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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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Shea Homes Coming Soon to Innovation in Fremont

by Shea Homes Northern California on December 1, 2017

Theory at Innovation

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 now available to view online, and interior home renderings are coming soon!

The Innovation District, located at the new Warm Springs BART station in Fremont is a thriving new tech area that features a variety of tech manufacturing facilities, including Tesla Motors, Lam Research, Delta Products, Seagate, Western Digital, ThermoFisher, and Boston Scientific, as well as a number of startups in clean technologies, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing.

Register to receive Theory community updates, sneak peeks, and notifications about upcoming happenings. You can also visit TheoryAtInnovation.com to learn more about this new Shea Homes® community, or LiveAtInnovation.com to learn more about this master plan.

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Experience Waterline in Virtual Reality

by Shea Homes Northern California on November 28, 2017

Waterline Rendering

Waterline, the latest Shea Homes® community, located on the San Francisco Bay in Point Richmond, California, is now open –  and these gorgeous new homes are now pre-selling. Their stunning location will truly take your breath away. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up on San Francisco Bay? This could soon be your reality. Learn more about our 8 Distinct Home Plans.

Where the breeze meets the bay, that’s where you will find Waterline. Take a look at this video with renderings of our homes that are currently under construction.

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PHOTO FOCUS | Award-Winning Vista Dorado in Brentwood

by Shea Homes Northern California on November 20, 2017

 

It’s no wonder that the breathtaking Vista Dorado community was selected as 2017 Community of the Year by the Bay Area Building Industry Association. Located in the rolling hills of Brentwood, California, with close proximity to shopping and dining, these spacious and gracious homes have plenty to offer homebuyers.

Shea Homes® Vista Dorado Plan 3 home was selected as Best Architectural Design in its category, and it’s easy to see why. The home, at approximately 4,126 square feet, beckons those who love to cook and entertain. It features an expansive 2-island kitchen with a super pantry, butler’s pantry and an optional outdoor kitchen. The optional Suite Home features its own private entry, which allows for independent living, and the dog washing station is a great design selection for our canine-loving friends. This home is truly a stunner. But, don’t take our word for it – view photos of our model home below, or take a virtual tour and experience life in the Vista Dorado Plan 3 for yourself.

Vista Dorado Plan 3

Register to receive the latest updates about Vista Dorado in Brentwood, or give us a call at (925) 238-0896 to learn more.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Tranquility at Sage

October 5, 2017




  In addition to breathtaking amenities, the Sage neighborhood in Livermore has 4 new home communities by Shea Homes® now selling. Synergy offers 3-story attached homes, Harmony offers single-story plans and 3-story living, Balance features cozy 2-story living, and Tranquility homes are spacious, open-concept 2-story townhome-style homes. Balance homes at Sage are nearly sold out, with only a few […]

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Victory Homes Coming Soon to Bay Meadows

September 14, 2017




Revel in Victory by Shea Homes®. Twenty-four single-family Bay Meadows homes, built for the good life. These stunning multi-story residences in the heart of Bay Meadows in San Mateo are sure to go fast. Here, you’ll revel in light-filled spaces with room to grow. Open concept interiors fitted with the finest finishes and amenities (hello, […]

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Sage Amenities Will Take Your Breath Away

August 11, 2017




The popular Sage community located in Livermore, California, has seen tremendous success since opening in 2016. Sage by Shea Homes® recently received 6 awards from the Building Industry Association, and with good reason – the Sage community is already a wonderful and relaxing place to call home, and many of the community amenities are now open […]

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Tranquility Plan 2 Home Now Available!

July 19, 2017




The elegant and spacious Tranquility homesite 2002  at Sage by Shea Homes® is a Plan 2 home featuring approximately 1,776 square feet of living space, with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gorgeous hardwood floors, granite kitchen counters and access to all of the Sage amenities you love, including the pool, spas, fitness center, yoga lawn, and […]

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Take a Virtual Tour of Ashford Model Homes

July 14, 2017




Playing ball in the park. Cooking time-tested family recipes. Walking the dog together. Reading a favorite bedtime story. When it comes to family traditions, there’s no place like home. And now there’s a place that combines our classic heritage with modern convenience and comfort: Ashford by Shea Homes® in Hansen Village at Mountain House. It […]

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Sage Grand Opening Celebration June 10th!

May 25, 2017




You’re invited to the Sage Sales Office and model homes for a Grand Opening Celebration of the Sage by Shea Homes® community in Livermore, CA! Join us on Saturday, June 10th from 11am to 3pm to tour our 16 model homes and enjoy activities for the entire family. Open your mind to a new style […]

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