March 2018

How to Make your Garden Pop this Spring

by Shea Homes Arizona on March 30, 2018

 

Blooming season is here!

Spring Garden
With average temperatures in the high 70s, you might be getting the itch to get your hands in the dirt and do some spring planting. We asked Christine Fortman at Berridge Nurseries if she could share some Spring gardening tips. 

What should we be planting in Arizona this time of year?

Now is the time to plant trees, shrubs, roses, vines, summer bulbs and bedding. It also might be a great time to add something new to your desert landscaping. If you’ve been eyeing agave or ocotillo, this is the perfect month to put these in.

For homeowners looking to put in a vegetable garden, what would you recommend?

If you’re ready to put in a home garden, don’t wait too long! You will want to plant your summer veggie seeds before it gets too hot – I recommend watermelon, okra, Armenian cucumber, asparagus beans and black-eye peas.

What can I do to refresh and renew flowers and flowering plants?

It’s time to prune! If you’re growing lantana, red bird of paradise or yellow dot, go ahead and cut these back to stumps. They won’t look so pretty in the near term, but pruning will help to provide regrowth in coming months. Likewise, if you have wilted roses hanging on to your bushes, snip these off with sharp shears at a 45-degree angle (also called “deadheading”) to bring on new flowers.

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A new year means new architectural designs are taking over the housing market. So, what will the popular building styles and exterior trends be this year? Martin Reill, a Shea Homes Product Development Manager weighs in with his thoughts on what trends will be big in 2018 and beyond.

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On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Shea Homes® invites you to stop by their four furnished model homes in Vivace at Harmony from noon to 3 pm for their Grillin’ & Chillin’ Event. This event is a great way to meet Harmony home owners and see the lifestyle offered in the community.

Stop by for a gourmet burger and a craft beer while you check out the four model homes and homes ready for move-in. There will be an ice cream sundae bar and you can register to win a 20 quart YETI cooler, no purchase necessary to win.

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Date: 04/14/2018
Time: Noon-3:00PM
Where: Shea Homes Vivace at Harmony
21108 Verismo Drive
Spring, TX 77386 (view_map)
Phone: (832) 869-4038

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Shea Homes invites you to stop by their four furnished model homes in Vivace at Harmony from noon to 3 pm for their Grillin’ & Chillin’ Event.

 
 
Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing Community Representatives. As the faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle.

This month we chat with Justin Susnik, from Ambition at Recker Pointe. Justin has been with Shea Homes for almost 10 years, and the excitement he brings to the design and buying process is absolutely infectious. 
Faces of Shea: Justin SusnikQ: What makes the experience of buying, building, and living in a Shea Home special?

A: The customer experience when buying, building, and living in a Shea Home is second to none.  Everyone at Shea Homes is committed to creating an exceptional experience for our customers – from our Community Representatives you meet from your first visit to the community, to our Field Managers who help you during the construction of your home, to our Customer Care Representatives who assist you as you close on your home.  We all share the same common goal — to provide the best possible customer support and satisfaction throughout the entire process.

Q: What are the unique selling propositions of your community? What sets your community apart?

A: Ambition at Recker Pointe is a Shea3D community which allows the homebuyers the opportunity to customize any of the three main living spaces: Outdoor-Centric, Entertainment-Centric, and Kitchen-Centric.  With the choice of the three centric spaces, the customer decides the way they want to live within the home.  The Shea3D concept is unique to Shea Homes.

Q: Tell us about a time you helped a family find their dream home, and what it meant to you.

 A: A few years back I had a gentleman that came into the office who just wanted to take a look at the models.  He was in town from the East coast, getting familiar with the area, and looking at places to rent once he retired in seven months.  Buying a home was the last thing on his mind, because he didn’t think he and his wife could afford to buy a home on the fixed income they would have once he retired.  After spending some time talking with him, he got in touch with Shea Mortgage to see what they could qualify for.  After working with one of the Loan Officers, the couple was pleasantly surprised that they qualified to purchase a home with us.  With the wife absent and back home they decided to write a contract before the husband headed back home.  Throughout the process, I would receive emails from the buyer letting me know how cold it was back home and how much snow they had.  He would also include the number of days until retirement.  Seven months later, on the morning of their home delivery the couple rolled up in a U-Haul with all their belongings.  This was the first time the gentleman’s wife had seen the home in person, and she was overwhelmed with emotion when she walked in the front door of their new home.  The couple were in their late 60’s and this was the first home they ever owned.  Every home delivery is special, but this one felt a little extra special that day.

Q: What community amenity at Ambition at Recker Pointe do your homeowners love the most?

A: Definitely our community pool.  The pool amenities include cabanas, a pool house with restrooms, and patio/pool furniture.  It will be a great place for our homeowners to cool off in the summer months and to get to know their neighbors at the same time.

Q: What does living the Shea difference mean to you?

A: I could go on and on what living the Shea difference means to me but I will narrow it down to just a few key principles.  Living the Shea difference to me means doing the right thing all the time and going the extra mile.  It’s easy to do the right thing when people are watching, but true integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.  Always going the extra mile to deliver and exceed the service that is expected of you.

Click here to find out more about Ambition at Recker Pointe.

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The Growth of the Suburbs & Emergence of “Village Cities”

March 22, 2018




It seems that there is a stigma around this statement, especially with first-time homebuyers or those who have previously always been “city dwellers”, who can’t imagine trading city living for suburbia. However, current research continues to show that, more and more, homebuyers are moving to the suburbs of large metro cities instead of staying within […]

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Experience Theory in Virtual Reality

March 21, 2018




Theory home plans from Shea Homes® are located within the beautiful Innovation master-planned community, which is located adjacent to the new Warm Springs BART Station in Fremont. Check out our latest virtual rendering video of our home plans, then be sure to grab your own set of cardboard virtual reality glasses from our Community Representatives. Theory […]

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Shoreline Homes Now Selling at Summer Lake in Oakley

March 19, 2018




Ready for a picturesque California Delta living experience? With close proximity to both the Bay Area and Sacramento, Summer Lake is located on the Delta region, next to a thousand miles of natural recreation and water sports. Shoreline is the newest collection of homes at Summer Lake in Oakley, California, and the final 13 homes in this established community are now […]

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Pre-sales for Shea Homes® Gateway Quarter New Homes

March 16, 2018




  Pre-sales for new Shea Homes Gateway Quarter communities in Queen Creek to begin in March. For three years running, Queen Creek has been recognized as one of the best places in the Valley to work (Phoenix Business Journal), and thanks to Shea Homes®, soon there will be new places to live too. With a […]

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PHOTO FOCUS | Ashford at Mountain House

March 14, 2018




Ashford residences at Mountain House are built to last, and offer flexibility as your family grows, with comfort all around. Many of these homes feature self-contained home suites, where extended family can have an independent lifestyle under the same roof. Innovative living areas are just what you’d expect from Shea Homes®, a family-owned company renowned […]

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Quick Patio Upgrades just in Time for Spring Entertaining

March 9, 2018




  We Arizonans are basking in gorgeous spring-like weather. Whether you want a place to sip your iced tea in style, or you’re looking to create a backyard retreat for a series of soirees, we have you covered. These patio upgrades will make your backyard the place everyone wants to hang out. Geometric Outdoor Rug […]

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