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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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Pre-sales for Shea Homes® Gateway Quarter New Homes

by Shea Homes Arizona on March 16, 2018


Gateway Quarter Opens to the Public April 14, 2018Pre-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 grand opening of model homes slated for April 14th, Shea will begin offering pre-sales in late-March for its new Aperture, Emblem, and Origin at Gateway Quarter communities.

Buyers will get the best of both worlds with our three new Gateway Quarter communities. The location is perfect for new families who want a friendly, small-town feel, plus nearby shopping and entertainment options.

All three Shea Homes Gateway Quarter communities will feature innovative, single-story open floor plans. Families of all sizes will find something for them, with gorgeous designs featuring 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2.5 to 4.5 bathrooms. Spacious floor plans range from under 2,000 square feet to over 3,000 square feet. All Shea homes in these Gateway Quarter communities come with either a two-car or three-car garage, great for storing mountain bikes and skis now, and the teenager’s first car later. Shea Homes is a constant innovator in interior design, featuring many of the newest trends in their models, like spa inspired bathrooms, clean & simple décor, and floorplans, backyards, and swimming pools designed to showcase the ultimate in Arizona indoor-outdoor living.

The homes in Shea’s new Gateway Quarter communities will put residents right in the heart of Queen Creek, with easy access to big city amenities with a small-town feel. The dining and shopping options of Queen Creek Marketplace and San Tan Village are just a quick jaunt away, while outdoor enthusiasts will have their pick of great activities, from hiking in the Superstition and San Tan Mountains to golfing at several of the scenic 18-hole courses Queen Creek has to offer. With multiple freeways providing access to the greater Phoenix area, residents can enjoy the seclusion of their oasis without sacrificing time on their commute.

Located at Ellsworth and Germann, Gateway Quarter provides convenient access to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport and ASU’s Polytechnic Campus. Within the community, residents can enjoy green-belted parks with shaded ramadas and plenty for the young ones, including half basketball court, play structure, game tables, log steppers, log scramble (balance beam), timber steps, ramada, benches, picnic tables, bike racks, and more to keep the little adventurers entertained for hours.

Visit to view floorplans, pricing, and get on the interest list for Gateway Quarter and other Shea Homes communities around the Valley. 

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Quick Patio Upgrades just in Time for Spring Entertaining

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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
Geometric Outdoor RugTurn your patio into an outdoor room with the addition of a geometric patterned outdoor rug.

Succulent Garden
Succulent GardenAdd a visual focal point to your backyard with a succulent garden. Believe it or not, these gorgeous displays are easy to maintain. Plus, they do best in full sunlight.

Patio Dining Set
Patio Dining SetIs a lack of quality patio furniture holding you back from inviting your friends over for a barbecue? It might be time to upgrade your patio with a new patio set. Hint: Choose an easy-clean, weather-resistant style that will stand up to the Arizona sun.

Grilling Station
Grilling StationHave you been looking to get rid of that old grill you hide in the back of the house to hide from guests? Whether it is just a new grill or adding a grilling station to your backyard it will make all the difference in hosting events- big or small!

Come visit any of our Shea Homes® 35+ model homes across the Valley to get more backyard inspiration!

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Beth McDonald 2017 Woman of the YearBeth McDonald and Ken Peterson of Shea Homes Congratulate 2017 Woman of the Year, Elizabeth Singleton.

For the past three years, Shea Homes® has partnered with 99.9 KEZ to present the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes extraordinary local women and the immense impact they’ve had on their communities. On Thursday, February 22, the monthly winners from the past year gathered at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch for the crowning of the 2017 Woman of the Year: Elizabeth Singleton.

“The Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Program is a celebration of the women that are making the Valley a better place,” said Ken Peterson, Shea Homes Arizona Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Elizabeth Singleton is an outstanding example of the difference one person can make. Her compassion and dedication to the people of her community is truly inspiring.”

Singleton runs a nonprofit organization called Build us H.O.P.E. that provides Tiny Homes for some of the city’s most vulnerable populations, including homeless veterans, the mentally and/or physically disabled. Elizabeth is a longtime advocate for the homeless population and the mentally ill. Prior to running Build us H.O.P.E, she ran Singleton Housing, an organization that provided supportive housing for those in need.

As the winner of the 2017 Woman of the Year Award, Ms. Singleton received a $7,500 check, an all-expense paid weekend at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, and a stunning trophy from Tiffany’s – all well deserved, for a woman who dedicates so much of her life to the care and support of others. Congratulations to Singleton, and to other 2017 monthly winners, all of whom are responsible for making the Valley a brighter and more compassionate place to live: Dawn Northup, Lisa Strohman, Diane Herst, Candice Villalobos, Tiana Zang, Tammy Roecker, Constance Contes, Suzanna Cottrell-Olsen, Kandice Shannon, and Leah Thomas.

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Shea Homes® Redefines Lower Level Living (don’t call it a basement!)

February 23, 2018

Let’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 […]

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Shea Homeowners Find a Sense of Community at 24 North

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 […]

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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 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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Top Spots to Watch the Big Game

January 26, 2018

Last Sunday was filled with last second stands and crushing defeats, but the results are in and the Big Game is fast approaching! Hosting a game day party is a time-honored tradition, and one that should not be taken lightly. Even if you don’t have a horse in the race this year, parties are a […]

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Enjoy the Best of Outdoor Living in a Shea Home

January 19, 2018

  It’s January in Arizona! While much of the country is buried under snow, we’re gearing up for some fun in the sun. When you live in a state that has some of the best weather in the country (most of the year, anyway), it makes perfect sense to choose a home designed to take […]

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