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10 No-Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

December 31st, 2018

The chaos of the holiday is over, and you’re ready for a fresh start and a return to your routine. Maybe you’ve already made a great New Year’s resolution: to lose weight, to save money or be healthier. The question is, what about your home – the place where you’ll spend more time than any other this year? These ten no-nonsense resolutions will help you improve your home and lifestyle for 2019. Read More >

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Decorating Your Table With Wine Glasses In Your New Home

December 24th, 2018

Wine glasses are so much more than just the things we sip from in the evenings. Sure, their long handles and wide bases are perfect for holding that delicious dinner beverage. But wine glasses can go further than you ever imagined. Next time you’re holding a dinner party, grab some extra wine glasses from your pantry and use these tips to include them in your table decorations.

• First, turn the glasses upside down, then fill the bowl with almost anything. Flowers, beads, lights, and ornaments, or even a handful of tulle or lace can make an eye-catching design.

• When upside down, wine glasses make excellent candle pillars. This elegant design incorporates the previous upside down wine glass idea with candles, which always add elegance to a table. Consider using an array of colored candles to match the colors of your party or to match the season. Read More >

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Your Children and Your New Brandywine Home

December 17th, 2018

You could gush on for hours on what you like about the Brandywine Home that you intend to buy. The open floor plan or the stainless steel appliances, just to name few.

So why are your kids not as excited? Not only do they whine and moan about the new digs but they’re openly hostile about your planned move. Put yourselves in their little shoes for a second. Your parents just told you that we are moving to a new house in a few days. You don’t know why since you’re perfectly fine with the only house you’ve ever known. You suddenly have to leave all your friends and your school to deal with something that is unknown and scary. It’s no wonder that you don’t want to go.

You can spare your kids all this grief and your attendant anxiety, and get them just as excited about the new house as you are, by following these easy tips. Read More >

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Construction Dive: “Brandywine Homes to Build Residential Community Offering 25 Townhomes in Duarte, Calif.”

December 10th, 2018

Posted December 10, 2018

Oliva Expected to Be Open for Sale in Summer 2019

DUARTE, Calif. – Brandywine Homes has acquired 1.26 acres in Duarte, Calif., and plans to build Oliva, a community offering 25 three-story townhomes. Brandywine has broken ground on the new neighborhood and plans to open the property for sale in summer of 2019.

“The San Gabriel Valley has everything people living around the L.A. area are looking for: jobs, entertainment, shopping, dining and more,” said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing for Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “Unfortunately, the supply of new housing for those who want to live in the area is very low. We hope to ease that with the homes at Oliva.” Read More >

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Clever Ways to Save Down Payment Money for a Brandywine Home

December 10th, 2018

Scraping together enough money for the down payment on a home can be a challenge. And even if you do have the funds, having extra cash on hand can help with unexpected costs. The following are some of our favorite ways here at Brandywine Homes to help you and your family save for down payment money.

Week-Number Challenge

The Week-Number Challenge demands that you save dollars equal to the number of weeks that you’re into the challenge. For example, on week one, you save $1. On week 2, you save $2. And on week 3, you save $3, up until week 52, where you put away $52. You’ll end up with $1,378 by the end of the challenge. That may not seem like much but why not get every member of your family into the game? The little ones can contribute one cent, two cents, etc, all the way up to 52 cents. This gives them a financial investment in your next property. Read More >

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San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “25-unit town home project coming to Duarte”

December 3rd, 2018

The property was once zoned for commercial, but no shops ever opened up there

Brandywine Homes is planning to build a 25-unit townhome project it calls Oliva on Huntington Drive in Duarte. (Courtesy rendering)

 

A new town home community will start construction on Huntington Drive between Mountain Avenue and Buena Vista Street in Duarte next year.

Dubbed Oliva, the new residents should be moving in by winter 2020. The project has been underway since December 2017, according to city officials.

The next step is for the builders to apply for permits, Craig Hensley, community development director for Duarte, said Monday. Read More >

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Five Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Your New Brandywine Home

December 3rd, 2018

The holidays are just around the corner and, for many people, that means entertaining groups of friends and family. Since you’ve just bought a new home, you’ll naturally want to show off your home and your hosting abilities. You can successfully pull off even the busiest holiday entertainment schedule by following these five simple tips for holiday entertaining in your new Brandywine Home.

The Invitation List
You want to invite everyone you know and love to your holiday party, that’s understandable. However, you have to keep in mind the amount of space that you have when you’re finalizing your guest list. There’s an easy formula you can use to calculate the perfect number of guests. First of all, you’ll need to know the square footage of your home. You’ll then take that figure and divide it by five, which is the number of feet of personal space each of your guests will need. Therefore, if your space is 1,000 square feet, divided by five, you can comfortably entertain up to 200 people. Read More >

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