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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.

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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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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry While Raising Funds to End Cancer

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 19, 2018

Shea Homes Road to 50K - Light the Night for LLS Giveback DaysSome people use their illustrious degrees and decades of painstaking research to find a cure for cancer. Others fundraise for cancer care and research through walks and marathons. On three days over the next month, you can join the effort to end cancer just by going out to lunch or dinner with Shea’s “Giveback Days”.

Join Shea Homes® Arizona on our mission to raise $50,000 for Light the Night, all to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This series of fundraisers culminates in powerful, nationwide walks as one million survivors with their family and friends will join together to illuminate what is often the darkest time in a person’s life.

Three different Valley restaurants will host “Giveback Days” over the next month, each donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Light the Night fundraiser – so bring friends, family, and colleagues to lunch, dinner, or happy hour, and score some delicious food and drink while raising money for cancer care and research. The Shea team and our partners will be at both Bourbon Jacks and Dos Gringos, injecting extra doses of fun into the atmosphere with free giveaways, 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions – if you’re a sports fan, you absolutely won’t want to miss some of these items up for bid! Or buy a football square for your favorite team, and if you pick the lucky numbers, not only will you be raising money for Light the Night, but you’ll win some dough yourself.

Food, fun, and fundraising for a great cause; what’s not to love?

October 26 – Bourbon Jacks (11 West Boston Street, Chandler, Arizona 85225) Local and family owned Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill blends traditional country with contemporary appeal, boasting a fresh innovative menu, extensive drink selection with over 200 Bourbons and Whiskies on the menu, and an exciting atmosphere with live country music!

November 2 – Dos Gringos If you’re into tacos, drinks, parties, patios, and having a blast with your friends playing oversized games, this is the spot for you. The menu is filled with a mix of traditional and innovative fare, like the can’t-miss SuperCheesyGooeyChimichanga, which is the tastiest carnitas and jalapeno cream cheese burrito you’ll ever have. Come by, play some games, grab a bite, and fight back against cancer!

Mesa location at 1958 S. Greenfield Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206

Tempe location at 8000 S. Priest Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284

Chandler location at 1361 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224

November 14 – Rita’s of Chandler (2975 E Ocotillo Rd, Chandler, AZ 85249) The only thing that could make frozen custard any better is eating it for a good cause. Rita’s frozen custard is carefully made in small batches to maximize quality and freshness, making it dangerously delicious. And that’s a good thing! The more you eat, the more you raise, so bring the kids and let loose!

Three days, three fabulous restaurants. Come to one, come to them all – everything you do moves us closer to our $50,000 goal, and could help save the life of one of the 1.3 million Americans afflicted by blood cancer.

Want to go the extra mile? Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to register, fundraise, and walk at the Light the Night event at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 5:00 p.m. on November 17. To learn more or to make a donation, visit: http://bit.ly/2KEpePT

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‘Azure’ – noun: the blue color of the cloudless sky.

The serenity of a warm, breezy day. The expanse of unending horizons. Open. Unrestrained. Free. Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 3 Showhome

That’s Azure.

Next Saturday, October 20, 2018, marks the grand opening of the first entry in our Shea Signature® line, Azure, Paradise Valley. Encompassing 66 homesites over 23 acres and a part of the Ritz-Carlton master-planned community, Azure is luxury on a new scale. Tours of the Azure showhomes will be available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, then by appointment only following the grand opening weekend. If you’ve been eager to see what our team has been hard at work on for the last year, now is your chance!

Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 1 BackyardEight distinctive, highly customizable floorplans make up Azure. Here, your home is designed specifically to you, whether you prefer the minimal lifestyle or the luxe. Options range from two bedroom configurations to five bedrooms, from approximately 2,986 square feet homes to 6,800, with lot sizes from 10,000 square feet to 20,300. Base pricing ranges from $1.9 million to $3.9 million.

Located at Indian Bend Road and Mockingbird Lane in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, Azure was specifically crafted to take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings. Residences feature transitional architecture and open floorplans designed to maximize enjoyment of the outdoors. Open riser staircases, interior courtyards, and rolling walls of glass offer a seamless flow between outdoor and indoor living spaces. Available zero edge swimming pools (from preferred pool builders), backyard patios, and loft balconies offer stunning desert and mountain views from many locations.

Shea’s architecture team led by Tracy Finley, in collaboration with lead architect Scott Carson of award-winning firm PHX Architecture has pulled out all the stops. From the eye-catching features like residential elevators and linear gas fireplaces, to carefully selected details like the natural Jerusalem stone and Distinctive Custom Cabinets, there is thoughtfully crafted beauty everywhere you look.

Azure’s interior design team will work with each buyer to personalize the interior to their specific lifestyle. By taking into account floorplans, home size, wish lists, and lifestyle, the team creates a design that is uniquely you. Azure, Paradise Valley - Residence 3 Backyard

With so many choices, no two homes in Azure will be alike.

Convenience and walkability are key at Azure. With pedestrian paths leading to nearby restaurants and shops, homeowners will be able to leave the car in the garage. With paths linking Azure to the upcoming Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley resort, as well as The Palmeraie Shops™, a planned destination featuring over 70 premier designer boutiques, specialty retailers, and gourmet restaurants, residents will never be short on entertainment.

Additional information about Azure, Paradise Valley is available at AzurePV.com. Private appointments and tours can be scheduled beginning October 22 by contacting 480.385.1620 or 888.244.8022. To check out our other artfully designed communities, visit https://www.sheahomes.com/newhomes/phoenix/

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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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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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Join Shea Homes’ Fight Against Blood Cancer at Light the Night

August 17, 2018

  By the time you finish reading this post, someone in the United States will have learned they have blood cancer. That’s according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), whose dedicated mission is to cure the 1.3 million Americans afflicted by blood cancer’s various diagnoses. With over $1.2 billion invested in research across 300 […]

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