On the Cutting Edge of Water Conservation in Orange County

September 28th, 2015

Orange County: a land of unlimited sunshine, gigantic theme parks and long beaches. It’s a place where an unemployment rate of only 4.1 percent demands job seekers, where malls with 200+ retailers cater to shoppers, and cuisines from around the world tempt your taste buds. You’ve been wanting to live here for a while, never more so than when Brandywine homes started offering its latest developments. 

Any discussion of living in Southern California must include water. Or rather, the lack of it due to a drought that’s been going on since 2012. The scarcity of this life-giving liquid should give you less pause than you would expect in Orange County. Many cities here have already met or surpassed the 25 percent reduction goals demanded by Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency order to deal with the drought. You have only to drive down any neighborhood to notice the brown lawns that the locals display as a badge of their eco-minded community consciousness.  Read More >

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Get Schooled after Buying New Homes in Yorba Linda, CA.

September 21st, 2015

One of the big advantages in buying one of our new homes in Yorba Linda, CA, is that most are generally sized for families with children. You can easily determine if a potential purchase is right for your little ones simply by bringing them along when you tour a model home. Their squeals of delights or groans of indifference tell you everything you need to know about what they think of their possible new abode.

If only picking a school for them was just a straightforward. You could just force them to the nearest facility. But, if you’re from outside the state, you and your children may be pleased to know that the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District follows California’s open enrollment policy. Your child is free to attend any school in the district, which is known as an “intradistrict choice,” as long as space is available. This can also include a charter school. You may be spoiled for choice because the area has an excellent reputation, according to Great Schools, a website that ranks educational institutions. Read More >

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Fall Fun and Festivities in Costa Mesa’s Seabright Community

September 14th, 2015

The first year in any new home is full of exciting “firsts”: first night; first weekend; first dinner party; first barbecue. For families, there are different firsts: first day of school; first dinner out; first sleepover.

Each new season offers the introduction to a new community event, new neighbors and new decorating styles to compliment both the season and your new home. Autumn is a great season for its festive and fun activities. Getting your new Seabright home ready to celebrate is as much a part of the fun as the party itself.

If this is your first season in your new home, you already have a list of things to do – organizing, planning and perhaps even painting. A benefit of two fall holidays- Halloween and Thanksgiving – is that they share the color orange. Setting a decorating scheme that includes orange as a foundation color will free up your time and make transitioning between the two a really simple task.

To lay a foundation for the two holidays, start with orange tablecloths, accent pillows and hand towels in the kitchen and bath. They will add a festive note to celebrations all the way through to December 1.  Read More >

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Are You Ready to Consider Buying One of Our Yorba Linda Homes?

September 7th, 2015

Covington by Brandywine Homes

If you have been renting for a while, or if you are looking to move, it may be time to consider if you are ready to buy a new home. Although buying a new home can be a wonderful experience, it is important that it is done at the right time. Consider the following three things. 

Commitment Level

Buying a home takes a greater level of commitment than renting. While you might be able to sign a month-by-month or a one-year lease while renting, when buying a house, you are committing to longer time frame. Plan on staying for at least five years. This way, you can make back the money associated with the initial cost of purchasing the home. If you are unwilling to commit to five years in the home, it might be worth waiting.

There is also the commitment level associated with simply owning a home. You are responsible for any repairs and upkeep on the home. Since Brandywine’s Yorba Linda homes are brand-new, this will likely not be an issue for several years, but it is important to know that when buying a home, you need to plan financially for the future. Electrical, plumbing, and other repairs will now be your financial responsibility. Be ready to invest time and money into the upkeep of your home.

If you were renting, some or all of your utilities may have also been included in your rent. If this is the case, it is important to budget for the added utility bills that come with owning a home.

Down Payment

It is important to be financially ready to buy a home. That being said, your down payment may actually be less than you anticipated. Often, the assumption is that people need at least a 20 percent down payment for a home. Often, a home can be bought with only a 5 or 10 percent down, sometimes even less. This is the case, whether the home is new or a resale. Contacting a lender can give you an idea of just how much you will need as a down payment.

If you are comfortable with both the commitment level associated with owning a home and the down payment, it is time to consider why a new home rather than a resale home might be a great option. 

All New

With a newly built home you will not be replacing the stove, refrigerator, carpeting, tile, the roof, or anything else for years, sometimes decades. Even if you encounter issues with any appliances, because they are under warranty, they can be replaced without costing you several hundred or thousand dollars.

As an added bonus, because the home is new, it is also more energy-efficient, saving you money. Newer homes also offer better air filtration. Air quality can be an issue for those suffering from asthma or indoor allergies.

Whether you are ready to purchase a new home in Yorba Linda or you think you will be ready in the near future, contact us.

Covington is a community of townhouses with three or four bedrooms and three bathrooms. One floor plan has the option to make the upstairs loft into a fifth bedroom. Single family homes are also expected to be available in our new community of Provence starting later this year. In the near future, we will also be building several larger homes to create a third community in Yorba Linda which will be called Newbury. No matter your housing preference, we are likely to have what you desire.

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September 3rd, 2015

Brandywine Homes’ president talks about competing with big builders in his Southern California market.

A small infill builder is taking the Southern California market by storm with its outreach to young home buyers. Thanks to interest from this demographic, officials at Brandywine Homes have seen an increase in demand for the company’s infill projects in Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties.

Infill housing has a special appeal for Millennial buyers, says president Brett Whitehead. “Since we are targeting Millennials, we know lifestyle is of utmost importance and they thrive in the vibrant neighborhoods where typical infill sites are located,” he says. “Also, Millennials are willing to overlook the interim conditions to be found in transitional locations and they are not afraid of density.”

Brandywine Homes' Sunstone community in Norwalk, Calif., will include 31 townhomes ranging in size from 1,115 to 1,501 square feet.Brandywine Homes’ Sunstone community in Norwalk, Calif., will include 31 townhomes ranging in size from 1,115 to 1,501 square feet.

Brandywine currently has seven communities under construction totaling 220 homes and plans to double deliveries within the next year. Here, BUILDER talks with Whitehead about the company’s growth.

What is your company’s five-year plan?
Brandywine Homes is focused on continuing the expansion of our Southern California geographical base into the greater Los Angeles and north San Diego markets, while maintaining and solidifying our core Orange County presence. We will continue to emphasize quality locations, rather than rely on quantity of projects. Schools, transportation systems, and proximity to shopping and professional services in safe neighborhoods are the key ingredients to crafting successful new residential living opportunities.

Our growth projections include doubling our annual home deliveries to between 120 -150 homes within the next year and continuing a gradual increase from there to a sustainable 200-250 homes each following year, which translates into building approximately eight projects per year. Read More >

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GlobeSt: “South Bay Needs For-Sale Homes”

September 1st, 2015

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By Kelsi Maree Borland | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES—Brandywine Homes has broken ground on Brighton, a community of 60 single-family for-sale homes in Carson. The location has a high demand for for-sale housing, but has been historically underserved. This development will provide an affordable for-sale housing option to the community with homes starting at $500,000.

“Our vision for Brighton was to create an enclave of new homes with everything that a buyer expects including energy efficiency, modern amenities, contemporary floor plans yet that was close to where they may already live or where they want to live,” Dave Barisic, VP at Brandywine Homes, tells GlobeSt.com. The area as grown exponentially in the past few years, thanks to an increase in jobs, most notably in the healthcare, aerospace and import/export industries. The community is within commuting distance to 3.1 million jobs. “Combine that with a severe lack of new home inventory, and the demand is outrageous,” adds Barisic. Read More >

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