Things To Do in Brea

Things To Do in Brea

Brea is an affluent community with friendly residents and a thriving economy. The city is filled with restaurants, parks and so many fun activities! There is never a dull weekend in Brea because there is so much to do. If you’re struggling thinking of where to take the kids, or fun places to visit on the weekend, check out this great guide of things to do in Brea!

Brea Mall

If you need to get a little shopping done, Brea Mall is the place to do it. Locals and visitors frequent the Brea Mall often because of its wide range of store and dining options. The mall is open everyday from 10 am- 9 pm, except for Sundays when it is only open until 7 pm. The Brea Mall is home to over 175 different stores and vendors throughout the two floors. The mall also features four major department stores!

City of Brea Art Gallery

                To add a little more culture into your life, head down to the Brea Art Gallery where you can explore the various artwork, visit the current featured exhibition, or even take a workshop! The Art Gallery offers a range of art workshops for adults as well as watercolor events in which they invite a guest speaker to lecture.

Color Me Mine

For the kid-friendly version of an art experience or workshop, head down to Color Me Mine! This fun activity is great for the kids and is the perfect choice if it’s either too hot or cold outside. Color Me Mine offers individuals of all ages to choose a ceramic piece to paint- you get to choose from a range of plates, bowls, mugs, trinket boxes, figurines, ect.- then choose the colors they’d like to paint it. Once you have your piece and the colors, the design and paint job is entirely up to you! After your piece is complete, you simply give it back to the staff to glaze it, then you are able to pick up with final project in less than a week!

Improv Brea

                Improv is one of Brea’s best date night activities! The comedy club brings in some of the most famous names in the business. A night here will ensure a great deal of laughter and banter. With a full food and drink menu, you don’t even need reservations to anywhere else! There’s also the option to host a private event at the comedy club! For the full schedule of performers and comedians head to the website!

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

                This community park is a great place to come on the weekends for relaxing fun or during the weekdays for exercise! There is something for the whole family at the Carbon Canyon Regional Park. You can bring your own picnic and have lunch on the grass or the picnic tables, or cook out at one of the barbeques offered. There’s also a variety of hiking and biking trails depending on your level. The park has five playgrounds for the kids and eight tennis courts, two backstops for softball and three sand volleyball courts for children of all ages. The large lake in the center of the park can be fished at either of the two piers available.

Red Lantern Escape Rooms

                The largest escape room in Orange County, Red Lantern is a 1,000 sq ft escape room where teens and couples come from all over the area to brave the challenge. This is certainly a great late night activity for the weekends and visitors have nothing but amazing things to say about the experience! The Red Lantern escape percentage is 33.7%.

                To find out more about Brea, the community and the available listings, get in contact with one of our agents today!

Best Date Night Spots in Brea

Best Date Night Spots in Brea

Orange County is known for having some of the perfect date spots in the state. From gourmet restaurants, bustling bars, and world-class entertainment, as well as the near-perfect weather year-round, the options for date night are endless. Spend some quality time with your significant other at one of these fun Brea locations and have an unforgettable night out!

Dinner:

Bruno’s Italian Kitchen

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For a warmly-lit restaurant and a romantic atmosphere, complete with delicious Italian dishes, visit Bruno’s Italian Kitchen for a reasonably priced, romantic night out. Try this local favorite and delve into one of the fresh seafood dishes or a house-made pasta plate. This rustic restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a glass of the house wine and the occasional complimentary dessert.

TAPS Fish House and Brewery

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The first location of the popular fish house, TAPS is a local favorite for its excellent customer service and unbeatable atmosphere. Dine on their macadamia nut-crusted rockfish cooked to perfection and sip on one of their fine wine selections. This spot is a perfect date night option for fish lovers and craft beer drinkers!

Tempo Urban Kitchen

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Known for its “upscale Mexican food”, Tempo is an unbeatable restaurant for Mexican food-fans. Its lively atmosphere and creative take on the delicacy makes Tempo a fun location for any date night. Start your night early to take advantage of their popular happy hour and ask your server for a list of their funky weekly specials. Satisfy your taste buds with a unique dish from this popular restaurant!

Desserts:

Merely Sweets

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Stop by this local bakery for one of their famous macaroons, tarts, or cake bites. This sweet shop has limited seating, however, so get your red velvet cupcake to go and enjoy it as you stroll around the beautiful downtown Brea. This cute bakery is perfect for a date night dessert, at any time of the year!

The Night Owl

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While located in Fullerton, this nearby café, The Night Owl, is perfect for a late night chocolate tart and a freshly brewed cup of decaf coffee. This bohemian café offers live music and delicious refreshments until midnight every night. Share a dessert with your significant other or try multiple gourmet desserts on the menu. Stop by in the summer to enjoy a poetry open mic night and satisfy that late night sweet tooth!

Cinnaholic

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Ever tried a gourmet cinnamon roll? Head over to Cinnaholic in the Brea Gateway Center for a customizable cinnamon roll! Sink your teeth into the gooey center filled with the sauce of your choosing, and make sure to add fun options like Oreo crumbles or crushed pretzels on top! This popular cinnamon roll shop was featured on Shark Tank, and it offers unique flavors per season, like cotton candy, mango, and pineapple for spring. Try one of their delicious cinnamon rolls on your next date night!

Entertainment:

Improv Brea

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Enjoy a night of endless laughter and entertainment at Brea’s very own comedy club, Brea Improv. Listen to famous comedians like Dan Levy from “Schitt’s Creek” and Rob Schneider from the movie “Grown Ups” while you enjoy a tasty burger or appetizer from your seat as you watch the show. But be warned, you might be too busy laughing to finish your meal!

Edwards Brea Stadium Cinema

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Drive through downtown Brea and you will stumble upon the Edwards Stadium Cinema, a beautifully illuminated theater offering 12 theaters showing the hottest new releases. Sink down in the theater’s comfortable seating and enjoy the digital screening with buttered popcorn and a refreshing drink from the theater’s well-stocked snack bar.

 

Whether it’s your first date or your 15-year anniversary, Brea has incredible options for a fun and eventful date night, From restaurants, to bakeries, to local shows, there is something for every couple to enjoy. To discover more about the community of Brea, visit our website today!

Dining Guide for Brea

Dining Guide for Brea

Brea is filled with some of the best restaurants in all of Orange County! Whether you’re looking for the perfect brunch spot on the weekends or a great place for a romantic dinner, Brea has it all! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite restaurants, coffee shops and dessert spots for you to add to you food bucket list!

 

Tempo Urban Kitchen

A creative menu, craft cocktails and a lively atmosphere are just the start of all Tempo Urban Kitchen has to offer! This trendy restaurant in downtown Brea is a destination for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner! Tempo is a great place to go with a big group after work or on the weekends because they have great sharing platters and fun drinks! Some of the crowd favorites are called the Pow Wow Wings and When You Dip, I Dip- a new take on your basic nachos. The handcrafted cocktails also pair perfectly with many main entrée!

 

The Mad Claw

If you’re craving some great seafood, The Mad Claw will satisfy your needs plus more! Located in downtown Brea, the Mad Claw is a Cajun seafood restaurant that pairs fresh seafood with signature sauces and spices to create the perfect dish! The Mad Claw is a great place to take a big family because the family buckets make it easy to share the tasty food!

 

Farrell’s USA

No matter what you ate for dinner, it’s not possible to go wrong by ending the night with a tasty treat from Farrell’s! The iconic ice cream parlour is known for the overflowing ice cream sundaes and creamy milkshakes. There’s not a creamy concoction that they can’t create! If you’re with a big group it’s fun to try the famous “Farrell’s Zoo” which is a mixture of 30 scoops of ice cream, chocolate, strawberry and marshmallow topping, whipped cream, bananas, and cherries!

 

TAPS Fish House and Brewery

Looking for a more upscale meal? TAPS in Brea is the perfect spot for a special dinner out! The classy restaurant offers a wide range of great appetizers and tapas! Any of the many cheeses pair perfectly with the lengthy cocktail, wine and beer menu! The seafood on the main menu is fresh daily and the steaks/chops are cooked to perfection! If you want a little something of both, the surf & turf is also a great option! The space can also be reserved for private parties or events!

 

Elbows Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Mac and cheese lover? Elbow’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese is the ultimate destination for all things cheese. The picture worthy restaurant offers over 20 different types of mac and cheese in addition to other cheesy concoctions! Make sure to go here on an empty stomach because you’ll be leaving feeling full for sure! Definitely an indulgence, but it’s more than worth it!

For more information on Brea and the great features of the city, head to our website today!

Key Rules to Follow When Selling Your Home

Key Rules to Follow When Selling Your Home

The process of selling your home can be a grueling and long one, but with these great tips hopefully we can make the process a little less overwhelming.

1. Talk with an Agent

First things first, find an agent you really like and talk with them before you begin the process of selling your home. It’s important to find an agent you like and who understands your needs, because you will be working with them a lot throughout the entire process. It is also key to talk with the agent first before making any changes to your home. An agent can provide you with inside advice about the value of your home, timing, or things you might need to change. Our agents at Remax Legacy are well seasoned in the real estate industry, and want to customize the selling or buying process to best fit your needs! Because of our extensive experience, we are able to offer advice on how to get more money for your home, or what to do to make the process go as quickly as possible.

2. Create an Appealing Profile

Marketing your home is one of the most important steps when going through the selling process. Creating your home’s online profile is the first step, then factoring in social media comes next. A great profile for your home is important because it can make all the difference for potential buyers who are scrolling through hundreds of homes at once. There are three factors that are key when building the profile: good-quality photos, realistic photos and a good description of the home.

Photos that are of good quality truly make all the difference, but also pictures that are true to the size of the home. There are many photographers who can do wonders, and take pictures that make the rooms in your home look a lot bigger or dramatic than they actually are. While a little enhancement is always beneficial, you don’t want photos that look too unrealistic because when people actually visit the home it’s bad for them to be disappointed. The description of the home is also important, because you want your home to sound as appealing as possible. This means no typos, proper grammar and lots of descriptive words. Other beneficial tools include video tours of the home, a layout and any social media posts regarding the home.

Our agents at Remax Legacy are more than willing to help with all of these steps. We have the means to help you take fantastic photos and videos of your home that make it look desirable. We can also walk you through the best ways to go about marketing your home to the public.

3. Adjust any easy fixes

Are there any weird quirks about your house that you’ve learned to live with? Fix them before the open house rolls around! Some real estate agents might suggest than remodeling certain parts of your home before putting it on the marketing will make it sell quicker, which is not a lie, but there are a lot of faster and more inexpensive changes you can make. Retouch and paint that may be chipped on cabinets, walls or furniture. Screw tight any loose hinges on doors or cabinets. If there are any weird sounds coming from the bathrooms or kitchen, a pipe might be loose or need to be replaced, so make things simple and book a quick consult with a plumber to resolve the issue. Although the house can probably be sold without the small changes, it will make look the interior of the home look more clean and presentable.

4. Curb Appeal is Important

The exterior of your home is a big factor when it comes to selling your home. Potential buyers may look at multiple pictures of your home, but when they come to take an in-person tour, the exterior of your home will be their first impression. This concept is called curb appeal because the exterior of your home can say a lot about its value. Even if you are not hosting an open house yet, if your home is on the market and on real estate websites, the exterior should be in tip-top shape. Potential buyers will start driving by as soon as your listing goes live. Below is a checklist to getting your curb appeal in check. The first few items are easy and pretty much essential, while the last few are optional but recommended.

  • Mow the lawn
  • Power wash the driveway
  • Clean up any toys or trash from outside
  • Wash the windows
  • Clean the gutters
  • Add plants/ flowers where possible
  • Make the doorstep inviting with a wreath or doormat
  • Fix any paint touch-ups

5. Home Staging is Key

Any agent will recommend an open house when trying to sell your home. The better the open house, the faster your home will sell. People want to picture your home on the market as their home while they’re walking through. Although your taste and color palette may be great, many agents will recommend staging your home. IF you have already found a new home and your home on the market is empty, staging your home can be very easy. The rooms need to be filled with just enough furniture to create an inviting environment. Homes that have been staged are proved to sell 80% faster and for 20% higher than homes that have not been staged. If your family is still living in your home that’s on the market, then you must make sure that when the open house rolls around, your home is the cleanest it can be. Agents might still recommend swapping out some furniture to make the rooms look more appealing.

Regardless of which stage in the process you are at; our agents are here to help with whatever you need. Give us a call, take a look at our social media or check out our website today for more information!

Annual Events in Brea You Don’t Want to Miss

Annual Events in Brea You Don’t Want to Miss

One of the major cities in Orange County, California, Brea is home to not only a large and diverse population, but also a community calendar full of events that boast local amenities and provide endless entertainment for the whole family. Each year, Brea residents host a wide range of community festivities, from music festivals and concerts to seasonal boutiques. Check out some of the many annual events that Brea offers!

Spring

Brea’s first boutique of the season, their Spring Boutique, occurs every March at the Brea Community Center. Find unique, seasonal items from over 250 local vendors, and help give back to the Community Center’s youth and family programs!

Consider yourself a country music fan? Check out Brea’s own country music festival, Brea Bonanza Days. With headliners like Truxton Mile, Jacob Bryant, and Coffey Anderson, this year’s festival takes place over May 19-21 in Brea Downtown. Take the family out for some live country music, dance lessons, and fun family games!

For local foodies, don’t miss the annual Taste of Brea on May 25th. For just $25 for adults and $10 for kids, visitors can join thousands of fellow residents in taste-testing food from the top local restaurants. Indulge in local treats and beverages as you enjoy the sounds of the band Cold Duck, as well as live music by a local DJ. This event is a favorite with Brea residents and we know it will be a favorite of yours as well. Make sure you come hungry!

Summer

In June, take the whole family out to see the Father’s Day Cruisin’ Brea Classic Car Show. Register your classic car or just enjoy the live entertainment and unique vendors as you walk around the car show from 10am-4pm. And don’t forget to bring a can of food to donate to the Orange County Food Bank!

And of course, make sure you catch the July 4th County Fair at City Hall Park. This all-day, free-admission event provides live music and entertainment, an annual parade, amusing games and tasty foods, and even the option to go swimming. Check out last year’s schedule of events to see what to expect from this year’s festivities!

Over several warm summer nights, you will find free admission to view entertaining family films or live concerts in the park. All events offer free entertainment and local concessions for an inexpensive price!

Fall

Presented by The Cause Community Church, Brea offers Kidz Block Party, a fun, safe alternative to Halloween festivities. Take the kids for a night of Halloween game booths, pony rides, face painting, and of course, lots of free candy! Spend a night out with the family for guaranteed Halloween fun in Brea’s downtown.

Visit the Nutcracker Craft Boutique in November at the Brea Community Center. Brea’s fall/winter boutique offers hand-made gifts and holiday decorations. At just $2 for admission with proceeds benefiting youth and family programs, enjoy walking through the boutique and seeing the local crafts and collectibles sold by fellow Brea residents.

Winter

Celebrate the holidays with Brea this year as the Brea community comes together for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7th! Come ready for holiday cheer as you watch the tree light up and see your children’s smiling faces when they visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Snack on holiday cookies and hot chocolate as you listen to live Christmas music at the Civic and Cultural Center.

Don’t miss out on any of the events the vibrant community of Brea has to offer. Located in North Orange County, the city of Brea is perfectly located just 33 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 25 miles from the beach, and is surrounded by other major cities of Orange County. Brea is known for its great school system and welcoming community atmosphere. The agents at RE/MAX Legacy know the ins and outs of Brea real estate, and are happy to provide any information about the area that you might have. Let us find your dream home in Brea, California. Give us a call today!

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