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More than a century ago, people were drawn to the area known today as Brea because of deposits of crude oil.  Today, even though the city preserves that past history of “black gold” with its name – “brea” is Spanish for “tar” or “pitch”  – what draws visitors from around Southern California is this community’s vibrant shopping and cultural atmosphere.

Residents of Brea have the best of both worlds: They enjoy a small-town, intimate neighborhood experience alongside the advantages of living near some of the most popular retail and entertainment centers in North Orange County.

That unique vision of the community isn’t new – no, it was conceived long ago, in the 1970s, when the city first began its efforts to rebuild and reimagine life in Brea.

Today, thanks to that vision, about 40,000 people have decided to plant their roots there, while, according to city statistics, about 100,000 people visit the city daily for pleasure, shopping or work.

What are the hotspots? They’re not hard to find. Right off the 57 Orange Freeway, you’ll find one of them: the Brea Mall, one of the city’s signature retail centers.

But for people who love strolling in the open air as much as shopping, Brea provides a nice alternative. Check out the retail development in downtown known by locals as “Birch Street”  – more than 50 acres considered a consumer paradise, with a variety of entertainment and shopping possibilities. Billed by the city as a “village-style, pedestrian-oriented promenade,” this complex of stores and restaurants also features a movie theater and live entertainment in the form of the Improv Comedy Club.

Live entertainment of another sort can also be found at the Curtis Theatre, which is located in the city’s civic center; the theatre produces an annual slate of performances featuring local and national artists as well as Stagelight Productions and Brea’s Youth Theatre Program.

But artistic excellence in Brea isn’t found only on the stage of the Curtis Theatre or at the Improv; it can be found all over the city. In the same years when the city began its rebuilding in the 1970s, a public art program was started that continues today with some 140 works of art showcased in various corners of the city.

Along with the arts, education is another point of pride in the community, and schools in the Brea Olinda Unified School District have earned many distinctions, receiving Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished Schools honors as well as a a Title I Academic Achievement Award.

As of 2009, the estimated median income of Brea households was about $77,000, which is well above the state average of $59,000 in the same year; the same was true of 2009 estimated house values – Brea averaged $529,000 versus the statewide average of about $384,000.

New and recent housing includes more than 660 housing units in the Olinda Ranch development (at the corner of Lambert Road and Valencia), and 54 single-family homes in the Walden Estates, which is situated on on the north side of Lambert Road east of Kraemer. The city has proposals for other developments on the table as well.

While the map of Brea might be dotted with plenty of historic homes, many built in the early years of the 20th century, something else is certain: the city of Brea's present and future are booming.

Latest Brea Listings

$1,480,000
PW22111222 MLS Active Status
Welcome to your Brea North Hills Retreat!! PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY BEING USED AS A RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR THE ELDERLY. Buyers will love this retreat style property with an almost 11,000 SF lot, 3,718 interior SF, 7 beds 3.5 baths. Original floor plan was approximately 2,529 SF (4 beds/2 baths). Permitted two story add-on (1,017 SF/2 BEDS/1.5 BATH) was done in 1980. With second story add-on, property can be 2 properties in one (duplex style). 2nd story addition has a full kitchen, stove, fireplace, and tiled floors downstairs. The unique property features include; a private serene/tranquil backyard with large custom insulated patio cover (backyard always stays cool), a large beautiful front patio pool/jacuzzi area (perfect for BBQs and entertaining), and a separate retreat style front yard with carefully sculptured shrubs, trees, brick walls, and palms. Property was the model home when built in 1964. Property is currently being used as an assisted living home. However, the professional pictures are accurate, and the house is clean, well cared for, and meticulously maintained with many upgrades. Upgrades include- Italian tiled floors, 5 new aluminum doors, dual pane argon gas insulated windows throughout, new rain gutters, new rear concrete, new pool filter, new copper plumbing throughout, new granite kitchen counters with granite wall backsplash, newer 5 burner cooktop, 2 newer HVAC systems for single level and two story portions of the house, 2 electrical panels, new main sewer line to street, new pool filter, renovated 2nd story staircase, 2 fireplaces, extra attic and shelve storage in garage, 2 fireplaces, and Spanish tile front porch/walk way. Sellers have taken very good care of the property. It has very good potential to be an amazing retreat style income home for a new buyer. Business not included in price. Seller will hear all offers. See supplements for room size calculations and floor plan PDF.

1318 Alta Mesa Drive, Brea

Listing courtesy of Listing Agent: Roy Hernandez from Listing Office: The Virtual Realty Group

$1,850,000
5 Beds 5 Baths PW22109358 MLS Active Status
Welcome to this beautiful view home in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of Olinda Ranch! This spacious home features 5 bedrooms, a den, & 4.5 bathrooms. The rotunda front entrance has French doors leading to the den. Continue into the formal dining area, which is across from the living room w/ 2-story ceilings. The large family room has a fireplace, built-in media niche, & Bose surround sound speakers. The carpet in the living room & family room was replaced in 2018, & there is Turkish travertine in the remainder of the main floor common areas. The family room opens to the kitchen which features an oversized island w/ seating, plenty of cabinet & counter space, & recessed lighting. The GE Café 36 inch cooktop, range top hood, GE double convection ovens, & GE microwave are all from 2018, & the dishwasher & garbage disposal have been updated as well. The home office can be used as a main level bedroom. Relax in the spacious primary suite by taking in views from the balcony! The huge en-suite has dual vanities, separate tub & shower, & dual walk-in closets. The rest of the bedrooms are a great size, & one features a retreat which is the ideal space for an art studio or to curl up w/ a good book. All showers were updated in 2020 to conserve water. The home also features an interior laundry room & 3 garage spaces. Take in views from the backyard & enjoy the built-in BBQ, water fountain, & 25 foot seating wall. Community is assigned to highly rated Brea-Olinda USD schools & is close to parks, golf courses, stores, & restaurants.

3856 Grandview Drive, Brea

Listing courtesy of Listing Agent: Michelle Tsai Aun from Listing Office: Coldwell Banker Realty

$1,399,000
4 Beds 4 Baths OC22109164 MLS Active Status
Outstanding 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom North Hills beauty! 863 Shadowgrove Street in Brea started as one of the most popular floor plans in North Hills and was extensively and professionally expanded to just over 3300 square feet. As additions were being made, tasteful renovations were also completed along the way. One step inside and immediately your attention is captured by a sea of travertine flooring. In addition to the tile, hardwood and carpet can be found throughout. A custom wood mantle outlines a gorgeous fireplace at the heart of the formal living room. Highlights of the kitchen include custom cabinetry, built-in refrigerator, dishwasher, double-oven, stainless steel range top, undermount sink, bay window with backyard view, Granite counters and custom tile backsplash. Further showcasing the grand nature of this home you will find a triangle transom window perched above French doors in the secondary dining area, which leads outside to a custom deck in the back yard. A secondary living space currently used as an entertainment area, with lovely built-in cabinetry that houses the TV and audio components. Multiple spaces slated for living and entertaining make this home unique and versatile. The downstairs ¾ bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower, and is located adjacent to a space that could be used as a 5th (downstairs) bedroom with some work. Upstairs bathrooms have all been renovated with modern vanities, tilework and flooring. The laundry is also located upstairs, taking away the inconvenience of carrying loads of clothes up and down stairs. The master suite is also a sight to be seen with its enormous bedroom, ample cabinetry and storage in the bathroom, gorgeous dual sink vanity, separate bathtub and walk-in shower, walk-in closet and an extra/private room that could be used for an upstairs office, reading area or even as extra storage for clothing, shoes, purses, etc. Other features found throughout the house are recessed lighting, ceiling fans, custom paint colors, tall baseboards, rain gutters, tile roof, solar panels, patio cover, and so much more! To say this home has been lovingly and thoughtfully upgraded and maintained over the years is an understatement! Come see why we think it’s so special and decide for yourself.

863 Shadowgrove Street, Brea

Listing courtesy of Listing Agent: Dustin Wise from Listing Office: Keller Williams Pacific Estates Cerritos

$1,480,000
PW22108266 MLS Active Status
Welcome to your Brea North Hills Retreat!! Your buyers will love this retreat style property with an almost 11,000 SF lot, 3,718 interior SF, 6 beds 3.5 baths. Original floor plan was approximately 2,529 SF (4 beds/2 baths). Permitted two story add-on (1,017 SF) was done in 1980. With second story add-on, property can be 2 properties in one (duplex). 2nd story addition has a full kitchen, fireplace, and stove downstairs. 1.5 baths total for 2 story add-on. Also, there's a separate entrance to the portion of the house with direct access to 3 bedrooms (potential for room rentals). The unique features include; a private serene/tranquil backyard with large custom insulated patio cover (backyard stays cool), a large beautiful front yard pool/jacuzzi area (perfect for BBQs and entertaining), and a separate retreat style front yard with carefully sculptured shrubs, trees, brick walls, and palms. Property was the model home when built in 1964. Property is currently being used as an assisted living home. However, the professional pictures are accurate, and the house is clean, well cared for, and meticulously maintained with many upgrades. Upgrades include- Italian tiled floors, 5 new aluminum doors, dual pane argon gas insulated windows throughout, new rain gutters, new rear concrete, new pool filter, new copper plumbing throughout, new granite kitchen counters with granite wall backsplash, newer 5 burner cooktop, 2 newer HVAC systems for single level and two story portions of the house, 2 electrical panels, new main sewer line to street, new pool filter, renovated 2nd story staircase, extra attic and shelve storage in garage, 2 fireplaces, and Spanish tile front porch/walk way. Sellers have taken very good care of the property. It has very good potential to be an amazing retreat style income home for a new buyer. Original floor plan was approximately 2,529 SF (4 beds/2 baths single level). Permitted two story add-on (1,017 SF) was done in 1980. With second story add-on, property can be 2 properties in one. 2nd story addition has a full kitchen, fireplace, and family room downstairs. Add-on has 1.5 baths total. Business not included in price. See supplements for room size calculations and floor plan PDF.

1318 Alta Mesa Drive, Brea

Listing courtesy of Listing Agent: Roy Hernandez from Listing Office: The Virtual Realty Group

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