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Seabrook Apartments to become over 85% smoke-free


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We are proud to announce that Seabrook at Bear Brand will become over 85% smoke-free in 2014. Smoking will no longer be permitted in most of our apartment homes (88% to be exact), in addition, all common areas, including our resort-style pools and park areas, are now completly smoke free. 

The anti-smoking movement has been gathering steam in California and throughout the country ever since secondhand smoke was declared a risk over a decade ago.  State and local governments have restricted smoking in the workplace and many other outdoor public areas and are now turning their attention to the multi-family housing industry.

Many cities have passed ordinances restricting smoking in multi-family housing common areas and are requiring owners to set aside a certain numbers of units as Smoke-Free.  This movement, coupled with recent surveys indicating that over 80 percent of renters in California prefer housing with Smoke-Free areas has inspired Shea Apartment Living to be ahead of the curve and offer this as an amenity to our residents. 

Seabrook Apartments Interiors Have Been Upgraded!


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On the hunt for an apartment that is close to the beach with a convenient centralized location in Dana Point? Look no further! Seabrook at Bear Brand Apartments in Dana Point is just minutes to Dana Point Harbor / Marina / Doheny Beach and located next to Ocean Ranch Village Shopping Center. With a Trader Joe’s, 24-Hour Fitness, Cinepolis, restaurants and more, you can hit the waves during the day and get your social life on at night.  

On top of having one of the most sought-after locations in Dana Point, select interior apartments at Seabrook just went through a major upgrade, and we upgraded it all: granite countertop in the kitchen, white cabinetry with brushed chrome hardware and vinyl plank wood flooring in the kitchen, dining areas and bathroom. Still want more? These Dana Point apartments are dog friendly, offer garages (some with direct access) and even have luxury townhomes available. Not to mention, Seabrook received “Top-Rated” Award and SatisFACTS “Superior” Score Resident Satisfaction Award.

For more information about Seabrook Apartments in Dana Point call (888) 674-0174 or rent online 24/7

Shea Apartment Communities Portfolio Recognized as Top Rated by


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Shea Apartment Communities announced today that its entire eligible portfolio received the prestigious “Top Rated” Award by, the leading online ratings and reviews website for the apartment industry. The award recognizes apartment communities who have achieved superior customer satisfaction scores, as reported by residents and customers.

“We are extremely pleased that our commitment to customer satisfaction has been recognized on, especially since the site’s content is comprised entirely of actual resident and customer feedback,” said Steve Gilmore, Senior Vice President for Shea Apartment Communities. “Caring about the people we serve is always our first priority. That’s the Shea Difference,” he added.

Only 7% of the properties listed on qualified for the award in 2013, positioning Shea Apartment Communities’ portfolio among the highest rated in the industry.

For more information about Shea Apartment Communities, visit

Ten Awesome Apartment Space Saver Items You Don’t Have…But Need!


Sliding Glass Jewelry Box

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Use this two in one (mirror / jewelry box) to look at your beautiful mug and stay organized. This crafty jewelry box poses as a mirror but slides open to reveal the perfect space for all your jewelry organization.

The Balcony Railing Mounted BBQ 

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This little beauty may look like a flower pot, but it can cook up one mean steak. Space limitations are no longer a concern for grill master extrodiares with the balcony railing mounted BBQ

All-In-One Kitchen Tool

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Save space with the All-In-One Kitchen Tool. The multi-tool kitchen set includes: a flower vase, funnel, lemon juicer, spice grater, boiled egg dicer, cheese grater, lid opener, egg separator and a 1 ¼ measuring cup – now that’s a lot packed into one tiny bottle!

Motorized Neck Tie

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Designed for the organized business man. Get the motorize neck tie for a low $49.99. 

BLESS’s Workbed Desk

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A desk by day, and a bed by night – what else could you ask for?

Space Saving Spice Rack

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Hang it on your wall or cabinet door – not matter where you hang it, your spices will be out of the way. 

The Hook-On Balcony… Well, Anything.

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Drinks, dinner or work outside will make your little apartment patio feel like an outside oasis. 

Fold-Out Convertible Desk

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The fold-out convertible desk hangs on the wall and folds down to a desk, and also gives you extra storage space. 

Pull-Out Ironing Board

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Creative and crafty. To get one of these handy-dandy ironing boards in your apartments, inquire here

Slide-Out Kitchen Organizer

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Turn your utensils into a slide-out work of art! 

Valentine’s Day Dinners in the OC


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Valentine’s Day is only a week away and if you have not booked a dinner date by now, you might want to get on it before you’re out of luck. Here are some awesome places in the OC to take your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.  

K’ya Bistro, Laguna Beach. If there is one place to wow your date on Valentine’s days, this is definitely the place! Not only is the restaurant located in one of the most beautiful places in Orange County but the food is absolutely delicious and their prices are phenomenal. On Valentine’s Day K’ya is having a killer deal: 3 course dinner for two (4 starters, 2 entrees and 1 dessert) for $99. To make your night extra special mosey on-up to the Rooftop before dinner and watch the sunset, while cocktailing of course.

The Deck, Laguna Beach. This is one spot every OC resident should venture out to and Valentine’s Day is no different. The Deck will be serving up a special three course feast, while you and your special somebody enjoy live music and the beautiful sunset, sitting beachside.

Salt Creek Grille, Dana Point. This old school but fabulous restaurant has it all – delicious wine and tasty food, and on V-day it gets even better! Salt Creek Grill will be serving romantic meals with expert wine pairings and giving the gift of discounts for future visits.

Savannah Chop House, Laguna Niguel. If you live at Seaside Apartments in Laguna Niguel, this is the place to be! Not only is Savannah’s Chop House seconds from your door but they have a special Valentine’s Day menu that will knock your socks off for $73.95/person.

Pelican Hill, Newport Coast. Are you looking to impress? Take your date to Pelican Hill for a romantic three-course menu designed for two. Choose to sit on the ocean-view terrace, near the dining room fireplace or adjacent to the open-display kitchen. $110/person or $150/person with wine pairings. 

Checklist: Moving into Your First Apartment


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You’re moving into your first apartments (fingers-crossed it is a Shea Apartment Community,) and are wondering what to do next after you get the keys? We have answers to all your questions.

First, connect your utilities. Typically, you’ll need to set up electrical and data/television services. To get an idea of what your monthly bills will cost you, you can ask the property management team or Google “average utility costs for ‘your zip code’.

Second, scout the neighborhood. You always want to know who and what’s around you, so why not explore? Check Yelp for restaurant recommendations and check out Foursquare for socially-powered reviews and insights. If you live at a Shea Apartment Community, our resident social hubs are a great first step to discovering the neighborhood.

Go for a walk.  Seriously, taking a stroll around your community is a great way to discover all it has to offer. Plus, you’ll learn all the ins-and-outs of your new home. Cover as much ground as possible.

Our friendly staff is at your disposal to answer questions, make suggestions and ensure your experience is superb. You can always Tweet us @SheaApartments for advice and support as well.

Welcome to the neighborhood. 

Meet the 2013 SatisFacts Survey Sweepstakes Winners


Each year, Shea Apartment Communities surveys its residents in order to determine the level of satisfaction with their apartment community. As our way of saying thank you for taking the survey, we offer a sweepstakes to customers who respond to the survey and they have the chance to win an iPad Mini or $400 rent credit. 

Out of over 1,700 Shea residents surveyed, there are four lucky winners who were randomly selected by our survey company (SatisFacts) to choose either of the two prizes.  We wanted to take a moment to thank all of the residents who responded to our survey and spend a few minutes introducing you to these awesome (and lucky) residents:

Up first, Barbara, a 27 year resident!

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How long have you lived at Seaside Apartments? What made you choose Seaside as your home?

Over 25 years. Since 1987!

There are so many reasons why I chose Seaside Apartments, and why I have stayed here for 27 years. When I moved in to Seaside in 1987, the community was brand new and built in just the perfect spot for my needs; right in the middle of the surrounding areas that all my friends lived in. Now that the area is developed, I get to enjoy the conveniences that Laguna Heights Marketplace has to offer. And although I don’t surf, I am close to the beach which is a plus! To sum it up…I can pretty much get anywhere in a jiff and I just love Laguna Niguel!

What is your favorite thing about living at the community?

The community stays on top of things, the grounds are immaculate (maintenance does a great job) and they are always keeping the community fresh with upgrades. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

Well, not interesting, but something fabulous about myself is I have a great personality and I love people. I have a good wit too! My friends and family tell me all of the above… So I guess it’s true. 

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, and money was not a factor, where would it be and why?

I would love to travel to Europe and see all the beautiful architecture that London and Paris have to offer. Gratefully, my friends and family always brings me back pictures when they visit, maybe one day they’ll take me ;)  

Next up… Andrew, a Woodbridge Apartments resident.

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How long have you lived at Woodbridge Apartments? What made you choose Woodbridge as your home?

About six years.

I chose Woodbridge due to its proximity to UCI and central location in Irvine.

What is your favorite thing about living at the community?

The staff and maintenance personnel are great.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I recently developed a live web-based scoring system for the Green Beret Shooters Cup, the only system of its type in competition shooting.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, and money was not a factor, where would it be and why?

I would love to do a tour of Greece. My degree was in Classics and it would be great to visit.

Introducing Jorden and Kalvin, Sycamore Bay residents.

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How long have you lived at Sycamore Bay Apartments? What made you choose Sycamore Bay as your home?

Two years.

Short and simple, the washer/dryer and garage! We loved the additional storage the garage provides, and the convenience of the washer and dryer in our unit made it a really easy decision. In addition, we also loved the layout of the floor plan we decide to go with and the fact that the community was gated was an extra bonus. There were many reasons we chose the property, but those were very big factors! Being pet friendly didn't hurt either.

What is your favorite thing about living at the community?

Our favorite thing about living at the community is the friendliness of everyone while we are out and about, including the staff. Sycamore Bay's staff is phenomenal!

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I have traveled to 15 different countries, and plan to travel much more in the future.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, and money was not a factor, where would it be and why?

The list is so long! If money wasn't a factor, I think I would travel the world for a year or two, just to visit everywhere in one big swoop! 

Last but definitely not least, James from Zenith Meridian Apartments.


How long have you lived at Zenith Meridian Apartments? What made you choose Zenith Meridian as your home?

I've lived at Zenith Meridian for just over a year.

I watched the community while it was being built and decided to move here, it provided a great location for work/life balance.

What is your favorite thing about living at the community?

What I like most about Zenith Meridian is the excellent customer service provided by the staff. I especially like Priscilla R., who originally toured me and guided me through the entire lease signing process. She's always friendly and has such a positive attitude.

I appreciate my surrounding tenants who are quiet and respectful. I also enjoy that I have easy access to surrounding businesses and the I-25 Freeway.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

Friends have told me that when sleeping, my eyes appear to be partially open...weird!

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, and money was not a factor, where would it be and why?

Actually I would travel around the entire world. Definitely for the memories and wonderful friendships I would make along the way. 

The Color Of The Year is... Radiant Orchid!


The good folks at the Pantone Color Institute release their pick for "Color of the Year" every January-ish. 



Last year, it was this interesting green color. 


Interesting is a nice way of saying, yechhhhh. 


This year, it's a sort of pink / purple hybrid. 


It was inspired by, wait for it... Orchids. 


You're going to see this color EVERYWHERE. 



Wondering how to use Radiant Orchid in your home? Try an accent wall...



Give your bedroom a spa-like vibe with Radiant Orchid. 



Or go nuts and do your WHOLE APARTMENT. 


Chic or Shriek?


Actually, just use sparingly...



Share your inspiration with us on Twitter. Tweet @SheaApartments. 

Happy New Year!

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We wish you a very warm and prosperous new year. Happy New Year!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Close to Home


Now that Christmas is over and done with, its time to focus on New Year’s!  Go out, stay in?! The options are endless. Here are some fabulous things to do around your Shea Apartment Community on New Year’s Eve:

Residents at our Woodbridge Apartments can enjoy an evening at Family New Year’s Eve at the Great Park. On December 31, from 5 – 9:30 p.m. you can celebrate NYE with live music, dancing, delicious food, games and activities for the whole family at Balloon Park.

If you live at Seaside or Seabrook Apartments, class up your NYE night at the St. Regis Resort New Year’s Eve Celebration. For a messily $175 a ticket (JK) you can enjoy a night of Great Gatsby, culinary cuisines and three beverages. The festivities start at 8 p.m. and last until 1:30 a.m.

Fahrenheit Restaurant and Lounge in San Jose is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash with an open bar. For $75-$130 you can enjoy a night of fun from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Our Colorado apartment residents can ring in the New Year at the Denver Marriott’s Masquerade Ball and Casino Night. Ring in the New Year right with a night of dancing, casino games, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and photos. Tickets range from $59-104.

Remember no matter what you decide to do, if you go out and have some cocktails be smart and call a cab. Download Uber, “pre-game,” and you will have a cab at the touch of a button. 

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