I was excited when I got a call from Bellago Homes to come preview their models in Mesa prior to their Grand Opening. Most of the building happening in Mesa is on in-fill pieces of land & this one is no exception. An in-fill piece of land is a smaller parcel of land that is completely built around. Because Mesa is fairly established a lot of builders are having fun finding these little gems of empty land & developing them. The nice thing about having an in-fill piece is that you know without questions what is going to built around you...because it's already built!
This project by Bellago is a great starter-home subdivision that is gated with about 20 lots. The subdivision located on Brown & the 202 boasts 2-story homes, a park & a pool...tough to beat in July.
There are 2 models to walk & the finishes don't disappoint. I especially loved this bathroom with all the texture & while you can't quite see it in the photo, that wood tile pulls slightly blue & it was spot on. Loved it.
If you'd like representation on the purchase of your new home, send an email to the address below. Whether it is me or another real estate agent, I encourage you to seek representation in any real estate transaction. For most, your home is your biggest asset & while on a new home purchase you'll be able to work with the buyer's representative, it's important to remember, that they don't represent you, they represent the buyer & as such are always negotiating on the builder's behalf. Also remember, that there is no additional cost to you to be represented, whether on a new build or a re-sale, the seller always pays the buyer's representative.
Home is where the happy happens & while it's taken me a bit to figure out just how to create that, I think I'm getting there. Maybe the fact that I think I can control it & that it can actually happen is half the battle. Don't get me wrong, I have good days & bad days, just like everyone else, but I thoroughly dissect my good days in an effort to have more good days. A few tricks to making more happy happen in your home.
1. In the wise words of Tommy Boy, 'harness the good, block out the bad.' I can't even quite remember what Tommy Boy was referencing here, but it applies to creating home. When you find a good moment, recognize it, then tuck it away in your mind to review. This review process usually happens as I'm laying my head down to sleep. Ask yourself, What made it good? What made it memorable? Why did you notice it? What happened just before that?
Once you've identified some of those things work towards to re-creating them so that they happen more often. Was it music playing? Windows open? A good meal? Those are the good things you want to harness & then leverage. Make them the habits of your home, as you do, your family will follow suit & make it easier & easier for those good moments to happen spontaneously without so much effort on your part.
As for the bad, well there will be bad. There will be door slamming & feet stomping & tears before bed. Along with leaky faucets & dying shrubs & a garage that needs organzing...but somehow just knowing that there will be bad, makes it easier to accept. Don't be surprised when it happens & don't let it torpedo your spirits. It's normal & it's okay. Deal with it as best you can & then move on. Take a day if you need to & then start again...back to the good if you can!
2. Live within your means. My husband loves when I preach this because he's naturally the saver & shocker, I'm naturally the spender. But he's right & I'm grateful he always draws a hard line on this issue. It's hard to enjoy a home you can't actually afford. Looming behind, over & around you is always the collector & it makes life stressful and miserable. It doesn't matter how much or how little you can afford, live within those means & you'll be happier.
The hardest part is learning to be content, but you can learn it. When a case of the comparisons start sneaking in my favorite way to get back to content is to start listing everything I'm grateful for. My dad taught me how to do this & it usually doesn't take too long. Let's see, I live in America, statistically I'm already better off than the majority of the population & in the winter time I follow that with I live in Arizona...now I'm in the top percentile! ;)
3. Allow for soft landings. Ever been on a airplane & had a rough landing...it's uncomfortable & a little scary. I like home to always be a place to land softly...for everyone. As a work-from-home mom I'm the commander in chief of soft landings. I know everyone's schedules & therefore, can usually prep a soft landing. When my kids are coming home from school, I try to have it be a 'no work time.' I'll step away from my computer, ignore my phone & just be available to them. Often times, I'll have some music on & the house relatively picked up. This allows for my focus to be on them for at least 15 minutes to get the ins & outs of their days. I've found if I pay attention at the transitions, everything else goes a bit smoother.
Now don't get me wrong, some days we are rushing & some days I'm up to my eyeballs in work, in those cases I have to ask them to allow a soft landing for me and most times they are up to the challenge.
I'm sure there are a million and one other ways capture the happy & I'd love to hear your approach so I can grow a little more happy...because once you get a taste of the happy, you definitely want more.
Another great project in Mesa, AZ by Taylor Morrison! I've been on pins & needles waiting for this project to open for months. Literally. Months. Pathetic? Perhaps. But now you may understand my love of new homes. It runs deep.
These beautiful models are a stones throw from where I grew up in the heart of the orange groves & if you've never smelled orange blossoms, well there is nothing better.
Starting right at $500k, these particular floorplans range in size from about 3300 sq ft to over 4500 sq ft...the best part, they are all single story! Game changer.
Shoot us an email if you're interested in walking these models, or any that we have listed thus far. We can't work with you on the purchase of your new home, if we don't accompany you the very first time you walk new models.
I've walked more model homes that I can count & this trend is making a major comeback: WALLPAPER. From geometrics, to grasspapers, to florals, I've rarely found an install I don't love...especially of the floral variety. Be still my feminine heart.
The key to loving a wallpaper install is to start in small doses. An accent wall, the top or bottom half of a wall, or bathroom are good places to start.
If you can't find a great accent wall...look up. The ceiling is a great place to make a big impact.
Still not sure? Here are a few of my favorite florals to get your wheels turning. Click on the image to go to the source.
Walked these models with a client yesterday & I could probably start it and end it right here: the kitchen. It's even more amazing than it looks. I'm mostly loving the dark back splash, what do you think?!? While I know an all white kitchen is 'the thing' right now, I've never quite been sold on ALL white, I always need a little contrast & this back splash does the trick!
It doesn't stop there, even though it could. Here's the rest of the house tour on this project by William Lyons Homes.
The master bedroom/bathroom situation was perfectly appointed -- if you'll notice in the photo above, that's a mini fridge, that actually looks cool & a TV mounted on the wall. Am I the only one that likes listening to the news while I get dressed? In this case, I could watch it from the bathtub too.
Little built in study nooks for the win.
And family rooms with plenty of space to spread out.
This project is located in Mesa with homes ranging in price from $280k - $380. This particular model (all photos are from one house this time) is about 3,900 sq ft starts at $380k.
Like I've said before, I believe in home. I believe in family style dinners with a table full of the people you love the most. For most people their homes will not only be their largest asset, but also the backdrop of their lives. It is one of the most important investments you will ever make for both financial & emotional reasons. We're here to help on both of those fronts with expert knowledge of the home building process to help you choose that perfect lot. When we work with you on the purchase of a new build home, we'll be with you every step of the way. The design center? We'll be there, for all 1,023 decisions you have to make in 24 hours. Those construction walk throughs? We'll be there, double checking your electrical plan & making sure your pre-plumbs are there. A year later, when you're ready to put in a pool? Well I've got the perfect guy for you & we'll be there for you then too.
If you're in the beginning stages of looking for home, now is the time to chat & we make that pretty easy too. Just shoot us an email right here, letting us know where you are in the process & more importantly, where you want to be. We can help you get there.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.