Shea Homes’ One Channel Island community is racking up awards in Encinitas, California.

Shea Homes’ One Channel Island community is racking up awards in Encinitas, California.SHEA HOMES has earned countless accolades for the beautiful homes it builds for homebuyers in a number of regions throughout the United States. However, the common thread for the homebuilder is its dedication to customer satisfaction no matter where it works.

“In a word, the ‘Shea Difference’ is about caring, and specifically it’s about caring enough to create one great customer experience after another – before during and well after the purchase,” Shea Homes says. “Caring enough to think about every stage of life and then designing beautifully functional homes and communities for everyone, and caring enough to maintain the integrity of a family name for more than a century – that’s the Shea Difference, and [clients] are invited to live it every day.”

Shea Homes traces its roots to 1881 when the Shea family launched a small plumbing company in Portland, Oregon, that would become one of the largest civil construction contractors and one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, J.F. Shea Co. Inc.

“Bolstered by their core values of honesty and integrity, respect for the individual, teamwork and competitive spirit, the J.F. Shea Co. Inc. remains one of only a handful of third- and fourth-generation, family-owned businesses remaining in the country,” the company says. “The Shea family’s legacy dots the landscape with their contributions to major projects such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System – and these are but a few of the dozens of tunneling, bridge and water projects undertaken by J.F. Shea Heavy Construction.”

Channeling Paradise

According to Shea Homes, One Channel Island is located in Encinitas, California, and will include large, well-appointed, singlefamily homes. The homes will range in size between 1,955 to 4,052 square feet with three to six bedrooms and 2 ½ to 4 ½ bathrooms, starting at about $1.065 million.

Shea Homes says One Channel Island houses will feature coastal plantation architecture with outdoor lanais courtyards, shutters and rustic stone walls.

In September 2015, the San Diego Union- Tribune reported One Channel Island washonored as San Diego’s finest new home community by the annual Building Industry Association of San Diego (BIA) awards. The newspaper reported One Channel Island was recognized for innovations inside and out, including its architecture, customized interior layouts and a focus on environmental efficiencies.

According to the Union-Tribune, One Channel Island also shared the award for best architecture with The McKinley Associates and with Design Line Interiors for best interior design/best sales/leasing environment.

Also, the sales team representing Shea Homes at One Channel Island, Stephanie DeGasperis and Nicole Amuchastegui, were named BIA’s sales professionals of the year.

The Union-Tribune says One Channel Island’s homes are evocative of Hawaii and New Zealand with plantation-style features including vertical batt and board, wood shutters, horizontal siding, metal standing roof elements over front porches, exposed rafter tails, decorative rock, iron porch and balcony details, and nine different color themes of soft pastels.

“Designed with dramatic large-scale windows and multipanel folding glass walls, open floor plans seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor living in this quiet, coastal location,” the Union-Tribune reports. “All homes will be 15 percent more efficient than current Title 24 energy-efficiency standards and will include a 1.4-kilowatt Photovoltaic Standard system and a 212-volt prewire for an electric car-charging station in the garage.”

Homes at One Channel Island also will feature tankless water heating systems and a WeatherTrak irrigation controller to reduce overwatering and run-off.

Booming Housing

Shea Homes has a division that develops resort communities geared toward the babyboomer generation.

The company says its Active Lifestyle Communities offer an outstanding lifestyle geared toward exploration, freedom, wellness and connection.

“Baby boomers helped change their world, and we knew they’d demand a new breed of community as they become empty nesters and retirees,” Shea Homes says. “Even during this difficult market, these communities have gained market share, showing that demand for this new breed of resort community is just what baby boomers are looking for.”

Shea Homes has Active Lifestyle Communities in Florida, Arizona, Virginia, Nevada, California and Washington that feature fourstar resort amenities and have plenty of options available. The company launched the Trilogy brand in 1999 and have since added several Active Lifestyle Communities to its portfolio.

The company says over 1,500 people have made the move to Trilogy in the last year alone.