BRANDYWINE HOMES SELLS SEVEN OF NINE HOMES RELEASED AT WAVERLY GRAND OPENING IN WEST COVINA

February 27th, 2014

700 people visit new development, the first of its kind in decades

WEST COVINA, Calif. – DATE – Brandywine Homes announced today that it sold seven of the nine homes released during a recent grand opening event at Waverly, a 2.3-acre gated community of 19 single-family homes in West Covina, 18 miles east of Los Angeles. The grand opening attracted 700 visitors to the new San Gabriel Valley community, which is offering the first new detached homes to be built in the area for several years.

“This was the first grand opening of detached houses in West Covina for a long time,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “We had 700 people come through and only 19 houses available. Demand doesn’t get much more significant than that.”

Based on the grand opening’s success, Brandywine Homes has started construction on the community’s second phase, which will add eight more houses. Barisic expects those homes to be released for sale within the next month.

“We sold almost half of the homes in our inventory in the first weekend,” Barisic said. “This has certainly exceeded our expectations and the average rate of absorption for a new home community.” Read More >

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Demolition finished at Brandywine Homes site

February 27th, 2014

Story and photos BY DANIEL LANGHORNE / STAFF WRITER Published: Feb. 18, 2014

Crews wrapped up demolition of four houses Monday on 5.1 acres at Eureka Avenue and Yorba Linda Boulevard.

Brett Whitehead, president of the site’s developer, Brandywine Homes, originally expected to break ground in October but said construction on the first units of the 51-townhome community will start in three to four months because of delays.

“We have a lot of site improvements we need to get through before we can start building the units,” he said. “We should be done toward the end of 2015 unless we hit some delays.”

Construction crews have some extensive grading to do and need to install underground utilities such as storm drains, electrical, sewer and water.

Nina Bawa, owner and director of the nearby Yorba Linda Preschool, said Brandywine has been good about keeping her updated on when demolition happens so naptime isn’t disrupted. Her pupils were excited look out the window and see the bulldozers at work.

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Why Is It Better To Buy a Home Than Rent One? Practical and Aesthetic Considerations When Looking at Homes for Sale

February 24th, 2014

Many of us get really comfortable renting homes because the process is a fairly simple one.  You go to see the home, you decide whether you like it, and you leave the person a check for the security deposit.  Of course, there are times when things are a little more complicated, such as when the person wants to check out your credit report and get a copy of your paycheck.  But if you have a stable job and a stable credit history, you don’t have much to worry about.

When you’re looking at homes for sale, on the other hand, you have to make sure that you have savings so that you can put in a down payment and you also have to apply for a mortgage which can be a complicated process.  Still, there are many advantages to buying a home as opposed to renting one.

Practical Advantages of Buying a Home

First of all, when you buy a home, you can make it into whatever you visualize.  When you’re renting a home, it may not make any sense to get the latest appliances because it will be a headache to take them with you when you leave.  So you’ll have to make do with whatever is available in terms of the washer/dryer, dishwasher, stove, oven etc.  If all of these are really old and don’t function all that well, there’s nothing you can do about it.  If you love cooking, having old or decrepit cooking appliances can really get in the way of developing your interest.

Aesthetic Advantages of Buying a Home

Aesthetically as well, you’re limited in what you can do with a rented home.  Let’s say the home has four small bedrooms but you would like to have two large ones.  You can’t knock down the walls of a rented home, but you could do this in a home that you own.  When you own a home, you can really make it fit your vision of the place that you’d like to live in.  In a rented home, the most you can do is paint the walls a different color.

So for both, practical and aesthetic reasons, it’s a good idea to own a home rather than to buy one.  If you’re thinking about buying a home in Southern California, contact us and we’ll help you find the perfect place for you.

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Orange county Register “Demolition finished at Brandywine Homes site”

February 18th, 2014

Crews wrapped up demolition of four houses Monday on 5.1 acres at Eureka Avenue and Yorba Linda Boulevard.

Brett Whitehead, president of the site’s developer, Brandywine Homes, originally expected to break ground in October but said construction on the first units of the 51-townhome community will start in three to four months because of delays.

“We have a lot of site improvements we need to get through before we can start building the units,” he said. “We should be done toward the end of 2015 unless we hit some delays.”

Construction crews have some extensive grading to do and need to install underground utilities such as storm drains, electrical, sewer and water.

Nina Bawa, owner and director of the nearby Yorba Linda Preschool, said Brandywine has been good about keeping her updated on when demolition happens so naptime isn’t disrupted. Her pupils were excited look out the window and see the bulldozers at work.

 

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Make Your New House Kid-Friendly

February 17th, 2014

One of the advantages of buying a new house in Orange County is that you can select how the interiors are finished. While you may be tempted by the beauty of luxurious drapes and the feel of deep pile carpeting, your children can easily make you regret those choices. You may want select more practical kid-friendly alternatives.

Window Coverings

Floor-to-ceiling silk curtains that are draped voluminously on the floor can make your home look like a palace. They’re also a great place for kids to play hide-and-seek and for pets to lay on. The fabric can easily collect dust, pollen and other allergens. Cleaning will require laboriously removing every rung and then sending the fabric to be dry-cleaned. A practical alternative is to use shades, which only require wiping and can be raised out of harm’s way for most of the day.

Wall Coverings

Avoid fabric and textured wall coverings, which are impossible to scrub clean. And woe to you if your kids decide to draw on them with crayon. Vinyl wallpapers are easy to scrub and can hide dirt if they sport a small pattern. Other good options are wall tiles made of hard materials such as ceramic, marble, and granite. They’re durable and easy to wipe. Paint can be a good option if you use satin or semi-gloss, which are easier or maintain than matte finishes.

Floors

Carpeting may be warm and comfortable underfoot but their fibers attract odor and dirt, and deep pile can become a jungle of lost items, food particles, and art materials. For easier maintenance, stick with solid surfaces like wood floors, stone, tile, or laminate. If you go with tile, choose the largest pieces possible to minimize the number of grout lines, which can trap dirt. You can still enjoy the comfort of carpet by using area rugs or carpet tiles. These alternatives can at least be sent out for cleaning when needed.

For more information about decorating your new home, or if you want to buy one, please contact us.

 

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Brandywine Homes Sells Every Available Unit During Grand Opening at The Orchards in La Mirada

February 10th, 2014

Development adds 41 new single-family homes to underserved area

LA MIRADA, Calif. — Brandywine Homes, one of Southern California’s most successful infill developers and homebuilders, released and immediately sold nine homes at The Orchards, a 41-home community on the site of the former Alondra Center on Alondra Blvd. east of Escalona Road in La Mirada, Calif.

Following a grand opening over the weekend, Brandywine announced that in addition to selling nine of the two-story Craftsman-style homes, which range from approximately 1,300 to 2,000 square feet, it began collecting interest in the next phase of homes due to be released Feb. 22.

“The Orchards grand opening event was so successful because the La Mirada market is extremely underserved,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing for Brandywine. “There hasn’t been any new residential construction in this largely built-out market for more than a decade.”

The homes—offering three or four bedrooms, two and one-half to three and one-half bathrooms, two-car attached garages and private fenced rear yards—are priced from the $500,000s. Six of the smaller homes are deemed affordable for purchase by moderate-income buyers, starting in the low $300,000s.

La Mirada, named one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live,” is known for the popular La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts and is home to a water park called The Splash.

In 2009, Brandywine Homes purchased the former strip mall site, which was demolished in 2008, in an effort to revitalize the area though a development deal with the city of La Mirada.

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Urban Redevelopment Revitalizes More Than What the Eyes Can See

February 10th, 2014

Urban Redevelopment can revitalize more than the aesthetic ambiance of a community. It can revitalize a community’s artistic spirit.

One of Orange County’s leading cities is at the forefront of this growing interests in the role of arts within a community: Garden Grove.  Garden Grove is on the move in terms of economic growth, redevelopment,  community involvement, and shaping the next generation of performing arts aficionados.

At the centerpiece of the renaissance is the city’s 540-seat Festival Amphitheater. Garden Grove has featured Shakespearean theater for the past 30 years.  However, as the city revitalizes its economy the theater community is growing too. A new partnership between the non-profit Shakespeare Orange County (SOC) and privately-owned Great Reunions, Inc. has resulted in an expanded performance season.  Instead of a performance calendar that runs only between the months of May and September, live productions will become a part of the community’s arts programming throughout the year.

Emerging and seasoned thespians are pleased. The movement in Garden Grove has been embraced by John Walcutt, SOC producing artistic director. Walcutt is an actor, who has theatrical roots in Garden Grove and has gone on to carve out a successful acting career in Hollywood.  He is featured on the city’s “Re:Imagine Downtown” website, which is the “idea” collecting site for the city’s campaign to rebuild the city with input from all citizens. On the website Walcutt talks about his vision and hopes for the city’s theatrical life. This past year, the city council voted to increase funding to the venture that will expand the city’s art related programs.

At Brandywine we believe it is important to rebuild and reinvest in urban areas.  We are committed to rebuilding America one city at a time. We are proud to offer new home communities in beautiful Southern California cities like Garden Grove. Contact us for more information on new home ownership in a vibrant city with strong roots and an even stronger spirit.

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New Garden Grove Apartments Mark a Push to Multifamily for Brandywine Homes

February 8th, 2014

Jan. 14, 2014

By Joshua Ayers, Senior Editor

Garden Grove, Calif.—Irvine-based Brandywine Homes has started the lease-up at Waterstone, a 25-unit community located in Garden Grove, Calif.  Several residents have already inked leases and have begun to move in to their apartments.

Waterstone is situated on .887 acres near Dale Street and Stanford Avenue in Garden Grove, and has an offering of two- and three-bedroom townhomes and flats.  Brandywine is looking to take the edge off of the affordable housing shortage in Orange County where rent rates in some areas of the county are at record highs and vacancy rates are staying firm around 4.3 percent.

“The demand for rental properties is huge right now; the timing is right for Brandywine to be a part of that market,” says 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.”

The company has targeted its leasing efforts primarily towards couples and young families that are already renting in the area and are in the market for a newer rental.

The homes were designed by LSA Architecture and range in size from 900 to 1,360 square feet.  Interiors include granite countertops, refrigerators and in-unit washer and dryers, while common areas feature a tot lot and barbecue areas.  The location in Garden Grove provides convenient access to retail, grocery and dining, as well as larger area attractions such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

While Brandywine still remains focused on its core market of single-family homes, it has begun a push into multifamily with the completion of Waterstone, as well as another 22-unit property under construction in nearby Buena Park, Calif., as well as a 35-unit development in Vista, Calif., in northern San Diego County.

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OC Real Estate News: Median Home Price Hits Post Recession High

February 3rd, 2014

According to a recent article in the Orange County Register, OC real estate has hit a post-recession high with a median home price of $570,000 in mid-December. It was the highest median price — that is, the middle price of all single family home sales — not only for all of 2013, but also the highest median price since December of 2007.

December is often the month of the year with the highest median price, having been so in eight of the past 26 years. It is also the month with the highest new home sales — 17 out of the past 26 years — as home builders push to wrap up deals before the end of the year, the article stated.

With the price of homes rising, Brandywine remains committed to providing new and affordable homes to residents of Orange County. One such project is a 5.1 acre urban infill community in the heart of Yorba Linda. The community, which will consist of 51 townhomes, will offer larger, attached spaces for a more affordable price than detached homes on the city’s outskirts, particularly considering the lower taxes due to it being an infill development rather than new infrastructure. The Yorba Linda project has an anticipated completion time of Spring 2015.

Another Brandywine Homes project aimed toward providing affordable housing is a 34-unit rental community in Garden Grove that opened in January. With a healthy job growth in the area and the population continuing to increase, Brandywine Homes is pleased to provide new homes and rental homes for a number of Orange County Communities.

For more information on the new, single-family homes that are being offered by Brandywine Homes as well as the affordable rental options that Brandywine Homes has available, contact us.

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