Yorba Linda Houses for Sale: What to Consider When Building Your New Home

December 30th, 2013

The birthplace of Richard Nixon — the affluent Orange County suburb of Yorba Linda — hasn’t seen an urban infill project in a long time. But with the city facing a 13 percent population increase since 2000, and with award-winning schools making it an attractive option for families, there is no time like the present for such a project.

Brandywine’s 5.1 acre urban infill community is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015 and will feature 51 townhomes in the heart of the city. These homes will be more affordable than detached homes on Yorba Linda’s edges, with residents saving on taxes that are imposed on new infrastructure. Further, the new community will benefit the city as well, with the construction generating about $10.5 million in income and providing 162 jobs. There is expected to be about $1.5 million in ongoing annual income, as well as more than $370,000 a year in taxes and other revenue.

The homes will range in size from 1,750 to 2,100 square feet and will feature the amenities expected from new homes, including gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The community will also offer a meeting room, a swimming pool and a recreation center.

Yorba Linda was named for Jose Yorba, a member of a Spanish expedition that was exploring the area that is now known as Orange County in the late 1700s. Later, the area was inhabited by residents intent on having small farms. The city is now home to over 68,000 people and features seven elementary schools, three middle-schools and the recently-built high school.

To find out more about Brandywine Homes’ new urban infill community in Yorba Linda or any other Brandywine communities in Orange County, contact us.


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Orange County Needs Affordable Homes; Brandywine Answers the Call

December 23rd, 2013

According to a recent article in The Street, housing prices are expected to climb in some of the nation’s least affordable areas, including Orange County, and higher prices could lock first-time home buyers out of certain areas. And while Orange County’s job growth continues to increase and people continue to want to make this place their home, affordable housing is still a big concern. As announced in June, Brandywine intends to answer the call for affordable housing with its 34-unit rental community in southern Garden Grove, in the heart of Orange County.

While Brandywine is better known for Orange County single family homes, the company is fully invested in working with communities to deliver the type of housing that best suits the needs of the particular neighborhood in which they’re built. This, along with the desire to expand to the multi-family rental market — a population long underserved in Orange County — makes this newest multi-family development, Hope Street, particularly exciting.

Hope Street, Brandywine’s second Garden Grove multi-family development project, will feature a combination of townhouses and flats ranging in size from 771 to 1,226 square feet. The development is mere miles from Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, with convenient freeway access, nearby stores and a close proximity to Little Saigon. Additionally, Garden Grove boasts award winning schools that the children of Hope Street will have the opportunity to attend.

The thirty-four unit development is expected to be completed in February, 2014. For more information on Hope Street or any of Brandywine’s other Orange County developments, contact us.


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December 19th, 2013

Urban infill project near Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum to bring much-needed new housing stock

YORBA LINDA, Calif. – December 16, 2013 – Brandywine Homes has acquired a 5.1-acre urban infill community with 51 townhomes near Yorba Linda Boulevard and Blair Street, adjacent to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, in Yorba Linda, Calif. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2015.

“This property will offer something not seen in a very long time in Yorba Linda: an urban infill community in the very heart of the city,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “It will be unique in the market because it offers larger, attached-style units, which are more affordable than detached homes in master-planned communities being built on the outskirts of Yorba Linda. And because this is an infill development within city limits, residents will not be required to pay the taxes imposed on residents of master-planned developments for new infrastructure.” Read More >

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Houses for Sale in West Covina: Reasons You Want to Live in Waverly

December 16th, 2013

If you’re considering houses for sale in West Covina, many of your options are more than sixty years old. However, there are brand new houses available in Brandywine’s new gated community of Waverly. Here are some reasons why Waverly would be a great choice for you.

* Waverly is family friendly and the gated community features a tot lot, a barbecue area and close proximity to local schools.

* Located on grounds formerly owned by the Immanuel First Lutheran Church, Waverly is conveniently located near the GO WEST bus shuttle, public parks and the Westfield Mall.

* Waverly is also a perfect community for those who commute to Los Angeles, Orange County or the Inland Empire.

* The homes, which range in size from 2,150 to 2,400 square feet, offer amenities often not found in older homes, including eco-friendly tankless water heaters, low-E glass windows, flourescent task lighting in the kitchen and central heating and air conditioning with night setback thermometers.

* Waverly residents will also enjoy in-home luxuries such as a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and master suites with elegant oversized soaking tubs.

* With move-in anticipated for Spring of 2014, residents have the opportunity to personalize their new home with options and upgrades.

* Brandywine works side-by-side with local governments to create housing solutions that benefit the city as well as the city’s residents. The mid-priced homes available in Waverly will be a benefit to families seeking to live in West Covina. West Covina, itself, will benefit from the additional property taxes created by the new housing community of Waverly.

For more information on purchasing a home in Waverly or any of Brandywine’s other communities in Southern California, contact us.

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December 9th, 2013

Brandywine HOMES HIRES REAL ESTATE VETERAN ALEX G. HERNANDEZ as senior vice president of land acquisition and Project management

Former executive for The Olson Company and TELACU Development will help infill homebuilder Enhance its development pipeline and fulfill its strong growth projections over the next three years

IRVINE, Calif. – Monday, Dec. 9, 2913 – As part of an anticipated expansion over the next three years, Brandywine Homes has brought on board Alex G. Hernandez, a former executive with The Olson Company and TELACU Development, as Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition and Project Management.

Hernandez will leverage his deep knowledge of the Southern California housing market and his extensive contacts in the industry over the past 27 years to identify promising infill opportunities, supervise entitlement efforts and work on annual business plans as well as day-to-day strategy.

“There are very few real estate professionals who are as accomplished as Alex at targeting the best infill properties in this challenging market and finding off-market deals,” said Brandywine Homes President Brett Whitehead. “Although we’ll be working closely together, this will free me up to do more forecasting, build relationships with investors and focus on the financial aspects of growing the company over the next several years.” Read More >

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5 Great Sites for Holiday Decorating Ideas

December 2nd, 2013

It’s time to deck the halls. If you’re tired of hauling out the same old stuff that you’ve been decorating with for years—or just want to spice up a holiday table or entryway—you’ll find a wealth of fun, innovative ideas online. Whether you plan to keep your decorating simple or go all out—or even skip it this year—you’ll enjoy checking out the creative and festive ways that others have found to celebrate the season.


HGTV has gathered up 12 simple, elegant decorating ideas to help you deck your halls. From important basics such as the best way to string lights on a tree to festive, money-saving DIY projects, this site offers something for everyone. Learn how to make garland and Christmas mantels like the pros and settle in to make simple snowflake curtains with the kids. Looking to green up your holidays this year? “Forever” LED lights, which use 80 percent less electricity than conventional lights, are the way to go, according to HGTV.


True to its name, Real Simple offers up easy, elegant ideas for Christmas decorating without all the fuss. Fill a vase or hurricane jar with red and white peppermints and marshmallows or glass jars with Christmas ornaments for dramatic, high-impact displays. Fill silver mint julep cups with frosted pinecones as the final touch for a sophisticated winter-white table. Festive red cranberries look great in apothecary jars, and red and green apples are simple and elegant in trifle bowls. Simple is beautiful—and a lot less stressful.


From traditional to unexpected, Southern Living has amassed a treasure trove of 101 holiday decorating ideas. Consider out-of-the-box twists such as decorating the tree with cascading tendrils of colorful ribbon attached to an embroidery hoop and slid over the top of the tree or making hand-stitching stockings our of inexpensive burlap. Tips for wrapping gifts, choosing color schemes (beyond red and green) and making your own ornaments are also included.


Always a reliable source for home decorating ideas, Houzz.com’s extensive library includes more than 6,000 photos of Christmas décor, from luscious to light-hearted. You’ll find ideas for setting a beautiful Christmas table or decking the mantel as well as holiday container gardens and paper wreaths. With photos submitted by professional decorators as well as savvy amateurs, Houzz offers something for every type of style.


In a season of excess, simple stands out. As part of an encyclopedic series of Christmas ideas posts—covering everything from vintage to Scandinavian influences and much more—DigsDigs.com presents a gorgeous collection of minimalist décor ideas. Black, grey, white and natural wood are ideal settings for bare tree branches and candles—festive displays without the fuss.


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