Garden Grove May Be the Right Place for You

January 27th, 2014

If you are considering a new home in Southern California, consider Garden Grove. The once farming community now grows much more than strawberries. They are growing a vision. Cultivating new businesses, new ideas, and new traditions has helped to make Garden Grove one of Southern California’s most vibrant places to visit and to live.

Once a major agriculture center, Garden Grove now boasts a thriving entertainment and tourism industry. The city’s Harbor Boulevard has become one the municipality’s crown jewels. It now features a thriving commercial district, entertainment centers, and 9 luxury hotels including the Sheraton, Crown Plaza, the Hyatt Regency, and the 11-acre Great Wolf Waterpark Hotel and Resort. With beautiful beaches nearby and picturesque parks the city has beauty and charm.

The city’s farming roots have not been forgotten. It has become a unifying symbol for the community. The annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival draws more than a quarter of a million visitors each year making it one of the largest neighborhood festivals in the nation.  The annual Memorial Day event features entertainment, celebrities, and plenty of strawberry shortcake. In fact, Garden Grove holds the record for the largest strawberry shortcake. But strawberry shortcake is just one of the slices to savor.

The city’s “Re: Imagine Downtown” campaign is not only capturing ideas, it is cultivating an expansion of the cultural arts. Garden Grove’s 540-seat Festival Amphitheater is home to the non-profit Shakespeare Orange County Shakespearean Theater company and privately-owned Great Reunions, Inc.. The organizations will present timeless classics like Othello and Hamlet along with live musical performances for the enjoyment of residents and visitors throughout the year.

At Brandywine we can help you to find lots of reasons to love Garden Grove. Our brand new homes feature gourmet kitchens and stunning master suites. One of our new premier Garden Grove communities is the Walden which features beautiful single-family homes ranging in size from 1760 to 2042 square feet. With all the modern amenities needed to accommodate the way you live, work, and play, there is a place here for you.

To find out more about single-family Garden Grove Homes For Salecontact us.

 

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How New Housing Can also Be an Expression of Your Individuality

January 20th, 2014

Nowadays, many new housing developments are built keeping in mind that people might want a little bit extra out of life.  Sure, you want a home with the requisite number of bedrooms to accommodate your family.  But you might also want a spacious front yard and back yard.  You might want to walk out of your home and have a walking or jogging trail close by, shaded over with trees.  You might also want to make sure that there are shops and restaurants close by, as well as a school for your children.  Nowadays, people are willing to pay a little extra to get these conveniences and builders have started to take all these things into consideration.

The Flexibility of New Housing

In many homes, you’ll also have a few different options with regard to what features you want to maintain and what features you want to do away with.  So you may think that when you’re buying a new home, you basically have to go with what the builder has already constructed.  But this isn’t necessarily true because you have the option of adding certain features and removing others and converting your model home into one that you will feel comfortable living in.

A Variety of Sizes and Aesthetic Tastes

Most developments also feature homes of different sizes and, occasionally, styles, to suit your convenience and aesthetic taste.  So if you have a large family, you can get more bedrooms while those will smaller families can invest in something cozier.  In terms of style also, you have a choice.  For example, at Estates Pasadena,  you can choose between Cape Cod, Hastings English and French Provincial homes, depending on your taste.  So even when it comes to new homes, you always have a choice and aren’t always stuck with what the builder might refer to as a model home.

Putting Your Own Individual Stamp on the Home You Buy

If individuality is one of your concerns, you can always do up your interiors in a way that reflects your unique vision.  If you like floor-to-ceiling windows and a lot of space and light, you can follow a minimalist scheme and keep the interiors bright and airy.  If you prefer a more effusive look with a variety of knick-knacks, paintings and unique pieces of furniture, you can decorate your home accordingly.  The important thing is to remember to let your personality shine through so that you feel comfortable in your space.

Contact us if you’re thinking about buying a new home.

 

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GlobeSt.com “Leases – Garden Grove”

January 17th, 2014

GARDEN GROVE, CA – Brandywine Homes is now leasing apartments at Waterstone, one of its first multifamily developments. Renters have signed the first leases and begun moving in. The 25-unit project consisting of two- and three-bedroom townhomes and flats on .887 acres near Dale St. and Stanford Ave. here is expected to help address the affordable-housing shortage in Orange County, where vacancy rates for apartments stand at 4.3% and rents in some areas are at a record high. Brandywine is leasing the homes primarily to couples and young families who are most likely already renting in the area but looking for a newer place.

 

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Waterstone, Brandywine’s New Multifamily Development in Garden Grove, California, Now Open for Leasing

January 15th, 2014

25-unit rental community near freeway, Disneyland and Beach Boulevard shopping addresses affordable-housing shortage

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2014 – Brandywine Homes, known for single-family infill projects that respect the architectural integrity of existing neighborhoods, is now leasing apartments at Waterstone, one of its first multifamily developments. Renters have signed the first leases and begun moving in.

The 25-unit project consisting of two- and three-bedroom townhomes and flats on .887 acres near Dale Street and Stanford Avenue in Garden Grove is expected to help address the affordable-housing shortage in Orange County, where vacancy rates for apartments stand at 4.3 percent and rents in some areas are at a record high.

“The demand for rental properties is huge right now; the timing is right for Brandywine to be a part of that market,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing for the 18-year-old homebuilding company. “Now that the economy is starting to improve, people who have been living with their relatives or doubling up with friends are looking for their own place – and they’re hesitant to buy just yet.” Read More >

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Brandywine Homes Acquires 51-Unit Townhome Project in Yorba Linda

January 14th, 2014

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Brandywine Homes has acquired a 5.1-acre urban infill community currently under development in the Orange County city of Yorba Linda. The property, with 51 townhomes, is located near Yorba Linda Blvd and Blair St, adjacent to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2015.

Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, says of the project, “It will be unique in the market because it offers larger, attached-style units, which are more affordable than detached homes in master-planned communities being built on the outskirts of Yorba Linda. And because this is an infill development within city limits, residents will not be required to pay the taxes imposed on residents of master-planned developments for new infrastructure.”

The community, designed by Theron Pate of Pate Smeall Architects to blend in with the existing neighborhood, will include townhomes ranging from 1.8k sf to 2.1k sf with gourmet kitchens, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Residents will have access to common amenities including a recreation center, a community meeting room and a pool.

Yorba Linda, an affluent OC suburb, is the birthplace of former President Richard Nixon. Yorba Linda High School opened in 2009, and several of the district’s schools have received the California Distinguished School award. The city’s population has grown by 13 percent, to 66,735, since 2000.

 

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MultifamilyBiz.com “Brandywine’s Newest Multifamily Community Waterstone Opens for Leasing in Garden Grove, CA”

January 13th, 2014

GARDEN GROVE, CA – Brandywine Homes, known for single-family infill projects that respect the architectural integrity of existing neighborhoods, is now leasing apartments at Waterstone, one of its first multifamily developments. Renters have signed the first leases and begun moving in.

The 25-unit project consisting of two- and three-bedroom townhomes and flats on .887 acres near Dale Street and Stanford Avenue in Garden Grove is expected to help address the affordable-housing shortage in Orange County, where vacancy rates for apartments stand at 4.3 percent and rents in some areas are at a record high.

“The demand for rental properties is huge right now; the timing is right for Brandywine to be a part of that market,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing for the 18-year-old homebuilding company. “Now that the economy is starting to improve, people who have been living with their relatives or doubling up with friends are looking for their own place – and they’re hesitant to buy just yet.”

Brandywine is leasing the homes primarily to couples and young families who are most likely already renting in the area but looking for a newer place, Barisic said.

Brandywine’s core market remains single-family homes, but having alternative income sources is always a good strategy, said Brett Whitehead, president of Brandywine Homes. Brandywine is also building a 22-unit property in Buena Park and a 35-unit development in Vista.

Located in the heart of Orange County, the new community is minutes from the Garden Grove Freeway, the Korean Business District and Little Saigon. Residents have easy access to the Block at Orange, the Westminster Mall, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Garden Grove’s award-winning schools.

The townhomes, designed by LSA Architecture, range in size from 900 to 1,360 square feet and include solid-surface granite countertops, refrigerators, and washers and dryers. Common areas will include a tot lot and barbecue areas.

According to the National Association of Home Builders’ formula to determine the local impact of multifamily housing in typical metro areas, adding 25 rental apartments will generate $1.9 million in local income, $206,750 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and 30 local jobs.

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New Housing Tips: Tools that First-Time Homeowners Need

January 13th, 2014

If you’re lived in rentals all your life, then the apartment managers took care of all the landscaping. If a light switch didn’t work or the faucet started leaking, you called the landlord to schedule a fix. Now that you own a new house, you’re responsible for the maintenance and repair of your property. To do that correctly, you’re going to need to buy the following tools:

Gardening Equipment

Your subdivision’s management company can take care of your front landscaping but that still leaves you in charge of the backyard. If you have any kind of a grassy area, you’re going to need a lawnmower. A small yard can make do with an electric version while larger expanses need a gas-powered version. Even if your backyard is hardscaped, you need pruning shears and garden shovels to take care of container plants. Unless you have a sprinkler or drip system, your plants need water from a garden house or watering can. If you have a tree that drops its leaves seasonally, get a rake and outdoor broom to clean up.

Maintenance Tools

You can still call professionals for large repairs, such as if your garbage disposal breaks down or all the power in a room shuts down. But you can fix minor problems if you have some basic tools. A hammer, saw, and a carpenter’s level can handle repairs involving wood, while electrical work typically involves pliers, screwdrivers with different types and sizes of blades, and a wire stripper. For plumbing, buy a wrench. You can organize your tools in a small chest with a carrying handle.

Painting Equipment

Your management company takes care of exterior colors. Painting a room is something you can learn to do or contract out to professionals or do yourself. However, touching up a worn spot on the wall, covering up a stain, or painting a repaired area is too minor to hire someone else to do. To tackle these jobs yourself, you first need the paint that matches the area you’re fixing. You can get the exact brand and shade from your subdivision’s management office. Then, you’ll need brushes, mixing sticks, a roller and paint tray for larger areas, dropcloths to protect adjacent areas, and sandpaper to smooth out rough spots.

For more information on what you need when you own a new home, or if you want help in buying a new one, please contact us.

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West Covina Houses For Sale: What to Consider when Planning a New Build

January 6th, 2014

If you’re considering West Covina houses for sale, you could just find it’s more advantageous to build a new home rather than purchase an existing one. Here are a few things you should consider when building a new home in order to ensure you don’t have regrets later.

Insulation

You may assume that a contractor’s bid will include adequate insulation, but that’s not always the case. Some builders will skimp on insulation in certain areas such as between the rim joists on a first and second floor. As a result, your home may not be as energy efficient as it should be. Consider having an informal inspection performed once all the insulation is in place in order to make sure you are adequately covered.

Hallway Size

If your new home is more than 2,000 square feet, most builders recommend that hallways be at least four feet wide. That way, more than one person will be able to pass at once, which is something that’s more likely whenever there are more people living under one roof. A larger hallway will also be able to accommodate mobility devices much easier, and this could be beneficial should you find yourself one day needing to rely on them.

Ample Closet Space

These days, closets aren’t just for the bedroom, as kitchens, utility rooms and bathrooms all need to have them as well. Your floor plan should include closets in all the right areas in addition to providing ample storage space within them. You’ll need around 48” of hanging closet space for each person, and around the same amount of space devoted to shelving to store objects on.

Bathroom and Laundry Locations

You could find it difficult to keep up with laundry if your washer and dryer are not easily accessible. Consider locating them just off the kitchen or near your home office in order to make using these appliances convenient to do. When considering your bathroom location, think about how easy it will be for guests to access your facilities, and then plan accordingly. It can also be a good idea to have a half bath near the back entrance to your home so that it will be readily available whenever you are working in the yard.

Here at Brandywine Homes, we know there are plenty of things to think about when planning your West Covina home. For help with choosing the right floor plan and features, contact us.

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PRESS RELEASE: Brandywine Homes Hires Real Estate Veteran Alex G. Hernandez as Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition and Project Management

January 6th, 2014

 

 

 

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As part of an anticipated expansion over the next three years, Brandywine Homes has brought on board Alex G. Hernandez, a former executive with The Olson Company and TELACU Development, as senior vice president of land acquisition and project management.

With more than 27 years of experience, Hernandez will leverage his deep knowledge of the Southern California housing market and his extensive contacts in the industry to identify promising infill opportunities, supervise entitlement efforts and work on annual business plans as well as day-to-day strategy.

“There are very few real estate professionals who are as accomplished as Alex at targeting the best infill properties in this challenging market and finding off-market deals,” said Brandywine Homes President Brett Whitehead. “Although we’ll be working closely together, this will allow me to focus on forecasting, build relationships with investors and analyze the financial aspects of growing the company over the next several years.”

Having spent his entire career in real estate development and land planning, Hernandez is in familiar territory. After spending the first decade of his career in local government as a city planner for major cities in Southern California, including Long Beach, Hermosa Beach and Los Alamitos, he parlayed his knowledge and skills to help developers find land and navigate the complex entitlement process that exists in this market.

”Since 1994, Brandywine has established itself as a leader in the Southern California housing market,” Hernandez said. “I am excited for the opportunity to join forces with a seasoned management team with a focus on in-fill housing.  Their range of products provides new housing opportunities to buyers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds.”

Since 1996, Hernandez has worked in various capacities for The Olson Company, an urban infill developer that is one of Brandywine’s closest competitors in California, as well as various real estate consulting and site development firms.

His most recent position was senior vice president of acquisition & forward planning with The Olson Company, where he directed acquisitions or participated in obtaining control of 40 properties. Over the years, he also has worked for Olson as a senior advisor in 2010, senior vice president and managing director of the Greater Orange Division from 1999 to 2004, and vice president of development from 1996-1999.

Hernandez also worked for six years with TELACU Development, the nation’s largest community development corporation, where he established its first urban infill housing division. There, he conducted land acquisition and project management, and then managed purchasing, construction, sales, marketing, and customer service from 2004 to 2010.

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Brandywine Buys Land for Infill Townhomes

January 6th, 2014

By Carrie Rossenfeld | Orange County | December 18, 2013

YORBA LINDA, CA-Brandywine Homes has purchased a 5.1-acre urban-infill community with the intention of building 51 townhomes near Yorba Linda Blvd. and Blair St., adjacent to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum here. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2015; anticipated construction costs for the project are not yet available.

The community, designed by Theron Pate of Pate Smeall Architects to blend in with the existing neighborhood, will include townhomes ranging from 1,750- to 2,100 square feet with gourmet kitchens, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Residents will have access to common amenities including a recreation center, a community meeting room and a pool.

According to Dave Barisic, VP of sales and marketing at Brandywine, “This property will offer something not seen in a very long time in Yorba Linda: an urban infill community in the very heart of the city. It will be unique in the market because it offers larger, attached-style units, which are more affordable than detached homes in master-planned communities being built on the outskirts of Yorba Linda. And, because this is an infill development within city limits, residents will not be required to pay the taxes imposed on residents of master-planned developments for new infrastructure.”

Yorba Linda, an affluent suburb in Northeastern Orange County, is the birthplace of former President Richard Nixon. Yorba Linda High School opened in 2009, and several of the district’s schools have received the California Distinguished School award. The city’s population has grown by 13%, to 66,735, since 2000, Brandywine reports.

As GlobeSt.com reported earlier this week, Brandywine has hired real estate veteran Alex G. Hernandez as SVP of land acquisition and project management. The move was part of an anticipated expansion for the firm over the next three years.

 

 

 

The community will offer larger, attached-style units.

 

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