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Whittier Daily News: “Irvine developer bringing 53 townhomes to Whittier golf course”

August 15th, 2018

Irvine developer bringing 53 townhomes to Whittier golf course

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Brandywine Homes has started to build 53 townhomes on a four-acre site next to the Candlewood Country Club golf course just outside the Whittier city limits.

It’s a golf-themed community with street names such as Bunker Lane, East Fairway Drive, East Birdie Way and South Eagle Lane. As a bonus, Candlewood Villas, located at 13900 Telegraph Road, will offer buyers a one-year membership to the neighboring country club.

Like many local builders, Brandywine is busy: currently selling homes in Buena Park, Long Beach, Yorba Linda and La Puente. Southern California builders are selling new homes at a pace not seen in nine years.

CoreLogic data shows 18,117 new residences sold in the 12 months ended in May across the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. That’s the best performance since January 2009, and it’s up 7.7 percent in a year. In Los Angeles County, builders had 4,205 sales — a selling pace above 4,200 for seven months, best since April 2011.

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Bisnow: “The LA Deal Sheet: GROUNDBREAKING”

August 7th, 2018

August 07, 2018 Joseph Pimentel, Bisnow Los Angeles

Groundbreaking

Brandywine Homes has broken ground at Candlewood Villas, a 53-townhome community on nearly 4 acres in Whittier. The project is scheduled to open sales by March. The property at 13900 Telegraph Road is adjacent the Candlewood Country Club. The townhomes will range from two and three stories to 1,300 to 1,800 SF. Other features include a recreational building, a Jacuzzi, a bike-storage area and a private park.

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Urbanize.LA: “New Townhomes Begin Construction in Whittier”

August 4th, 2018

Rendering of the Candlewood Villas development. Image courtesy of Brandywine Homes.

The project is scheduled for completion in March 2019.

by Steven Sharp on August 04, 2018, 10:00AM

Brandywine Homes has broken ground on a new development of townhomes adjacent to the Candlewood Country Club golf course in Whittier.

The project, known as Candlewood Villas, is rising on a nearly four-acre property at 13900 Telegraph Road.  Plans call for 53 for-sale sales, with completion anticipated in March 2019.

The mix of two- and three-story buildings will offer three-bedroom floor plans between 1,300 and 1,800 square feet.  Plans also call for a common recreation building and a private park.

Brandywine, based out of Irvine, has recently built single-family developments in Norwalk and Long Beach.

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OCRegister: “Real Estate News: New Ventures

August 3rd, 2018

Irvine-based Brandywine Homes has broken ground at Candlewood Villas, a 53-townhome community on nearly 4 acres at 13900 Telegraph Road in Whittier. The project is scheduled to open for sale by March 2019. (Courtesy of Brandywine Homes)

Irvine-based Brandywine Homes has broken ground at Candlewood Villas, a 53-townhome community on nearly 4 acres at 13900 Telegraph Road in Whittier. The project is scheduled to open for sale by March 2019. Candlewood Villas are next to the Candlewood Country Club, a private, member-owned community with a golf course that will be offering new Candlewood Villas homeowners a one-year free social membership to the country club. The two- and three-story townhomes, ranging from 1,300 to 1,800 square feet, will have three bedrooms and two and a half baths.

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OC Register: “Real estate news: 17 new townhomes for sale in Buena Park”

May 6th, 2018

By Staff report |
PUBLISHED: May 6, 2018 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: May 6, 2018 at 8:45 am

Brandwine will debut Corsica, a 1.6-acre townhome community Saturday, May 5 in Buena Park. House hunters can tour the models from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 8572 Stanton Ave. The community of three- and four-bedroom, Spanish-style townhouses run from 1,868 to 2,140 square feet. Homes include tankless water heaters, recessed lighting, double-strength glass windows, modern communication and networking systems and two-car garages. (Courtesy of Brandywine Homes)

New homes

Brandywine will debut Corsica, a 1.6-acre, 17-townhome community Saturday, May 5 in Buena Park. House hunters can tour the models from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 8572 Stanton Ave. The community of three- and four-bedroom, Spanish-style townhouses run from 1,868 to 2,140 square feet. Homes include tankless water heaters, recessed lighting, double-strength glass windows, modern communication and networking systems and two-car garages. Prices will range from $610,500 to $696,500

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OCRegister.com: “Anaheim fire recruits get real-life experience using vacant buildings set for demolition”

April 16th, 2018

By Jeff Gritchen | jgritchen@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: April 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm | UPDATED: April 16, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Anaheim fire recruits go through three simulations on separate vacant buildings on Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim on Monday, Apr 16, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Anaheim fire recruits got some real-world experience attacking a simulated blaze in three vacant buildings along Lincoln Avenue on Monday.

The 16 recruits with the city’s 2018 class do most of their training at the North Net Training Center near Angel Stadium. Developer Brandywine Homes offered the vacant buildings that will soon be torn down.

Training on location let the recruits “get real-life experience in a real building they’ve never seen before, which is the reality of what we do as firefighters” Capt. Matthew Gordon said. Most of the first four weeks of the academy, he said, involved learning the basics.

The vacant buildings – a wig shop, an office building and a church – sit on 1.29 acres of land that’s slated to become a gated community with 22 three-story townhomes. Construction, set to begin in May, is expected to be finished by January.

The church and office building were flooded with fog from a machine as the recruits practiced attacking a fire. They practiced vertical ventilating by cutting holes in the roof off the wig shop.

Alex Hernandez, president of Brandywine Homes’ homebuilding division, said the Fire Department approached the company asking to do some exercises while they are waiting for their permits.

“The city always helps us out” Hernandez said. ”We are gonna help them out whenever we can.”

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SoCal Real Estate: “New Townhome Gated Community Coming to Anaheim”

April 2nd, 2018

Site plan for Brandywine Homes’ Treviso community. | Courtesy Brandywine Homes

By Carrie Rossenfeld Residential & Mixed Use

Irvine, California–based homebuilder Brandywine Homes has acquired 1.29 acres in Southwest Anaheim, California, on which it plans to build Treviso, a gated community offering 22 three-story townhomes. Brandywine expects to break ground on the new neighborhood in May 2018, begin model construction in September 2018, and open for sale in January 2019.

Located at 3315 Lincoln Avenue, Treviso will feature 1,593- to 2,313-square-foot Spanish-style townhomes. The homes will include energy-efficient tankless water heaters, recessed lighting, double-strength glass windows, and state-of-the-art communication and networking systems. Master suites will come with walk-in closets, while gourmet kitchens will include granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and maple cabinetry. Some units will have private yards, and the community will include a pocket park.

“As home sales, housing prices, and rents in Southern California continue to hit record highs, demand for quality entry-level and move-up homes is through the roof,” says Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing for Brandywine Homes, which has made a name for itself as a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “We’re pleased to relieve some pressure and look forward to moving families into these stunning new homes at Treviso.”

According to the National Association of Home Builders’ formula to determine the local impact of single-family housing in typical metro areas, adding 22 townhomes will generate $6.3 million in local income, $792,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and 87 local jobs, Brandywine reports.

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OCRegister.com: “Real Estate Briefly: On the Move”

March 5th, 2018

By Staff report |
March 4, 2018 at 7:00 am

On the move

Mary Golding and Casey Lesher have joined the Newport Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as affiliate agents. Golding comes to the office with more than 20 years of real estate experience. Lesher comes to the office with more than eight years of real estate experience.

Brandywine Homes in Irvine has hired Angela Meyer as vice president of development and Deborah Cramp as its offsite purchasing manager. Meyer was recently the director of forward-planning and a project manager for Taylor Morrison in Irvine from 2012 until 2017. Before that, she was an independent project manager serving clients including Jones Planning Consultants and Perry Communities. Cramp most recently served as the regional purchasing agent for Cal Atlantic Homes/Standard Pacific Homes in Irvine from 2013 to 2018. Read More >

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Builder: “Brandywine Homes Adds Two to Management Team”

February 23rd, 2018

February 23, 2018

Home building vets Angela Meyer and Deborah Cramp join the crew.

Brandywine Homes has hired Angela Meyer as vice president of development and Deborah Cramp as offsite purchasing manager, both to be based in the firm’s Irvine, Calif. office.

“These talented new hires bring deep experience and will round out our team so we can continue to exceed home buyers’ expectations,” said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing for Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California.

A Brandywine Homes site in La Puente.

Bren Schader: A Brandywine Homes site in La Puente.

An industry veteran, Meyer was recently the director of forward planning and a project manager for Taylor Morrison in Irvine from 2012 until 2017. Before that, she was an independent project manager serving clients including Jones Planning Consultants and Perry Communities. Meyer was a land planning specialist and vice president of land planning for K. Hovnanian Companies in Ontario, Calif., from 2004 to 2010 and also worked for the Sevens County Assessor Office and Cunningham Engineers in Colville, Wash.; Hunsaker & Associates in Irvine and San Bernardino, Calif.; Shea Homes in Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Mission Viejo Co./Jack G. Raub in Mission Viejo, Calif.; and Nelson & Belding Contracting Company in Gardena, Calif.

With more than 13 years of purchasing in the home building industry, Cramp most recently served as regional purchasing agent for Cal Atlantic Homes/Standard Pacific Homes in Irvine from 2013 to 2018. She also served as forward planning coordinator, customer care coordinator and contract administrator for Meritage Homes in Corona and Irvine from 2007 to 2013 and options coordinator for Beazer Homes in Brea and Orange, Calif., from 2004 to 2007.

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GlobeSt.com: “How Home Buyers’ Expectations Change When Affordability Dips”

February 8th, 2018

How Home Buyers’ Expectations Change When Affordability Dips

As prices rise and interest rates creep up, buyers shift from size to convenience, eyeing townhomes and transit-oriented developments, Brandywine Homes’ Dave Barisic tells GlobeSt.com.

Dave Barisic

Barisic: “We’re not so much looking for a piece of land but looking for someone who can help provide us with land going forward.”

IRVINE, CA—As prices rise and interest rates creep up, home buyers shift from size to convenience, eyeing townhomes and transit-oriented developments, Brandywine Homes’ principal in charge of sales and marketing Dave Barisic tells GlobeSt.com. The homebuilder, which focuses on infill residential development in Southern California, closed 111 homes, opened three new communities and broke ground on three new communities in Southern California in 2017 and plans to increase its number of delivered homes by over 50% and open four new communities throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties in 2018.

We spoke with Barisic about some of the challenges the residential-development market is facing, particularly in Orange County, and what home buyers are seeking today.

GlobeSt.com: What are some of the challenges in the residential-development market?

Barisic: Currently, the challenges we see most often are that construction costs are rising and the labor market seems to be shrinking, so you’re combining higher cost with fewer people who can build the homes. That’s been the biggest challenge in the last three or four years. Going forward, everyone is expecting interest rates to rise a little, and in an area where prices are already high, this could cause a problem.

GlobeSt.com: Is it difficult to find land available for development in OC?

Barisic: Lack of land is another challenge, especially when you have 30 different builders going for the same piece of land—it’s a continual challenge. There are a couple of different things we try to do to combat this.

First, we cultivate relationships with brokers and cities. We used to do this with the RDAs before they were taken away by the state. We’re really relationship builders, so we’re not so much looking for a piece of land but looking for someone who can help provide us with land going forward. So, we work with cities and brokers who can help us with land deals.

Second, we like to think outside of the box when looking for land on which to potentially build. There’s not a lot of vacant land left in Orange County, so we have to look at uses that are currently not doing well—misused shopping centers or abandoned commercial buildings—and think, “How could we redesign this in a way that would benefit the community, the neighborhood and the city?” We frequently have to look at it that way.

GlobeSt.com: What are homebuyers seeking when they are looking for a home in Orange County? Has this changed over the years?

Barisic: What people are seeking in Orange County changes depending on the cycle of the market, but on a basic level, it’s the same: great weather, beautiful communities, good schools. But from a housing standpoint, what people eye changes every few years depending on where we are in the cycle. When we were just out of the recession in 2011, people with good jobs and incomes wanted bigger-size lots and homes and more land; now, as prices and interest rates have risen, people still want the basics of what Southern California can offer, but they want something more affordable: attached townhomes or transit-oriented designs where they don’t have to drive an hour and a half to work. As things become less affordable, people look for more convenience.

GlobeSt.com: What else should our readers know about our plans to complete 200 homes in Orange County in 2018?

Barisic: We’re on track—as long as we can get our guys to show up, since there’s a shortage of labor. We lost a lot of labor in the last recession since people went on to other industries. As long as everyone is on the same page, we’re all set for delivering 200 homes in Orange County this year—and maybe more.

 

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