Customer Stories

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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Celebrating 100,000 Families Living the #SheaDifference

by Shea Homes on February 16, 2017

We recently welcomed our 100,000th family into their Shea Homes® dream home! It’s an exciting time and we couldn’t have reached this milestone without the amazing families we’ve been lucky to work with along the way. We’re passionate about what we do because of you! Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey home.

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Making a Difference: Summer Food Drive Recap

by Shea Homes on August 15, 2016

Shea Homes Food Drive 2016This season, from June–July, we hosted a Summer Food Drive to support our local food banks. Over 70 Shea Homes® communities participated, hoping to aid a rising need during a time when supplies are typically low—and you responded generously. Because of your kindness, Shea Homes was able to make a matching donation for the 13,342 pounds of food items that were collected! We just wanted to extend a big THANK YOU for helping us truly Live the Difference® by making a difference in the communities that we’re all a part of.

For a snapshot of the event, check out these great photos below! Thanks again for making the 2016 Summer Food Drive such a huge success!

thumbs up girls and stuffed car packing donation boxescup of noodles back of truckpallet of donated foodpeople working at donation eventAndy Parnes Donatingloading back of truckDonate With SheaLooking for more ways to get involved and continue caring for your surrounding neighborhood? We have a lot of opportunities throughout the year to support our communities—stay tuned for information about our events coming this Fall!

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BackCountry: The summer home that wasn’t…

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 17, 2016

 

Cathy and Sam loved Colorado. They’d been vacationing here for years to escape the sticky Houston summers. So when they retired a few years ago, and with their son married and living in England, they turned to each other and said, “Now we can live where we want to live.”

Thinking they’d buy a condo in the Denver area for summer living, they scoured the city with a Realtor® for days—but found nothing they liked. Discouraged, on the last day of their trip they took off on their own, wandered into Highlands Ranch and somehow “stumbled across BackCountry, a Shea Homes® Community,” says Sam. “Two hours later, we’d written a check.” Suddenly, that summer condo turned into a year-round dream home.

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Wanted: A neighborhood for the kids at Stepping Stone

April 25, 2016




A few years ago, Jessica and Brent realized their East Parker home wasn’t quite as kid-friendly as they’d envisioned. A huge house on a half-acre seemed like a smart choice for their three boys. But it was on a corner lot on a hill next to a busy street—dangerous for bike riding. The home was […]

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Celebrating Community at The Dunes on Monterey Bay

March 29, 2016




  While we do build homes, we at Shea also pride ourselves on building communities that will thrive for decades to come. So it was no surprise to our homeowners at The Dunes on Monterey Bay when we offered to throw a neighborhood celebration for those who have already moved into the community. Homeowners and future […]

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Good Times In BackCountry: Indulge at Pikes Pub

March 8, 2016




  Everyone needs a local hangout. That place where the staff knows your favorite beverage. Where you can relax and share tasty food with friends and family. If you live at BackCountry a Shea Homes Community, getting to that happy hangout is as simple as a stroll over to the Sundial House.

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Yoga In The neighborhood?

February 24, 2016




  Sometimes the best antidote to a crazy, busy life is to just breathe. Cross-legged. In yoga pants. Okay okay, there’s much more to it than that. The 5,000-year-old practice of yoga brings challenge along with the calm, while increasing strength, balance, and flexibility. And at one locally-owned studio, a profound sense of community. At […]

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A Shea Homes Move-In Surprise (And Ten Other Creative Ways to Pop the Question)

February 12, 2016




You may have heard that some upscale resorts employ a “romance concierge” to help arrange guests arrange those over-the-top romantic surprises. Well, here at Shea Homes in Arizona, some of our employees recently got to play cupid themselves. Back in October, new homeowners James S. and Gianna C. arrived at Desert Ambition for their Home Delivery […]

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Lights, camera, Reunion

February 2, 2016
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  Next time you see a family smiling, assembled in well­-coordinated outfits, maybe standing beside the lake at Reunion a master plan community by Shea Homes, take a look to see who’s on the other side of the camera. Chances are it’s Holly Pilz, Reunion resident and up-­and­-coming family photographer. Owner of Holly Jean Photography,  Holly found […]

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