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Just say no to hibernating.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 18, 2016

 

Ah. It’s the season of coziness. Saturday afternoons by the fire. Digging into a big bowl of chili. Blissfully nodding off, lulled by the soundtrack of your latest Netflix binge-watch.

We can do better than this, Coloradans.

Especially if you live in one of our Shea Homes Colorado CommunitiesBackCountry, Stepping Stone, or Reunion – winter need not be a four-walled purgatory until spring. Warm days are coming soon, so now’s the time to take steps (literally) to avoid a panic attack when shopping for your swimsuit.

At BackCountry, there are easy, daily ways to get moving. Strap on your snowshoes and explore the seven miles of trails and 467 acres of open space within BackCountry.  Or venture onto the trails and 8,200 acres of open space in the adjacent wilderness area.  No snowshoes? No problem. Residents can borrow a pair from the Sundial House whenever there is 12” or more of snow on the ground. That same terrain can be a blast for expert cross country skiers to explore too.

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Why the best parties happen at Stepping Stone.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 11, 2016

 

Some might say Stepping Stone’s  festive streak is simply a function of the fun, friendly people who tend to move there. (At Stepping Stone by Shea Homes, there’s a great mix of young couples, families, and empty nesters all eager to connect.) Or it could be the very active HOA that’s always cooking up special events where neighbors get to know each other. All true, but there’s another factor at work: Stepping Stone offers perfect places for entertaining, both at the Lantern House and in residents’ own homes.

The Lantern House is a beautiful gathering place where residents not only meet for community events, but host private parties. Summer pool bashes are a popular choice, thanks to the competition-sized pool and sundeck. But winter holiday parties are just as easy with a lounge, rooms of assorted sizes, a kitchen with bar seating, and a dining area that accommodates 75 people.

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That said, Stepping Stone homeowners have some amazing places to entertain right in their own homes. Visit any of the model homes and you may find yourself dreaming up the guest list for your housewarming party. [read more…]

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Why Stepping Stone is so much fun. And who’s behind it all.

by Shea Homes Colorado on August 3, 2015

 

Being bored while living at Stepping Stone is simply not going to happen on Kimberly Aikens’ watch. Kimberly is Stepping Stone’s Community Manager/quasi-Lifestyle Director, and she’s busy helping to create the traditions that make a new community feel as though it’s been there forever.

Right now, residents can find Kimberly at the Lantern House three days a week. (As the community grows, so too will her job—into one that’s five days a week.) Kimberly helps new residents by answering questions, giving them community access cards, and planning special events, like the Easter Eggstravaganza, Dive-in Movies, and the Fall Pumpkin Patch. She welcomes everyone at Stepping Stone to stop by the Lantern House—which she describes as a community living room—and hang out, watch a sports game on TV, socialize at the pool, and share ideas on what activities they’d like to see in the community.

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“I adore our buyers,” she says. “They tend to be very community-minded, so we already have a spirit of inclusiveness here.” One past event, the holiday potluck, came directly from homeowners who requested a way to get together during the winter, when everyone tends to be hunkered down inside—not out gardening, taking walks, or playing at the park, which naturally spark friendly conversations. [read more…]

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Stepping Stone, then and now.

by Shea Homes Colorado on April 27, 2015

 

Hard to believe, but it’s only been two years since ground was first broken at Stepping Stone in Parker, Colorado.  From stretches of dirt to a thriving community centered around a very active Lantern House and competition-size swimming pool, Stepping Stone has come a long way quickly.  And there’s so much more good stuff to come.

These photos below gauge how our community has grown, and hint at how a few more years will yield even more tree-filled parks, friendly neighbors, and an increasingly vibrant sense of community.  Enjoy!

And so it begins.  Shea Homes starts the earth moving process in November, 2012.  A not-so-glamorous trailer serves as headquarters for home buyers who already catch the vision.

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Now located in beautifully furnished model homes, Shea Homes welcomes visitors to explore four model homes ranging in size from 1,863 to 3,110 square feet with base pricing from the $300s to the $400s.

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Stepping Stone’s lonely first street, in contrast with the streetscapes of today (on warmer days) kids play and adults mingle.

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The Lantern House, from a twinkle in the architect’s eye to building the foundation.

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Residents kept an eye on the progress during the winter, watching as the walls went up and the pool was dug.  Summer 2014 couldn’t come fast enough.

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The Grand Opening in July of 2014 was a blast for every age group.

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Parks and playgrounds are now a beautiful reality.

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The Lantern House in the Winter at Stepping Stone

February 17, 2015




  If you visited Stepping Stone, a Shea Homes Community, in the summer, you saw how much families loved the Lantern House. Pool dates and swim lessons at the competition-sized pool. Parties on the deck. Picnics in the shelters and cabanas. Games on the lawn. And stargazing around the firepit. But even in winter, there’s […]

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