Homeowners say they like Shea at Ardiente's lifestyle

Deciding to stay in an existing home or to look for a new one is never easy and for some obtaining their "dream home" can seem beyond reach.

Though it may be a leap of faith, it can be a great investment, as Jack Williams, a Shea Active Lifestyle homeowner, recently discovered.

"We went home and sold our house that we owned for 36 years and made a big change that, in our life, is probably one of the best changes we ever made," Williams said.

Though home sales may be down across the country by 15 percent year over year, Shea Home Active Lifestyle sales are up 28 percent, according to Ryan Smith, sales manager at Shea Homes at Ardiente, an age-qualified community in North Las Vegas.

"Interest rates are low and there are a lot of exceptional values out there," Smith said. "In today's market of lower price points, what seems like a great value in resale may actually be inferior to a new home. Our new homes are available with green features; premium brands like Andersen Silver Line and Trane come standard; and each home provides an amazing lifestyle. These unique benefits make the value at Ardiente outstanding."

When considering the cost of buying a new home, resale or staying with an existing residence, Smith said baby boomers should assess the cost and time associated with fixing up an older residence versus the savings from green features of today's new homes. Homes at Ardiente come standard with green features that can help residents save as much as 40 percent on energy usage compared to other new homes and even more over older ones, he added.

Ardiente offers residents a host of options. At the hub of the community is a private 20,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring two resort-style pools, a fitness center, group exercise studio, multipurpose meeting facility and more. Outdoor amenities include seven parks interconnected by walking trails, tennis and bocce courts and a Life Trail course.

New homes in the community range from 1,218 to 2,444 square feet and are priced from the $140,000s.

For more information, visit trilogylife.com/ardiente.