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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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Say Aloha to Aloravita, Shea’s Newest Peoria Community

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 14, 2018

Ascent & Emblem at Aloravita - Peoria, AZPeoria 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 Peoria development: Aloravita. With two new communities under construction, Ascent and Emblem, those looking to experience the Peoria lifestyle will have plenty of options to choose from.

A part of the Aloravita master-planned community, Shea is developing 124 single family homes across 29 acres at the northeast corner of 75th and Jomax. Nestled between Peoria Mountain Preserves and Thunderbird Conservation Park, the stunning landscape provides a natural backdrop to the homes, which take cues from southwestern design to create a harmony between the man-made and natural elements.

Both Ascent and Emblem boast six unique floorplans. Ascent features plans from 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms up to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, ranging from approximately 1,968 square feet up to 3,062. Emblem will see homes from 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms up to 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, from approximately 2,218 square feet to 3,505.

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Model Grand Opening of Parkside Estates on September 22nd!

by Shea Homes Southern California on September 11, 2018

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Even though we’re getting back into the fall routine this month, the upcoming debut of our newest Shea Homes® community in Huntington Beach still has us daydreaming of warm summer days by the beach. In just a few short weeks, homebuyers will be able to tour our three stunning model homes at Parkside Estates, a coastal neighborhood that’s close to PCH and the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

Guests can experience the dream of coastal living as they walk through three distinct model homes with high-end features and modern designer touches. Each floorplan offers the opportunity for breezy indoor/outdoor living with a picturesque Coastal California Room, an ideal place to relax and gather while living in one of the most popular beach town locations in SoCal. Homeowners can also catch a glimpse of wildlife at the wetlands, stay active on walking/biking trails, and take their pups to nearby parks.

Here are some highlights of what you will see in our three beautiful model homes:  

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Residence 2

5 Beds

5.5 Baths

~3,751 Sq. Ft

3-Car Garage

Master Bedroom on First Floor

Large Bonus Room on Second Floor with Optional Covered Deck

View the Residence 2 floorplan HERE

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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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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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Land Preparation and Infrastructure Development Underway at The Canyons by Shea Homes

August 24, 2018
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  New Master-Planned Community in Douglas County on Track to Begin Sales in 2019 LONE TREE, CO., Aug. 22, 2018 – Shea Homes® Colorado, the master developer of Highlands Ranch, BackCountry and Stepping Stone in Douglas County, has begun preparing the land and developing infrastructure at The Canyons, a 1,270-acre master-planned residential community located east […]

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Take a VIP Tour at Skylark on September 8th!

August 21, 2018

Shea Homes® Southern California invites you to join us for a dusty-shoe VIP Tour of Residence One at Skylark in La Habra on Saturday, September 8th, 2018! The Residence Two model is currently open daily, and now we are offering guests a sneak peek of a Residence One home while it’s under construction!  Interested homebuyers […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Megan Kellis, Community Representative at Carino Villas

August 3, 2018

  Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting 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 Megan Kellis, community representative for Shea Homes […]

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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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