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Inside Self-Storage: “Brandywine Homes to Build 586-Unit Self-Storage Facility in Escondido, CA”

December 12th, 2016

Private homebuilder Brandywine Homes has purchased 3.2 acres of vacant land in Escondido, Calif., on which it plans to build custom homes and a self-storage facility. It’s the company’s first ground-up self-storage development, according to a press release.

The property at 2319 Cranston Drive is in the Kit Carson neighborhood, about 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. The storage facility will sit on 1.74 acres and contain 586 units in two structures: a two-story, 66,831-square-foot building over a basement and a single-story, 11,236-square-foot building.

The property will also include 24 parking spaces with loading areas, 6-foot-high masonry screen/noise walls along the eastern and southern boundaries, and a 6-foot-high masonry block wall and wrought-iron fencing along the western boundary. Ornamental landscaping will include a 20-foot landscape buffer along property boundaries adjacent to residents. Four custom homes will be constructed on the property on 12,602- to 14,000-square-foot lots.

“We’re excited about moving into a new, up-and-coming arena of real estate with this project,” said Mark Whitehead, principal in charge of construction. “We chose this property because of its convenient location with easy accessibility for many residents, and we’re confident it will add value to the neighborhood.”

The property has housing developments to the north and east and is surrounded by commercial centers. One of the oldest cities in San Diego, Escondido is growing rapidly, the release stated.

Based in Irvine, Calif., Brandywine Homes has more than two decades of experience in developing infill sites. Founded in 1994, the family-owned and -operated company has built or developed more than 60 communities totaling $1.1 billion in revenue.

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Holiday Traditions Near Your New Orange County Home

December 12th, 2016


The holidays are a time of good cheer and celebration as special events make their annual appearance. You’ll enjoy many holiday traditions around Orange County whether you’ve just moved in or are planning a purchase.

Newport Beach Boat Parade (Dec. 16 – 20)
Bundle up by the water for this annual parade of boats from yachts to canoes as they sail down the harbor all decked out with lights and other decor. The parade typically begins at 6:30 PM, although if you arrive early, you can always take a walking tour of homes in the area that get into the spirit with fancy trimmings and sparkles of their own. Opening and closing nights feature fireworks. Join the millions who watch the procession for free or buy a ticket for reserved seating at the Newport Sea Base for the best views.

A Christmas Carol (until Dec. 24)
The South Coast Repertory’s production of the Charles Dickens’ classic is notable for its constancy in its 37th year. Director John-David Keller again directs and Hal Landon reprises his role as Ebeneezer Scrooge with help from the theater’s founding members. Among the changes are the 16 children and four adult roles cast from the theater’s Conservator Acting Intensive Program. Watch for the iconic “hat trick,” which Landon only missed once, although he tried again immediately and succeeded. Read More >

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December 8th, 2016


ESCONDIDO, Calif. Brandywine Homes announced today that it has purchased 3.2 acres of vacant land at 2319 Cranston Drive in Escondido’s Kit Carson neighborhood and will build 586 self-storage units totaling on 1.74 acres and four custom homes on 12,602- to 14,000-square-foot lots. This is Brandywine’s first ground-up self-storage development project. 

“We’re excited about moving into a new, up-and-coming arena of real estate with this project,” said Mark Whitehead, principal in charge of construction for Brandywine. “We chose this property because of its convenient location with easy accessibility for many residents, and we’re confident it will add value to the neighborhood.”  Read More >

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How to Lower Mortgage Payments On Your New Los Angeles County Home

December 5th, 2016

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Unless you’re putting down the full price in cash for a Los Angeles County home for sale, you’re going to need a mortgage. Lowering that payment is the most important thing you can do to lower your housing expenses. Follow these tips and you’ll save money either every month or over the total cost of the loan.

Applying for A Mortgage
Despite advertising to the contrary by financial institutions that promise you the lowest rate, all mortgages are not created equal. Lenders determine what terms to offer you based primarily on your credit score. This number tops out at 850 and is calculated from your credit report, a compilation of your monetary obligations, like credit cards and car loans, and payment history. The closer your score can get to that high number, the better your terms will be. Scores at 600 or lower are considered poor and may make it hard to get any kind of a loan.

To get the best rates, raise your credit score by improving your credit report.

1. Get your score and credit report for free at Credit Karma, preferably at least a year before you intend to apply for a mortgage.
2. Look for any mistakes and ask the merchant and credit reporting agency to correct them, which by law, they must do.
3. If you aren’t already, start paying all your bills on time. Late payments have a high negative impact on your score.
4. Start paying off your debts, so you minimize the amount of credit you use. Lower balances push up your scores because it means you don’t owe much money to anyone. Read More >

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