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Why the best parties happen at Reunion.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 29, 2016

 

Some might say Reunion’s festive streak is simply a function of the fun, friendly people who tend to move there. (At Reunion, there’s a great mix of all sorts of folks eager to connect.) Or it could be the award-winning rec center, where the community comes together for everything from movie nights to Fourth of July concerts and fireworks. All true, but there’s another factor at work: Reunion offers perfect places for entertaining in residents’ own homes. Visit any of the model homes and you may find yourself dreaming up the guest list for your housewarming party.

Rec Center

In Shea’s SPACES Collection, the 3507 model keeps everyone connected at your get-togethers. The kitchen, with island seating, flows right into the dining area and great room. No one gets left out of the conversation, even if they’re busy prepping the meal.

3507 Kitchen

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Yoga In The neighborhood?

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 24, 2016

 

Sometimes the best antidote to a crazy, busy life is to just breathe. Cross-legged. In yoga pants.

Okay okay, there’s much more to it than that. The 5,000-year-old practice of yoga brings challenge along with the calm, while increasing strength, balance, and flexibility. And at one locally-owned studio, a profound sense of community.

At Breath of Life Studio, just a few minutes away from Reunion a Shea Homes Community, owner Audrey Goodman has created a different kind of yoga studio.

BOL Yoga Logo

“We’re all about community,” she says. “We’re positive. We encourage and lift up each other.” So from beginner to expert, you can feel supported in a wide range of classes including Classic Flow, Power Flow, Toning Yoga, Pilates Fusion, and more. It’s a friendly environment where many attendees have forged friendships that extend beyond the studio.

Goodman’s belief in community has led to special fundraising workshops, such as one in which 100% of donations went to help a Reunion boy recovering from a stroke. The session was followed by a happy hour, and fun was had by all—including the boy and his family.

“People at Reunion are amazing,” says Goodman. “The community support for people in need is incredible.” Instead of spending money on advertising, Breath of Life helps sponsor almost every event at Reunion, including the annual Kite & Flight Festival. And at July’s Red, White and Bluefest, Goodman will kick off the event with free yoga in the park.

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Is Stepping Stone right for you? Three questions to ask yourself.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 30, 2015

 

No man is an island, they say, and neither is a home. It’s critical that your “perfect home” be in a community that’s equally in sync with your tastes and lifestyle. Because after all, you do have to go outside sometime.

If you’re thinking about Stepping Stone for your future home, ask yourself these three questions. They’ll help clarify what’s unique about the community and if it’s right for you.

1. Do you like a small-town feel?
Even if you work in downtown Denver, you aren’t destined to a frantic, urban lifestyle. When your day is done, ease on down to Parker, with its friendly, authentic, small-town vibe. Far from an upstart suburb, this place dates back to 1863, when it was the Pine Grove mail stop. Plenty of historic charm remains, seen in Mainstreet buildings such as a 1912 chapel and 1908 hotel converted to a favorite coffee shop. Mainstreet is the heart of this town, where residents come together for the cool boutiques and restaurants (often locally owned)  and a year-round roster of community events, such as concerts and holiday gatherings centered around the Victorian-detailed gazebo in O’Brien Park. Get all the small-town ambiance you want—along with fast access to I-25, giving you a straight shot into downtown, the Denver Tech Center, or the Lincoln light rail station.

2. Want to know your neighbors?
Like anyone else, hermits are welcome to live in Stepping Stone—but they sure will miss out on a lot of fun. Stepping Stone residents are quick to tell you how warm and welcoming people are here. Amenities such as the Lantern House clubhouse & pool, extensive trails, and creative parks promote easy, frequent connections between residents. And an active HOA is always cooking up community-wide events, such as Dive-In movies, a Fall Pumpkin Patch and other holiday events, such as the Red, White and Blue Festival for Independence Day and Visits with Santa. As Kimberly Aiken, Stepping Stone’s community manager says, “Our buyers tend to be very community-minded, so we already have a spirit of inclusiveness here.”
SS Kids Playing on Stepping Stones SS Lifestyle Neighbors Visiting

3. Do you like variety in homes—and people?
Stepping Stone attracts a mix of residents. The community is home to many young, first-time buyers, attracted by the well-priced homes and modern home styles. Families with growing children take advantage of the parks, competitive-sized pool, and nearby schools. And empty nesters are eager for the convenience of Stepping Stone’s new ranch-style homes in the Watercolor Collection.  Stepping Stone homebuyers enjoy a variety that keeps streetscapes as interesting as the people who live there. Shea Homes also offers the SPACES Discovery Collection of homes with base prices from the mid $300s to the upper $400s.
SS 5004 Model Family Room

So now that you’ve mulled over the possibility of living in Parker at Stepping Stone, maybe it’s time for a visit. Seeing the place—with its small-town vibe, strong sense of community, and variety of homes and residents—is the best way to definitively answer these questions, and any others you still have.

For more information on our Shea Homes Collections and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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Is Reunion right for you? Three questions to ask yourself.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 24, 2015

 

No man is an island, they say, and neither is a home. It’s critical that your “perfect home” be in a community that’s equally in sync with your tastes and lifestyle. Because after all, you do have to go outside sometime.

If you’re thinking about Reunion for your future home, ask yourself these three questions. They’ll help clarify what’s unique about the community and if it’s right for you.

1. Do you love the outdoors?
If you moved to Colorado for its natural beauty and endless outdoor activities, then you can skip to question #2. In other words, run, do not walk, to Reunion—you were made for each other. Otherwise, let’s explore this idea a bit. First of all, depending on how it’s situated, your home can offer beautiful vistas of the mountains (including magnificent vistas of Longs Peak), which are easily enjoyed in person, thanks to Reunion’s fast access to I-70; Reunion is nicely positioned north of downtown Denver traffic. But you don’t even need to go to the mountains to get your nature fix. Reunion is just north of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre haven to 330 species of animals, including bison and deer. And Reunion is just south of Barr Lake State Park, a perfect, nearby destination for fishing, boating, and bird watching. But really, natural beauty lies just outside your door: Reunion is home to more than 150 acres of parks (boasting their own lakes and waterfalls), 10 miles of trails, and 170 acres of open space.

Reunion Mom and Daughter Playing Soccer   Reunion Mom and Daughter Walking
Reunion Boy Riding Bike
2. Want to know your neighbors?
Like anyone else, hermits are welcome to live in Reunion—but they sure will miss out on a lot of fun. Reunion was master-planned to build a strong sense of community with amenities that draw people together. Such as multiple parks sprinkled throughout, and, of course, Reunion Park, the 52-acre centerpiece, where people gather for swimming, fitness, and other life-enriching classes at the award-winning rec center; walking the trails; watching the kids play on athletic fields; meeting friends for picnics; and attending community-wide events at the amphitheater and grassy open spaces. The Reunion social calendar is always booked with special events, such as the Kite & Flight Festival, Movie Nights, the Red, White & Bluefest Independence Day Celebration, and other holiday and seasonal events. Reunion residents are quick to tell you how warm and welcoming people are here—friendliness seems to be in the community DNA.
Reunion July 4 Bike Parade   Reunion Kite and Flight Festival
Reunion Car Show

3. How important is price?
Unless you answered that question with “money is no object,” then you’re going to want to look closely at Reunion. Reunion was conceived of as an inclusive community that’s accessible to everyone from young families to empty nesters. Interestingly, real estate website Movato ranked Commerce City (home of Reunion) #1 on its list of most affordable Denver suburbs.  As Commerce City’s largest development, Reunion contributes directly to this ranking where Shea Homes offers their SPACES Collection priced from the upper $200s.  Being so close to downtown Denver (less than 30 minutes away), and Denver International Airport (15 minutes away), and yet so affordable, is truly exceptional.
Reunion 3507 Model Exterior   Reunion 3507 Model Kitchen

So now that you’ve mulled over the possibility of living at Reunion, maybe it’s time for a visit. Seeing the place—with its natural beauty, strong sense of community, and well-priced homes—is the best way to definitively answer these questions, and any others you still have.

For more information on our Shea Homes Collections and what we’re up to at the Colorado division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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When your home is a hard hat area. Six Tips for staying safe.

October 27, 2015




  Somehow, watching a beautiful home rise from a hole in the ground just never grows old, even for the Shea construction crew. Of course it’s even more thrilling to watch when it’s your own new Shea home. More than the typical homebuilder, Shea encourages homebuyers to visit the construction site. Not only at four […]

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October is time to winterize your home

October 8, 2015
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  In October, weather is even more unpredictable than usual. By the end of the month, average temperatures will have dropped 12 degrees. And while temperatures typically soar into the 80s and 90s for a day or two, snow shovels will make their first appearance. If you’re new to Colorado, you’ll want to check out […]

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Reunion, then and now.

April 20, 2015




  Hard to believe, but it’s already been 13 years since Reunion was established.  Back in 202, Shea Homes’ master plan was inspired by the former agricultural area’s prime location – rural and peaceful, yet an easy drive into vibrant downtown Denver.  For the more than 1,500 families who live there today, Reunion has fulfilled […]

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