Congratulations on your new Orange County home! While we do everything we can to make home-buying as easy a process as possible, you still have to move in. And that’s something you and your family need to do on your own. To make that go easier, here are the top 10 things to do.
1. Inspect the home.
We know you’ve already gone on a walk-thru with one of our staff. And we do our best to make sure that the space you move into is spic and span. But it won’t hurt to go on a private inspection just before you move in. Make sure that we’ve adequately addressed any issues you initially pointed out. Look for any last-minute concerns that need to take care of, such as a spot of dirt here or a non-working smoke detector there. If you uncover any problems that you can’t address quickly, let the management office know. Read More >
A year-round costume shop in downtown Costa Mesa held its grand opening Thursday.
Halloween Bootique, which is located in The Triangle, hosted a costume party that included artist performances, a photo booth and refreshments.
Mother’s Market raising money for Environmental Nature Center
Costa Mesa-based Mother’s Market & Kitchen is donating a portion of funds collected from the sale of grocery bags to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. All seven Orange County Mother’s Market locations are participating, according to a news release. Read More >
Protecting your home, and the loved ones and cherished belongings within it is one of the highest priorities of home ownership. As recent as a few years ago, the term “home security” meant calling a company to come out and install an alarm system that would alert emergency services — and you — in the event of a break-in or a fire. However, that term has taken on a whole new meaning these days. Here is the run down of what home security means and the systems and services that are available for you.
You can still get a home monitoring system from the big-names in professional security. According to a report from Gear Brain, the companies generally charge a fee for equipment and installation ranging between $99 to $199. Often, however, these fees are reduced or waived for special promotions. They provide in-home consultations in order to identify vulnerable points in your home, and locate an area of the home with a strong cellular signal in order to place a wall-mounted or counter-top controller. Read More >
According to the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, from the National Association of Realtors, nearly 400,000 couples who bought homes during that year did so outside of a traditional marriage. But is it a good idea to buy a house with a friend? It can be. Here is a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of such a situation.
As stated in a report from Money Crashers, many of the benefits of buying a house with a friend are financial ones. It may be easier to qualify for a home loan, as lenders will consider the combined income, and will take an average of your credit score. It will also be easier to come up with a good down payment if you’re both contributing. The longer you and your friend make mortgage payments together, Money Crashers adds, the more equity you build up, meaning that when it comes time to part ways, you can split that equity and both have money to put towards a down payment on your next home. One or both of you may also be able to deduct the interest of your mortgage from your taxes, which is particularly attractive to those with higher incomes. Not to mention, you’ll be saving money by splitting monthly expenses, maintenance of the home, and the cost of repairs. Read More >
New Neighborhood in East Torrance Fulfills Need of Extremely Underserved Area
Brandywine Homes – Brighton in Carson
WEST CARSON, Calif. – Brandywine Homes announced that all 60 single-family detached homes at Brighton, a 4.46-acre community in unincorporated West Carson just east of Torrance in southwestern Los Angeles County, have been sold.
“We’re not surprised buyers snapped up these spacious, versatile homes,” said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “Brighton’s convenient location can’t be beat, with award-winning schools, parks and great shopping nearby, yet quality homes here are hard to find.”
Brighton is one of only a handful of new home communities in the South Bay area. With a population approaching one million, Torrance and other nearby communities face a housing shortage because the existing supply is aging and developable land is scarce. The area offers diverse employment and serves as a residential area for downtown Los Angeles.Read More >
The builder’s gated Riverdale community will offer 131 single-family homes starting in the low $600s.
Brandywine Homes and Integral Communities have broken ground on Riverdale, a gated residential community that will offer 131 detached single-family homes in Long Beach, Calif. A grand opening celebration is slated for August 2017.
“There are virtually no new residential developments located in the South Bay, which is a prime area for families looking to live in a place with easy freeway access and low commute times to both LA and Orange County,” says Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes. “This exclusive gated neighborhood is designed to appeal to growing and established families with children, as well as empty nesters.”
Riverdale will offer contemporary floor plans with three and four bedrooms ranging from 1,900 to 2,250 square feet. Amenities include gourmet kitchens with stainless appliances and granite countertops and prices are expected to start in the low $600,000s.
In addition, Brandywine is planning to develop a 3.3-acre city park near the Riverdale project named after Dr. David Molina of Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare. The C. David Molina Park will feature a turf soccer field, playground, restroom facility, walking path, parking and landscaping.
Make a space
To maintain work-life balance, you want to divide your office tasks from personal activities. Doing that effectively requires creating a separate space that you use exclusively for telecommuting, preferably one you can close off. If it’s the corner of a room, define it with a free-standing divider. A walk-in closet or entire room is ideal but only if you don’t mix family stuff in the same space. Read More >
Irvine-based Pendulum has bought a 156,305-square-foot office building at 5 Peters Canyon in Irvine for $41.7 million. The three-story property is between The Market Place and The District. Tenants include Medata, Black & Veatch, TRI Pointe Homes and Starwood Hotel & Resorts. The building was sold to Pendulum by K.C. Scheipe and Adam Edwards, both managing directors at Eastdil Secured in Irvine.
NAI Capital in Irvine has completed the $13.5 million sale of Triangle Terrace senior living apartments in Orange. Steve Heri, Steve Gim, and James Lampman represented the buyer, Reiner Communities, and seller, Orange Senior Housing, in the transaction. The 75-unit building at 555 S. Shaffer in Orange was built in 1985. The property sits at the eastern entrance to Hart Park.
A two-story, creative office building at 26840 Aliso Viejo Parkway has sold for $11.8 million. At the time of the sale, the property was 30 percent occupied with two tenants. The 33,915-square-foot building recently underwent $1 million in exterior and interior renovations. The buyer, Seabreeze Management Co., a property management company, was expanding and looking for an owner-user opportunity. They will occupy the remaining vacant space and the entire second floor for a total of 23,916 square feet. The seller was Irvine-based Kelemen Caamaño Investments, which acquired the building in 2015. Kelemen Caamaño Investments was represented by Rob Rader of Wind Water Realty, also of Irvine. Seabreeze Management Co. was represented by Brett Lessman and Will Tober of Hughes Marino.
Irvine-based Brandywine Homes and Newport Beach-based Integral Communities have broken ground on Riverdale, a gated residential community that will offer 131 detached single-family homes in Long Beach. Grading on the development, near the Bixby Knolls Shopping District, is expected to begin this month. A grand opening is slated for August. Riverdale, the companies said in a statement, will offer floor plans with three and four bedrooms. Home sizes will range from 1,900 to 2,250 square feet. Prices are expected to start in the low $600,000s. The gated community includes a clubhouse with a meeting room, Junior Olympic-size pool and spa with cabanas, outdoor dining areas, and tot lot. Near the Riverdale project, Brandywine is planning to develop a 3.3-acre city park named after Dr. David Molina of Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare.
A popular strip mall along Eastside Costa Mesa’s 17th Street Promenade is for sale, according to a listing on LoopNet.com.
The roughly 4.3-acre property at 250-298 E. 17th — whose tenants include local businesses such as Sidecar Doughnuts, Pie-Not and Mi Casa and larger chains such as Starbucks and Supercuts — has an asking price of $26.46 million.
The building contains about 56,000 square feet of space. It was built in the early 1960s but has been renovated multiple times since.
It is fully leased.
Costa Mesa UPS driver named to Circle of Honor
UPS driver Linzi Philips of Costa Mesa has been inducted into the Atlanta-based company’s Circle of Honor for her safe driving habits.
She was among 172 drivers in California noted for delivering packages for 25 years or more without an accident. Philips works for UPS out of Anaheim.
Globally, 9,349 active UPS drivers are in the Circle of Honor, according to a news release.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” George Willis, president of UPS’ West Region, said in a statement. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”
Roger’s Gardens to host Spring Celebration
Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar invites the public to attend a free weekend event this month marking the arrival of spring.
The Spring Celebration from March 24 to 26 will feature artistic floral displays, seminars and other events.
Roger’s Gardens is at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road. For more information, visit rogersgardens.com or call (949) 640-5800.
Stater Bros. expands online grocery service in O.C.
Stater Bros. Markets has expanded its use of Instacart online grocery ordering and delivery in Orange County to include locations such as Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach.
“Partnering with the best, most beloved local grocery retailers is a key cornerstone of our business,” Nilam Ganenthiran, senior vice president of business development for Instacart, said in a statement. “From the onset of operating our grocery ordering and home delivery service through Stater Bros.’ Costa Mesa location, our customers have been thrilled to shop with Stater Bros. and have been asking for more Orange County coverage.”
Team Also Plans to Build Adjacent 3.3-Acre City Park with Soccer Field, Playground and Walking Trails
By Ingrid Culbert March 2, 2017
Brandywine Homes and Integral Communities recently broke ground on Riverdale, a gated residential community that will offer 131 detached single-family homes on Daisy Avenue in Long Beach, Calif. in close proximity to Bixby Knolls Shopping District. Grading is expected to begin this month, and a grand opening celebration is slated for August 2017.
“There are virtually no new residential developments located in the South Bay, which is a prime area for families looking to live in a place with easy freeway access and low commute times to both LA and Orange County,” said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “This exclusive gated neighborhood is designed to appeal to growing and established families with children, as well as empty nesters – a perfect community to call home.”
Riverdale will offer contemporary floor plans with three and four bedrooms ranging from 1,900 to 2,250 square feet. Luxurious home amenities include gourmet kitchens with stainless appliances and granite countertops, master suites and green features. The gated community includes a resort style clubhouse with a meeting room, jr.Olympic pool and spa with cabanas, outdoor dining areas, and tot lot. Prices are expected to start in the low $600,000s.
Near the Riverdale project, Brandywine is planning to develop a 3.3-acre city park named after Dr. David Molina of Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare. The C. David Molina Park will be located at 4951 Oregon Avenue and will feature a turf soccer field, playground, restroom facility, walking path, parking and landscaping. The park will have energy efficient lighting to provide additional hours of play for Long Beach sports groups. The walking path and a series of fitness stations will provide an opportunity for healthy outdoor exercise. The playground will feature dynamic universally accessible play structures, a climbing structure, safety surfacing and colorful shade structures.