Sunstone in Norwalk, California Surrounds You with Fun

July 27th, 2015

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One of the reasons you’re considering a townhome at Sunstone in Norwalk, California, is because you lead an active lifestyle. You can’t be bothered with mowing the lawn, painting the siding, and the million other tasks that owning a single-family home entails. You like the idea of paying a monthly fee to have all external maintenance taken care of. But you’re a bit concerned that you won’t have a backyard in which you and your family can relax and play.

You don’t have to worry in this community, which boasts a shaded structure, play equipment, barbecue grills, and picnic tables in an open space. If that isn’t enough, just cross Pioneer Boulevard to enjoy the acreage at Little Lake Park. Aside from playing fields and formal picnic areas, the park has wading pools, playgrounds, handball courts, baseball fields and basketball courts. After you move in, come to the Get Acquainted Cookouts held on occasional Fridays at the park so you can meet your neighbors. In the summers, the wading pools hold night swims until 7 PM for your little ones.  Read More >

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BRANDYWINE HOMES TO BREAK GROUND ON LOTUS COURT– A 13-TOWNHOME COMMUNITY IN MONROVIA

July 24th, 2015

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New Community to Offer Much-Needed Housing at Lower Price Point Close to New Station Square Transportation Hub

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MONROVIA, Calif. – July 24, 2015 – Brandywine Homes will begin demolition this month on Lotus Court, a .74-acre community that will offer 13 townhomes on Duarte Road near Station Square, a newly revitalized transportation hub in Monrovia, Calif. Brandywine expects to begin sales in February 2016 and plans to complete the community by summer 2016.

“With so little new construction under way in Monrovia, Lotus Court gives those looking to buy a new home with good schools an option at a price point lower than what they can find at other communities in the area,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. Read More >

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Mello Roos and Other Quirks of Orange County Homes

July 20th, 2015

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If you’ve ever owned a home, you already know the basics about buying. Unless you’re paying cash, you need to put some money down and then pay the rest of what you owe through a monthly mortgage that may last for 30 years.

But there are some things that may surprise you about buying new Southern California homes. We want you to approach the process with your eyes wide open. So here are a few of the most important quirks. 

Mello-Roos

You’ll hear this term bandied about at many new housing developments or hidden in the fine print at the bottom of a sales brochure. Mello-Roos comes from Senator Henry J. Mello and Assemblyman Mike Roos, co-authors of the Community Facilities Act. The act establishes special districts that impose a property tax on homes in that area. The money then finances schools, infrastructure, parks and other government services for the neighborhood. This tax is one way that local governments get around California Proposition 13, which limits the raising of property taxes to a low percentage each year.

What Mello-Roos means for you is more money out of your pocket when you buy a home. It’s one of the first things you need to ask about when thinking about a purchase. All things being equal, a property with Mello-Roos costs more to buy than one without it. None of our current developments at Brandywine Homes have Mello-Roos taxes.  Read More >

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California New Home Builder Encourages You to Make Your Laundry Room Your Own

July 13th, 2015

As California new home builders, we want you to love your new home, but we understand part of loving your new home is making it your own. Making a home your own often starts with concentrating on one room at a time and getting the most out of that room. Because the laundry room is an often overlooked room, we thought we would offer some tips on creating a wonderful laundry room in your new home. 

Add Some Color

Without a little color, a laundry room can be a boring place where you simply wash your clothes. Oftentimes, you can purchase washers and dryers in a variety of colors, but even if you have stainless steel or white appliances in your laundry room, you can add color in other ways. Paint the walls a bright color. Brightly colored carpeting and wall hangings can also add a little personality to your laundry room.

Create More Storage Space

While many of our homes have great convenient cabinetry in the laundry rooms, sometimes that is not enough storage space. Many front load washers and dryers can be elevated with base pedestals, which offer storage drawers under your washer and dryer. A pedestal also brings both machines up to a more comfortable height to load and unload. While you can often purchase pedestals created specifically for your washer and dryer, you can also create your own.

Extra storage space can also be added by including freestanding storage containers in your laundry room. Plastic storage bins are great for storing liquids. If the liquids tip over, they are going to be easier to clean out of a plastic drawer than they would be if the items spill in wooden drawers or through metal storage containers. Of course, metal and wooden storage containers often look a little nicer than plastic containers, so the type of storage containers you choose to add to your laundry room is completely about what fits best with your lifestyle. 

Include Laundry Baskets in Laundry Room

Having several laundry baskets in the laundry room can make doing your laundry more convenient. Label the baskets based upon clothing coloring or material type. Then family members can throw dirty clothing in the baskets right away, allowing for convenient presorting. 

Create a Drying Rack

A great way to save money on drying your clothes is to use a drying rack. While they can be purchased and placed just about anywhere in your home, sometimes the most convenient method is to have a clothes drying rack which stays in one place. Consider this homemade drying rack, which can accommodate several layers of clothing and which attaches to the wall. The drying rack can be folded up when not in use and folded down when needed.

Contact us to learn about the variety of homes we currently have available in Southern California. We look forward to helping you find the perfect home where you can create your perfect laundry room as well as other great rooms and memories.

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Urban Redevelopment Creates Walkable Home Communities

July 6th, 2015

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The urban lifestyle has become more popular, not just for the young, business and career driven set, but also for the retirement-age generation. People want to be where everything is within walking distance and the urban redevelopment market is paying attention.

Brandywine Homes and other real estate developers are answering the call, building apartments for the demand of walkable urban communities.

At a recent meeting of Realtors from around the U.S., the hot topic was the development of commercial real estate for communities with multi-family buildings. People, young and not-so-young, want to walk to restaurants, theater and shopping.

According to studies that came from the meeting, walkable residential communities generate four times the tax revenue compared to regional and business malls, bringing more value to the area. Read More >

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Multi-Housing News: “Brandywine Homes Expands in Richard Nixon’s Childhood Neighborhood”

July 1st, 2015

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Jul. 1, 2015

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Yorba Linda just received an added dose of luxury as the city’s newest townhome community recently held a grand opening. Developer Brandywine Homes unveiled its latest completed residential project in Orange County, adding a 51-unit urban infill community in the proximity of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Brandywine only recently announced the development of another townhome community in Norwalk back in May, confirming its L.A.-area expansion strategy. The company also has two other communities lined up in Yorba Linda.

Brandywine Homes' Covington community

Brandywine Homes’ Covington community

The 5.1-acre Covington luxury community is located near Yorba Linda Boulevard and Blair Street, in the affluent Orange County suburb. The townhomes range in size between 1,842 and 2,100 square feet of space and feature a craftsman-style design, provided by Pate SmeallArchitects. The community’s placement, in the vicinity of the 91 freeway, means that residents gain quick access to venues such as Angel Stadium, Honda Center, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Disneyland.

Unit features include efficient tankless water heaters, recessed lighting, double-strength glass windows, state-of-the-art communication and networking, as well as storage space and fully-equipped kitchens.

Residents at Covington have access to a common amenity package that includes a pool, rec center, as well as a barbecue and gathering area. Its position within the Placentia-Yorba Lind Unified School District also proves to be a big selling point for the Covington. The community is rapidly becoming a success, with twelve of the seventeen homes part of Phase 1 have already been either sold or reserved.

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