How an HOA Works When Buying an Orange County Home

November 30th, 2015

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If you’ve only lived in an apartment or owned an older home, you may be unfamiliar with the term HOA when you buy an Orange County home. The term is an acronym for home owners association. Because an HOA is part of any condominium complex or almost every new housing development, understanding and knowing how to take advantage of it is an essential part of owning a residence.

An HOA is a corporation that is established by a housing developer to manage homes and community property in a subdivision. Once the homes are sold, the developer transfers ownership of the HOA, as well as all legal and financial responsibility for the corporation, to the residents. You become a member of the HOA when you buy a home.  Read More >

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BisNow Orange County: Brandywine Homes Bullish on Norwalk Middle Class

November 29th, 2015

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By Patricia Kirk, Reporter

Brandywine Homes has broken ground on Citrine, a townhome community in Norwalk. Situated on one acre at 11433 Excelsior Dr, the project is an extension of nearby Sunstone, another under-construction Brandywine development in Norwalk.

The project is replacing six detached rental units with 16 two-story townhomes, ranging from 1,100 to nearly 1,500 SF. Units feature designer finishes, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as versatile, open floor plans, Urbanize LA reports. The site includes a common resident recreation area and is adjacent to a city park. ‘

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Upcoming Events in Los Angeles County in December

November 23rd, 2015

After endless, premature teases from retailers, the holidays are here for real and they’ve taken over our December 2015 events calendar. Dive into the spirit of giving with a stop at one of the best gift shops in LA, or channel your altruistic side with these volunteer opportunities that range from feeding the homeless to providing gift for needy families.

Whatever your plans are—even if you’re feeling like a bit of a Grinch—you’ll find plenty of activities to take advantage of in our December events calendar.

The SantaLand Diaries
Admission: Ticketed
Location: Santa Monica Playhouse.
Address: 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
2015 Dates: December 3 – 5 8:00 PM.

This delightfully outrageous holiday tale is for mature elves. New York Newsday said, “Worth more than a photo album full of Santas!” Matthew Wrather dons candy-cane tights in this funny one-man play about experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City where the holiday season brings out the best and the worst in everyone.

You can also toast the holidays with complimentary pre-show champagne or non-alcoholic eggnog.

Pomona Harvest Festival
Admission: Ticketed
Location: Fairplex in Pomona.
Address: 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
2015 Dates: December 4-6

This art and craft show has recreated Santa’s workshop where hundreds of artisans offer a full day of pure shopping bliss with over 24,000 handmade original works, many of which can be personalized for Christmas gifts. There’s also live music, a Kidzone, Mama Claus, Eddie the Elf, Captain Jack Spareribs, strolling performers, specialty foods and contests. Read More >

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The Art of New Homes in Costa Mesa, California

November 16th, 2015

The advantages of buying in Seabright, which consists of Brandywine’s new homes in Costa Mesa, are obvious if you tour the development: open and spacious floor plans, a community pool, and easy accessibility to the 55 freeway for commutes to work. You’ll be happy to be near plenty of shops and restaurants.

What may not be so obvious is that Costa Mesa is Orange County’s arts center. Whether you love visual or performing arts, you’ll find plenty of satisfaction with these local resources in the self-proclaimed “City of the Arts.” 

Visual Arts

Start your artistic explorations in an outdoor setting with California Scenario, a free sculpture garden created by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. He weaves water, stone, steel, and plants into a wonderland of three-dimensional forms that populate a serene outdoor setting. Many of the sculptures change their visual appeal throughout the day as both sunlight and shadow play across their surfaces.

If you’d rather confine your visual wandering to the indoors, head for the Orange County Museum of Art in neighboring Newport Beach. Most of the galleries are devoted to traveling exhibits of contemporary and modern art so you’ll never know what you’ll encounter. Works can range from room-filling site-specific installations involving multiple materials to small paintings that demand close inspection. Read More >

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History Abounds Around Yorba Linda’s Homes

November 9th, 2015

You expect the Yorba Linda homes developed by Brandywine to be well-built, expansive, and up-to-date because those define a quality new home. What may be a bit of a surprise is that the surrounding area seems equally bright and shiny. Nothing looks like it’s older than 50 years. But don’t be deceived by the modern architecture and well-tended facades. Yorba Linda, which means “beautiful Yorba” in Spanish, actually has a history dating back centuries. You can easily find evidence of the storied past if you know where to look. 

Yorba Family Cemetery

The city is named for Bernardo Yorba, who settled here in 1835, having been granted over 13,000 acres by Mexican territorial Governor Jose Figueroa. You can find his grave, as well as those of his many descendents, here. Considered one of the oldest cemeteries in the state, this area was deeded by the family to Orange County. The last burial took place here in 1933.

Come June 15 and you may see “The Pink Lady,” who is the ghost of Alivina de los Reyes, a Yorba descendent. She apparently died on that day in 1910 during childbirth. However, legend has it that a buggy accident claimed her life when she was returning from a dance.

About nine minutes west on foot lies the site of Rancho San Antonio, or Yorba Hacienda, where Bernardo Yorba constructed a two-story adobe house that at the time was one of the biggest in all of Alta California. After his death in 1858, the hacienda declined so that today, all that remains is a plaque designating the area as California Historical Landmark #226.  Read More >

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Orange County Register: O.C. housing’s HOT summer

November 6th, 2015

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By Jonathan Lansner

In case you missed it …

If the weather ever cools off, local real estate will look back fondly at this past summer.

Various economic anxieties, from a fear of higher interest rates to the possible negative ramifications of Chinese economic problems, raised doubts about the durability of the housing market’s long-running recovery.

So before autumn takes hold of the Orange County housing market (we’ll leave the weather to others), it’s a good time to review how summer treated the local market.

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Yahoo! Finance: Brandywine Homes Breaks Ground on 16-Unit Townhome Community in Norwalk

November 5th, 2015

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NORWALK, CA – Brandywine Homes has broken ground on Citrine, a 16-unit townhome community on one acre located at 11433 Excelsior Drive in Norwalk, Calif. A grand opening is scheduled for summer 2016.

“Our Citrine project is designed as an extension to the already under-construction Sunstone community, which is also in Norwalk,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “The demand and response to our floor plans and designs at Sunstone have been so large that it seemed a natural fit to continue to build in the same community.”

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Bloomberg Businessweek: Brandywine Homes Breaks Ground on 16-Unit Townhome Community in Norwalk

November 3rd, 2015

 

 

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NORWALK, CA – Brandywine Homes has broken ground on Citrine, a 16-unit townhome community on one acre located at 11433 Excelsior Drive in Norwalk, Calif. A grand opening is scheduled for summer 2016.

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BRANDYWINE HOMES BREAKS GROUND ON 16-UNIT TOWNHOME COMMUNITY IN NORWALK

November 2nd, 2015

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Extension to Brandywine’s Sunstone Community, Citrine Will Meet High Demand in Extremely Underserved Area   

NORWALK, Calif. – November 2, 2015 –Brandywine Homes has broken ground on Citrine, a 16-unit townhome community on one acre located at 11433 Excelsior Drive in Norwalk, Calif. A grand opening is scheduled for summer 2016.

“Our Citrine project is designed as an extension to the already under-construction Sunstone community, which is also in Norwalk,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “The demand and response to our floor plans and designs at Sunstone have been so large that it seemed a natural fit to continue to build in the same community.”

Located on a site that held six detached rental units, Citrine will offer 16 townhomes ranging from 1,110 to 1,475 square feet with hand-selected designer finishes as well as versatile, expansive floor plans. The community is adjacent to a city park and will include a common recreation area. The homes will be priced from the low $400,000s.

Citrine is within walking distance of elementary and middle schools and offers easy access to the 5 and 605 freeways. The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos Mall and Knott’s Berry Farm are only a short drive away.  Read More >

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Coming November Events in Los Angeles County

November 2nd, 2015

Los Angeles County, with an estimated population of more than 10 million as of 2014, is the most populous county in the United States and is more populous than 43 individual states. It is composed of a staggering number of cities (88) and many unincorporated areas. The county even includes two offshore islands, San Clemente and Santa Catalina.

With the amazing fact that over one-quarter of California residents live in this one county, it’s not surprising that there’s a wide variety of art, theater and cultural activities.

Here are just a few November events that you might want to put on your calendar:

Second Annual Mosaic Craft Fair

November 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Alhambra, 1000 S. Fremont Avenue, Alhambra.

This Handmade Shopping Event is a holiday shopping extravaganza that features local artists, artisans and DIY-ers who present a variety of handmade goods including toys, clothing, jewelry as well as bath and body items. There will also be food, lots of activities for children, arts and crafts workshops, a beer garden, a DJ and live music and much more.

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

November 15, 2015 – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach.

These canine daredevils thrill the whole family with amazing tricks, high-jumping acts, Frisbee catching, and a triathlon for stunt dogs that are lovingly encouraged in a competition in which every dog is a winner.

Common Goods Marketplace

Saturday, November 21, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

Free and open to the public. This holiday event lets you shop for  one-of-a-kind creations and crafts. For a limited time, the shop will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Paperworks

Through January 3, 2016, also at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

This exhibition features contemporary artists who use paper-cutting techniques to create large and small-scale sculptural works. Read More >

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