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Shea breaks ground on Shea3D community in Estrella

Shea Homes Arizona will break ground in mid-September, on its fifth Shea3D community in the West Valley, anticipated to open this December. Inspire at Estrella will be the sixth Shea Homes community opening this year.

Located in Goodyear, Estrella is a 20,000 acre resort-style, master-planned community set against the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Although it’s a short drive from Phoenix, residents have everything they need with Estrella’s extensive amenities, including a championship 18-hole Golf Club of Estrella, 72 acres of lakes for fishing/boating, 20 miles of hiking/biking paths, Starpointe Residence Club and Water Park, nearby shopping, dining, three onsite schools and more.

Inspire at Estrella has 110 home sites sized at 60×115 featuring four popular plans from Shea’s innovative product line called Shea3D. The plans are named Compel, Indulge, Spark and Excite ranging from 2,472-3,351 square feet with 3-4 bedrooms. With four YourPlans and three lifestyle centric spaces, buyers are able to choose between 12 unique layouts at Estrella. Pricing is still being finalized.

Shea3D is an all-new, patent-pending way of building homes that provides homebuyers with a decision they’ve never had before – the opportunity to choose from a variety of interchangeable lifestyle-driven spaces within each floor plan, also known as “YourPlans™”. Shea3DTM allows customers to choose from three unique main living spaces – Outdoor-centric, Entertainment-centric, or Kitchen-centric, empowering the customer to select the one that best fits their lifestyle.

“Our company values match perfectly with the community of Estrella’s values, and that’s all about creating a flourishing environment for families,” said Ken Peterson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Shea Homes Arizona. “We couldn’t be more excited to be expanding our West Valley presence. The West Valley is booming in general, and we’re happy to be a part of this growing market.”

These homes are also built for optimum energy efficiency and carry the newly upgraded ENERGY STAR 3.0 rating. They have multiple distinct features from other area builders including the Environments for Living (EFL) designation, which is a two year guarantee that the home heating and cooling won’t exceed a specified energy limit. If the home goes over the guarantee, a refund of the difference is given.

For more information about Inspire at Estrella or Shea Homes’ communities across the Valley, please call 1-866-696-7432 or visit http://www.sheahomes.com/arizona.


13 Reasons To Visit Maricopa In 2013

The New Year is in full swing, and it’s once again time to start planning that next trip. With the great weather and gorgeous scenery, why not make your next stop Maricopa, Ariz.? From the outdoor adventures to dining and entertainment, Maricopa has quickly become a go to place for those travelers looking for a little rest and relaxation or who are just looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you still need some convincing, here are 13 reasons why you should visit Maricopa in 2013:

No. 1: Get your golf on

Looking to get out on the green while on vacation? Well look no further. Southern Dunes Golf Club is one of the premier golf courses in Arizona and has been the site for professional tours and even PGA qualifying tournaments. Set in the heart of Maricopa, it offers a relaxing welcoming environment to make for the most enjoyable golf experience in the Valley.

No. 2: Explore the Indian culture

Experience a little Indian history at the Ak-Chin Him Dak Eco- Museum. Start with a stop by the heritage museum or learn about the Ak-chin culture and tour the area known as the eco-museum. The museum includes the tribal office, senior center and police and fire stations.

No. 3: Let the kids have some fun

Need something fun to do for the kids? The recently built UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AK-Chin Circle offers a variety of activities for kids. The two story Urban Laser Tag Battlefield and Play ‘n Win Arcade brings kids and teens from all over for hours of fun and entertainment.

No. 4: Great live entertainment

Enjoy some great live music on your next vacation. Every month, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort brings the best entertainers to deliver unforgettable performances. Enjoy everything from country to rock ‘n’ roll, as artists hit the stage to play all the favorites.

No. 5: Art

Just a quick drive outside Maricopa is the Maricopa Casa Grande Art Museum. The historic restored building was built in 1929 and has since become a popular attraction for visitors. Wonder in the Sculpture Garden, which features works by various artists from all over Arizona, or enjoy the changing exhibits inside the house.

No. 6: Maricopa Stagecoach Days

Bring the family out to Maricopa Stagecoach Days each fall. Celebrate the history of Maricopa while participating in fun activities around town. Guests will enjoy everything from a carnival to a Mini-Miss Maricopa pageant. In addition, adults will enjoy a wine tasting, motorcycle rally and more.

No. 7: Enjoy a romantic date night

Are you and your significant other on a couple’s retreat? How about dinner and a movie at the newly built UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AK-Chin Circle? Grab a bite to eat at 347 Grill, and then catch a movie at the UltraStar Cinemas in one of the 12 auditoriums featuring stadium seating, 3-D capability and StarClass seating for the 21-and-over crowd. Finish off date night with some drinks at the Multi-tainment Center’s J Bar or LuxeLounge.

No. 8: Game on

For the 21-and-up crowd, come out for some exciting gaming at the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort. Test your hand at a game of black jack or press your luck on one of the many slot machines. May the odds be in your favor.

No. 9: Ram Tough

Calling all sports fans! If you enjoy the purity of high school sports, come cheer on the many teams at Maricopa High School. Football, basketball, baseball and more, the exciting games bring together fans young and old from all over.

No. 10: Free fall

Just south of Maricopa, thrill seekers can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make your next trip unforgettable at Skydive AZ. Personalized instructors take you soaring high in the sky on a tandem skydive for an adventure of a lifetime.

No. 11:  Fun for the family

Who doesn’t love family vacations? Make lasting memories on your next trip with family activities at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle. Challenge your family members to a game of bowling. The Ten Pins Down Bowling alley offers 24 lanes of bowling and eight VIP lanes for big groups and parties.

No. 12: Soak up the sun during the summer

Grab that bathing suit and cool off in one of Arizona’s most popular pools. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort is changing the swimming experience offering an exotic pool with a swim up bar. Enjoy a few cocktails or grab a refreshing frozen drink while soaking up the Arizona sun this summer.

No. 13: Arizona Soaring

For the adventurous travelers, soar high over the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Arizona Soaring’s professional flight staff offers rides of all kinds. Enjoy the views of the natural desert life and environment or opt for a thrilling and wild aerobatic ride.