home buying

Kick Off 2019 with Shea Homes SoCal!

by Get Community on December 14, 2018

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If your New Year’s resolution is to FINALLY upgrade to a new home, consider kicking off 2019 in a beautiful residence built by Shea Homes® Southern California! We’re currently offering quick move-in homes in our Rancho Mission Viejo, Orchard Hills, and Baker Ranch neighborhoods.

Rancho Mission Viejo

This master-planned community is located amongst the scenic rolling hills of Mission Viejo, CA, surrounded by luxurious and upscale amenities. Residents that are 55+ living within the Gavilán® neighborhoods at Rancho Mission Viejo will have full access to resort-style recreation centers, complete with pools, spas, gardens, walking trails, social events, and much more! You can learn more about the RMV lifestyle and amenities HERE.

Homeowners at both Alondra and Cortesa will be just a short walk away from everything Gavilán® has to offer! Both neighborhoods offer tranquil and relaxing living spaces for empty nesters, and also serve as a comfortable home away from home when the whole family comes to visit:

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Alondra Plan 3 Alondra Plan Three

Cortesa Plan 4 Cortesa Plan Four

Cortesa Plan 4 Cortesa Plan Four

Learn more about the floorplans at Alondra and Cortesa before your in-person tour.

 

Orchard Hills in Irvine

Are you an outdoor adventurer at heart? Padova at Orchard Hills could be the perfect fit! Spend your weekends walking the dog on beautiful walking/biking trails, and play a few rounds of frisbee at a variety of parks in Irvine. You can also take advantage of having everyday essentials, award-winning restaurants, and popular shops close to home!

Our two-story homes at Padova are designed for those looking for more elbow room in every living space, sophisticated areas to entertain, or a forever home for a growing family. Each floorplan features functional gourmet kitchens, covered outdoor rooms, and cozy lofts:

Padova Plan 4 Padova Plan Four

Padova Plan 3 Padova Plan Three

Padova Plan 4 Padova Plan Four

Padova Plan 2 Padova Plan Two

Learn more about the floorplans at Padova HERE.

 

Baker Ranch in Lake Forest

A bright future awaits in the amenity-rich master-planned community of Baker Ranch! Here, every day feels like a vacation with resort-style pools and clubhouses, a variety of parks for weekly playdates, walking or biking trails, tennis courts, and annual community events. And best of all, there is no Mello Roos! Time is running out to buy a home at Baker Ranch as final homes are now selling at The Rowe, a collection of townhomes, and The Landing, a collection of detached single-family homes.

As a resident at The Rowe, you’ll be greeted every day by open and flexible living spaces that are the perfect size for those looking to downsize or buy their first home:

The Rowe Plan 1The Rowe Plan One

The Rowe Plan 2The Rowe Plan Two

The Rowe Plan 3The Rowe Plan Three

The Rowe Plan 2The Rowe Plan Two

 

At The Landing, spread out and invite the whole crew over for happy hour, get some work done from home, entertain in style, and spend a movie night in with the family. Our final home selling at The Landing is a beautiful Plan 2 floorplan. Take a look at the photos below and then come in to see this available home in person!

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The Landing Master Bedroom

The Landing Kitchen

The Landing Great Room

Learn more about the floorplans at The Rowe and The Landing before your visit.

Hurry into our Information Centers this week for details! We’d love to tell you more about the quick move-in homes available in these Orange County neighborhoods.

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Faces of Shea: Meet Tony Lanese, Community Representative at Azure

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 30, 2018

 

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 Tony Lanese, one of the Community Representatives for the newest entry in the Shea Signature™ line: Azure. Tony has been with Shea Homes® for many years, and his easy-going manner and sense of humor makes every interaction a joy.
Tony Lanese - Azure, Paradise ValleyQ: What makes the experience of buying, building, and living in a Shea Home special?

A: At Azure, it has been very special providing our discerning home buyers with the quality, features, and flexibility they want in a new home with the stability of one of the largest privately-owned home builders. We’re continuing the same business principles and customer service the J.F. Shea Family of Companies used in the construction on the Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge, and BART Tunneling projects.

Q: What are the unique selling propositions of your community? What sets your community apart? 

A: I believe it’s having the ability to provide buyers with the options to truly personalize their homes, inside and out! What sets us apart is the attention to detail in the Design and Architecture of every single element that is Azure; allowing home buyers their own private space to add a custom pool and entertain in the privacy of their own backyard.

Q: Tell us about a time you helped a family find their dream home, and what it meant to you.

A: Recently I had a buyer who came out of a custom home she built 19 years ago and provide her with something she didn’t think was possible. A beautiful home she could personalize like she wishes, allowing her the right spaces to entertain her family and all within the Paradise Valley, AZ city limits, something she has always wanted. It’s incredible to be a part of this journey; personally, I think we’ll remain friends forever! 

Q: What community amenity do your homeowners love the most?

A: Customers really like the amazing Outdoor Lounge that provides them a cozy sitting area gathered around a warm gas fireplace with the sounds of our stunning water feature in the backdrop.

Q: What does living the Shea difference mean to you?

A: You become part of the Shea family and are treated like a family member. This is the same for employees and home buyers alike. It’s not a transaction, it’s an experience.

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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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You’ve decided to move in with your significant other, which means you are going to experience many lifestyle changes that are new and exciting. One of the most overlooked aspects of moving is going over your need for items in your separate living spaces before merging into one home. The steps after deciding what moving company to work with, and what area you’re looking to move to (try checking out the happiest city in the U.S.), and ensuring you have enlisted help the day of your move, is sorting through each of your belongings to determine what to keep, what to donate, and what to upgrade with a newer product for your combined home. Although it is exciting to figure out what lighting fixtures will look best in your home and picking out paint colors, it’s better to cross off the initial steps to moving before looking too far ahead. It can be challenging to decide what items fit into which categories, especially if you are known to save a lot of things throughout the years but buying a home or an apartment allows you to start from scratch and decide what items are truly valuable to you and your significant other, or what can be left behind.

Tranquility at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to keep:

Depending on how much space you have at your new home, you can gauge how many items are practical to keep. If you don’t have the option for storage, you may have to limit the number of items you actually bring with you and store any other items at a friend or family members home until you know if you can accommodate miscellaneous pieces. Any items that you use on a daily basis are items that would be practical to bring. For example, work clothes, toiletries, bedding, pots and pans, and non-perishables are all items that would be immediately relevant to you, and easy to pack. For things that will require a moving truck, split up the furniture you and your significant other have, deciding between which items fit your color scheme, and mutual aesthetic desires for your shared space. Additionally, you’ll want to keep any family photo memories and passed down decor because they are irreplaceable items that might not always be something you need to see but are something you want to continue to have in your life.

Sienna Plantation | Missouri City, TX

What to donate:

Generally, anything that isn’t overused and isn’t something you are bringing with you can be donated. To put it into perspective, if you haven’t used something within the past year, it probably isn’t a product you need. It’s understandable that seasonal items are more so used in their optimal time (for example: Halloween costumes, patio furniture, a grill, and specialty pots and pans), but if you went a whole year without using a product for any season (unless it is a family memento  or a special piece of jewelry), it’s safe to assume you can donate it. Your instinct would be just to move everything from one place to the other because you don’t want to feel like you have items in your possession that you just don’t want. However when you’re going through your belongings, take a moment to think if you really use the item, or if someone else may benefit greater, whether you donate to your local thrift store, like Salvation Army, or maybe a family member or friend.

Synergy at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to buy new:

Depending on your current living situation you may need all new furniture, half and half, or maybe just a piece or two; either way, you are going to want long-lasting and durable furniture for your transition as a couple. Buying new is the fun part! Make a list with your significant other and decide what furniture stores you want to make a stop at after figuring out what pieces are needed for your final move. Deciding ahead of time is crucial, that way you aren’t waiting weeks after moving in for something like a couch or a bed frame. If you don’t have time to shop in store, there are plenty of places to find quality furniture online. This way, you can continue sorting through your homes, while also purchasing your needed items online.

Once you’ve responsibly sorted, packed and moved to the home of your dreams, you can be at ease that your items are neatly organized and readily accessible. Then, you can think about things like adding a swimming pool (see tips and tricks for this here), getting a pet, or joining in on some fun community events!

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When the Nest is Empty…Get a Bigger Nest

October 5, 2018

Michelle 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 […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Korbin Brunick, Community Representative at Vantage

September 21, 2018

  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 […]

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Say Aloha to Aloravita, Shea’s Newest Peoria Community

September 14, 2018

Peoria 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 […]

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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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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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