Architectural Trends for New Orange County Homes

August 25th, 2014

As Millennial s and baby boomers recognize the perks of in-town living, they are creating a demand for elegantly-designed new construction homes in urban areas. Some of the latest architectural trends across the United States are reflected in new Orange County homes. From gourmet kitchens and master bathroom suites that act as luxurious retreats, new homes offer private and social living spaces that pamper home owners and guests so they can thrive instead of simply survive.

Relaxing in style

According to a recent article by Freshome design and architecture magazine, one of the hottest architectural trends is to design homes as a retreat. When shopping for new Orange County homes, look for homes that have over-sized soaking tubs and spacious master suites. Fifty-percent of new builds in the U.S. have whirlpool tubs, reflecting the growing demand for a spa-like bathroom.

Having flex spaces

Flex spaces are also growing in popularity in Orange County homes, especially as many households are in transition. Some families may temporarily take care of their aging baby boomer parents. A grown child might return home to live for a few years. Having a bedroom on the main floor can serve as the in-law living space one year and a home office the next year. Other flex spaces include lofts, which may be defined by the owner.

Making a statement with the kitchen

According to Freshome, the kitchen is the central meeting place in the home. When touring various Orange County homes as a house hunter, look for kitchens that open to a dining room and living room or a kitchen that overlooks a Great Room. Because of the open concept, it’s more important than ever to have upgraded granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and attractive cabinetry in a gourmet kitchen.

Other trends include “health conscious designs,” and green living. Look for water conserving, energy efficient and increased insulation in new homes. Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. For more information on how we can help you build a stylish home for thriving instead of just surviving, please contact us.

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Urban Redevelopment: A Study in Newness and Partnerships

August 18th, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase before, but you’re not entirely sure what it means. Dictionary.comdefines urban redevelopment as the rehabilitation of city areas by renovating or replacing dilapidated buildings with new housing or other buildings, often in accordance with comprehensive plans. By the very definition, urban redevelopment makes a place new again, and usually through a public/ private partnership involving city government.

The phrase and the concept behind it are at the core of what Brandywine Homes does, day in and day out. Since we started in 1994, our family owned and operated business has built or developed almost 1,200 homes in 36 small to mid-sized infill communities. We’ve worked in some of Southern California’s most established neighborhoods. We’ve been joined by financial partners and government agencies to make a positive contribution to the cities and the people who live in them.

In June, we began work on a 26-acre townhome community in Costa Mesa. These new two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath townhomes are being built on a 1.42 acre piece of property just two miles from the beach and the Pacific Coast Highway. The property, which formerly housed an 18-unit apartment complex, provides easy access to a vast amount of restaurant and shopping options as well as large, private yards, and a community pool. Construction on these cost efficient homes is scheduled to be complete in Fall, 2015.

This is just one example of the urban redevelopment projects that we’re working on. There are many more. If you’d like information on our townhome community in Costa Mesa or the additional areas we’re working in, contact us.

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Urban Infill: Complete Neighborhoods in the Heart of the City

August 11th, 2014

The Washington-based organization, Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), describes it as an answer to unsustainable suburban sprawl and the traffic, increased infrastructure and other costs associated with it. The group says that successful urban infill focuses on the goal of constructing complete, well-functioning neighborhoods in the vacant and underutilized spaces within urban areas. If done right, the organization states, urban infill can help return to an area cultural, social, recreational, and entertainment opportunities, as well as new gathering places and vitality to older areas.

One of Brandywine’s specialties is urban infill projects in established Southern California cities. A prime example is the construction of the Covington community that is currently underway in Yorba Linda. The 5.1 acre urban infill community, due to be completed in the fall of 2015, will feature 51 townhomes offering 1,750 to 2,100 square feet. Designed to complement the area’s existing architecture, Covington townhomes will offer gourmet kitchens complete with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances as well as a number of other luxury features. Residents will also have common access to amenities including a recreation center, community meeting room, and a pool.

One of the many other benefits of urban infill is providing people the opportunity to not only live close to where they work but also to live close to amazing places they’d like to visit. The Covington community is located just across from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Yorba Linda, the birthplace of President Nixon, is home to several recipients of the California Distinguished School award, and has seen a population growth of 13 percent since 2000. It’s a city where good things are happening. Urban infill complements those good things by providing places for people to live within the city instead of on its outskirts. For more information about Covington and other Brandywine urban infill projects, contact us.

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New Housing: The Benefits of Buying New For Your Next Home- Edited

August 4th, 2014

When choosing to purchase a home, one of the many decisions potential homeowners will have to make is whether they will want to purchase an older home, or if they will want to purchase a newly built home. For many homebuyers, the benefits of purchasing new housing makes this decision simple. However, for house hunters who are still conflicted as to which option would be best for them, here are a few reasons to consider purchasing a newly constructed home.



Many homebuilders will allow buyers to actively participate in the building process. Oftentimes, those who have committed to purchasing a home that is in the process of being built will get to make certain decisions about the design scheme and the materials being used in the construction of the home. In this way, by purchasing a new construction home you will be able to purchase a home that will truly be made for you and your family.


Energy Efficiency

New construction homes are built much more energy efficiently than older homes, and will thusly save you money in energy costs. For instance, many of these new construction homes come with green appliances, furnaces, and AC units that run much more efficiently than the appliances you might find in an older home. Furthermore, these homes are often built with greener materials, and often utilize superior insulation and windows. This can help greatly in keeping down the energy costs in your home.


Fewer Repairs

One of the greatest risks in purchasing an older home is that one may not know how kept up the home is and how well it has been taken care of. You may move into an older home to find that years of wear and tear have taken its toll, and countless issues requiring costly repairs continue to appear. This is not something that you will have to fear with a new construction home; since they are newly built, you will be ensured that your home will be in good condition for years to come.


Purchasing a new construction home can be better for homeowners as there is often less long-term stress and cost involved. In fact, these are just a few of the many reasons why you should consider looking at new construction homes when purchasing your next home. Contact us to find out more about how purchasing a new construction home could be beneficial to you.


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