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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It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Dan Anglin had been house hunting for a long time. But all those resale homes lacked the modern style he prefers. And after he and Susan met at work and eventually married, they were in total agreement.

“All the resale homes we saw needed a lot of updating,” explains Susan. “In this market, the good houses get taken or they need a ton of work. At Stepping Stone we could build a new house for the same price as a fixer-­upper.”

The Anglins discovered the SPACES homes in Highlands Ranch and fell in love with their modern aesthetic and open floor plans. Unfortunately there weren’t many homes left, but the good news was that a new neighborhood with some of the same Shea SPACES home plans was coming to Parker. Both Dan and Susan work at an oil and gas company in Meridian Village, so the location would be perfect. (On a bad day, their commute is all of 15 minutes.)

They showed up the day Stepping Stone opened. Theirs were the first names on the interest list—even though there was no model to see and barely a road to the lots, which Susan “could kind of see in the distance,” she says. Despite that, “we knew when we saw the floor plan and a picture of it that this was the one we wanted. We just had to use our imaginations.”

The home Susan and Dan chose was Shea Plan 4005 in the Modern Prairie elevation, whose clean lines and sleek, white brick exterior spoke to their contemporary tastes. The Anglins entertain often, so they love the modern, open plan.

Plan 4005C

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Are you in search for a new home that will accommodate the way you live life and fulfills your list of must-haves? Shea Homes is daring to take homebuilding to the next level by offering more personalized options per floor plan design. Case in point, Shea3D™ at Colliers Hill in Erie. Shea3D™ is a revolutionary new concept that invites you to select one of three main-floor designs per floor plan that best embodies the heart of your home.

What is your preference?
How do you live life? Are you an entertainer, an aspiring gourmet cook, an easy-going outdoor type, or a combination of the three? Each of the seven Shea3D™ plans has three main-floor lifestyle options: Entertainment, Kitchen, and Outdoor. The different lifestyle options take the primary main-floor living spaces of a well-appointed kitchen, great room, and dining area and changes them up to identify a focal point for your home that reflects how and where you enjoy spending most of your time. If you like an open floor plan where guests can mix and mingle, the Entertainment Lifestyle may be for you. If you enjoy creating amazing culinary delights, the Kitchen Lifestyle may be the suitable center of your home. Finally, if you like the idea of spending just about as much time outside as in, check out the Outdoor Lifestyle.

Spotlight Home – Plan 351
This week’s Spotlight Home is the 1,996-square-foot Plan 351 with 3-4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms base priced from the mid $300s. Paired with the Lifestyle option of your choice, this fantastic home offers a second-level loft that can option into a fourth bedroom, a mudroom and laundry room just off the 2-car garage, a covered front porch, and an option for a covered back patio.

Plan 351 Model Exterior






Exterior of the model 351, which offers 3-4 bedrooms, including spacious master bedroom and bathroom.

351 Master Bedroom







White and gray design with pops of color makes this room a spectacular place for relaxation.

351 Dining Kitchen Family






With open kitchen, dining and living areas, this home is sure to be an entertainers dream.

351 Famiy Room Wide







Picture yourself enjoying a movie night with the family in this spacious living area.

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Two months, eleven parties at BackCountry!

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 4, 2015


Ten days after Larry and Val Hay moved into their new BackCountry home, while most of us would be struggling to unpack, they hosted their first party. And within two months—from November 1 to January 1—they had hosted eleven parties.

What’s that all about? While you’d never accuse these two of being introverts, apparently there’s something about BackCountry that makes people want to throw parties.


Val says, “We were never this big on entertaining before. But BackCountry is extra-    friendly. It’s gated, so you know everyone you see is a neighbor. It’s just so easy to say ‘come over.’”

Larry agrees. “People walk by all the time, or we’ll just wave when people drive by and half the time they’ll stop to chat. Before you know it, we’ve invited them in and we’re sharing a beer or a glass of wine.”


Their home itself has also contributed to their entertaining ways. The Hays bought The Sunshower model, with an open flow between kitchen, dining room, and great room that allows for “lots of conversations going on,” says Val, and parties of up to 50—so far, anyway.

Hays-BackCountry_photo3 The kitchen itself is key, too. The Hays have an extended  island—nine feet long, five feet wide—that they can fit lots of chairs around, plus three  ovens and “a microwave that talks to you,” says Larry. This kitchen is a true playground  for Val, whom Larry describes as an instinctive cook who can whip up anything from  whatever’s in the spacious pantry.

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The Dream Kitchens of Stepping Stone

December 17, 2014

  This time of year, the kitchen becomes even more of a focal point. A well-designed kitchen makes the holidays even more festive, effortlessly drawing people together to chat while snapping green beans, oohing and aahing over the roasting turkey, or sharing wine and cheese before the big meal ahead. And when the kitchen is […]

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