Community blog

Share our passion for Shelby West! Learn about community news and events, new models on display, home buying tips and great information about caring for your home here in our blog.
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Featured Home
Huntington by Adventure

August 14, 2017


Enjoy four seasons of stunning views from the recessed porch of this beautiful new home, which is located next to a nature preserve. The spacious 1,920 square foot floor plan has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A gorgeous master suite features a ceramic tiled shower with bench, double sink vanity and walk-in closet.

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2017 Summer Fairs and Festivals

June 1, 2017


Summer is a great time to get outdoors and experience local art, music and fun. You don’t have to travel far—Shelby Township and Utica offer wonderful festivals for the entire family.

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Featured Home
Southeastern by Adventure

May 15, 2017


Relax with your favorite book and a refreshing glass of lemonade on the back porch of this beautiful new home! The home also features a large kitchen with stunning stone details on the island and range hood. Cherry cabinets, black appliances and decorative lighting complete the look. A spacious 1,624 square foot floor plan also has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

April 15, 2017


Spring has arrived! Have you opened your windows recently to let in natural light and fresh air only to notice your home has become drab and musty over the winter months? Here are a few easy things you can do to freshen up your home for spring.

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Spring Break ideas

March 15, 2017


Spring Break is just around the corner! Students attending Utica Community Schools will be off April 3-7, 2017. Here are some fun ideas to keep your children entertained.

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Featured Home
Illinois by MHE

February 15, 2017


Spend cool nights in front of a wood burning fireplace with stone surround in this gorgeous new home. The spacious 1,568 square-foot floor plan has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A large eat-in kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances, cherry cabinets and ceramic tile backsplash. Additional features include a foyer with closet and a utility/laundry room, which includes a pantry.

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Featured Home
49822 Serenity Lane, #SW523

January 15, 2017


This great home has a 1,344 sq. ft. floor plan, 2 bedrooms with a possible third bedroom or den and 2 bathrooms. The fully-equipped kitchen includes all appliances and a breakfast nook. A formal dining room has wainscoting and built-in cabinetry with decorative glass doors. After a long, hard day, relax in the jetted bathtub in the master suite. This home is a must see!

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Featured Home
49234 Wildwood Court, #SW312

December 15, 2016


This spacious 1,680 sq. ft., 3 bedroom/2 bath home has many unique features. A focal point in the living room is a beautiful stone fireplace with built-in bookcases on either side. The dining room has two corner built-in china cabinets, allowing plenty of space for a table. In the master suite, you’ll find a large vanity with two sinks and a makeup counter with space for a bench.

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Hot off the press!

December 1, 2016


The newest issue of our homes for sale magazine, Affordable Homes & Community Lifestyles is now available.

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Featured Home of the Month
49715 Wintergreen Drive, #SW386

November 15, 2016


Enjoy four seasons of stunning views from the deck of your home overlooking a nature preserve. This 1,680 sq. ft., 3 bed/2 bath home is on a prime wooded home site. Many great features including living and family rooms, large island kitchen, master bedroom suite and more!

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Holiday fun in Shelby Township

November 1, 2016


Holiday family fun is happening all season long in Shelby Township and surrounding areas! Here are just a few ideas for all ages:

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Featured Home of the Month
12010 Rockspray Court, #SW221

October 14, 2016


A very nice 1,344 sq. ft. home located on a quiet court site. A great feature is the established landscaping around the home site. Inside, a large kitchen offers plenty of cabinet storage, as well as a built-in hutch with china cabinet. This 2 bedroom/2 bathroom home is a must see!

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Halloween fun in Shelby Township

October 1, 2016


Halloween family fun is happening all month long in Shelby Township! Here are just a few ideas for all ages:

Friday Night Wagon Ride at Stoney Creek Metropark
Friday, October 14 and 28 at 6 p.m.
Enjoy a nature wagon ride through the woods and fields of the park, then gather around a fire ring for stories, cider and donuts. Recommended ages 6 and up. Learn more.

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Featured Home of the Month
12355 Quail Court, #SW024

September 15, 2016


Great home in a great location—on a quiet court site near the community clubhouse and pool! This 1,512 sq. ft. home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The home features a spacious floor plan with living room, kitchen and dining area.

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Featured Home of the Month
49882 Elk Trail, #SW575

August 31, 2016


Entertain with ease in this 1,512 sq. ft. home with a spacious, open floor plan. The kitchen includes plenty of cabinets with an oak finish, an octagon shaped island and all appliances. A separate dining room features a large built-in china cabinet and wet bar. Numerous skylights and windows bring an abundance of sunlight inside. This home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms including a large master suite.

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Why choose a manufactured home community?

July 15, 2016


A land-lease manufactured home community like Shelby West provides homeowners with affordable housing without the added expense of purchasing land.

When a manufactured home is placed within Shelby West, the homeowner owns the home and leases the land where the home is located. The monthly lease payment, or lot rent contributes to community amenities, as well as services like weekly trash removal, street snow plowing and annual lawn weed and feed. Shelby West is a great option for people who enjoy caring for a smaller yard and like the security of having neighbors close by. Shelby West also has an on-site community manager and maintenance workers for your needs.

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Featured Home of the Month
49638 Teton Pass, #SW632

June 30, 2016


This well-kept, landscaped home offers 1,792 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A spacious floor plan with many features including master bedroom suite. Located on a quiet site in the community. This home is a must see!

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For your home—Easy ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home

May 31, 2016



Maintaining your homes exterior not only helps the resale value of your home, but also the entire street you live on! Plus it looks nice and gives you a sense of pride every time you pull in the driveway. There are many easy and low cost things you can do to boost the curb appeal of your home.

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Featured Home of the Month
2014 MHE manufactured home

May 15, 2016


This gorgeous home features a spacious floor plan with 1,680 sq. ft. of living space, three (3) bedrooms and two (2) bathrooms. Spend cool nights by the stunning fireplace with stone surround and enjoy outdoor actives at the Shelby West community. The open kitchen, dining and living areas allow you to entertain with ease! This well-designed kitchen includes a ceramic backsplash, chandelier ceiling fan and all black appliances. The huge master suite features a garden tub, shower stall and walk-in closet.

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For your home—Spring home maintenance checklist

April 30, 2016


Cold Michigan winters can wear on your home. Spring is a great time to inspect your home and make any necessary repairs. Many of the same areas you checked in the fall should be examined again in the spring.

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Featured Home of the Month
Hazelnut Creek by MHE

April 15, 2016


This beautiful new 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home has a spacious 1,568-square-foot floor plan. Featuring an efficient galley kitchen with morning room and separate dining room providing ample space for cooking and dining. The kitchen is complete with cherry cabinets and a ceramic tile backsplash. Be sure to put the Hazelnut Creek on your “must-see” list!

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Spring break is just around the corner!

March 31, 2016


Spring break is just around the corner! Students attending Utica Community Schools will be off April 4-8, 2016. Here are some fun ideas to keep your children entertained.

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Featured Home of the Month
Cherry Creek by MHE

March 15, 2016


You’ll spend cool winter nights in front of the cozy fireplace with stone surround and warm summer days with an iced beverage on the front porch of this beautiful new home. The very spacious floor plan is 2,048 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The open kitchen, dining and living areas allow you to entertain with ease! A well-designed kitchen includes a large 4’ x 7’ chef’s island. The huge master suite features a garden tub, double sinks, shower stall and walk-in closet.

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Featured Home of the Month
Willow Creek by MHE

February 15, 2016


A stunning new home with awesome features! The spacious 1,920 square-foot floor plan has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Any chef would appreciate the state-of-the-art kitchen with large island, cherry cabinets, pantry, and appliances. The luxurious master suite includes a garden tub, stall shower, linen closet, double sinks and huge walk-in closet. Additional features include a foyer with closet and a large utility/laundry room, which includes a closet, sink, counter tops and cabinets.

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Cures for cabin fever

January 31, 2016


Tired of being cooped up indoors, staring at the same four walls all winter? Or perhaps the kids need a place to stretch, run and release some of that energy? There’s so much you can see and do, right here in Shelby Township! Many are free, but some require a small fee.

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Featured Home of the Month
49704 Elk Trail, #SW584

January 15, 2016


This well-kept home offers 1,456 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Bonus features include a covered rear patio and large enclosed carport. Roomy floor plan includes island kitchen, separate dining area and spacious living room with a beautiful stone fireplace. This home is a must see!

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Featured Home of the Month
11994 Blue Heron, #SW208

December 15, 2015


You’ll love this 1,500 sq. ft., 3 bed/2 bath home, which has been recently remodeled. The spacious floor plan was thoughtfully designed and includes both living and family rooms, a galley kitchen, separate dining area and laundry/utility room. A great home at a great price!

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Featured Home of the Month
Voyager by Adventure Homes

November 30, 2015


This large, 1,792 square foot family home has many great features, including an open floor plan offering great sight lines. The spacious home includes 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and large master bedroom with glamour bath.

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Give thanks this holiday season

November 13, 2015

Have you heard of the term ‘pay it forward?’ Let giving this season take on a whole new meaning for you and your family! Below are a few ideas on how to give thanks in extraordinary ways. Making someone smile is the goal–have fun with it!
  • Have vending machines in your workplace? Tape a dollar to the pop or snack machine with a Post-it® saying, “Enjoy this snack on me!”
  • Take a bundle of balloons to a local hospital for them to be distributed to sick children. This simple gesture can turn a difficult day into one of the happiest!
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Featured Home of the Month
Autumn Ridge by MHE

October 30, 2015


Space is abundant in this 1,680 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The open concept floor plan includes kitchen, living and dining rooms that flow together seamlessly. A large kitchen offers plenty of cabinets and counter space, and the adjoining dining room is a convenient feature. In the living room, a stone fireplace provides a cozy atmosphere for entertaining guests or relaxing after a long day.

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For your home—Fall home maintenance checklist

October 15, 2015


  • Tidy up the yard. Rake leaves, prune trees and bushes, and clean out flowerbeds. Dispose of debris in proper yard waste bags.
  • Look over your steps, deck and patio. Repair any loose boards and fill any cracks.
  • Inspect the skirting. It should be secure, but have proper venting. Repair any dents or holes.
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Featured Home of the Month
La Monte by Harmony Homes

September 30, 2015


Imagine a warm sunny day, drinking a refreshing glass of lemonade while relaxing on the front porch of this beautiful new home! Featuring a 1,568 sq. ft., 3 bed/2 bath floor plan, the La Monte offers plenty of living space with a spacious living room, kitchen and separate dining area. The large kitchen includes an island snack bar, light oak cabinets with vintage shaker doors and classic black appliances. In addition, the home site is in a prime location, across from walking path to Lombardo Park.

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Resident Profile—Room for two and more at Shelby West

September 1, 2015


As if the move from Las Vegas to Michigan in a quick amount of time wasn’t daunting enough, retired pastor Conrad Jarrell and his wife Mary Dell Jarrell needed to find a home worthy of their 3,000 plus books.

Based on previous visits with long-time friends and residents of Shelby West, the Jarrell’s found the perfect home for themselves, their book collection and more.

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Featured Home of the Month
Marvel by Harmony Homes

August 15, 2015


Perfect for entertaining, this beautiful home features a butler’s pantry with wet bar, wood burning fireplace and open concept floor plan, allowing guests to mingle with ease. The spacious 1,680 square foot home includes living and family rooms, a master suite, kitchen and dining room. You’ll also love the bonus features in this home—a stone front island snack bar and built-in bookshelves.

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Home buying tips

August 1, 2015


Your FICO score is an important piece in applying for a home loan. The higher your score, the better loan terms you qualify for. But what if your score is lower than you’d like it to be? There are some things you can do to improve your credit score.

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Featured Home of the Month
Southeastern by Adventure Homes

July 15, 2015


Featuring living and family rooms, plus an open kitchen and dining room concept, living space is abundant in this 1,624 square foot home! Stylish décor selections throughout the home include beaded wainscoting, ceramic tile, renaissance lighting, accented split walls with chair rail and more. Stonework details on the entertainment center and hood over gas range add to the appeal of the Southeastern.

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For your home
4 low maintenance plants

July 1, 2015


Do you enjoy flowers and plants but dread the pruning and fertilizing that go with it? Here are some low maintenance plants to keep your yard looking spectacular, year after year!

1. Spirea—a flowering shrub known for fast growth rate and ease of care. Depending on the variety, spirea can grow from 2 to 6 feet tall, so be sure to plant accordingly. Available in varying shades of pink and white, spirea grows best in full sun.

2. Coneflowers—a daisy-like flower with raised centers come in several colors: pale yellow, white, light pink, magenta, orange, red and the most common purple. These flowers only require sun, well-drained soil and frequent watering (first year only).