2018 Home Trends

12/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

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A new year will mean new interior design trends. Start 2018 with a fresh look for your Estrella home by incorporating any of these upcoming furniture and décor trends.

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How to Throw an Epic Backyard Movie Night

11/30/2017 12:00:00 AM


One of our favorite ways to gather friends and family together to enjoy Arizona’s beautiful weather is to host an outdoor movie night. Here are a few things you need to know to throw your first backyard screening in your new Estrella home.

Tags: Tips,Lifestyle,Family

Golf Tips for Newbies

11/20/2017 12:00:00 AM


Golf is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and spark some healthy competition between friends and family. Arizona is home to hundreds of golf courses, the good news is Estrella residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy award-winning golf.

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Arizona Getaways

11/1/2017 12:00:00 AM


With the popular rise in “staycations,” residents of Estrella can experience fun-filled family adventures without having to leave the state. With its rich history, Arizona is home to a wide variety of exciting experiences from visiting unique geological formations to touring rumored ghost towns. Here are a couple ideas to help you get started exploring the Grand Canyon State, all easily enjoyed in a day.

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What’s in Your Bag: Hiking

10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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The world is your oyster and Estrella residents can make the most of it with access to more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. Before you begin enjoying the great desert scenery of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, here are a few must-have items and accessories to help make the most of your time on the trails.

Tags: Amenities,Lifestyle,Tips,Parks & Trails,Adventure,Area,Healthy Living,Fitness,Events & Activities

The State of the Arizona Housing Market

9/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Things are looking up for real estate in Arizona this year, according to several sources. We’ve come a long way since the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2007, and now, several key indicators of real estate health in the area are on the upswing. If you’ve been dragging your heels about the decision to purchase a new home, perhaps the following data will help you pick up your feet.

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Fall Home Design Trends

8/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

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September 22 marks the 2017 autumn equinox and the official first day of fall. Invite the season into your home with these fall interior design trends and celebrate the end of summer, upcoming holidays, and pumpkin everything hitting store shelves.

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How to Shop for a New Home

8/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Whether you’re looking for more space, a bigger kitchen or just ready for a new place to call home, purchasing a new home is simpler than you may think. As a potential home buyer, avoid confusion and stress by following our guide to buying a new home.

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3 Ways to Create Your Own “Smart” Home

7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Home technology has evolved vastly in the last decade and is becoming more and more user-friendly and accessible. Turn your Estrella residence into a smart home with any of these high-tech additions.

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Current Pool Trends

7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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If you’re aiming to take your backyard oasis to the next level, a stylish pool is a must-have. Check out some of the most in-demand features for 2017.

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Taking the Mystery out of Building a Home: New Build Glossary of Terms

6/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

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You’ve scouted the perfect neighborhood, found a development you and your family will love, and are ready to build the home of your dreams. But do you know the difference between a change order and a punch list? And what the heck is an elevation? As a new home buyer, you may be bombarded with a whole slew of building and design terms. Estrella is here to help take the mystery out of your new build.

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Vacation

5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM


Your vacation has arrived, your bags are packed and you’re getting ready to head out of town. Before you and your family jump in the car or board a plane, take a few necessary steps to prepare your home prior to your next trip.

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Current Home Trends

5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM


Eager to inject new style into your Estrella home? Whether you’re looking to redecorate a single room or your entire house, add new life to your residence by checking out a few of the latest interior design trends.

Tags: Home Ideas,Tips

Proper Flag Etiquette

5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM


75 years ago, Congress passed a joint resolution to place the modern-day U.S. Flag Code into public law. With many Estrella residents expressing their patriotism and paying homage to our nation’s servicemen and women by displaying the American Flag, it is important to fly the red, white and blue properly. Follow along for a few highlights on proper flag etiquette, direct from the U.S. Flag Code.

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Tips and Tricks to Basic Dog Obedience

4/12/2017 12:00:00 AM


Year-round, Estrella residents enjoy the great outdoors without leaving our community. With its miles of desert trails and acres of parks and lakes, residents have a variety of options to live life in every direction. Many of these outdoor amenities can be enjoyed by more than just residents, but by their four-legged friends as well. If your family is looking to add a dog to your pack, or your current “fur-baby” needs a refresher course in obedience, this blog is for you!

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The Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Estrella

3/2/2017 12:00:00 AM


Spring Break is right around the corner. Even if you don’t have kids out of school for the week you can still take advantage of the season’s great weather and chase away that spring fever. Whether you’re planning a grand road trip across Arizona or prefer to keep things closer to your lovely home in the Estrella community, here's how to make the most of it.

Tags: Tips,Amenities,Lifestyle,Adventure

Hosting a Hollywood Themed Party

2/3/2017 12:00:00 AM


Whether hosting an Oscar viewing party or just delighting guests with a fun, themed evening, a Hollywood dinner party is sure to bring a little extra glitz and glam to the table. Here are a few tips to making it a night to remember.


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Home Organization Tips

12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Whether you are a young family on the go, busy professional or actively enjoying retirement, getting your home clean and organized can be a challenge. These easy tips will help keep your home relatively clutter-free without having to spend hours tidying up.

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4 Ways to Incorporate Tech into Your House

12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Home tech has improved insurmountably since the late 90’s when the movie debuted, and now you can turn your own residence into a smart home of your own with these high-tech additions.

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5 Steps to Forming Healthy Technology Habits

11/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Everyone knows today’s kids spend a lot of time in front of different types of screens. What you might not realize is just how much time is being lost to video games, streaming TV and social media sites.


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How to Create a Family Preparedness Plan

8/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

In the natural ebb and flow of life, sometimes the unexpected happens — the power goes out during a storm, our car breaks down during a road trip across the desert, or we experience a natural disaster.

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Trulia Guest Blog - New Homes Are Perfect for Young Families

8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

Finding the right home is important for young families looking for an enriching place to raise children.

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Your 10-Step Guide to Buying a New Home

6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Why over complicate perhaps the most exciting purchase of your life? Streamline your home purchase with 10 steps designed to make buying your dream home both simpler and straightforward.


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6 Tips to Make Moving with Kids a Snap

5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

Let’s face it – moving is stressful. Whether you are hiring a moving company or you and your family decided to tackle all of the packing and organizing by yourselves- moving is a lot of work. A move is stressful on everyone in the family, but can be especially stressful for children. A new home, a new school and a new neighborhood can disrupt the schedule they have grown accustomed to; however, with some support, encouragement and a little up-front planning, you can help ease the impact a move can have on your children.


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Fun and Relaxing Phoenix Area Staycations

5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

With resort-style pools, spa packages, fine dining and special events a “staycation” can be just as fun, and potentially even more relaxing, than planning and organizing an out-of-state vacation. Arizona is home to some of the best staycation destinations to be had, whether for you and your significant other or the entire family.  Many are located within an easy drive from Estrella.


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Checklist : Prepping and Staging Your Home for Sale

5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

Of course you want your home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Here’s a rundown of friendly reminders on prepping your house into a welcoming and marketable home.



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Looking for design inspiration? Try these apps.

5/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

If you're wondering about how a new shade of paint will look in the kitchen, or the best way to arrange your new, fabulous furniture, we have the app—actually, apps!—for that.



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Ten Unique Places to Take House Guests in the West Valley

5/7/2016 12:00:00 AM


Having friends and family visit from out-of-town is a nice treat, but you may not want to spend the whole time cooped up at home. We’ve scoured the town to bring you some of the top West Valley attractions.


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Checklist : Prepping and Staging Your Home for Sale

4/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Of course you want your home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Here’s a rundown of friendly reminders on prepping your house into a welcoming and marketable home.

Tags: Tips,Home Ideas

The Benefits of Home Ownership

4/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

There’s no place like home, and the benefits of home ownership can go well beyond a place to live.


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Life Hacks

4/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Between hectic schedules and the never-ending list of things that need to get done, we don’t always have time to take care of ourselves. When time is limited, we like to rely on some simple and easy, every day changes and activities to help our families live and be a little healthier.

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Tips for Throwing a Housewarming Party

4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

One of the most exciting aspects of moving into a new home is showing off your hard work and eye for interior décor to friends and family, as well as meeting the new neighbors. The perfect housewarming party is a fun and exciting way to welcome everyone to your new beginning!


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4 Pet-friendly Home Tips

3/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

We would all do anything for our furry kids, but they can provide challenges from time to time — especially when enjoying your new home. Here are a few low-key ways to achieve harmony with your pets!

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Springtime in the Valley of the Sun is beautiful. The desert gets a little greener, and we are reminded of all the wonderful traits the season brings -- blooming flowers, new life and a fresh, clean start. It’s no wonder that our annual deep clean is inspired by these seasonal changes.



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5 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Moving is exciting, but it’s also work. Here are 5 tips from HGTV.com to make your transition a happy one.

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4 Easy Ways to Update Your Patio & Yard

2/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

You can’t beat Arizona weather. We have ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors – Estrella residents can take advantage of the many hiking and biking trails, its' 72 acres of lakes and multiple community parks – or just relaxing in the comfort of their own back yard. Need a few ideas on how to spruce up your patio and yard?  Here are four easy tips.  



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5 Must-do’s When You Arrive at Your New Home

2/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

Moving is exciting, but it’s also take preparation and work. Here are 5 tips to make your transition a smooth one.

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Get Social with Estrella

2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella by Newland Communities continues to find new methods to connect in meaningful ways with residents, home shoppers, homebuilders, and real estate agents. We make it a priority to engage with the public and offer multiple channels of communication to share Estrella news and community information. We would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to our social media platforms so you can pin, like, connect and tweet along with us!

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5 Creative Ways to Turn 2015 Memories into 2016 Home Decor

1/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

For many in the Estrella community, 2015 was filled with great memories of moments like the Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest, the monthly Farmers Market, regular walks around the lakes, or occasional rambles along the scenic trails. It’s so easy to put pictures of fun memories like these on Facebook, and then forget about them completely. Get your favorite 2015 memories off your Facebook wall and onto your actual walls with this list of fun and creative crafts.

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Tips and Recipes to Make Baking with Kids Sweet

12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

The kitchen is a great place to make memories, as parents and children come together to talk, laugh and make something delicious. While stove-top cooking might be hard to do with little ones, children of all ages can contribute when it comes to prepping and decorating goodies and treats.

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3 ways to create a welcoming guest experience over the holidays

12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM

Hosting overnight guests at your home during the holidays can be wonderful, enriching and, sometimes, a little bit stressful. Here are three ways you can keep stress at bay and help ensure your guests enjoy a welcoming experience at your home.

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Host gift ideas from Shea Homes

12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

Show your party or overnight vacation hosts your gratitude for their hard work with a thoughtful host or hostess gift. People sometimes get stressed out by the idea of giving host gifts as they struggle to find one that achieves the perfect balance of cost, function and personal touches. Here are some things to consider when choosing your gift.

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6 Steps to Designing a Custom Home

12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Custom homes offer a variety of benefits. If you decide to build a custom home, you’ll have input in every phase of the building process, allowing you to tailor to your wants and needs. That means it includes exactly what you want — and nothing that you don’t.

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Planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner party

11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

As any host or hostess knows, there is a lot of work that goes into planning a party , especially when it’s for a special occasion like Thanksgiving dinner. You have to clean your house, decorate, make delicious food, and plan entertainment — all while providing that special something extra to make it even better than last year. This round-up of our favorite Thanksgiving hosting pins on Pinterest will give you some great ideas for making this year’s celebration one to remember.

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Start planning your holiday fun

11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season for gingerbread lattes, holiday shopping and family gatherings.  With all the busyness this time of year, you might look up one day and realize you missed a whole bunch of fun ways to celebrate the season with your friends and loved ones simply because you forgot to put them on the calendar.

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Tips for a safe (and spooky!) Halloween

10/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

 Get those candy bowls and costumes ready – Halloween is on its way. Halloween activities like pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating are always a blast, however they can come with some not-so-festive hazards. But fear not! Builder of the Month AV Homes has assembled a list of tips to keep your spooky celebrations as safe as possible.

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4 simple steps to throwing a great football watch party by William Ryan Homes

10/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

NFL season has arrived and that means Sunday, Mondays, and Thursdays are a little more exciting for football fans and party enthusiasts alike. How does Estrella builder William Ryan Homes suggest celebrating? A couple of great game-day recipes and a lot of team spirit, for starters.  Kick off your game day party with these simple steps.

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To save or to splurge? A guide to fall home improvement projects

9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

With the holiday season just around the corner, now may be the perfect time to tackle some much-needed home improvement projects.  A full-home overhaul might not be realistic, so we pulled together a “Splurge or Save” guide to projects that will fit in any home improvement budget.

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Fall Decor Tips

9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

We might not have fall weather quite like the rest of the country, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the warm colors and cozy aesthetics that come with the new season. In the spirit of all things harvest - and yes, all things pumpkin- we pulled together some of our favorite decorating trends to bring the spirit of autumn to the Sonoran desert.


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Back to school tips and supplies

8/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

It is back to school time! Be sure students are ready for the new school year with these helpful summer-to-school transition tips and a comprehensive rundown of supplies.

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Design trends by Shea Homes

6/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Summer Design Trends by guest blogger, Aundrea Boyd, Shea Homes Design Center

As the temperature goes up and the A/C goes down, summer is finally upon us here in Phoenix. The summer season may be packed with work, family and vacations, but let your house be what you look forward to coming home to every day. Whether you’re looking for a fresh idea or a total interior design remodel, we have you covered. These five summer design trends are extremely popular this season with our customers in the Shea Homes Design Center.

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Safety Tips for Kids

6/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Whether you're hitting the road or hanging poolside, keep these everyday safety suggestions in mind. 

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10 energy saving tips from Gehan Homes

6/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Some of the benefits of owning a new home are the many energy saving features that often come standard in new builds.  Estrella’s newest builder, Gehan Homes, offers a wealth of energy efficient design options, and offers tips to slash those energy bills for any homeowner.

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Why Buying New Makes Sense

3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

We know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing your new home and finding the perfect place to live. Located only 17 miles from Downtown Phoenix, Estrella is a vibrant, master-planned community offering luxury indoor/outdoor resort-style living. Estrella boasts a variety of rich amenities including shopping and dining conveniences, more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails and 72 acres of lakes for fishing, sailing and paddle boating. Estrella is also home to three highly rated schools that are committed to providing enhanced programs and quality education for all students. These elements combined with six distinguished builders create a new home community that is ideal for families of all ages.


Tags: New Homes,Homebuilders,Tips,Home Ideas