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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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Is your home becoming overcrowded with soon-to-be teenagers?  Or are you dreaming of beginning that large family your mother has always asked you for?  Luckily, Shea Homes has opened its first new community of the year with no home under one acre of space!  Vista Montaña II is a gated luxury community located in Peoria at 77th Avenue and Happy Valley Road, with 43 lots still available!

This community is an expansion of the original Vista Montaña community which opened in late April of 2012.  With a few lots left in Vista Montaña and great feedback from our customers, it seemed natural to build an entirely new community with these popular ranch style homes.  Both Vista Montaña communities offer the same luxury upgrades such as optional basements, detached RV garages and pool cabanas to make your home custom to your family’s leisurely interests.

Both Vista Montaña I and II offer six new floor plans in which in-depth market research and customer feedback were incorporated into every detail.  The typical home features like a garage and bedrooms are designed to be more accommodating and lavish.  Some of these features include:

  • Spacious bedrooms, 10’ ceilings and various flexible spaces for a “custom” feel
  • Large gourmet kitchens with expansive islands
  • Oversized 3-car, side-entry garages
  • Optional detached RV garages, basements, cabanas and ramadas, guest casitas, courtyards

The homes are also built using the new Energy Star 3.0 rating, carry the Environments for Living (EFL) designation and have solar options available. Home square footage ranges from 3,091 to over 4,400.

Vista Montaña II is opening in two phases; the first phase of 23 lots opened mid-January and the second phase of 20 lots is scheduled to open at the end of 2013.  Homes will be sold from the existing Vista Montaña sales office and model homes.

For more information about floor plans and pricing, check out the website.

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