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Finding the Perfect Roommate

May 20th, 2019


If you’re young, single and interested in owning your own home, the thought can be very daunting. Home ownership can be a difficult pursuit for couples and families…but for singles it can be even more complex. You don’t have the benefit of two salaries to cover expenses, and your down payment might not be as high as you’d like. One workaround is to consider getting a roommate or two. Some of our homes have dual masters or good-sized bedrooms with additional private spaces, which can be the perfect set up for sharing. So once you’ve decided to go this route, you’re going to need to find someone to share with. We have four tips to finding the perfect roommate: Read More >

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How Much House Do You Need?

May 13th, 2019

From castles to tiny homes to everything in between lies the perfect-sized home for you and your family. But how do you know how much you need? Some people want a bedroom and a bathroom for everyone living there with lots of space to spread out, while others prefer the coziness of a smaller house adorned with less stuff. But maybe this is your first or last home and you just don’t know? Consider these four ideas to determine what your perfect amount of space is.

To Share or Not to Share – If you have children, determine how you’d like them to spend their time. There are parents who swear their close relationship they have today is directly related to sharing bedroom space with their siblings as children. Or you may want to encourage individuality by giving each of your kids his/her own room. It’s a very personal choice. Read More >

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How to Save for Your First Home

May 6th, 2019


If you’re renting an apartment or living with your parents to save for a house, time may seem to be ticking painfully slowly until you’re ready to take that first step of moving into your very own home. But there are lots of little steps along the way you can take to, hopefully, speed up the process.

1.  Determine how much money you need. This amount doesn’t just apply to the down payment. You also need to consider the closing costs and the new monthly costs you’re about to incur. You’ll likely have larger utility bills and extra expenses you didn’t have as a renter, like HOA fees and property insurance.

2.  Set up a monthly, or even weekly, automatic bank transfer into a dedicated savings account and don’t touch it!

3.  Get a second job. Although this can seem like an exhausting option, in reality it’s only temporary and can send your savings into hyper speed.

4.  Lower your expenses by honestly determining the difference between want and need. Maybe you can ease off the Starbucks or cut the cable cord and stream your TV channels.

5.  Skip one year’s vacation. Yes…you likely need it too…especially if you’re working two jobs with no daily lattes, but consider all that money, often thousands of dollars for a holiday, going toward your new house goal. Again, this is temporary, and Hawaii will always be there!

6.  Pay off any debt you have as soon as you can and don’t incur more. It’s hard to save a good monthly amount when you’re also paying towards a maxed credit card bill or high auto loan.

With some temporary lifestyle adjustments and financial discipline, you may be able to be in your first home in no time at all! Brandywine Homes has options that cover many different price ranges throughout Southern California. Visit our neighborhoods page to see which community could be perfect for you!

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Five Reasons Why We Love Open Floor Plans

April 29th, 2019


Our new homes typically feature expansive ‘great rooms’ which function as spaces for family and friends to gather without feeling the constriction of walls and closed areas. The benefits of open floor plans are many which is why we love them. Here are few of the perks to this design style:

1. Open floor plans give the illusion of more space. Smaller homes tend to look and feel bigger when there are no boundaries to cut the room in half. High or vaulted ceilings help with this look too. Read More >

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Planning a Block Party

April 22nd, 2019


Moving your family into a new home can be an exciting and fun time for everyone! Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you’re likely to see kids running up and down the street and parents milling about watching them. If you are one of these new families, this is the perfect time to consider hosting a block party. A party is a wonderful way to mingle and meet neighbors in a festive atmosphere.

If you’ve never hosted a party like this before, we’re here to help. Following are some ideas and tips to throwing the best block party on the block! Read More >

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Design Trends for 2019

April 16th, 2019


Decorating a new house can be both exciting and daunting, so we’ve curated a list of the top design trends happening right now!

1. Fully tiled walls. There are some gorgeous tiles appearing on the scene, so why just relegate them to a small space above your stove. Considering tiling an entire feature wall to show off their pattern, colors and design.
2. Lots of wood. Wood floors meet wood cabinets meet wood countertops. Balance it with metal, steel or polished concrete to achieve a modern and sleek look. Read More >

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What is an Infill Development?

April 8th, 2019

Century Village Before

At Brandywine we’re very excited about infill property. In fact, many of the new homes we build in Southern California are built in these types of areas. What does that mean to a buyer? It means instead of purchasing a brand-new home in a location that is still being developed – which can mean a lack of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, etc. nearby – you’re purchasing in an area that is already well established.

Century Village After

We especially like to develop these types of neighborhoods because we are injecting new life into an area that might not necessarily be thriving. We can efficiently use existing land and not just build homes, but also add some nice perks such as common areas and pocket parks. It’s an exciting process to watch an urban area get a new lease on life. Read More >

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A Treasure Found in Baldwin Park

April 1st, 2019

One of the perks of building in an infill location, is sometimes a historic jewel is found on a property. For example, when we purchased a lot of land in Baldwin Park for our Palmera community – that for years housed a city-owned parking lot – we were rewarded with a little, unassuming brick building.

After doing some research we discovered this small structure, called Pacific Electric Railway Substation No. 21, played a big part in Los Angeles County’s history. Built in 1907 this building was built by the Pacific Electric Railway as a substation the served the Watts-Santa Ana Line, the Santa Ana-Orange Line and the Santa Ana-Huntington Beach Line. It was in service from 1907 until 1950. It is the last Pacific Electric substation remaining in Los Angeles County and it is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On March 29, 2019, the City of Baldwin Park held a dedication to this building and installed a plaque stating the names of the organizations, city officials and companies that have contributed to the preservation of this little piece of the San Gabriel Valley history. We are very proud that Brandywine Homes is listed among them.

What does the future look for Substation No. 21? There are no firm plans in store, however, the building will be sold for redevelopment into a small retail space.

We’re thrilled that the residents of Palmera will get to pass this building and, every day get a glimpse of yesterday’s Los Angeles County. Come visit Palmera in Baldwin Park to get a look at this charming little site. And while you’re there, take a tour of our models!

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Luxurious Designer Touches

March 25th, 2019


Living a luxurious lifestyle doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are a few tricks and illusions you can incorporate into your home to give the appearance of living large on a smaller budget. Of course, there may be some higher end investments, but typically, achieving this look doesn’t have to break your pocket book. Here’s how:

1. Classical neutral colors tend to stand the test of time and don’t look trendy, which can also be construed as less expensive. Look for classic textures, colors and patterns for a more upscale image.
2. Decorating with fresh flowers instead of silk will always boost your décor. Look for bouquets right from your garden or invest once or twice a week with some beautiful inexpensive bouquets from your local supermarket. Trader Joe’s has a very nice selection of reasonably priced, exotic flowers. Read More >

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Why our Homebuyers Love Townhomes and Multifamily Residences

March 18th, 2019

Land is often scarce in California, but let’s face it…it is the best place to live! Yes…we’re a little biased, but with its continuous sunshine, incredible land to the sea natural surroundings and unending list of fun things to do, why move away!

Because of this, however, there are a lot of us! And often the best way for us to live comfortably is to consider a townhome. Besides being a part of a true neighborhood, there are a lot of benefits to this communal lifestyle: Read More >

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