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5 Fun Ideas for Your Flex Room

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 2, 2018

 

At Shea Homes® Arizona, our design team spends months, sometimes years, meticulously crafting our homes to tailor each floorplan to specific lifestyles. But no matter how much planning and heart goes into each design, the most important thing is that your home feels uniquely you.

That’s where the flex room comes in.

Flex rooms are designed to be flexible. You might see it on the floorplan labeled ‘flex’, or ‘optional space’, but they all amount to the same thing: your space to do with what you please. This is your chance to create a space that you love to return to, that will wow your guests when you give them a tour.

Here are five of our favorite flex rooms, curated to give you some inspiration for the spaces that will add the perfect pop of personality to your new home.

1. A Hobby Room
Hobby RoomYou can finally have a space dedicated purely to your passion. Whether you are an artist, a fitness enthusiast, or a collector, flex rooms provide a special area in your home that is solely dedicated to your favorite hobby.

2. An Office or Study Area
Home OfficeLet’s face it, no one truly leaves all of their work at the office. By turning a flex space into a home office or library, you will have a place where you can focus when you need to work late to meet a deadline or decide to work from home for the day. When you are not using it, the kids can use the space as a study area!

3. An Entertainment Room
Game RoomTurn your flex room into a space dedicated to having fun! Make your home the perfect place for entertaining by creating your own game table room, or a private movie theater. By having a separate entertainment space, you won’t have to worry about disturbing the rest of the family when you break during a game of table tennis, or when you want to watch an action movie late at night. On top of that, your home will quickly become the gathering place for all your friends!

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry While Raising Funds to End Cancer

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 19, 2018

Shea Homes Road to 50K - Light the Night for LLS Giveback DaysSome people use their illustrious degrees and decades of painstaking research to find a cure for cancer. Others fundraise for cancer care and research through walks and marathons. On three days over the next month, you can join the effort to end cancer just by going out to lunch or dinner with Shea’s “Giveback Days”.

Join Shea Homes® Arizona on our mission to raise $50,000 for Light the Night, all to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This series of fundraisers culminates in powerful, nationwide walks as one million survivors with their family and friends will join together to illuminate what is often the darkest time in a person’s life.

Three different Valley restaurants will host “Giveback Days” over the next month, each donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Light the Night fundraiser – so bring friends, family, and colleagues to lunch, dinner, or happy hour, and score some delicious food and drink while raising money for cancer care and research. The Shea team and our partners will be at both Bourbon Jacks and Dos Gringos, injecting extra doses of fun into the atmosphere with free giveaways, 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions – if you’re a sports fan, you absolutely won’t want to miss some of these items up for bid! Or buy a football square for your favorite team, and if you pick the lucky numbers, not only will you be raising money for Light the Night, but you’ll win some dough yourself.

Food, fun, and fundraising for a great cause; what’s not to love?

October 26 – Bourbon Jacks (11 West Boston Street, Chandler, Arizona 85225) Local and family owned Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill blends traditional country with contemporary appeal, boasting a fresh innovative menu, extensive drink selection with over 200 Bourbons and Whiskies on the menu, and an exciting atmosphere with live country music!

November 2 – Dos Gringos If you’re into tacos, drinks, parties, patios, and having a blast with your friends playing oversized games, this is the spot for you. The menu is filled with a mix of traditional and innovative fare, like the can’t-miss SuperCheesyGooeyChimichanga, which is the tastiest carnitas and jalapeno cream cheese burrito you’ll ever have. Come by, play some games, grab a bite, and fight back against cancer!

Mesa location at 1958 S. Greenfield Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206

Tempe location at 8000 S. Priest Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284

Chandler location at 1361 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224

November 14 – Rita’s of Chandler (2975 E Ocotillo Rd, Chandler, AZ 85249) The only thing that could make frozen custard any better is eating it for a good cause. Rita’s frozen custard is carefully made in small batches to maximize quality and freshness, making it dangerously delicious. And that’s a good thing! The more you eat, the more you raise, so bring the kids and let loose!

Three days, three fabulous restaurants. Come to one, come to them all – everything you do moves us closer to our $50,000 goal, and could help save the life of one of the 1.3 million Americans afflicted by blood cancer.

Want to go the extra mile? Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to register, fundraise, and walk at the Light the Night event at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 5:00 p.m. on November 17. To learn more or to make a donation, visit: http://bit.ly/2KEpePT

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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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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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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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Vitalize Your Home with Your Own Terrarium

July 27, 2018

  Your décor may say a lot about your sense of taste, but what does it say about your health? Introducing some plant life into your home is a quick and easy way to revitalize your space and improve your well-being. Plants have been shown to reduce airborne toxins in your home, increase productivity and […]

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10 Tips for a Successful Move

July 20, 2018

  You’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ve done your final walkthrough, and everything looks great – you’re new home is ready for you! But are you ready for your new home? Moving anywhere takes planning and preparation, and when moving into a new home there are a few extra things you’ll want to consider […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Eric Nathan, Community Representative at Compass at Recker Pointe

July 13, 2018

Over the next few months we’ll continue to highlight some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing Community Representatives. 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. This month we chat with Eric Nathan, a Community Representative of Shea […]

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