The year is 874.

A Norseman named Ingólfr Arnarson braves the frigid salty waters of the North Atlantic. Home is days behind, days with nothing but endless sea stretching to the horizon. Then, like sunbreak in a storm, he sees land on the horizon. Convinced this gift from the heavens is meant to sustain him and his clan for centuries to come, he casts his driftwood throne into the ocean, and swears he will find his settlement wherever the splinters of the wood wash up.

He does just that, and today that settlement is called Reykjavik, Iceland’s largest city, built where that driftwood throne made shore.

Cool story, right? That’s one mythic-worthy way to find a new spot to live. But at Shea Homes, nothing could be further from how we decide where to build our next communities (although a good throne-casting sounds like fun). Our process is a meticulous analysis of local amenities, travel distance to Phoenix’s major attractions, availability of space, nearby natural and manmade adventures to be had, and so much more.

That meticulous search led us to a brand-new community in the West Valley that has something for everyone. 

We recently broke ground on a new community in Avondale: Acclaim at Alamar. Two model homes are under construction for Acclaim at Alamar Phase 1, where we have 34 unique homesites planned. A second phase of construction is planned for 2021 to include 48 homesites. Alamar’s grand opening is planned for mid-October, along with five other homebuilders within the master planned community of Alamar.

Located to the north of the immensely hike-able Sierra Estrella Mountains, at the southwest corner of Broadway Road and Avondale Boulevard, this gorgeous new development marks our only active community within the vibrant city of Avondale. With more than 30 uniquely designed parks, tree-lined neighborhoods, fun outdoor amenities, and breathtaking desert landscaping all around, this community is your ideal retreat.

This community will offer a combination of four unique, never built before floorplans, featuring Spanish, Ranch and Craftsman architectural styles, with fresh exteriors and stylish interior spaces. A streamlined design process, with on-site interior selection and finishes, allows homeowners to create and personalize their dream home. Acclaim at Alamar plans to include both single story and two-story homes with 3-5 bedrooms and 2-3 baths ranging in size from approximately 1,746 – 2,648 square feet. The master plan is proposed to have paths and trails, private community pool, picnic areas and three large community parks, dog park, sports courts and fields, and its very own K-8 school.

Avondale is a hidden gem in the Metro Phoenix area, and due to the convergence of three different rivers, it comes with a lush natural beauty that’s hard to find anywhere else in the Valley. Quick access to multiple freeways, including the I-10 and Loop 202, provides accessibility to downtown Phoenix and the entire Valley. Retail, restaurants, golf courses, Spring Training facilities, and so much more, are just a short drive away.

Sales are planned for October 2020. Pricing will be released soon, and preliminary floorplans are now online.

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