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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 / Kovach Marketing

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – In a recent survey, home prices increased in 40% of 384 metropolitan areas across the country, and by the first quarter of 2014 – just over a year away – analysts expect U.S. home prices to rise, on average, by 5%. That means that now is the time to buy before prices go higher. From the hills above Brea to the master-planned community of Aliso Viejo, Shea Homes is offering Orange County home buyers numerous opportunities to take advantage of this opportunity.


Fiserve-Case Shiller, which conducted the latest study, said the rising cost of home and apartment rentals is also helping push up home prices. “It is now often cheaper to buy a home than rent one,” the survey reported, “and that’s causing first-time home buyers to house-hunt” and accelerate demand for new homes.


That demand is being fulfilled at Blackstone in Brea, where two Shea Homes neighborhoods – Amber and Jade – are attracting a steady stream of buyers. At Amber, a new phase has just been released, and many homes are enhanced by commanding views, family-friendly designs feature versatile lofts, two-car garages and gourmet island kitchens equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Priced from the mid $500,000s, the homes range from approximately 2,015 to 2,199 square feet and include up to four bedrooms and two and one-half baths.


Luxury soars to dramatic heights at Jade, where distinctive highlights are led by downstairs bedrooms, convenient home offices, commercial-style kitchen appliances, grand master suites and up to three-car garages. In addition, numerous floor plan options enable buyers to accommodate their individual needs and preferences. Priced from the low $800,000s and measuring approximately 2,806 to 3,360 square feet, the homes encompass up to five bedrooms and three and one-half to four and one-half baths.


The joys of living at Blackstone are heightened by the community’s own recreation center with pool as well as six intimate pocket parks and the top-rated schools of the Brea Olinda Unified School District.


In South Orange County’s highly desirable master-planned community of Aliso Viejo, Shea Homes offers buyers the choice of golf course living at Glenwood or the urban-influenced lifestyle of Vantis.


Aliso Viejo Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole championship golf course provides a serene and scenic backdrop for Glenwood, where Shea Homes is showcasing Harbor Station* and Pasadera plus the brand-new neighborhood of Veranda, which recently celebrated the grand opening of elegantly decorated models.


Harbor Station's stylish townhomes combine luxury with low-maintenance living in spacious floor plans ranging from approximately 1,523 to 1,574 square feet. With interiors providing up to three bedrooms and three and one-half bathrooms, select designs offer gourmet kitchens with handy chef's islands and private decks for at-home outdoor enjoyment. Every home includes an attached two-car garage, and prices start in the low $400,000s.


Pasadera’s detached residences lend added spaciousness and style to the Glenwood living experience. Floor plans measure approximately 2,224 to 3,163 square feet with up to four bedrooms and three bathrooms plus an attached two-car garage. The flow of the great room, gracious island kitchen and formal and informal dining areas creates the perfect setting for everyday family enjoyment and elegant entertaining. The collection is priced from the low $700,000s.


Veranda has quickly achieved sales success, they only have one home remaining in phase two and phase three has just been released to meet buyer demand. Interested home buyers should act fast for best floor plan selection. Setting the scene for true holistic living, Veranda brings everything into harmony, combining generous free-flowing designs, inviting indoor and outdoor living spaces, and inspired floor plans that reward family and friends alike. Three distinctive single-family floor plans spanning approximately 3,167 to 3,758 square feet, including three to five bedrooms and four to four and one-half baths are priced in the high $800,000s.


At Vantis, where residents share the unique lifestyle advantages of urban living, Shea Homes has just introduced Elements, an all-new collection of innovative row townhome-style residences, which are attainably priced from the high $300,000s. Four three-story floor plans range from approximately 1,568 to 1,917 square feet, including up to three bedrooms and two and one-half baths plus a two-car attached garage. Varying plans take on the added dimension of a master-suite retreat, loft or den, and decks and patios expand the living areas outdoors. Phase 4 has just been released, and prospective buyers are urged to act quickly to take advantage of the best selection.


The centerpiece of the Vantis lifestyle is The Club at Vantis, which offers swimming, fitness equipment, billiards, lounge areas and more. In addition, the community boasts a coveted location convenient to local employment centers, excellent schools and nearby shopping, dining and entertainment at Aliso Viejo Town Center.


Complete details on all of Shea Homes' communities, including driving directions and sales office hours, are available by visiting the company's website at or calling 866-OWN SHEA.


Shea Homes Southern California is a division of Shea Homes Limited Partnership, one of America’s largest privately held homebuilders. As a member of the Shea family of companies, which is celebrating its 131st anniversary in 2012, Shea Homes has won numerous prestigious awards for quality, integrity, innovation and customer satisfaction. Shea Homes’ pursuit of excellence is typified by Shea Superiology, the art and science of designing and constructing homes that offer homeowners superior value by maximizing their quality of life, minimizing their costs and making a positive contribution to the environment. For more information, please visit the company's website at   

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