Have you heard the news? Shea Homes® has finalized the purchase of approximately 45 acres of land located just south of the southeast corner of Val Vista and Riggs Road in Gilbert. We’re bursting with excitement about our plans to build 90 luxury, single-family homes on the property, so it feels great to share the news with the world.

Land development for this beautiful new Shea Homes community is scheduled to begin this month, with current plans to open for first sales sometime in 2017.

And the location for this community couldn’t be better. If you’re not familiar with Gilbert, it’s located Southeast of Phoenix, and is truly an ideal place to live. See for yourself at

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While much of the country is still digging out from a cold and snowy winter, we Arizonans are gearing up for some serious fun in the sun. From outdoor concerts to festivals and spring training, there are a whole lot of outdoor activities to get excited about.

Get your tickets to the Good Life Festival 
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Food trucks, a vendor village, and a concert by the Band Perry are a few reasons why you won’t want to miss the popular Good Life Festival, taking place on March 5 at our very own Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley. While you’re there, be sure to stroll through the model homes for music and wine tasting. Tickets are available at

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden 
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Escape from reality and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden. Start with an iced tea and bite to eat at Gertrude’s, then stroll the garden at your leisure. If you haven’t yet experienced the Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at the Desert Botanical Garden installation, it’s not too late. Just be sure you visit before its last day on February 27.

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The housing community of Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona was built to bring people together. The neighborhood is surrounded with amenities to support the idea of Interact, Engage, and Belong. These amenities include a central district with a grocery store, shops, a bank and offices, over 50 unique, neighborhood parks, sports entertainment, 15 miles of trails through the White Tank Mountains, The Raven Golf Club at Verrado, and the one and only Verrado Assembly that is responsible for conducting community events and supporting the creation of special interest organizations within the community. The Assembly also fosters community engagement and philanthropy through the Verrado Leadership and Verrado Youth Leadership programs in a partnership with ASU. The Verrado family also includes Banner Health that has made the community home, starting with a neighborhood health center that plans to grow to a regional hospital located on 60 acres. Excelling Verrado Elementary School and Verrado Middle School also fill the community, honored to have received an A from Arizona State Labels for the Litchfield Elementary School District.

With all of these unique amenities in one place, all of us at Shea are thrilled to share the news about the opening of Vallarta in Verrado. With plans to open at the end of this year, these homes will range from 2,134 to 2,548 sq. ft., have two-three bedrooms, two baths or two and a half baths and a two car garage. Pricing and floorplans are still to come, but we invite you to join our interest list to receive email updates and be the first to know and see this new community.

2Along with all of the wonderful amenities that stand for community in Verrado, there are three main areas that make Verrado stand out. The first is Architectural interest. Homeowners are encouraged to be creative when choosing a western farmhouse, Spanish or craftsman style home, each with a variety of features to allow the homeowner to enjoy the ones that suit them best. The second is the Front Porch Focus. Every home in Verrado catches the eye and captures the heart with a front porch complete with flowers and swing, for family3, close friends and neighbors to meet and share life, laughter and special moments. Finally, the neighborhood identity of Verrado is both unique and essential. Community is made up of far more than homes; it is a place to share life and the people with whom you share it.

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