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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #435 on: February 20, 2021, 04:02:55 PM »
Have all the lots been sold yet?

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #436 on: February 20, 2021, 05:15:01 PM »
About how long did it take to sell all the lots this time?

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #437 on: February 20, 2021, 05:21:18 PM »
About how long did it take to sell all the lots this time?

Just under 1.5 Hours; they notified those on the waitlist at 11:26am.

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #438 on: February 20, 2021, 07:18:24 PM »
That was fast. Got the email for the new phase release then another email shortly after that it’s sold out.

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #439 on: February 20, 2021, 08:51:49 PM »
That was fast. Got the email for the new phase release then another email shortly after that it’s sold out.

They're suppose to send the phase release about a week before and pricing a day or so after.
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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #440 on: February 23, 2021, 06:20:14 PM »
Yes I’m curious if other Shea buyers had to google product numbers to see what certain options look like because the builder did not bother to include pictures in its catalog (which is actually a dropbox link containing random and sometimes outdated slides), or whether they were scolded for not making an appointment to get a quick measurement.

So to clarify for all the people that asked here, it sounds like your issues are:

1. The Design Center not being helpful and giving you details of upgrade options
2. Being scolded for dropping by the models for a measurement


I am buying at Cetara and this is my second new construction home, so I'm somewhat familiar with what to expect. I'm the kind of person that doesn't leave anything to chance if I can help it, so I did all my own research on the options and had very detailed questions to ask the office and design center.

I also had low expectations for Shea and their staff. I know first hand how hard it is to run a business during Covid, so their hands are tied on certain things or they have to follow procedures that may not make sense to everyone. I don't like zoom calls or making appointments, but this is our reality right now.

I have found Leslie to be helpful and by far the most knowledgeable person at the office. She is very responsive to emails (aside from the first two weeks after model opening) and I have no issues with her. The others have not been as helpful or knowledgeable but everyone has been friendly and there's been no rudeness towards me from anyone.

The design center experience is tough, because in my mind it's all about the designer you're assigned. Mine was pretty good, but certainly could have been better. Email responses take days/weeks and they just don't have all the info I need. As I mentioned, I did my own research and asked detailed questions. It's too big of a purchase to let someone lead me blindly.

One question I asked of the designer was if the multi-gen suite was not selected, would the downstairs shower have a bench? This mattered to me because of the option for a soap niche, which I wouldn't need if there was a bench. My designer said she asked and there is NO bench, despite the floorplan showing one. Now that construction is well underway of homesites, I found that they are definitely building a bench in that shower. So either my designer didn't ask and lied to me or Shea doesn't have their stuff together.

Similar for the floorplan showing two water heaters. I said the model has one, but the floorplan shows two. I was told the floorplan is incorrect. I believe there's only one, as modeled.

I consider these to be little things. Yes, we're spending $2m on a home and I would hope that it comes with a premium experience. At the same time, I'm fine as long as I (mostly) get what I want out of it. If that means doing some legwork, I've been fine with it. But it certainly has not been a "premium" experience, whatever that means.

Those are my 2 cents.

Agree with you on the lack of premium anything (except on some of the option prices).

My examples were meant to be illustrative - unfortunately my issues with the Shea experience go beyond pretty pictures or bruised feelings. I’m just new to this site and not totally comfortable going into detail yet.

Anyway, after my original post, I’ve been contacted by a few new neighbors-to-be, so that’s been cool. Frustration and stress with Shea notwithstanding, I look forward to seeing all of you around the ‘hood.

I agree with you. This is our 5th new build house & we always enjoyed time  at Design Center with other builders; however, with Cetara Shea Design Center, we left with stress & frustration. My spouse refused to attend the next meeting :(

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #441 on: February 23, 2021, 10:32:32 PM »
Their incompetence+rigidity would be comical in any other instance.

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« Reply #442 on: February 25, 2021, 09:26:41 AM »
What’s the next new construction to get in with a better view? I suppose some buyers like myself will be moving on to something else instead of dropping 2M+ Just to be surrounded by neighbors :)

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #443 on: February 25, 2021, 10:13:57 AM »
Their incompetence+rigidity would be comical in any other instance.

hawksbill is my favorite

What’s the next new construction to get in with a better view? I suppose some buyers like myself will be moving on to something else instead of dropping 2M+ Just to be surrounded by neighbors :)

Portola Springs coming up, currently Genoa has lots with semi decent hill/orchard views
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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #444 on: February 25, 2021, 06:00:21 PM »
Do you think there will be standing inventory now that it’s interior lots?

I don’t know if I agree with the $2m surrounded by neighbors comment.  Wasn’t Amelia and Lucca all back to back interior lots in the $2m+ price range?

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #445 on: February 25, 2021, 06:32:32 PM »
Do you think there will be standing inventory now that it’s interior lots?

I don’t know if I agree with the $2m surrounded by neighbors comment.  Wasn’t Amelia and Lucca all back to back interior lots in the $2m+ price range?

This is TI, that comment will always be made. Now when I send out txt that I have an Amelia/Lucca it's literally instant offers.
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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #446 on: February 25, 2021, 06:46:14 PM »
Do you think there will be standing inventory now that it’s interior lots?

I don’t know if I agree with the $2m surrounded by neighbors comment.  Wasn’t Amelia and Lucca all back to back interior lots in the $2m+ price range?

Correct I don’t agree with my comment either ;D With the 2m price tag + all the upgrades needed to be made (also notoriously overpriced with Shea) + landscape, the house would end up 2.5m+ for an interior lot. There will be plenty of options elsewhere.

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #447 on: February 26, 2021, 09:49:54 AM »
Hey, we are only supposed to celebrate every price increase and cheer everything is reasonable here ;)

Do you think there will be standing inventory now that it’s interior lots?

I don’t know if I agree with the $2m surrounded by neighbors comment.  Wasn’t Amelia and Lucca all back to back interior lots in the $2m+ price range?

Correct I don’t agree with my comment either ;D With the 2m price tag + all the upgrades needed to be made (also notoriously overpriced with Shea) + landscape, the house would end up 2.5m+ for an interior lot. There will be plenty of options elsewhere.

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #448 on: February 26, 2021, 02:07:12 PM »
It looks like the floor plans on Shea's website for Cetara has been updated with additional options. For example, Plan 1 and 2 have Outdoor Kitchen options and Plan 3 has a Prep Kitchen option. I don't recall these being available before.

Does anyone have pricing on these new options?

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Re: Cetara Orchard Hills The Groves Shea Homes
« Reply #449 on: February 26, 2021, 03:22:55 PM »
My old options I got a while ago has those on there. Maybe it’s just the website that was updated.
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