Customer Stories


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 suite and kitchen.  After looking at model homes for two years they all started to look the same; nothing really blew us away.  Then, we looked at the Flourish Model in Marbella Vineyards.  It not only had a beautiful kitchen option, but the master suite with a huge master closet and bathroom was to die for!  The home had a very unique floorplan that we hadn’t seen in all the other model homes and the price was in our budget.  We knew when we walked into this home that it was the home we wanted.

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

Going into the purchase we knew there were options and items on our list that we wanted.  We were already homeowners so we went into the deal with Shea knowing that if we couldn’t have the options we wanted, we would not purchase the home.  We weren’t just going to buy a home that we had to “improve”.  We wanted a move-in dream home, and Shea offered the options to make our home unique very affordable.

The sales staff, superintendent and customer service of Shea Homes have always been helpful and friendly.  We really feel like part of the Shea Family.  We’ve grown very close to our sales staff and superintendents…so close that I will be sad when the neighborhood fills up and they all move on to a new area!

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

When the weather is nice we spend a lot of time in our front courtyard.  We love how Shea designed the outdoor living space in the Flourish model.

Inside the home you can’t beat our kitchen and great room area.  We love the open floorplan concept.  It’s so easy to entertain and for everyone to be a part of the conversation no matter where they are sitting.  It really is the perfect home for us.


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

Definitely the kitchen and master suite.  We loved the new Shea3D concept too.  Being able to choose the kitchen plan and master suite plan that met our needs is really what sold us on the house.  I’m not sure I will ever be able to fill all the cupboards in the kitchen!

We were also extremely impressed with the quality of the home and our meetings with the superintendent during the building process.  It’s great that Shea really involves the homebuyer and explains the processes thoroughly. We stopped in almost daily to see the progress of the home.  It was an exciting few months watching it go from paper to reality.

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

We were one of the first in the community so watching it grow around us is exciting.  As for the area, we moved to Gilbert in 2008 and have loved every minute of it.  We love the “farm” feel with the convenience of the city amenities.  With the San Tan Mall just down the road we have the convenience of shopping and restaurants.  We are regulars at Blue 32 with it being only a mile away!


As our current mini-hero, describe some of the volunteer work and organizations you are dedicated to out in the community.

I am part of a philanthropic ladies organization called Desert Club.  Desert Club was founded in 1946 and provides community grants and scholarships to students living in the East Valley.  Since 1958, Desert Club has hosted the annual Christmas Idea House where over the course of three days, events are held at a luxury home.  Our club works year round preparing for the Christmas Idea House making items to be sold to ticket holders.  The Christmas Idea House is a gigantic Christmas boutique and luxury home tour all wrapped up in one.  All the proceeds for the event are filtered back in the community with our grants and scholarship programs.  Over the past 50 years, Desert Club has raised and given almost $3 million.

What is a personal story that has really touched you throughout your “career” working in the community?

The stories of our scholarship recipients always makes me cry.  Many of the kids that we give our scholarships to have had hardships that I hope to never know.  Last year in particular we had a girl that was homeless living in a car due to her parent’s drug addiction.  She then moved in with other family only to have her aunt fighting for her life with cancer.  Living through this with her aunt she decided she wanted to become a nurse.  She wanted to break the cycle and worked hard in school to keep her grades in the top 10% of her class.

The club grows very close to the kids over the course of their college career.  All the hard work makes it worth it when you hear their stories and see them succeed!

You are Chair of this year’s Christmas Idea House. Can you tell us a little bit about what your role is and why you wanted to be Chair this year?

Each year, the president of our club chooses two women to be Christmas House Co-Chairs.  It is really an honor to be chosen but one that comes with a lot of hard work.  As house chairs, it is our job to find the home to host the event that is held the first week of December each year.  We assign each member of the club to a room in the house where they work in committees creating the items that will be sold at our event.  We have become very well-known throughout the years and we were on the list of top 10 things to do in the Valley for Christmas.  We usually sell about 3,000 tickets! This year’s event will be held the December 3 – 5, 2015! I really encourage everyone to put it on their calendar!  You will be blown away by the Christmas Wonderland and the beauty of this year’s home!  We will begin selling tickets in October and all proceeds really help some deserving community members! You can view our website

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BackCountry. Seven years. No itch.

by Shea Homes Colorado on 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 leap of faith.

But when they saw the views of the Front Range and downtown Denver and understood the vision for the community, they both instantly agreed: “This is it,” Roxie recalls saying. “It was kind of wild. But because of Rick’s work in land development, we knew Shea’s reputation. We wanted a Shea home, and we loved all the open space that was going to be attached to the community.”

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Over the years, Rick, Roxie, and their three children (now in college) have logged quite a few miles on those trails in the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area. Still do. One of Roxie’s favorite activities is taking a walk at sunset with her walking stick, “Moab,” and watching the deer and other wildlife come out. Other tried-and-true favorites include concerts and movie nights.

“There’s something wonderful about lying on the grass, under the stars, and watching a fun movie with all the little kids running around. And now you can run into Indulge [at the Sundial House] and grab something to drink. It’s just so cool here. Sometimes I just think…‘pinch me’!”

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Seven years later, Roxie still speaks enthusiastically about their decision, noting how well the community has evolved. “We’ve lived here long enough to know that Shea keeps its promises and does everything well. The Sundial House turned out so beautiful and high-end, so far beyond our expectations. And I can’t say enough about the landscaping.” Their home still makes them happy, too. It feels a little big with the kids gone, but Roxie says she can’t see herself moving. “Actually, I should probably get out more, but I just love to be home!” The indoor-outdoor living features are among her favorites, with a wrap-around deck that can handle a party of 50, plus French doors off the morning room that create a huge extension of the house. Perfect for the Colorado lifestyle.

So, no, they don’t plan on leaving BackCountry any time soon. “I am so happy that I live here,” says Roxie. “Even after all this time, I still feel like I’m on vacation. It’s like I have a mountain home, but in the city. I just can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Here’s a video of Roxie and Rick sharing their thoughts on BackCountry back in 2012.

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

by Shea Homes Colorado on March 6, 2015


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 have a young, dynamic community with lots of kids in the two- to eight-year-old range,” says Operations Manager Melissa Murray. “The children’s programs are extremely popular.”

Special events are equally well-received, she explains. “Reunion is a very tight-knit community. Everyone loves coming out and spending time with their neighbors.” Melissa says the best-attended events are the Red White & Blue Fest for the Fourth of July; Kite and Flight, a celebration of everything that flies, from insects to kites to radio-controlled airplanes; and Movie Nights, when films in the park are projected on a giant inflatable screen, supplemented by food trucks and games.

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Adults have fun ways to stay fit, too. The rec center offers Zumba, yoga, aerobics, boot camp, P90x, personal training, and more. Not to mention all the amenities, such as a full-court gym perfect for shooting hoops after a long day at work. Or the fitness center, which features 12 LifeFitness cardio machines, including ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, and more than 40 pieces of free-weight and stationary lift equipment. In the summer, residents love to take advantage of the outdoor pool, with its 100-foot slide and interactive water features. Residents can even rent out the pool for parties, as well as meeting rooms for business or club meetings.



Positioned at the eastern end of Reunion Park, the recreation center includes a wall of windows that makes those trips on the treadmills breathtaking—in a good way. Aesthetics played a key role in the center’s construction. In 2004, the facility won the Recreation Management Innovative Architecture & Design Award, cited for its “clear reflection of the community’s philosophy. A very rural character is conveyed in a state-of-the-art facility.”



Friends In ParkSo yes, Big Red offers far more than meets the eye. Inside this bright red barn with metal water tower and cozy porches is an amazingly up-to-date facility. And the heart of a community.

Check out their facebook page here.

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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.

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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There’s an acupuncturist in the house.

February 18, 2015
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  (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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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