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Adding a Swimming Pool to Your Home? Things You Should Know

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 18, 2018

Backyard Swimming PoolHave fun in the sun and stay cool by the pool! With that lovely extended spring behind us and the infamous Arizona summer on its way, Valley residents are pulling out their swimsuits and stocking up on sunscreen. Shea Homes® homeowners in communities like Recker Pointe and Ambition at Eastmark (and soon, 24 North) love the resort feel of their community pools, where neighbors can meet, play and barbecue together.

Many of our communities also offer the option of adding a swimming pool in the back yard. We chatted with Jim Pinson from Shasta Pools, Shea’s trusted resource for everything aquatic, to get the scoop on everything from construction to safety and maintenance. Shasta has been family-owned since 1966 and has been Arizona’s premier pool builder for decades.

While some homebuyers wait to build their pool until after closing, there are a few reasons to consider going for it right out of the gate.

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Cool Down and Save with Summer Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 20, 2018

 

Summer in Arizona means siestas and Saturdays by the pool. For many Phoenix residents it also means sweat and rising energy bills… but it doesn’t have to! With a few easy tweaks, you can enjoy the cool comfort of modern air conditioning (invented in 1902 by the one day founder of Samsung, Willis Carrier, in case you were wondering) without the gut punch of the summer energy bill. APS® offers a few tips to keep you cool:
Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

  • Doctor Doctor: Cooling accounts for nearly half of your monthly energy bill in the hotter months, but it can easily skyrocket if your unit isn’t operating the way it should. Schedule regular yearly check-ups for you’re A/C unit to help prevent it from working harder than it has to.
  • You Spin Me Round: It’s time to wake up that ceiling fan that’s been hanging dormant since November. Turn on the fan and turn up the temperature: raising your thermostat by one degree can save 2 – 3% on energy cooling costs — set your thermostat to 79° and use fans to feel up to 5° cooler.
  • Carry on My Wayward Sun: The desert sun bakes your windows all day long. Plant low water use shade trees in front of south, east, or west facing windows to help keep sunlight from heating up your home in the summer months.
  • Take Me Home, Desert Roads: Don’t spend money to cool your home when you’re away at work all day! Program your thermostat to turn up the temperature when you are not home, or get a smart thermostat with “geofencing” that does this automatically by working with your smartphone.
  • Dancing in the Dark: Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they can add heat to your home. Unplugging appliances when you aren’t using them could help lower energy costs as well. TVs and toasters take up more power than you’d expect, even when you aren’t using them.

At Shea Homes®, we work to keep our new homes energy efficient from the start, which is why our ENERGY STAR® certified homes use up to 20-30% less energy than other non-certified homes. Through a combination of complete thermal enclosure systems, high efficiency ventilation, comprehensive water management systems, and energy-efficient appliances and lighting, together families that have purchased ENERGY STAR labeled homes save more than $350 million dollars each year on utility bills.

Visit Shea Homes to learn more about the Shea difference.

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Recker Pointe Map It’s been a busy summer for Shea Homes®! We are so excited about the land purchase, construction completion, and grand opening of each new community, as it gives us the opportunity to provide you with a home that meets your needs and allows us to welcome you to the Shea family, no matter where you are in the Valley of the Sun.

Our most recent community addition, coming this fall, is Recker Pointe in Gilbert, Arizona.

Recker Pointe will be composed of three communities, located at the southwest corner of Ray and Recker Roads. The three communities are as follows:

1.) Compass at Recker Pointe

This community offers 3 innovative, two-story homes with large great rooms, versatile lofts and spacious bedrooms. These courtyard villas are stand-alone homes with private rear yards and a shared tumbled paver auto court. Homes range from approx. 1,855- 2,197 sq ft. Homes offer 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Floor plans are now online. Anticipated opening in November.

2.) Inspire at Recker Pointe

A new Shea3D community, offering 4 distinctive floor plans approx. 2,462- 3,351 sq ft. Homes offer 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2 to 3.5 baths. Choose the living space that perfectly match your lifestyle. With Shea3D, Life Opens Up! Floor plans coming online soon. Anticipated opening late October.

3.) Ambition at Recker Pointe

A new Shea3D community, offering 4 distinctive floor plans approx. 1,710- 2,991 sq ft. Homes offer 3 to 6 bedrooms and 2 to 3.5 baths. Never before could you purchase a home where you choose the living space that perfectly matches your lifestyle. Floor plans and renderings are now online. Anticipated opening early October.

Pricing for all three communities is not yet available, but we invite you to join our Interest List to be among the first to know all of the exciting details.

For those who are ready to buy a home now, we invite you to visit the Shea Homes website where you can explore homes in our existing communities throughout metro Phoenix. Then come tour our model homes to find the Shea home that’s perfect for you.

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Labor Day EventsAs we enter into Labor Day weekend, we would like to wish you and your family a fun-filled, safe holiday. In order to help you stay cool while you celebrate, we have put together a list of some fun events throughout the Valley that are designed with family in mind. Enjoy!

 SCOTTSDALE

On Saturday, September 2nd, get the family together at the Phoenician Resort for a day full of fun with golf course safari tours, dive-in-movies, crafts and hula hoop contests! For details and more information, visit: https://www.thephoenician.com/seasonal-events/

TEMPE

Blast off into imagination and adventure with Space Mission at LEGOLAND © Discovery Center Arizona! This attraction is housed within Arizona Mills in Tempe, AZ and will be open until December 31, 2017. For complete details, visit: https://www.tempetourism.com/event/space-mission-legoland-az/

PEORIA

There’s plenty to see at the Peoria Labor Day Parade & Picnic! The event will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. in front of the fire station on Monroe Street and food and beverages will be served at Riverfront Festival Park until 2 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.peoriaevents.com/events/labor-day-parade-picnic

GLENDALE

Stay cool while giving your kids a day full of fun at the Labor Day Party at Great Skate in Glendale on Monday, September 4th. Two time slots are available: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., where your family can enjoy pizza, games and nonstop skating fun. For more information, visit: http://www.unitedskates.com/public/glendale/schedule/special-events/index.cfm 

CHANDLER

Let the skating fun continue with a Labor Day Skate Party at USA’s Skateland in Chandler! On Monday, September 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. families can enjoy pizza, roller skating or roller blading and will have the opportunity to meet the Trolls and the Smurfs! Admission is $5. For more information, visit: http://www.unitedskates.com/public/chandler/schedule/special-events/index.cfm

PHOENIX

For those feeling adventurous, visit Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 2nd, for a flashlight tour of the desert! From 7 to 9:30 p.m. you and your family will have the opportunity to visit discovery stations featuring various desert animals and elements. For more information, visit: https://www.dbg.org/events/flashlight-tours

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You’re Invited to the Grand Opening of Latitude at Cantilena New Homes in Peoria, Arizona

August 4, 2017




It’s been a busy summer for Shea Homes®, and we are gearing up to launch our third new community in Peoria, Arizona, Latitude at Cantilena. If you haven’t yet been out to see our beautiful model homes at The Reserves at Cantilena and Evolve at Cantilena, then the August 19th grand opening of Latitude is […]

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5 Ways to Turn Memories into Home Décor

July 21, 2017




Summer is all about escaping the heat, getting away for some much needed rest and relaxation and soaking up time with family and friends before the kids head back to school. It is a time to create memories that will last a lifetime. You can share these memories with friends and have daily reminders of […]

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season

June 16, 2017




Rain. Wind. Dust. Hail. Ready or not, Arizona monsoon season officially began June 15 and will be here until September 30. So if you live in the Phoenix area, now is the time to prepare. Here are our top five tips to get your home ready for the monsoons. Check your roof There’s nothing worse […]

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Get Out of Town! Cool Off With August Festivals Around Arizona

July 22, 2016




Want to sneak in a trip to cooler temps before summer is over? Here are four fun festivals and events happening around the state next month!

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with an Ice Cream Party

July 8, 2016




July is National Ice Cream month! What better reason to grab a cup or cone, invite the neighbors over and celebrate! Here are five fun ways to enjoy this cool sweet treat with family and friends.

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School’s Out! 5 Summer Activities to Keep Your Family Cool and Entertained

May 27, 2016




 Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture on Flickr Congratulations parents, you did it! You successfully dropped off, packed lunches, helped with homework and guided your kiddos through another school year. Now the time has come to soak up summer days, encourage adventure, embrace the crazy and to laugh until your sides hurt – make memories. […]

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