Customer Stories

When the Nest is Empty…Get a Bigger Nest

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 5, 2018

The Reserves at Val Vista - Forever HomeMichelle Smith, a Phoenix-area real estate agent, found herself in the same position many parents do when her son and daughter prepared to move-out for college: what do I do with all this extra space?

The answer, she thought, was downsizing. “Every other house I bought, I bought with my children in mind… this house we bought for us.” With decades of real estate experience behind her, Smith had Shea Homes® at the top of her list of builders. Knowing she didn’t want to move far from Chandler, where she’s lived for the past 25 years, Shea’s The Reserves at Val Vista naturally caught her eye.

“What we really wanted was a house with great entertaining spaces that didn’t have a million rooms,” she says. Originally she and her husband wanted a smaller space once the young ones moved out. But as they started looking at The Reserves, that changed; you’ll find no small spaces at The Reserves. The more Smith thought about what she really wanted from the next chapter of her life, she realized less space wasn’t the answer. This would be a home for many years to come, a home for birthdays and holidays, for grandparents and grandkids. Floorplan 7004 fit the bill perfectly.

The Smith’s fell in love with the design, and were the first couple to buy a home in the community.

Floorplan 7004 is 3,983 square feet.

Anything but downsizing.

“All the spaces you would usually entertain in – the breakfast nook, the dining room, the living room, kitchen – are very large. You could comfortably have 40 people in here.” Entertaining space: check. And while the kids would be moving out for school soon, Smith was keeping an eye on the future. With three large bedrooms and an additional casita, she wanted her extended family to have a place to stay for years to come.

“I could put in a king size bed, I could put in a crib, I could put in blow up beds – all so when my children have families of their own, they have a place to stay.”

It wasn’t just her children she had in mind. The Smiths added a backyard casita, as a future optional living space for their own parents. “It’s so perfect for an extended family down the line. We love that aspect of it.”

Room for the family: check. Between spacious bedrooms and oodles of living space, Smith knows her home will be the holiday getaway of choice for years to come.

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A New Vantage on Life – A Shea Homeowner’s Story

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 7, 2018

 

Shelley, a music professor and accomplished pianist and harpist, had lived off the Club West Golf Course in South Phoenix for 20 years. But two years ago, when her husband passed away and she moved to Kansas to help care for her mother, her living situation changed dramatically. When the time came to find a new home in Phoenix again, there were a few things she knew she wanted, and a few she knew she didn’t.

“I didn’t want a house,” Shelley says. “I didn’t want the yard work, the pool maintenance, didn’t want the rattlesnakes in the front yard.” That last may not be a usual feature on people’s don’t-want list, but after Shelley’s dog Tank barely survived a bite from the venomous reptile, it was an important consideration.“I wanted a condo with a view, and I wanted to be back in Ahwatukee. That’s where my friends are, where my church is.”

Shelley researched locations while still living in Kansas. One day she suddenly remembered a beautiful community she and her husband had toured while helping a Californian friend find a place to move: Vantage, by Shea Homes®.

Vantage had everything Shelley was looking for: the ideal location in the Ahwatukee foothills, beautiful cabinetry and appliances, as well as meticulously maintained landscape and pool that Shelley never has to lift a finger to care for.

“[The condo] feels like a house: three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two car garage. It’s the perfect size for me.”

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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

August 15, 2016

This 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 […]

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BackCountry: The summer home that wasn’t…

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 […]

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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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