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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 / Shea Homes

ALISO VIEJO, CA – At Vista Vallarta at Glenwood in Aliso Viejo, Shea Homes is advancing America's goal of energy independence by offering a solar energy system that will provide substantial benefits for both homeowners and the environment.

 For homeowners, solar energy means lower electricity bills and protection against future electricity rate increases. In addition, the solar panels emulate the shape and color of concrete roof tiles, blending attractively into the roof line of the homes and making the system virtually invisible as well as silent.

 For the environment, a 3 KW solar system will generate enough electricity each year to offset 3 tons of carbon emissions, which contribute to global warming. In addition, solar electricity produces no air or water pollution, and it helps reduce the adverse effects of conventional electricity generation, including  smog, acid rain and respiratory illnesses.

 “Solar energy is a smart and responsible option,” explained Heather Stevenson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes Southern California. “And with our sunny climate, you can take maximum advantage of the sun's power.”

 Located at the edge of the Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole Aliso Viejo Golf Course, Vista Vallarta is the pinnacle of luxury in Glenwood. Its four two-story floor plans are distinguished by grand-scale living areas spanning approximately 3,474 to 3,892 square feet, including three to six bedrooms and three to four and one-half baths plus three-bay garages. Prices start in the high $900,000s.

 The versatility of the homes is heightened by extra bedroom options in each plan, optional hobby rooms in select plans and such special spaces as a library, study or parlor in varying designs.

 One plan features a downstairs master bedroom suite that offers adults both privacy and convenience, while the second floor encompasses three spacious bedrooms and two baths plus a bonus room and study alcove that combine to give older children plenty of space of their own.

 The largest home takes on the added dimension of an inviting outdoor room where residents can enjoy al fresco entertaining against a scenic backdrop of golf course views.

 Superlative refinements extend throughout the homes. Heading the list are gourmet island kitchens with a complete collection of state-of-the-art Thermador appliances. They include a six-burner 48” professional range with Titanium Coated Griddle and Thermador's exclusive Star Burners with XLO Simmer, double wall ovens with true convection, microwave oven and a super-quiet electronic dishwasher with stainless steel tall tub. Kitchens are also highlighted by walk-in pantries and the contemporary look of slab granite countertops with full backsplash and distinctive raised-panel hardwood maple cabinets with hazelnut stain.

 Gas fireplaces add warmth to the family room, great room or morning room of each residence, and the coziness can also be extended to each home's master suite with the addition of an optional hearth.

 To accommodate the full range of today's technology, Category 5e wiring provides convenient connections for telephone, cable TV, satellite TV and high-speed computer connections at locations throughout each home.

 Exteriors lend a custom-like street scene to the neighborhood with a mix of Spanish, Italian, European Cottage, Cape Cod and Monterey architectural styles.

 A Vista Vallarta address will reward residents with all the advantages of Glenwood, Aliso Viejo's community within a community. As the centerpiece of Glenwood, Aliso Viejo Country Club features an 18-hole championship golf course that has been redesigned and updated by its original architect, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Improvements include a new, 38,000-square-foot Member’s Clubhouse and full-service lounge and restaurant.

 With more than $20 million of community amenities, including 6.4 acres of public parks, two tot lots and trails with fitness stations, Glenwood's resort-inspired lifestyle is enhanced by the recently opened Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center, which features swimming pools, an outdoor fireplace, playground, shaded arbors and lawns in a prime location overlooking the golf course. In addition, the 10,000-square-foot Aliso Viejo Conference Center offers state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, three banquet rooms, three meeting rooms and a wedding lawn.

 A wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options are nearby at Aliso Viejo Town Center and The Shops at Mission Viejo.

 Excellent schools provide an added benefit for families with children, and convenient freeways make it easy to reach employment centers, recreation destinations and entertainment venues throughout Orange County. It's also just a short drive to the beaches of Dana Point and Laguna.

 To learn more about the state-of-the-art solar energy option at Vista Vallarta at Glenwood, travel the 73 Toll Road, exit Aliso Creek Road and head east to Glenwood Drive. Turn right onto Glenwood Drive then turn left onto Golf Drive and follow the signs to the neighborhood. From the I-5 Freeway, exit Alicia Parkway and head west to Moulton Parkway. Turn right onto Moulton Parkway, turn left onto Glenwood Drive, then left again onto Golf Drive and follow the signs to the neighborhood. The Information Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Wednesdays, when hours are from 2 to 6 p.m.  Additional information on Vista Vallarta may be obtained by calling 949-458-1506.

 Shea Homes Southern California 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. 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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