It has been a busy year for us here at Shea Homes® Arizona. We opened four new communities: the modern gated community of 24 North in North Phoenix, the beautiful Carino Villas condominiums in Chandler, the luxurious Vantage condos in Ahwatukee, and the Shea 3D community Ambition at Eastmark in Mesa.

And while it’s always exciting to open new communities, the most rewarding part of this business in helping families select, build, and ultimately move into their dream homes.

So after all this activity in 2016, will we be slowing the pace in 2017? Not a chance! In the coming year, we will be opening more Shea Homes communities to meet continued demand, and welcoming even more happy homeowners to the Shea family. Here’s a peek at some of our upcoming activity.

The Reserves – Gilbert
The Reserves at Val Vista
In spring 2017, we will open the doors to our luxury gated Gilbert development, The Reserves. Here, we plan to offer 383 four single-story, distinctive floor plans, measuring approximately 3,282 – 3,982 square feet.

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Mom, I’m bored. (Said no BackCountry kid ever.)

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 22, 2015


Okay so that’s wishful thinking, but it’s no exaggeration that BackCountry is an incredible place to be a kid. You see it in the way children ride their bikes freely and play in happy little packs, roaming from yard to yard and house to house. (Gated communities where people know each other promote that kind of easygoing vibe.) And naturally, the Sundial pool and abundant parks and open spaces are huge kid magnets in the summer. But BackCountry’s child-friendly planned events also play a critical role in keeping the young’uns busy, physically active, and connected with each other year-round.

Science Kids

BackCountry boasts an exceptionally active HOA, guided by full-time Lifestyle Director Britany Chambers and a committee of residents. Together, they plan special events that target the interests of all kinds of residents, including the young ones. Case in point, this kids-only science event featuring exotic animals and cool experiments that use everyday items.


Easter Egg Hunt

Or annual Easter Egg hunts with a special appearance by a very popular, cotton-tailed guest.




Superhero PartyOr an afternoon of star-struck hobnobbing with Rapunzel and Spiderman at a Superhero and Princess Party.

So what’s on tap for kids this summer? Below, you can read about a couple of annual favorites followed by a complete summer calendar of activities planned with BackCountry’s youngest residents in mind. Get ready. It’s going to be a fun-filled summer for children at BackCountry. [read more…]


Baby proofing your home: 5 things you may have missed

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 9, 2014


All new parents do their best to eliminate potential hazards from their home. Sometimes, however, even the best efforts aren’t enough. Make sure you don’t miss these five frequently overlooked baby proofing items.

Mom and dad’s medicine

A child is admitted to the ER every eight minutes because of medicine poisoning. Keep prescription and over-the-counter medications locked up so babies, toddlers and older children can’t get to them. RxArmory is a safe, convenient and affordable method of securing prescription medications in the home medicine cabinet, closet, drawer or cabinet, protecting kids by eliminating the risk of availability. All new Shea Homes in Arizona come with an RxArmory medicine storage unit.

PS Packaging Front ViewTable salt

Other than the risk it poses to our blood pressure, salt seems to be a pretty harmless table-top item, right? According to Debra Smiley Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby, table salt can pose a serious hazard to babies and infants. Just a half teaspoon of table salt ingested by an infant or a tablespoon of salt ingested by a toddler can cause damage to his central nervous system.

Recalled products

In most cases, parents need to be proactive in researching recalled products. Otherwise, you may not know which furniture, toys or even clothing could be an accident waiting to happen. Visit http://www.cpsc.gov/ or http://www.recalls.gov/ or call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772 for the most up to date recall information.


Large and heavy items

When you bring home a new baby, it may seem like you have all the time in the world before the little one is cruising around the house and pulling up on furniture. Unfortunately, some parents forget to tether large heavy objects like television sets and bookcases before it’s too late. A 201 study showed roughly one child is ending up in the ER every 30 minutes due to a falling television. If you have children in your home, eliminate tipping hazards by secure heavy items to a stud in the wall using brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Latex balloons

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,latex balloons are responsible for more choking deaths than any other item. Most of these fatalities are among children age 6 and younger. Keep balloons out of reach to prevent uninflated or pieces of broken latex from forming a tight seal and blocking a child’s airway. A 1995 Consumer Products Safety Commission review found that children had inhaled latex balloons whole (often while trying to inflate them) or choked on small broken balloon fragments.


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After a six year hiatus, the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona Major Achievement in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards returned on Saturday night, May 17.  The elegant black tie event was held at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale.

This prestigious awards competition recognizes the exemplary efforts of builders and land developers; interior designers and architects; and sales managers and sales associates who make the home building industry in the Valley of the Sun one of the nation’s leaders.

Shea Homes was a finalist in many categories and was proud to accept the following awards:vallarta

Shea Homes Arizona was also proud to be recognized for the following achievements and stellar team members:

  • Sales Achievement – 17 Community Representatives were recognized for 2013 achievementsevolve
  • Administrative Team Member of the Year – Lisa Hoffer
  • Construction Team Member of the Year – Nicklaus Wright
  • Warranty/Quality Assurance Team Member of the Year – Cindy Pedersen

In addition, we received the highest honor by winning the prestigious GRAND AWARD.  This would not be possible without the contribution of the entire Shea Homes Arizona team!

Congratulations to those who received specific commendations, and congratulations to the whole team who work with such great dedication to Enhancing people’s lives.

And a very special thank you to all of our Shea Homeowners! We are proud that you have chosen Shea to build your families’ home!


Umbria Grand Opening

June 3, 2014

The Umbria Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, June 7th from 10am to 2pm, and will include family-friendly snacks and entertainment, as well as tours of our beautiful new designer model homes. Umbria is the newest Shea addition to Mountain House, California, and is located just a few blocks from the Sebastian Questa School. […]

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We Build Community

March 31, 2014

  At Shea Homes, we are dedicated to building more than just excellent houses. We strive to build dream homes, as well as a sense of community in every Shea neighborhood. We love seeing the smiling faces of our happy customers and hearing feedback about our communities. One of the ways Shea shows homeowners how […]

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Is Buyer Interest on the Rise?

March 18, 2014

  Newlyweds Nick and Teresa Hopper just bought their first home. The couple got married last August and decided against having a big wedding in favor of making a larger down payment on a home. And although small weddings may not be the norm, we are definitely seeing more and more interest and excitement from […]

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