San Gabriel Valley Tribune “Ground to be broken for gated community in West Covina”

May 28th, 2013

Gated community will have 19 single-family units on Valinda Avenue

WEST COVINA — After receiving approval in January, construction is slated to begin in June on a new gated community in West Covina.

The 19 single-family homes will be built on 2.3 acres on the site of a former Lutheran Church elementary school and playground at 512 S. Valinda Ave.

“We think buyers are going to be very excited about this,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, the company behind the project.

“There has been a lack of new homes in this area for a very long time. It will bring a new look to an area dominated by homes that are more than 60 years old. There is really nothing like this in the whole San Gabriel Valley. ”

The homes will range from 2,150 to 2,400 square feet, with three- and four-bedroom designs with eco-friendly features. The community will offer a toddler playground and barbecue area, and is near the Westfield Mall.

“We had to close the school for various reasons and we felt it was time to close it permanently and better serve the community in other ways,” Immanuel First Lutheran Church Pastor Mason Okubo said in December. “It’s just been sitting there, so we thought, let’s develop it with some nice homes.”

The church had been actively trying to sell a portion of its 5.1-acre land that includes a vacant pre-school through eighth-grade school, snack bar, walkways, grass athletic field and a sandlot with playground equipment. The site also contains trees that are being removed as part of the residential project.

The sanctuary and the parking lot leased out to the East Valley Community Health Center will remain intact.

The new homes, designed in partnership with architect Dave Maldonado of D33 Architecture, will be a mix of French and Spanish design.

“It’s a great neighborhood,” Barisic said. “The addition of mid-priced homes should bring in families with disposable income. So, in addition to the money being spent in the local community, the city will benefit from an increased property tax base. ”

 

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Trends in Customer Homebuilding in Orange County: Popular Features and Amenities

May 27th, 2013

What custom home features and amenities are most popular with customers these days? Anything surprising?

Some of the more popular amenities that clients are designing into their homes include an extra guest room, a gym, temperature-controlled wine cellars, media entertainment rooms and oversized garages, often subterranean.  One of the biggest trends we are seeing is a push for outdoor living spaces.  Whether attached to the main house or set apart as a free standing structure, more homeowners are taking advantage of the great weather that Southern California has to offer almost year round.  By creating usable outdoor living spaces that meld with the indoor space, this gives the effect of more square footage.  These homeowners want living areas to flow in and out.

 

MARK WHITEHEAD, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS FOR BRANDYWINE CUSTOM HOMES

The attention to quality construction and detail that Whitehead brings to his role with our company is one of the reasons many of our customers have purchased second and third Brandywine homes.

As vice president of operations, Whitehead’s duties include overseeing construction, purchasing and customer service. Since joining our company in 1995, he has established long-term relationships with material suppliers and subcontractors which have allowed Brandywine Homes to benefit from master contracts. This helps to minimize construction costs while maintaining a quality that shows in every completed home, which is a testament to the quality control and attention to customer service that Brandywine demands.

Whitehead learned the business from the ground up by working as a field superintendent overseeing daily operations and construction of various communities in Southern California.

His ability to work closely with municipal officials during the entitlement process sets the stage for Brandywine and cities to work together to create cohesive communities.

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A to Z Build “Brandywine Homes to Build New Gated Community in West Covina”

May 21st, 2013

Brandywine Homes announced today that it has acquired 2.3 acres of land in West Covina, 18 miles east of Los Angeles, for a gated community of 19 single-family homes to be called Waverly.

Construction on the new San Gabriel Valley community will begin in June, with the first move-ins coming by the end of this year.

“We think buyers are going to be very excited about this,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “There has been a lack of new homes in this area for a very long time. It will bring a new look to an area dominated by homes that are more than 60 years old. There is really nothing like this in the whole San Gabriel Valley.”

The homes at Valinda and S. Glendora Avenues will range from approximately 2,150 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Three- and four-bedroom designs will be available, with stainless appliances, two-tone paint and great-room style floor plans. Eco-friendly features will include tankless water heaters, low-E glass windows and night setback thermostats. The larger of the two plans will offer a downstairs bedroom and large loft upstairs.

Common amenities include a tot lot and barbecue area. The community is close to local schools, the GO WEST bus shuttle and public parks, and it’s right down the street from the Westfield Mall.

The location had been the site of a former school owned and operated by Immanuel First Lutheran Church, seller of the property. Brandywine is currently in the process of clearing the property of old school buildings.

The new homes, designed in partnership with architect Dave Maldonado of D33 Architecture, will be a mix of French and Spanish design.

“It’s a great neighborhood,” Barisic said. “The addition of mid-priced homes should bring in families with disposable income. So, in addition to the money being spent in the local community, the city will benefit from an increased property tax base.”

 

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BRANDYWINE HOMES SET TO BREAK GROUND

May 20th, 2013


New development to be the first of its kind in decades with close proximity to local parks, public transportation and shopping

WEST COVINA, Calif. – May 20, 2013 – Brandywine Homes announced today that it has acquired 2.3 acres of land in West Covina, 18 miles east of Los Angeles, for a gated community of 19 single-family homes to be called Waverly.

Construction on the new San Gabriel Valley community will begin in June, with the first move-ins coming by the end of this year.

“We think buyers are going to be very excited about this,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “There has been a lack of new homes in this area for a very long time. It will bring a new look to an area dominated by homes that are more than 60 years old. There is really nothing like this in the whole San Gabriel Valley.”
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Spring cleaning: Make your home sparkle and shine with these green recipes

May 13th, 2013

Ah, spring. It’s the time of year when the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and, for reasons that defy logic, we feel an urge to clean the house.

It is said that the spring cleaning ritual originated in ancient times and may have something to do with our body clocks (think hibernation). Culture and biology aside, spring is when manufacturers meet this collective urge to purge our homes of dust balls, pet hair and grease stains by pitching all manner of mops, sprays, brushes, paper towels, garbage bags and more.

Spring is also when the Internet is loaded with cleaning tips, including those of the green variety.  [A March 25 Doing Green Right blog provided recipes for DIY glass cleaners, so we’ll skip that.]

Here are a few other tips from a variety of online sources to make your home sparkle and shine:

(From the TLC Web site)

— A cloth dipped in lemon juice can remove stains on vinyl items or tile flooring.

—  Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice and apply it to your wood furniture using a soft cloth. The result:  a sparkling shine and a nice smell.

— A paste of equal parts of salt, vinegar and flour will remove tarnish from a brass or copper item. Use a soft cloth to apply the paste, cover the item and wait until it dries, and wipe it off with a clean, soft cloth.

(From the Sparkpeople Web site)

— Use a toilet brush sprinkled with baking soda to clean the throne. Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead.

— Straight vinegar will dispatch mold and mildew.

(From thedailygreen Web site)

— Deodorize a carpet or rug by sprinkling baking soda or cornstarch on the surface, using about 1 cup per medium-sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.

— For clogged drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by 2 cups of boiling water. The drain is still slow?  Chase the baking soda with a 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover tightly, allowing the chemical reaction to work its magic. Then flush with one gallon of boiling water.

(From the National Geographic Web site)

— Simmer cinnamon, cloves, or other spices in a small pot of water. Your home will smell delicious.

— To clean the tub, tile and countertops, cut a lemon in half, dip it in borax or baking soda and scrub. Rinse and dry the surface when you’re done.

And, if you’d rather not mix your own cleaning concoctions, the Environmental Protection Agency allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. You can find a list of DfE products by clicking here.

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Brandywine Homes Acquires 12 Lots in Pasadena

May 10th, 2013

PASADENA, CA.– Brandywine Homes has acquired 12 lots in the 2.2-acre Estates Pasadena community in East Pasadena. Construction of a dozen four-bedroom to five-bedroom houses will begin this month, with anticipated completion in May 2014.

Purchase price for the lots was not revealed. The deal was financed, but terms were not disclosed. Estates Development Group LLC was the property’s seller.

Dave Barasic, VP of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, tells GlobeSt.com the opportunity to purchase in a largely developed area drove the deal. Homes are anticipated to sell for around $1.25 million, but that could change as the project is developed, Barasic says. The lots were finished, Barasic says, and some have beginning construction slab supports.

“Pasadena is a great market for new homes in general,” he says. “In this particular area, there really hasn’t been anything built for a long time.” The surrounding area is pocketed mostly with homes built in the ’50s and ‘60s, Barasic says. “The homes we’re building are high-end homes in an area where the majority of homes are middle level. We’re building a step up from those.”
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Brandywine Homes to develop new homes in California

May 8th, 2013


California-based Brandywine Homes in partnership with Old Pasadena-based architectural firm LCRA will develop last 12 homes in 28-Unit Pasadena community in California.

Completing the East Pasadena Development, the new homes will feature four- and five-bedroom homes. Reflecting the charm of the surrounding neighborhood, the new homes will feature 2,900- to 3,500-square-feet of space.

To be built in Cape Cod, Hastings English and French provincial styles, the new home schemes at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue and East Sierra Madre Boulevard will feature gourmet kitchens, luxurious master suites, inviting front porches and family-friendly open floor plans with up to five bathrooms.

Apart from that the homes will feature authentic brick and stone exteriors and fireplaces. The sustainable features of the scheme include tankless water heaters, low-E glass windows and night setback automatic thermostats.
TCO designed the landscape, including streetscapes and entry, and Pacific Dimensions interior merchandising firm, provided each home comfortable, luxurious finishing touch.

The project is expected to complete in May 2014.

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Final 12 Homes at Estates Pasadena Being Completed by Brandywine Homes

May 7th, 2013


East Pasadena development, which began in 2007, offers a rare opportunity to build new homes in a desirable built-out area close to schools, shopping and recreation.

PASADENA, Calif. – Brandywine Homes announced today that it has acquired 12 lots in the 2.2-acre Estates Pasadena community in East Pasadena. Construction of the four- and five-bedroom homes will begin this month, with completion of the last home expected in May 2014.

“We are excited about this rare opportunity to build new homes in a built-out area of Pasadena,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “With the completion of this community, we are able to offer elegant family homes that reflect the charm of the surrounding neighborhood.”
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A to Z Build “Brandywine Homes to Build New Homes in Built-Out Area of Pasadena”

May 7th, 2013

Brandywine Homes announced today that it has acquired 12 lots in the 2.2-acre Estates Pasadena community in East Pasadena. Construction of the four- and five-bedroom homes will begin this month, with completion of the last home expected in May 2014.

“We are excited about this rare opportunity to build new homes in a built-out area of Pasadena,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “With the completion of this community, we are able to offer elegant family homes that reflect the charm of the surrounding neighborhood.”

The approximately 2,900- to 3,500-square-foot homes at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue and East Sierra Madre Boulevard will be built in Cape Cod, Hastings English and French Provincial styles and will include gourmet kitchens, luxurious master suites, inviting front porches and family-friendly open floor plans with up to five bathrooms. The homes will have authentic brick and stone exteriors and fireplaces as well as eco-friendly features including tankless water heaters, low-E glass windows and night setback automatic thermostats.

The community is less than a mile from the Foothill & Rosemead Shopping Center that includes Trader Joe’s, 24 Hour Fitness, restaurants and more. With access to excellent Pasadena schools, including Field Elementary, the community is also less than 15 minutes from Old Pasadena, Paseo Colorado Shopping Center, Norton Simon Museum, the Santa Anita race track and more.

The new homes were designed in partnership with LCRA, an award-winning architectural firm located in Old Pasadena. TCO designed the landscape, including streetscapes and entry, and Pacific Dimensions, a nationally recognized interior merchandising firm, gave each home comfortable, luxurious finishing touches.

 

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Business Top Story: 12 Lots in the 2.2-acre Estates Pasadena Community in East Pasadena

May 6th, 2013

Brandywine Homes announced today that it has acquired 12 lots in the 2.2-acre Estates Pasadena community in East Pasadena. Construction of the four- and five-bedroom homes will begin this month, with completion of the last home expected in May 2014.

“We are excited about this rare opportunity to build new homes in a built-out area of Pasadena,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes.
“With the completion of this community, we are able to offer elegant family homes that reflect the charm of the surrounding neighborhood,” Barisic said.

The approximately 2,900- to 3,500-square-foot homes at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue and East Sierra Madre Boulevard will be built in Cape Cod, Hastings English and French Provincial styles and will include gourmet kitchens, master suites, front porches and family-friendly open floor plans with up to five bathrooms, according to a news statement.
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