Colorado living

BackCountry: The summer home that wasn’t…

by Shea Homes Colorado on 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 condo in the Denver area for summer living, they scoured the city with a Realtor® for days—but found nothing they liked. Discouraged, on the last day of their trip they took off on their own, wandered into Highlands Ranch and somehow “stumbled across BackCountry, a Shea Homes® Community,” says Sam. “Two hours later, we’d written a check.” Suddenly, that summer condo turned into a year-round dream home.

Autumn Haven Exterior

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Summer Preview: Shadow Walk Collection at BackCountry

by Shea Homes Colorado on May 31, 2016

 

Shea Homes’ Shadow Walk Collection is currently generating a lot of interest with six plans, including one ranch and five two-story homes. Best of all, the collection has four models readily available for tours. To whet your appetite, here’s a preview of the entire collection, and you can get even more info, including floor plans, here.

Let’s start with the model homes.

Autumn Haven
Fans of entertaining will find this plan particularly hard to resist. A covered outdoor dining terrace—with option for expanding—connects to the dining area for extra flexible dinner parties. BackCountry residents have especially enjoyed the open floor plan for their out-of-town guests. Two stories, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and approx. 2,875 square feet. Click here for information on pricing.

Autumn Haven Model

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Plan before you plant.

by Shea Homes Colorado on May 26, 2016

 

Is it a mere coincidence that plan precedes plant in the dictionary? We think not. As any master gardener will tell you, a thoughtful plan is as indispensable a tool as, say, your gardening spade. And, as any sun-starved gardener will tell you, the snowy/rainy days of early spring are the perfect time to strategize for the growing season to come. To help guide our Shea homeowners in all their upcoming gardening adventures—especially those who have recently moved into a new home that needs a few final landscaping touches—we’ve gathered the helpful links below.

BackCountry Model Front

Your first stop is actually very close to home at Shea Homes’ Pinterest Plan Before You Plant board.  Container gardening is a smart choice if your yard is small, or maybe you just need some color and texture for your porch or patio. Chances are good that you’ll find a terrific solution from these 121 Container Gardening Ideas or these suggestions that focus on heat- and drought-tolerant succulent container plants, complete with instructions on propagating from the mere pinch of a neighbor’s plant. (Talk about economical.) If you long to grow a bit of your own food, but don’t want to lose a chunk of your yard, try vegetable container gardening.  You’d be surprised how much yield you can get from small spaces. Wondering when it’s safe to plant those veggies? Keep this planting guide handy, and you’ll know not to plant your tender peppers and eggplant until June 1.

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Wanted: A neighborhood for the kids at Stepping Stone

by Shea Homes Colorado on April 25, 2016

Cain Family

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 older, so all the original owners’ kids were high-school age, so no playmates for the little ones. The pool was always crowded, the big yard was a headache to maintain, and driving the kids across town to lacrosse games was a hassle. [read more…]

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Reunion’s other parks

March 31, 2016




  If “going to the park” brings to mind a trip to Reunion Park, that’s not altogether surprising. After all, with approximately 52 acres that include trails, athletic fields, an amphitheater, a rec center, and eight acres of lakes and waterfalls, Reunion Park is without question the community’s crown jewel. But there are many more gems […]

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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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Why the best parties happen at Stepping Stone.

February 11, 2016
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  Some might say Stepping Stone’s  festive streak is simply a function of the fun, friendly people who tend to move there. (At Stepping Stone by Shea Homes, there’s a great mix of young couples, families, and empty nesters all eager to connect.) Or it could be the very active HOA that’s always cooking up […]

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Seven ways to stay healthy this winter.

January 22, 2016
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  Here we are in the doldrums of winter, with January mostly behind us and all of February ahead. Prime time for the sniffles or worse, right? Well, not necessarily. Consider taking a few preventive measures, such as the seven very doable suggestions below. Good news: becoming a germophobic, surgical mask-wearing hermit is not required. […]

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Surviving the Holidays 101

December 19, 2015




  It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Right? Right??? That’s what we all hope for, but sometimes the reality of gift-giving, shopping, entertaining, traveling, and hyper-inflated expectations can lead to major stress. And feeling stressed can, well, add to the stress of what’s supposed to be such a joyful time. We invite you […]

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