, not all of what Houston has to offer is located in the city center. For those who want to be close to the excitement but not the constant hustle and bustle, moving to the Houston suburbs might be a good option. From picturesque landscapes to growing career opportunities, you have more space and flexibility to live your life your own way.

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Redefine Lower Level LivingLet’s play a little word association game. What comes to mind when you hear the word basement? Perhaps a dark and musty space, used for doing laundry and storing old furniture and holiday decorations?

Now wipe that mental slate clean. Because today’s lower levels are nothing like the basements of old. In fact, we don’t even like to use the dreaded “b” word. At Shea Homes, we are redefining the meaning of lower level living. These high style, multi-functional areas, available at our Latitude at Cantilena and Shea Signature Azure Paradise Valley communities, include high ceilings and oversized light wells that bring in tons of natural light.

Lower level living is ideal for a wide range of homeowners — from families with growing children who want to use these open and airy spaces for sleepovers or a spot to hang out with friends to empty-nesters looking for a theater or workout space. Some of our homeowners enjoy having additional space for guests, or even using some of their lower level for seasonal closet space. It’s truly like having a private getaway within your own home.

Plus, in the summer months, these lower levels can be a cool spot to find respite from the heat – and they may be more energy efficient than a comparably sized home without a lower level, because the area is not exposed to sun and heat.

If you’re interested in exploring Shea style lower level living, visit Latitude at Cantilena and Azure, Paradise Valley. See you down under!

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Shea Homeowners Find a Sense of Community at 24 North

by Shea Homes Arizona on February 16, 2018

 

Life in the Valley of the Sun has its perks: beautiful winters, affordable living, and enthralling entertainment. But when Valley suburbs grow to be bigger than Miami, Atlanta, or Pittsburgh, finding a sense of community can sometimes be difficult.

Fortunately for Ron and his family, they found exactly what they were looking for in the Shea Homes® 24 North community in Phoenix.

“I’m from Texas, and it’s very different. We’d have block parties, barbeques, stuff like that,” he recalls. “I’ve been here in the valley for twenty years or so, and it always seems like people pull into their garage, close the door, and that’s it. You really don’t know your neighbors that well. But the difference at 24 North is that, with it being a community villa, six homes sharing a driveway, it’s more close-knit. The majority of people you actually talk to!”

Ron and his wife Katina started their search for a new home last year. They’d lived in East Mesa for years to be near their children’s school, but after their two sons moved out, and their daughter got her driver’s license, their options opened up. And so the hunt for a new home began.

Ron and Katina with DaughterFirst day in their new home

The first step for Ron and Katina, like most, was to ask around. “We had heard a lot about Shea and their homes from friends and family, so we checked it out. I think Shea gives more of a luxury look to their homes than some of the other builders. Their standard is a little more upscale.” Location was a factor as well. Ron runs his finance career from home, but his wife’s daily commute was a drag.

“We just love the Sonoran Foothills area, so we started looking over there, found this unique Shea community, and we decided to buy. Her commute is a lot shorter now.”

Part of the fun of buying a new home is visiting the Shea Homes Design Center and choosing everything from cabinets to flooring, window treatments, to optional upgrades. They enjoyed the personalized and exciting process. Ron went out of his way to make sure the ladies in his life would be happy: “One of the big upgrades was for my daughter’s bathroom, where we put in a walk-in shower, which she loves.

“The kitchen is really nice. It’s a gourmet kitchen, and that’s become the centerpiece of the house for us. That’s my wife’s love… how the appliances are laid out, the island, it’s great. They did a good job putting together the floor plan. We love it.

“It’s actually kind of deceiving,” he adds. “When you’re outside and you see it, it doesn’t look that big, but it’s a lot of space, and it’s all usable, too. I turned the spare bedroom into my office.”

Shea’s commitment to melding design to lifestyle left an impression on Ron. “Marci, who’s the rep here for Shea, gave us a lot of great ideas. Like, we all have electric toothbrushes, so she suggested we put outlets under our sink. I’d never thought about that! It’s one of those little changes that adds so much convenience.”

Even the buying process was easy. “Everything with Shea was super smooth. They walked us through everything, all the documentation that was required. Marci was tip-top on it, just sending things over right away; there was no lag time.”

As they have settled into their new house, they’ve gone out of their way to make the community feel like home. Katina created a Facebook page for new members of the community to keep everyone connected, from HOA meetings and trash pickup dates to community potlucks. Even the couple’s two dogs, Lola and Cupcake, have gotten involved. Katina put together a website for 24 North residents to show off their pooches and set up play dates.

Lola and CupcakeLola & Cupcake

“Once we get everyone moved in, we’re going to do our own block party. It’s more of a community feel than any of the areas I’ve lived before. And we want it to be different, you know? We plan on staying here, so why not get to know these people and their families?”

He laughs. “You never know when you’re going to need to borrow a cup of sugar.”

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24 Exclusive Victory Homes at Bay Meadows

by Shea Homes Northern California on February 13, 2018

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Victory by Shea Homes®, located at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, shine with architect- and designer-curated touches. Every big-picture floor plan, fine wood cabinet and delicately finished stretch of stone counter has been thoughtfully chosen to create an exceptional living experience. Details always matter. Here, they also stand out.

At Victory, you can choose from an array of architectural styles – all with room to grow and thrive.

THE MORGAN COLLECTION | Inspired Gill Style Homes

The Morgan Collection | Victory at Bay Meadows

In keeping with the Gill style, these homes marry flat and traditional sloped roofs and feature stepped parapet end walls. This collection of homes have exterior plaster facades and offer details like arch top openings and feature windows. The homes feature unique wood accents like outlookers and braces that extend roof overhangs and offer a striking balance in simple architectural details.

THE ROAN COLLECTION | A Pair of Neo-Classical Gems

The Roan Collection | Victory Bay Meadows

These homes are featured along the southerly paseo and offer a striking mix of formal and traditional details that stand apart. With balconies that feature distinctive railings and potshelves in metal with a formal geometric design, these homes offer stucco facades and simple traditional details.

THE REIN COLLECTION | Contemporary Mediterranean Inspired Style

The Rein Collection | Victory at Bay Meadows

The Rein features flat hip tile roofs in moderate slopes and distinctive wide exterior corbels. The collection offers a range of accents like half round windows or entries and wide window surrounds in matching trim colors. With multiple plans available, look for features like covered outdoor patios or indoor gathering spaces.

THE RIDER COLLECTION | Traditional Stucco with Striking Wood Accents

The Rider Collection | Victory at Bay Meadows

These seemingly traditional stucco homes are beautifully accented with wood features like horizontal lap siding, outlookers, corbels and trellises. The Roan Collection features single hung windows with wide exterior wood surrounds and trim details at head and sill. The collection offers a variety of plan and unique details.

THE MARTINGALE COLLECTION | Impressive Modern Design in Simple Contemporary Finishes

The Martingale Collection | Victory at Bay Meadows

These homes feature clean stucco exteriors with gable and shingle roofs. Wood accents abound in the collection with details like covered decks with wood railings and wood columns with shaped corbels. The collection offers a variety of plans, many boasting a decorative eyebrow seamed metal roof with outlooker and brace in accented trim colors.

These open, multi-story floor plans boast premium quality, thoughtfully chosen finished & amenities. Register for community updates to receive the latest information, or give us a call at (650) 458-3426 to speak with our team, or schedule your visit today.

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Latitude at Cantilena Offers the Ultimate in Outdoor Living

February 9, 2018




  Homebuyers looking for an Arizona home with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy family and friends should check out our new Latitude at Cantilena community in Peoria. Latitude offers four ranch-style single level floor plans (with one model offering an optional basement) ranging in size from approximately 3,091- 4,937 square feet with 4-5 […]

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The District in Northridge: Allura Grand Opening!

February 2, 2018




  Are you a homebuyer who’s in the market for modern living in LA County? Discover the contemporary-inspired home you’ve been searching for at the brand-new Allura collection at The District by Shea Homes®! Pre-selling since August of 2017, Allura will be making its grand debut on Saturday, February 10th, in this innovative Northridge community. […]

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The Season of Love

February 2, 2018




  St. Nick’s Day is behind us, and St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! That means cards, candy, and wracking your brain for the perfect gift idea. With all that to think about, why not leave decorations to us? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the sweetest decorations to brighten […]

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