We had been looking at homes in the Jubilee community in Lacey, Washington, which is also owned and operated by Shea Homes. But one day we decided to take a look at Trilogy at Tehaleh and were very happy with this newer community. We bought a designer home in the floor plan that we loved, and were moved into the home about 45 days later. Shea Homes builds a beautiful home, and we liked the idea of living in an active adult community, with miles of walking trails. The club house is under construction, to be completed by the end of 2015. In the meantime, the residents of Trilogy have formed a walking club that meets on Saturday mornings; a new Bunco group has been formed; a ladies' lunch is planned monthly, as well as other events. Our neighbors are so friendly and helpful, and they all seem to be very happy with their new homes and the community. Eventually, a retail center is planned, but today, we can get to services in Bonney Lake in about 10-15 minutes, or to Puyallup in about 20-25 minutes. We have a full selection of medical facilities, a good vet for our beloved Bella, and the whole new world of Washington State to explore. We especially liked working with the sales staff of Trilogy, and the construction team, who are very friendly and eager to please. We hired our own home inspector, and Trilogy completed every item on his punch list before we moved in. We especially liked the walk-thru inspection where we learned all about our new home and how everything works. It was a great experience, made easy by the Shea Team that supported us. If we had it to do over again, we would go with Shea Homes, and would instead use Shea Mortgage rather than our credit union that failed to be ready by the closing date (as our realtor said was so common for credit unions).
We live 2 hrs north of Seattle, in rural & spectacular Puget Sound. We love living in the Pacific Northwest, but want a house with easier upkeep & we want to be closer to a community. We made an appt to visit Tehaleh because we wanted to sit down & discuss our many questions. We were told that with the exception of the Cortile collection (models with rear-entry garages), you could build any model on any lot. There were restrictions as to how close identical models could be to each other, etc., but otherwise, no restrictions. This is not true we found out - not all models can be built on any lot. We were told the lot premiums varied, anywhere from $5000 to $20,000. On a list we later received, the lowest lot premium was $27,000. That's a hefty premium. The salesman we had the appt. with was friendly & helpful. Until he realized we would not be buying immediately. Then he clearly was no longer interested in talking to us & told us to call & come back if we wanted to see more models. Before we left, another salesman showed us an empty model we had asked to see, but we had been told it could not be shown. The area around Tehaleh is OK. Not the greatest, not the most beautiful, fairly industrial. The models were very nice & seemed of very high quality. Overall, I thought Tehaleh to be expensive for what is offered & too isolated in a not-so-great area. Retail stores into Tehaleh itself are still a very long way off. they plan to break ground for the Trilogy Community Center in August 2014. In comparison to other Washington state Trilogies, however, I would definitely choose Tehaleh. Redmond is ridiculously expensive & the community felt like a beehive. Much closer to the central core & Seattle, but not nearly as nice a community. And Jubilee in Lacy is another beehive community that I would not consider. It will take some looking before we find out spot & it likely will not be Tehaleh.
Tehaleh and Bonney Lake is one of the most gorgeous places in Washington state. It's about an hour from Seattle and Mt. Rainier is close by and makes for a stunning backdrop. If you love nature you will love living here. My husband and I have been out to visit this community a few times and are very impressed. Last we checked the clubhouse is in the works and we are very excited to see how that turns out. The homes are very beautiful and you can tell the builder Shea Homes puts a lot of thought in to every detail. We are so excited to build a home here when Roger retirees in a year!