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It all started with a trip to the grocery store.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 27, 2015

 

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 even sell jewelry and furniture.”

On one of their shopping forays, the couple spied Reunion, with its ponds and statement-making rec center “I’m gonna live there someday,” Dawn declared to her architect dad, as she drove him around the community one day.

What really sealed the deal was the “funkiness” of the Shea SPACES model homes. “The minute we came around the corner, we were saying ‘Whoa, what are these?’ They were so us. We like clean lines with modern, open floor plans and we instantly fell in love. These are the coolest homes,” says Dawn.

The Wilson’s settled on Model 3507, crazy for modern touches like the clear garage doors, vaulted ceiling in the entry, glass gas fireplace and open design that allows for a clear view from front to back. They have lots of wall space for Dawn’s art collection, too, “and the kitchen is perfect,” she says. “There’s a giant island with a seating area where you can look right over into the living area. It’s one cohesive area. We have friends over a lot, so it’s perfect.” [read more…]

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

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 20, 2015

 

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 hardly a newbie at evaluating communities. Although they are a young family, the Aldersons have lived in Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, and now twice in Highlands Ranch. But this time around, they discovered BackCountry and instantly fell in love with it. “Lured in,” Sadrian says, by the 8,200 acres of protected open space behind the community.

“We love to hike and mountain bike with the kids,” who are ages 6 and 1, explains Sadrian. “With small children it can be hard to drive the two hours into the mountains, but here we can just walk to a trailhead and hike as much as the kids can handle.” [read more…]

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There’s an acupuncturist in the house.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 18, 2015

 

(A love story about how one resident found her forever home.)

Deborah Farris-Ruka is a Stepping Stone resident on a mission: to make people feel better. “I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to help people get out of pain without drugs or surgery!” declares Deb.

An acupuncturist and personal trainer, Deb and her husband Tim Ruka moved to Stepping Stone about a year ago. In fact, it was getting closer to her private practice in the Park Meadows area and to Tim’s job north of downtown Denver that inspired the move.

“We had bought a home in Castle Rock, but the commute was getting worse and worse with all the building going on down there,” she recalls. Now Deb is at work within 10-15 minutes and Tim within about half an hour. And their frequent trips to events at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts—a favorite venue—are easier, too.

 

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A better commute wasn’t the only thing on their wish list, though. They wanted a ranch floor plan, in case Tim’s mother-in-law should move in with them; they wanted modern design; and were looking for a reasonable price.

“First we looked around SkyRidge, but those ranch homes were double the price,” Deb estimates. When they found Shea Homes at Stepping Stone’s modern designs—and knowledgeable Customer Representatives—they knew they’d stepped into the right spot. “The sales process was so comfortable and the people so accessible. Shelby and Judy were fantastic. Very informed about the area and they answered all of our questions.”

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The Rukas bought Model 5001, a garden-level ranch with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, which they refer to as their “forever house.” Deb and Tim decked it out just the way they wanted, because they plan to stay, well, forever. “This was the first home we’ve had built from scratch, and we got to choose everything from outlets to cabinetry,” Deb explains. “The interior design choices were far beyond what we imagined, so we got everything we wanted.”

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Why BackCountry is so much fun. And who’s behind it all.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 6, 2015

 

Bored while living at BackCountry a master-planned community by Shea Homes? Not a chance on Britany Chambers’ watch. Britany is BackCountry’s full-time Lifestyle Director, and she’s always stocking the community calendar with special events.

“Right now I’m securing bands for summer events and bar nights,” Britany reveals. That kind of long-range planning makes for smoothly run, well-attended events, as do generous doses of creativity and community input. Once a month, Britany meets with BackCountry’s Lifestyle Committee of nine volunteer residents to share ideas and firm up details for the next few months’ events.

Fan favorites revealed
So, what are the most popular events in BackCountry? Depends on whom you ask. Families with small children favor the two events with, not surprisingly, the largest attendance: Visits with Santa (the traditional lap chat, cookies and milk) and a similar meet-up with the Easter Bunny, complete with fast-paced egg hunt. Up to 250 kids can show up for these events!

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On the other hand, young couples and empty nesters favor all the date night options—happy hours, live music, and comedy nights, as well as cooking classes and special events like the upcoming Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Wine Pairing. The monthly Drive-By Dinners are a big hit, too, in which residents pre-order restaurant-prepared dinners and conveniently pick them up at the Sundial House.

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How this 13-year-old BackCountry resident is giving back.

December 29, 2014
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  And how you can too. For many, the holidays are a time for outreach to those who are struggling. You can find endless ways to volunteer—check out the ideas below—but if you need additional inspiration, look no further than BackCountry resident Lily Larsen. Last month, this Mountain Ridge Middle School student wrapped up the […]

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New Brightside Homes at Bay Meadows

November 14, 2014

  Excitement was in the air at the first Brightside home release at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. The release was a great success, with all four of the initial homes released being placed on hold. Brightside buyers were literally jumping for joy over their new homes, and we can’t blame them for being excited! With 4 […]

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The nest is empty. But the schedule is full at BackCountry.

October 16, 2014
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  Last year’s Empty Nester Christmas party had a new rule. Only the men could do the cooking. The end result was scrumptious lasagna, less-stressed ladies, and the largest turnout yet—upwards of 50 people. BackCountry is home to a wonderfully active network of singles and couples beyond the child-raising years. Lou Casteel, the informal head […]

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What to expect when you’re expecting. (A new home at Stepping Stone, that is.)

October 9, 2014
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  In every first-time endeavor—whether it’s having a baby, adopting a puppy, or buying a new home—it can be pretty comforting to hear from those who have traveled the path before you. And actually enjoyed the journey. Amy Menges and her husband, David, are two of those happy trailblazers. They closed on their new home […]

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Shoreline Model Homes Now Open

August 5, 2014

  Ready for a picturesque California Delta living experience? Close to both the Bay Area and Sacramento, Summer Lake is located on the Delta region, next to a thousand miles of natural recreation and water sports. Shoreline is the newest collection of homes at Summer Lake in Oakley, California. You can now tour three beautiful new […]

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Umbria Model Homes Now Open

June 12, 2014

  Your life has been growing, expanding and improving at every turn. It’s time to choose a home that fits the new you, with spaciousness for continued growth. Your Umbria home has the quality you seek, the space you need and something extra — room for your dreams. Hundreds of guests gathered in Mountain House […]

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