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‘Azure’ – noun: the blue color of the cloudless sky.

The serenity of a warm, breezy day. The expanse of unending horizons. Open. Unrestrained. Free. Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 3 Showhome

That’s Azure.

Next Saturday, October 20, 2018, marks the grand opening of the first entry in our Shea Signature® line, Azure, Paradise Valley. Encompassing 66 homesites over 23 acres and a part of the Ritz-Carlton master-planned community, Azure is luxury on a new scale. Tours of the Azure showhomes will be available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, then by appointment only following the grand opening weekend. If you’ve been eager to see what our team has been hard at work on for the last year, now is your chance!

Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 1 BackyardEight distinctive, highly customizable floorplans make up Azure. Here, your home is designed specifically to you, whether you prefer the minimal lifestyle or the luxe. Options range from two bedroom configurations to five bedrooms, from approximately 2,986 square feet homes to 6,800, with lot sizes from 10,000 square feet to 20,300. Base pricing ranges from $1.9 million to $3.9 million.

Located at Indian Bend Road and Mockingbird Lane in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, Azure was specifically crafted to take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings. Residences feature transitional architecture and open floorplans designed to maximize enjoyment of the outdoors. Open riser staircases, interior courtyards, and rolling walls of glass offer a seamless flow between outdoor and indoor living spaces. Available zero edge swimming pools (from preferred pool builders), backyard patios, and loft balconies offer stunning desert and mountain views from many locations.

Shea’s architecture team led by Tracy Finley, in collaboration with lead architect Scott Carson of award-winning firm PHX Architecture has pulled out all the stops. From the eye-catching features like residential elevators and linear gas fireplaces, to carefully selected details like the natural Jerusalem stone and Distinctive Custom Cabinets, there is thoughtfully crafted beauty everywhere you look.

Azure’s interior design team will work with each buyer to personalize the interior to their specific lifestyle. By taking into account floorplans, home size, wish lists, and lifestyle, the team creates a design that is uniquely you. Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 3 Backyard

With so many choices, no two homes in Azure will be alike.

Convenience and walkability are key at Azure. With pedestrian paths leading to nearby restaurants and shops, homeowners will be able to leave the car in the garage. With paths linking Azure to the upcoming Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley resort, as well as The Palmeraie Shops™, a planned destination featuring over 70 premier designer boutiques, specialty retailers, and gourmet restaurants, residents will never be short on entertainment.

Additional information about Azure, Paradise Valley is available at AzurePV.com. Private appointments and tours can be scheduled beginning October 22 by contacting 480.385.1620 or 888.244.8022. To check out our other artfully designed communities, visit https://www.sheahomes.com/newhomes/phoenix/

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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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October Events Around PhoenixIt might not feel like it yet, but autumn is officially here! With October right around the corner, and cooler temperatures coming with it, the Valley will be filled to the brim with fun fall events, so get the family, grab your costumes, get outside, and drink up any crisp autumn weather that may come your way. We at Shea Homes® have put together a list of our favorite events happening around each of our communities:

Recker Pointe – Vertuccio Farms Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze (Oct. 1- Nov. 4)

Vertuccio Farms is celebrating 20 years of family fun, and they’re going all out this year! In addition to the usual top-notch seven-acre corn maze, you’ll find mini-golf, mule rides, a zip line, duck races, pumpkin bowling, and of course, the chance to pick out your own pumpkin to take home – and that’s just getting started. If you’ve never been to Vertuccio Farms you owe it to yourself to take the family to their 20th-anniversary celebration! Find out more here.

Gateway Quarter – Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party (Oct. 4-28)

Pumpkins and chili? What could get you in the fall spirit faster?! Voted by Phoenix Magazine as the best fall family event, there’s so much to see and do at Shnepf Farms. Wander through the two different corn mazes, cheer on your favorite hog at the pig races, roast marshmallows around a bonfire, and close the night out with some fireworks! Find out more here.

Inspire at Estrella – Fall Festival (Oct. 20)

Take a trip out onto the field at the Goodyear Ballpark for tons of fall fun, with train rides, pumpkin patches, inflatables, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, photo station, and arts and crafts activities. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, beware—the new Trick-or-Treat Village will feature over a quarter-million pieces of candy! Find out more here.

Carino Villas – Chandler Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 26)

Gather your lil’ ghosts and goblins and trick-or-treat your way through the Chandler Halloween Spooktacular. Come dressed in your best costume and enjoy a family night of frightful fun! Activities include ghoulish games, haunted house, photo opportunities, arts and crafts, and a costume contest. Find out more here.

24 North & Vantage – Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular (Oct. 26 & 27)

You won’t want to miss this high-flying festival. While over 20 hot air balloons dot the sky, the kids can get their share of the over 4,000 pounds of candy while parents enjoy live music and food truck. Brave the haunted Spooky trail, and if you have any courage left, ride one of the tethered hot air balloons. Mix in some carnival games, costume contests, and fireworks, and you’re in for a heart-pounding night of spooky fun. Find out more here.

Vallarta at Verrado – 76th Annual Halloween Carnival (Oct. 27)

For more than 75 years, the Buckeye Halloween Carnival has brought local non-profits together to host autumn themed carnival games and activities. So come out for some old-fashioned family fun that supports great local causes. Find out more here.

Cantilena – Halloween Monster Bash (Oct. 27)

They did the Bash, they did the Monster Bash… Get your spookiest costumes together, practice your Thriller dance, and come join the monstrous parade at Peoria Sports Complex. When the parade’s over, go trick-or-treating; make monster themed arts-and-crafts; climb the death-defying rock wall; and enjoy the live entertainment. Admission is free when you donate canned food items. Find out more here.

With something festive happening every weekend, get out and explore. And if you’re in the neighborhood, check out some of our communities – homes so nice, it’s almost scary!

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This month we continue our Faces of Shea series with Korbin Brunick, the Community Representative for Vantage. Korbin has been with Shea Homes® for nearly three years and loves going above and beyond for his clients.

As the Faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle.Faces of Shea - Korbin from Vantage

Q: What makes the experience of buying, building, and living in a Shea Home special?

A: Honestly, we all have a passion for our guests and customers from the moment they walk through the front door. We are genuinely interested in their wants and needs in a home, as well as their interests and work life.

Q: What are the unique selling propositions of your community? What sets your community apart?

 A: The specific topography and surrounding atmosphere of this community, I think, set it apart from others near-by. Within minutes of walking, you can be hiking or biking in the South Mountain Park, which you can see from a good portion of the community.

Q: Tell us about a time you helped a family find their dream home, and what it meant to you.

 A: We had a customer here who I connected with quickly, who ended up being out of town for a while after their visit. We had spent hours talking on the phone and via FaceTime one day and they ended up pursuing one of the most sought-after locations in the neighborhood. I think what meant the most to me, was the happiness on their face when they walked through the front door. We are now frequently visited by their dog, Tank!

Q: What community amenity at Vantage do your homeowners love the most?

A: The pools without a doubt. The reserve-ready clubhouse and movie theater are wonderful parts of the amenities here, but the two heated pools and hot tub areas are far too serene to pass up, and are active year-round!

Q: What does living the Shea difference mean to you?

A: Living in a Shea home currently, I can certainly testify that the thought process and design in these homes are on a whole new level. There is just a grand usage of all the square footage with very minimal wasted space, and very high attention to detail.

Click here to find out more about Vantage and all our amazing Shea communities.

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Say Aloha to Aloravita, Shea’s Newest Peoria Community

September 14, 2018

Peoria has absolutely exploded in popularity over the past few years. Whether that’s because of the beautiful surroundings, the countless amenities, or the lovely people (likely all three), it’s the ideal place for Arizonans who love to balance outdoor fun with a variety of entertainment options. And now Shea Homes® Arizona is expanding with another […]

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

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 […]

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Looking for a home in Mesa? Last Chance for Ambition at Eastmark!

August 31, 2018

  Time is running out for the chance to start a new chapter in the vibrant Shea Homes® community, Ambition at Eastmark! A lively community, walkable parks, and rollicking events are just a part of what makes Eastmark such a desirable place to live. Pair that with Shea Homes’ unparalleled home design and construction, and […]

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Backyard Landscaping for Your New Home: Five Questions to Ask

August 24, 2018

  Whether you’re considering a new Shea Home, are in process of planning the outdoor living space for your new home, or you just want to spruce up your current backyard, we’ve got you covered. As a Shea Homes® homeowner, you have a few options when it comes to designing your backyard. Let these questions […]

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Join Shea Homes’ Fight Against Blood Cancer at Light the Night

August 17, 2018

  By the time you finish reading this post, someone in the United States will have learned they have blood cancer. That’s according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), whose dedicated mission is to cure the 1.3 million Americans afflicted by blood cancer’s various diagnoses. With over $1.2 billion invested in research across 300 […]

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5 Quick Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

August 10, 2018

  When the temperature spikes, you expect that your energy bill does too – especially when the thermometer is pushing 120. The good news for Shea Homes® homeowners is that with ENERGY STAR appliances, you can be confident that your bill won’t make you make you consider turning up the thermostat to uncomfortable temperatures just […]

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