Shea Homes Charlotte

Open Houses with a Charity Twist!

by Kayla Kody on January 27, 2015

Shea Homes Charlotte Charity Donations

What’s better than a Catered Open House? A Catered Open House that Benefits Charity!

Shea Homes of Charlotte’s two Rowan County neighborhoods, Miller’s Grove and Castlebrooke Farms, hosted open houses last Saturday. Everyone was invited to tour the models and move-in ready homes in both neighborhoods while they enjoyed catered food.

While we were happy to feed our guests, we asked them to “pay it forward”. We encouraged anyone who wanted to join to bring sustainable food pantry items to donate to Rowan Helping Ministries. The charity group fights local hunger and will serve over 95,000 meals alone this year. In return, each person that brought an item to donate at our event was entered into a drawing for a chance to win two Charlotte Hornets tickets.

Shea Homes of Charlotte was thrilled with the results, we received an entire trunkload of food! (pictured above)  Melissa Mullinix, the Builder Representative in both Castlebrooke Farms and Miller’s Grove,  commented: “I was very impressed with the outpouring of donations to help feed local families in need. We love being part of Rowan County and were very happy to help raise awareness for this charity, while also getting the word out about our available homes.” Here at Shea Homes of Charlotte we can’t resist getting involved in charity and we were happy to blend an open house with a great cause!


8 Fun Christmas Traditions from Our Families to Yours

by Kayla Kody on December 18, 2014

Family Reading   1. Passed Down Story Time – “My mother read my brothers and I the story “The Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve when I was growing up from an old and tattered book which she had for many years.  There are pages covered in crayon scribbles, torn corners and signs of use through the years.  When my oldest son was born (who is the oldest grandchild) my mother gave the book to me to carry on that Christmas Eve tradition of reading it before bedtime.  I have done so with my kids each and every year and they still will not go to bed until that tradition is honored, even though they are 15 and 19 years old.   Hopefully, they will one day read the story to their kids from the same well-loved little book.” – Douglas Venable, Sales Representative

2. Design Studio Christmas Tree at Shea – Every year right before all of us in the office leave for Thanksgiving break we put up the Christmas Lights on the office Tree.  A few members of our marketing team and our design studio team get together to put up the tree and decorate. We listen to Christmas music and work as a team to make sure the tree looks great!


Kids Gifts 3. Gift Coding – “My parents could never get my two younger siblings and I to take time in between opening gifts, we were always too excited. One day Santa decided to help Mom and Dad slow us down by coding our gifts. We had to break the codes to figure out who got what, and what order to open the presents in. When we were younger the codes were easy, something like: shapes with four sides went to me, any six sided shapes went to my little sister, and circles went to my brother. As we got older they went to math problems, patterns, or symbols we had to break. We used to get so frustrated, but it made us work together and as the years went on we started to love the challenge. We still do it to this day, only now we code my parent’s gifts too!” –Kayla Kody, Digital Marketing Specialist

Christmas Puppy

4. Elf on the Shelf – Most of our office participates in this Christmas tradition. One elf in particular will be delivering quite a special gift this Christmas Eve: “When the kids try to find the elf in the morning he will be dangling from our front porch light, over a box. When they open the box they’re going to be thrilled to find their first puppy, a golden doodle that we will be bringing into our family this Christmas.” – Michele Scott, VP of Sales and Marketing

5. Huge Family Reunions – “Every year my entire family travels to my parents’ house in Maine, it’s the house I grew up in. Everyone arrives on the 23rd and we have a huge lasagna dinner with at least 25 members of my family. Three of my family members have birthdays over the holiday on the 23rd, 24th, and 26th so we celebrate those as well. It’s wonderful to have everyone together to reunite and celebrate the holiday.” –Sarah McKinnon, Marketing Project Coordinator


6. Reindeer Get Hungry Too! – “My husband, daughter, and I go to McAdenville to see the beautiful lights the city puts up every year and bring our favorite homemade hot chocolate with us. When we get home we put out Santa’s cookies and milk, but we also make sure to leave some treats for the reindeer! In the morning the reindeer have nibbled on some of their treats.” – Melissa Ehren, Sales Representative

7. The Feast of Seven Fishes – “Every year we cook the feast of the seven fishes. We treat ourselves to foods we don’t normally buy like lobster, and oysters. We make a huge mess but it is always a delicious meal!” – Shannon Lutomski, Purchasing  

8. Advent Calendar – “We count down the days until Christmas with our advent calendar. Our daughter pulls out the prize behind each day as we get closer and closer. It’s a fun way to have little celebrations ahead of time and build up to the big day!” – Susan Lamb, Land Development

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Homeowner Testimonial: Truly Amazing Experience in Charlotte

by Kelly Moorcroft on December 31, 2013


Read what our happy homeowner Neil in Charlotte had to say about his Shea Homes experience:

Gil, Steve, Jeff and Flynn Harris (Bank of NC):

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for our new home here at Bear Creek in The Palisades.

We spent our first night in the house last night and I gotta admit we were both pretty misty eyed looking up at the ceiling while laying in our bed (surrounded by boxes from the movers!) and discussing the past year that got us to this point.  For the past year we have looked up each night and dreamt what it would be like to finally have the night we had last night in our new home.  It was great to finally experience it!

Steve, thanks for an easy sales process w/ absolutely zero pressure or feeling like we were just  ‘purchasing’ something.  You made the whole experience very simple and painless.  (I’ve never been so comfortable opening my checkbook for someone, nuts, right?!)

Jeff Buffington, man, what can I say; you are THE MAN.  You got the house absolutely perfect.  You walked into a big mess when Jim left and you were nothing but accommodating and professional the entire time.  Even when I was freaking out, you put my fears to rest and were always on top of everything w/o hesitation to make it to my neurotic expectations.  You are owed a steak and beer (several) from Courtney and I when you are ready!

Flynn, my money man.  We went through a huge hiccup in May with my old mortgage company but you stayed the course and calm and helped me walk through exactly what we needed to do to get this approval done correctly.  We never got to meet, but you are definitely an intricate piece of this puzzle for putting Courtney and I in this home.  For that we will always be grateful.

Gil, being a business owner myself, I can tell you its always nice to get visited by the ‘head honcho’ and feel comfortable.  You have an exceptional staff w/ Steve and Jeff and it was nice to put a face to name on the Company.  Def. impressed  w/ you showing up and taking the time to discuss the home to myself and my parents.  We are glad to become part of the Shea Home ‘family’ of buyers.

To all, thanks again for all your efforts.  This truly is an amazing experience buying, building and moving into a brand new ‘dream’ home.  Courtney and I couldn’t be more excited about our future and we thank you all for making this dream of ours come to fruition.

Neil S. – Shea Carolina Homeowner


Opportunity came knocking for Shea Homes of Charlotte, NC, in two ways. One, an opportunity to purchase a distressed neighborhood. Two, a chance to partner with a local non-profit organization, Opportunity House, to clean up the neighborhood while putting local residents back to work.

The first opportunity came in the way of a distressed neighborhood in China Grove, NC formerly named Miller’s Grant. The neighborhood had paved streets and street lamps, but was chained shut and undeveloped when the economy took a turn; it became an eye-sore to the local area. Immediately upon contracting on the neighborhood, the second opportunity arose for Shea Homes to partner with Opportunity House and put a group of unemployed local residents back to work, as landscapers. Their first project was Miller’s Grant, which along with its new look, was given the new name of Miller’s Grove.

Miller’s Grove needed a good clean-up, as weeds and neglect had taken over. Jonathan Steele, local Rowan County resident and Shea Homes’ CFO, immediately thought of partnering with Opportunity House to spruce up the neighborhood while helping local poverty-stricken residents. Jonathan Steele commented, “We have helped Opportunity House in various ways in the past, but we are very excited to be the first customer of Opportunity Houses’ employment initiative, with this landscaping project. Giving a group of local people a second chance and an opportunity to start a new career was a choice we didn’t have to think twice about.  I encourage others in the community to support Opportunity House either through charitable giving or work programs similar to Miller’s Grove.”

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