Five Apps for House Hunting: Let Your Fingers Do The Buying

September 4th, 2017

If you own a smartphone, you already have a powerful house-hunting tool in your pocket. Check out these apps for both the IOS or Android phones, and you could soon be moving into the place of your dreams.

1. Doorsteps Swipe

Turn house hunting into a fun game with Doorsteps Swipe, which is powered by Realtor.com. Set up a personal profile detailing your home preferences and your current lifestyle. Or, you can specify an area in which to look. Then check out the suggested homes offered to you. Swipe through the pics and give each one a Like or a pass. The app slowly learns your preferences, so you begin to see only homes that meet your needs. Read More >

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Perfect Coastal Living at Riverdale in Long Beach, California

August 28th, 2017

Coastal living sounds like something out of a dream. You imagine being able to smell the scent of gentle coastal breezes from your own front porch or taking a walk down your own street while listening to the sound of the waves. When you move into Riverdale in Long Beach, California, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of coastal living in luxurious homes that range from 1,925 to 2,242 square feet – plenty of space for a growing family. Read More >

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Four Ways to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home

August 21st, 2017

Buying your first home is an enormous investment of time, money and emotional significance. Where you settle down and the specific property you select will shape your life for the next thirty years, and the terms of your mortgage payments will shape your finances for just as long. Many people assume home buying happens almost automatically in the natural course of finding a mate and settling down to have children, but it’s really a much more personal decision than that and doesn’t require a new family dynamic to trigger. The right time to buy a home is when it’s right for you. Whether or not you have a spouse or start a family, buying a home is about being ready to be happy in a single location for a long time. If you are financially stable, ready to settle and know what you want from a home, it’s probably time to start browsing the housing market. Read More >

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Living the Luxury Life in Yorba Linda, California

August 14th, 2017

Finding or building a true luxury home in Southern California can be a challenge. Land is scarce, prices are high, and you’ve often found yourself wondering if the only way to get the luxury home you’ve been dreaming of is to buy a house, tear it down and start from scratch on the lot–an expensive, time-consuming and wasteful proposition. If you’ve been struggling to find the home that’s right for you, there’s good news! Brandywine Homes found an incredible property in Yorba Linda with just enough space for 15 luxury homes. If you’re ready to start living the luxury life in Yorba Linda, California, don’t wait another minute! These great properties are going to disappear fast. Read More >

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SoCal Living Your Way: Jump to the Head of the Line at Castella in Norwalk

August 7th, 2017

Southern California has long served as the standard of a dream-like lifestyle. With gorgeous beaches, nearly perfect weather, and a wide variety of events and activities, it really is an ideal place to live. No wonder so many people are proud to call it home.

Of course, that popularity creates one inconvenient drawback: high housing prices.

The Orange County Register recently reported that the median price of a condo in Orange County was about $500,000, adding that “for 62 straight months, Southern California home prices have gone in one direction. Up.” Just five short years ago, home prices in Los Angeles County were 76 percent less than they are today.

By April, prices had risen an average of 6.3 percent over the last year. If the cost continues to rise at that rate, the median home price in Los Angeles County will be $800,000 by 2023. Considering that prices are indeed expected to rise for at least another two years, now is the time to buy.

But how can you do it when prices are at an all-time high? You’d have to be pretty lucky to find a new LA home in the low $400,000s.

We’ve got good news for you.

Those homes do exist, and they’re right here at Castella in Norwalk. This new residential community features an enclave of 21 townhomes with easy access to the 5 and 605 freeways. How can it get any better?

Like this:

Each home features open floor plans with two or three bedrooms, ranging in size from 1,108 to 1,491 square feet. Take a look at some of these highlights:

Energy Efficient: Auto shut-off motion sensors in the bathroom, laundry room, and garage, tankless water heater, water-efficient toilets and faucets, and Energy Star appliances.
Gourmet Kitchens: Stainless steel two-compartment sink, garbage disposal, freestanding gas range, built-in microwave, upgraded granite countertops, plenty of cabinets and storage, and more.
Fine Details: Recessed LED lighting, rounded wall corners, central heat and air, fiberglass shower, and master suites with Moen faucets, spacious closets, and cultured marble countertops.
Welcoming First Impressions: Contemporary architecture and a finished two-car garage.
Safety: Automatic fire sprinklers, low VOC interior paint, carbon monoxide detector, and pre-wired security system.

Choose one of four two-story floor plans and customize it to suit your unique needs and preferences. Simply speak to your sales representative to learn more about available upgrades and options.

In addition to the community’s 42 garage parking spaces, there are an additional 22 outdoor spaces to accommodate your friends when they come to visit. The common area, featuring a covered patio and barbecue grills, is available for you to enjoy these summer evenings and leisurely weekend afternoons with your friends and family.

This cozy community is nestled in Norwalk, where you’ll enjoy restaurants, parks, movie theaters, the golf center and sports complex, performing arts centers, and a variety of shopping opportunities. Gerdes Park is a short walk from your new home, as are several schools and churches. Meanwhile, downtown Los Angeles is a short drive away.

Castella is your opportunity to jump to the head of the line in Southern California! You don’t have to leave this incredible part of the world. Live the SoCal life your way in a beautiful–and affordable–new home.

Castella is one of the newest small communities built by Brandywine Homes, a family-owned and operated company that has been committed to making a positive contribution to the community since 1994. We’re delighted to celebrate the grand opening of the luxury townhomes at Castella, and we hope you’re as excited as we are. Contact us and sign up for our Interest List so you can be the first to know about available homes at Castella.

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Seven Ways to Keep Cool and Save Energy in Your Brandywine Home

July 31st, 2017

If the past month predicts anything weather wise, the summer is going to be long and hot in Southern California. Fortunately, the advanced insulation and energy technologies in Brandywine Homes will keep you cooler while saving on energy bills better than an older home. There are still steps, however, you can take to help beat the heat without shelling out extra money monthly.

1. Bring in the Cool

Even on the hottest days, temps are cooler during the evening and early morning. Open all your windows and, if it’s safe, your doors to let in the cooler air. Openings across from each other are particularly useful because they allow for cross ventilation. Read More >

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How to Welcome New Neighbors

July 24th, 2017

When new neighbors move in, it’s a good idea to welcome them.

First, it breaks the ice. If you see them at a community event or a neighborhood restaurant, you’ll be able to say hello rather than simply have a vague idea they live near you.

Second, it increases neighborhood safety and cohesion. The more neighbors you know, the better you’ll be recognizing genuine strangers in the neighborhood. Read More >

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What’s Hot in Outdoor Living: Five Current Trends

July 17th, 2017

Deciding what to do with your outdoor space is a crucial part of maximizing the potential of your home – particularly if you don’t actually have a lot of it. With the standard lawn being only one of many ways to go about setting up your outdoor area, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out how to shape your space in a way you’re not regretting later. As homeowners look to balance aesthetic appeal with functionality and maintenance requirements, a little research into the wide range of options can have you on your way to enjoying your outdoor space no matter the size. Here’s a look at five of the hottest trends in outdoor living. Read More >

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How to Pick the Perfect Color Palette for Your New Home

July 10th, 2017

One of the most enjoyable parts of moving into a new home is choosing your decor and color scheme. Color can change the way we feel, as this article in Psychology Today explains, so the colors we choose are important.

However, it’s a lot trickier than picking blue or green. Sherwin-Williams, for example, has more than 1,500 colors! You don’t want to get stalled trying to choose between Waterfall and Tame Teal, for example. (Some people might not even be able to tell the difference between those two!) So where to begin? Read More >

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Developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan for the Family

July 3rd, 2017

As you’re nodding off to sleep in the expansive master bedroom of your Brandywine home, your thoughts are about how much you’re enjoying the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, the free-flowing open floor plan and the friendly folks at the community center. Suddenly, the squeal of the fire alarm interrupts your reverie. How are you and your family going to handle this emergency? Read More >

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