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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

$1,350,000
4 Beds 3 Baths PW24141444 MLS Active Status
Welcome to this beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home located on a tranquil street in Brea. Boasting 2,529 sq ft of living space, this residence exudes curb appeal with its manicured landscaping and inviting atmosphere. As you step through the beautiful wood door, you're greeted by the elegance of high ceilings and the subtle allure of steps leading down into the expansive living room. The living room features a cozy fireplace, complemented by exposed beam ceilings and an impressive round chandelier, creating a perfect blend of warmth and sophistication. A spacious office is adjacent to the living room, highlighted by vaulted ceilings and showcasing a custom large granite desk with a matching credenza, ideal for productive work or creative pursuits. The gourmet kitchen is a chef's delight, featuring custom cabinetry, a built-in refrigerator, recessed lighting, and a convenient built-in desk. The island/breakfast bar provides additional seating and a perfect spot to enjoy meals while overlooking the backyard through large windows. Connected seamlessly to the kitchen is the dining area, bathed in natural light from two glass sliding doors that lead out to the backyard oasis. The family room, adjacent to the dining area, offers a cozy space for relaxation and entertainment. The main floor bathroom is beautifully remodeled and features a sleek shower, adding convenience and style. Upstairs, the luxurious primary bedroom suite awaits, complete with a private balcony for serene morning coffees, vaulted ceilings, an ensuite bathroom with a shower, and two mirrored closets for ample storage. Three additional guest bedrooms upstairs share a beautifully appointed full guest bathroom, ensuring comfort and privacy for family or visitors. The three-car garage is a car enthusiast's dream, featuring finished walls, recessed lighting, a convenient car lift, a laundry area, and built-in cabinetry for organized storage. Outside, the backyard beckons with low-maintenance landscaping, a patio cover for outdoor dining, Malibu lights for ambiance, and custom hardscaping that enhances the outdoor living experience. Additional features include a new extra-large tankless water heater for efficiency, an Ecobee Premium smart thermostat for climate control, 5/8" type X fire-rated drywall for safety, and 6" custom baseboards that add a touch of elegance throughout. Don't miss your chance to make this dream home yours today!

1617 Cedarcrest Drive, Brea

$1,350,000
4 Beds 3 Baths PW24138970 MLS Active Status
Nestled on a serene cul-de-sac in Brea, this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence spans 2,353 sq ft and offers a perfect blend of comfort and sophistication. Step inside, where the inviting living room greets you with its recessed lighting and a picturesque bay window that bathes the space in natural light, creating a tranquil ambiance. The remodeled kitchen is a chef’s delight, boasting a stunning island, double ovens, granite countertops, and a farmhouse sink. Recessed lighting illuminates the workspace, while a wine fridge adds a touch of luxury. Adjacent, the dining area and family room provide seamless connectivity, ideal for gatherings. The family room features a cozy fireplace, a ceiling fan for comfort, and a delightful view of the meticulously landscaped backyard. A bedroom and a remodeled bathroom are conveniently located on the main floor, offering flexibility and ease of living. The laundry room, complete with built-in cabinets, enhances functionality. Upstairs, two well-appointed guest bedrooms share an updated bathroom, ensuring privacy and comfort for family or visitors. The primary bedroom suite is a sanctuary unto itself, featuring two closets, recessed lighting, and an ensuite bathroom with dual sinks and a shower, creating a private oasis. Outside, the backyard beckons with a covered patio equipped with ceiling fans, an outdoor kitchen boasting a built-in BBQ for al fresco dining, and custom hardscaping that frames the PebbleTec lined pool and spa, perfect for relaxation or entertaining under the California sun. This home epitomizes Southern California living at its finest, offering modern amenities, thoughtful design, and a peaceful location within reach of all Brea’s amenities. Don’t miss the opportunity to make this your new home.

5610 Wesham Place, Brea

$3,220,000
PW24146766 MLS Active Status
Discover the expansive potential of Ridgeline Parcel (as known as "Lot E"), a remarkable 161-acre plot of vacant land (HR- Hillside Residential Zoning: four parcels: APN 312-011-01, 312-021-01, 312-032-04, and 312-032-01). Nestled in a prime location, this property offers a unique opportunity for development, investment, historical preservation, or personal use. The diverse topography provides a stunning canvas for your vision, with panoramic views that capture the essence of serene countryside living. Whether you envision a sprawling estate, a sustainable agricultural project, or an exclusive residential development, Ridgeline Parcel stands ready to fulfill your aspirations. Embrace the tranquility, open space, and limitless possibilities that this extraordinary parcel offers. Brea, California, presents an exceptional opportunity for real estate development due to its robust economy characterized by diverse industries, low unemployment, and consistent job growth. Coupled with a high quality of life, boasting excellent schools, abundant amenities, and a low crime rate, Brea offers a desirable lifestyle. Its strategic location within affluent Orange County, coupled with easy access to transportation and major employment centers, further enhances its appeal. The city's growing population and increasing housing demand, combined with a business-friendly environment that supports development, create a promising landscape for real estate investors. This property is listed alongside 6102 E Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea, CA 92823 (APN#: 315-091-07 & 310-091-08). Both properties can be purchased together, or separately. Don’t miss the chance to own a piece of nature’s finest real estate.

7099 E Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea

$900,000
PW24146789 MLS Active Status
Own a piece of Brea's history and soak in its natural wonder! These two vacant land parcels - 26.86 acre and 9.1 acre - totalling close to 36 acres (C-RC Recreational Commercial Zoning: APNs 315-091-07 & 310-091-08) boast a storied past as the former site of La Vida Hot Spring. Embrace the potential to redevelop this unique property with a touch of historical significance. Imagine unwinding in a custom-built haven, all while enjoying the natural geothermal waters that made La Vida Hot Spring famous. Imagine owning a piece of Brea's rich history, complete with the natural hot spring. This C-RC zoned land offers endless possibilities for a wellness retreat, eco-resort, mixed-use development, or historical preservation. Create a thriving destination that blends relaxation, recreation, and the allure of the past. City of Brea in California presents an exceptional opportunity for real estate development due to its robust economy characterized by diverse industries, low unemployment, and consistent job growth. Coupled with a high quality of life, boasting excellent schools, abundant amenities, and a low crime rate, Brea offers a desirable lifestyle. Its strategic location within affluent Orange County, coupled with easy access to transportation and major employment centers, further enhances its appeal. The city's growing population and increasing housing demand, combined with a business-friendly environment that supports development, create a promising landscape for real estate investors. Don't miss this rare opportunity to rewrite a chapter in Brea's legacy! This property is listed alongside 7099 E Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea, CA 92823 (APN# 312-011-01, 312-032-01, 312-032-04, and 312-021-01). Both properties can be purchased together, or separately.

6102 E Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea

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