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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 / Shea Homes

ALISO VIEJO, CA – As more and more budget-minded Americans are staying close to home instead of taking expensive vacations, Shea Homes' Latitudes North and Latitudes South at Vantis in Aliso Viejo offer the perfect place to “staycation.”


Resort-style accommodations are always available to residents at The Club at Vantis, where a sparkling swimming pool is surrounded by private cabanas. The Club also offers many other opportunities to get away from everyday obligations, including a lavish lounge, a fitness center featuring state-of-the-art aerobic equipment with personal TV monitors, an entertainment room with plasma TV and fireplace, a game room with billiards, a tot lot, outdoor fireplaces and barbecues with ample seating. In addition, Vantis's own lush gardens offer quiet places to escape, and paths that extend along the community’s perimeter provide an inviting setting for invigorating walks. And even if it's not possible to leave business completely behind, The Club at Vantis has Wi-Fi connectivity inside and out and a conference room with kitchen.


“There's no reason to travel to distant latitudes when you can vacation right at home at Latitudes North and Latitudes South,” stated Heather Stevenson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes Southern California. “Best of all, it can be a year-round vacation because all of Vantis's resort amenities are just steps from your door whenever you want to enjoy them.”


For anyone who wants to make bicycling a part of their “staycation,” Vantis is so close to Aliso Viejo Town Center.  Residents can easily ride their bikes to the center's wide array of shops, restaurants and entertainment attractions. Or for a more invigorating ride, the sun-drenched beaches of Dana Point and Laguna are less than four miles away.


For those who wish to include a road trip in their “staycation,” it's only a short drive to Orange County's thriving shopping and cultural centers, including South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and San Diego's many attractions, from Sea World and Seaport Village to the San Diego Zoo.

Inspired by Boston’s Beacon Hill and San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, Latitudes North is a collection of stylish townhomes. Open interiors range from approximately 1,401 to 1,863 square feet, with two to three bedrooms and up to 2.5 bathrooms. Front patios or deck spaces extend living areas outdoors, and direct-access two-car garages provide added convenience. Prices start in the low $400,000s.

Latitudes South presents courtyard townhome designs that offer city light and ridgeline views in select locations. Living areas range from approximately 1,188 to 1,627 square feet, including two to three bedrooms and up to 2.5 bathrooms, plus a direct-access two-car garage. The homes are priced from the high $300,000s to the low $400,000s.


Shea Homes is also featuring City Walk at Vantis, a small collection of 31 tech-friendly, live/work homes that feature dedicated home-based business space on the ground floor and comfortable private living space upstairs. Innovative, three-level designs range from approximately 1,851 to 2,635 square feet and feature up to three bedrooms, up to 2.5 bathrooms and a direct-access two-car garage. The final City Walk homes are now selling and prices begin in the upper $500,000s.


All three neighborhoods played a role in earning Vantis the Grand Award for ‘Master Planned Community of the Year’ at the 2007 Gold Nugget Competition. The community was also recently named the Grand Winner at the Builder’s Choice Awards.


To start enjoying your “staycation” at Latitudes North and Latitudes South at Vantis, travel south on the 73 Toll Road, exit at Glenwood/Pacific Park Drive, proceed straight (through light) down Enterprise, turn right on Aliso Viejo Parkway and then left on Vantis.  From the I-5 south, exit at El Toro Road, proceed straight (through signal) and turn right onto El Toro. Then turn left on Moulton Parkway, right on Aliso Viejo Parkway and left on Vantis. The Information Centers and decorated models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Wednesday, when hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information on Latitudes North and Latitudes South, call 949-425-9240; for City Walk, call 949-389-9802.


An award-winning builder of new homes throughout Southern California, Shea Homes is a division of Shea Homes Limited Partnership, an independent member of the Shea family of companies, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006. Over the past 128 years, members of the Shea family and their companies have accomplished many extraordinary milestones, including completing work on the foundation of the landmark Golden Gate Bridge, working on San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) and serving as a managing partner for the construction of the Hoover Dam. Yet Shea Homes’ most satisfying achievements continue to revolve around listening to its customers’ needs and satisfying those needs by providing an extensive selection of new home floor plans and quality workmanship in the finest neighborhoods and communities available today. Honored in 2005 as one of “America’s Best Builders” by the National Association of Home Builders, and in 2007 as “Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine, Shea Homes is also investing in the future of children and communities across America by sponsoring a multi-faceted literacy awareness program that urges parents to "Read With Your Child 15 Minutes a Day." For more information, please visit the company’s website at


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