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Read a book. Make a friend at BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 30, 2015


Once a month, between 10 and 14 women gather at the Sundial House at BackCountry, a master-planned community by Shea Homes —ostensibly to talk about the book they’ve read, but more importantly, to deepen their sense of community.

Danni Holland, the founder of the BackCountry Book Club, wants to make clear that the doors are wide open to everyone in the community.

“We usually have one or two newcomers each meeting,” says Danni. “And we’d love to keep growing.” No intellectual posturing required—this is a friendly group open to all BackCountry residents, where the time splits naturally between book chat and pure socializing. Books usually don’t get overly lofty, and include both fiction and nonfiction, since one of the goals of the group was to help lure each other out of their reading comfort zones. They vote on book selections every couple of months.

The group’s diversity makes it all the more interesting, says Danni. “Our members range in age from mid-30s to 80s. The difference in life experience and perspectives adds so much to our discussions.” She says the book club has also very much facilitated friendships. In fact, she met her closest BackCountry friend at the first book club, not realizing that she actually lived just four doors down from her. Others have experienced the same, forging friendships that include walking together and other get-togethers. Not too surprising, given that “there’s a lot of neighborliness at BackCounty in general,” says Danni. “We have lots of outgoing, friendly neighbors around us,” she says. “I think people move here because they want to live in a neighborly community. The kind where there aren’t fences and there’s a good level of trust.”

As Danni says, “We come together around a book, but we stay together for the friendships.”

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Make Your House a Home at Colina

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 30, 2015


If you haven’t visited the stunning new Colina model homes at Waterstone, then you don’t know what you’re missing. I mean, who doesn’t want a beautiful home with a gorgeous view!? Located in Vallejo, and just minutes from downtown Benicia, the new Colina neighborhood by Shea Homes sits atop a beautiful hillside and overlooks the Carquinez Strait, leading into San Pablo Bay. Starting from the $500s, and ranging in size from 2,319 to 3,072 square feet, these Colina homes offer a great value for the Bay Area.

And new Colina homeowners agree. Erwin and Amanda Cruz couldn’t be happier, these ecstatic first-time homeowners recently received the keys to their new home, and they gave us some feedback about the new community and buying with Shea: “As first-time home-buyers, we had a lot of questions. The Shea team made it easy, and communication throughout the process was always great. There wasn’t ever a time when our questions weren’t answered. We are very happy with our home.” Amanda said.

Erwin chimed in, “Not just the sales team, but the construction and mortgage team, too. I definitely stopped by once a week to check on the progress of the house.”

Amanda added, “You can definitely tell that they share in our excitement.”

Jennifer Chlebicki, Shea Sales Team Member, says,Colina Homeowners “My favorite part of the entire process is handing our homeowners the keys to their beautiful new home. We work with our home-buyers for months prior to this day, and we get to know and care about them and their families. So to be there to celebrate with them, on that last day where everything has come together, and hand them the keys is a really special moment. I always feel honored to be included in sharing that moment with them.”

Thinking about dropping by? View the model home photo tour below, then call (707) 558-0543 to schedule your visit and see the difference a Colina home could make to you.

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Mom, I’m bored. (Said no BackCountry kid ever.)

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 22, 2015


Okay so that’s wishful thinking, but it’s no exaggeration that BackCountry is an incredible place to be a kid. You see it in the way children ride their bikes freely and play in happy little packs, roaming from yard to yard and house to house. (Gated communities where people know each other promote that kind of easygoing vibe.) And naturally, the Sundial pool and abundant parks and open spaces are huge kid magnets in the summer. But BackCountry’s child-friendly planned events also play a critical role in keeping the young’uns busy, physically active, and connected with each other year-round.

Science Kids

BackCountry boasts an exceptionally active HOA, guided by full-time Lifestyle Director Britany Chambers and a committee of residents. Together, they plan special events that target the interests of all kinds of residents, including the young ones. Case in point, this kids-only science event featuring exotic animals and cool experiments that use everyday items.


Easter Egg Hunt

Or annual Easter Egg hunts with a special appearance by a very popular, cotton-tailed guest.




Superhero PartyOr an afternoon of star-struck hobnobbing with Rapunzel and Spiderman at a Superhero and Princess Party.

So what’s on tap for kids this summer? Below, you can read about a couple of annual favorites followed by a complete summer calendar of activities planned with BackCountry’s youngest residents in mind. Get ready. It’s going to be a fun-filled summer for children at BackCountry. [read more…]



Why did you move into a Shea Home and what appealed to you about this home?

We had been searching for a new builder in Gilbert for a while. Our biggest criteria within our budget were at least 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, around 3000 square feet, an open floor plan, decent lot size for a good sized yard, having a room close to the master bedroom as a nursery, energy efficiency and solid warranty and builder reputation. The day we found our Shea home, we had already looked through several models and met with a lot of sales teams over at the Bridges master planned community. We actually thought Marbella Vineyards was a little too far south, but decided to still end our exhausting day there since it was nearby. We were not expecting much since we had already seen so many great homes, but we instantly fell in love with the Excite floor plan and kitchen-centric layout. The modern exterior was also a huge bonus and didn’t look as cookie cutter as a lot of the other houses that we had seen so far. Everything in the house just had so much “WOW” factor and the Shea 3D concept was impressive and allowed for a more customized home.


Describe your homebuying experience with Shea Homes from a business standpoint and from a personal standpoint.

Lynda Moore was who we met with initially, and we really bonded with her and the entire sales staff at Marbella Vineyards (Berry, Paula, Jess, and Suzanne) and really consider all of them our friends. We would stop by every weekend, catch up on college sports and our lives along with the progression of the house. They really made us feel comfortable and took care of us. They would even email us pictures of how the build was going as the house was undergoing construction. Out of every sales team we met, they were by far the best. They knew what we were looking for and always had our best interest at heart.

Mike, our superintendent, was also top-notch. He was laid back, but got things done and went out of his way to help us when needed. He was great at providing updates and fixing issues, and he had a keen eye for quality construction. He was also an integral part in helping us feel more at ease and less stressed with such a large purchase.

Which space(s) do you spend the most time in and why?

The kitchen and great room, the master bedroom and the backyard. The kitchen and great room are incredibly open and perfect spaces for entertaining and relaxing. The master bedroom is a nice retreat for us to also relax, and we love the walk in shower that we added with a rainfall showerhead. The backyard is a good size and the nicest we have ever owned. So, we spend many evenings barbequing and eating on the patio or lounging by our new pool.


How will your new Shea Home accommodate the new changes in your life, such as your new baby?

One of the big reasons we were moving was to anticipate our family growing in size, and this house could definitely fit any new additions. Plus, it has extra space for friends and family visiting and an office space.

What features of your Shea Home stood out to you during the homebuying process?

The modern exterior; limited but good range of choices in options; amazing kitchen and open floor plan; energy efficiency; and quality features and options.

What do you love about the community and area you live in?

We have really awesome neighbors (at least the ones that have moved in and we have met so far)! We love having a corner lot and it’s also a short walk from a HUGE field that is great for walking and outdoor activities. It’s also wonderful to still be in Gilbert but in the Chandler school district at the same time.


Two months, eleven parties at BackCountry!

June 4, 2015
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  Ten days after Larry and Val Hay moved into their new BackCountry home, while most of us would be struggling to unpack, they hosted their first party. And within two months—from November 1 to January 1—they had hosted eleven parties. What’s that all about? While you’d never accuse these two of being introverts, apparently […]

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Mini Hero: Toni Overman, resident of Marbella Vineyards, chairs this year’s Christmas Idea House

May 22, 2015

Why did you move into a Shea Home and what appealed to you about this home? We started our search for a home two years before we found the Shea Home we purchased.  We have two children that will be leaving home soon, so we were looking for a home that had a spectacular master […]

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BackCountry. Seven years. No itch.

March 24, 2015

  It’s been seven years since Roxie Mountain-Weed and Rick Weed moved into what was then a brand new community named BackCountry. And back then, in the days before the Sundial House, Discovery Center, or even a single model home, when all there was to see was a trailer and some drawings, this was a […]

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Meet me at the barn, AKA the amazing Reunion Rec Center

March 6, 2015
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  Dubbed “Big Red,” Reunion’s rural-themed, award-winning, 21,000-square-foot rec center is more than a $5.28 million investment in the community. It’s an investment in a sense of community. On any given day at the rec center, you’ll see countless children’s sports programs in progress: basketball, soccer, and flag football, just to name a few. “We […]

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It all started with a trip to the grocery store.

February 27, 2015
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  If it weren’t for the over-the-top King Soopers in Commerce City, Dawn and Johnathon Wilson might not have moved to Reunion last December. “We were living in Green Valley Ranch, but driving three miles over to get groceries,” says Dawn. “The Commerce City King Soopers has a great sushi bar and cheese bar. They […]

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They came back to the Ranch. But this time, to BackCountry.

February 20, 2015
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  When Sadrian and David Alderson found out they were moving back from Arkansas to Colorado, choosing Highlands Ranch was a no-brainer. “There was no question,” recalls Sadrian. “I love Highlands Ranch. The four state-of-the art rec centers, activities, safety, and the strong community feel make it a wonderful place to raise kids.” And Sadrian’s […]

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