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Top 5 Buying Tips for Summer

Top 5 Buying Tips for Summer

Summer is far from over! There’s so much left of this beautiful season, especially in California where the weather is pretty warm all throughout Fall as well. The real estate market does tend to change from season to season, so if you are considering buying a home, whether it be your first or your last, there are some things to think about. Summer can be a great time to not only look at potential homes, but also make a purchase! We’ve compiled a list of tips and advice on why buying a home during the Summer can be your best decision yet!

  1. Options are Helpful

During the Summer months many homes are put on the market which is a great thing for buyers. Although sometimes options can seem overwhelming, especially if you are not exactly sure what you want in a home, you can only benefit from them in the end! Many sellers also choose Spring or early Summer to remodel parts of their home before putting it on the market. So, if you are touring homes closer to the end of Summer, you are most likely getting the ‘cream of the crop’ (aka the best properties with updates and new features).

2. Easier to Walk the Property

Although we previously mentioned California doesn’t exactly have fluctuating weather, it’s always nicer to look at your potential family home in the best light. During the Summer the flowers are blooming, the grass is fresh and most things like water features, pools and fire pits are running. Walking a property during the warmer months allows potential buyers to get a well-rounded feel for the land and everything the home has to offer.

3. Show the Whole Family

Many times during Fall, Winter and Spring local listings offer available showing during the days. Although one or two family members may be able to see the home, the kids have to attend school. A benefit about viewing a home during the Summer is that you can bring the entire family to take a look and see what they think. Kids may be able to point out a benefit or downfall about the property that you don’t initially think about.

4. Pricing

Many families are strayed away from looking at homes during June, July and August because Summer is considered “peak season” for selling homes, but there are actually benefits for exploring during this time. If you are not ready to settle on a home, but are just looking, Summer is a great time to do so because you can get a feel for what’s on the market, how much it costs and how much you can afford. Planning for your dream home during peak season is beneficial because it allows you to prepare for the worst, so anything less will give you extra money to spend on the home.

5. Location

Even if you have an idea about the area in which you want to look for houses, it can always be helpful to broaden your horizons. In Summer, people are typically more willing to travel to new locations or neighborhoods to look for homes because of time and encouraging weather. It is a small factor in theory, but can actually make a big difference in the long run.

For more buying tips or for selling advice, get in touch with one of our agents today! We have worked with both sides and can find the price, location and size that’s right for you!

4 of the Best Brunch Spots in Brea

4 of the Best Brunch Spots in Brea

Brea has got it all! Including some of the best brunch spots in Orange County. Whether you need some place to take the family on the weekends, or you need a great spot to meet up with the girls, there is a place for every occasion! Here’s a short list of some of our favorite brunch destinations regardless whether it’s the middle of the week or a sunny Sunday. We’ve also included our some of our favorite menu items!

Kimmie’s Coffee Cup

The charm and quaint atmosphere at Kimmie’s is one of the many reasons why they have so many regulars that continue to come back each week. Kimmie’s is a great breakfast or brunch spot that serves some of the best eggs in town. The cafe closes at 2 pm, so if you’re a late riser on the weekends, make sure to get there with enough time to be seated and eat your hefty meal. A crowd favorite at Kimmie’s is the short stack of Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and the Irish Benedict! However, if you aren’t as big of a fan when it comes to breakfasts foods, Kimmie’s offers plenty of lighter options.

TAPS Fish House and Brewery

As one of Brea’s most popular restaurants in town, TAPS is a top brunch destination on the weekends! Brunch is offered each Sunday from 9:30 am-2 pm. Reservations are a good idea if you’re thinking of bringing the crew to TAPS for brunch, because the restaurant fills up very quickly. TAPS is a crowd favorite among adults because the brunch menu has it’s own list of craft cocktails. One of our favorite drinks is called “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand,” which is a mix of Pisco, passion fruit, banana, Jamaican bitters and lime. The food is even more extreme than the cocktails. Two of the most popular menu choices are the Philly Cheesesteak Omelette and the Trainwreck Burrito. One of the craft cocktails paired with any of the decadent food items makes for a brunch you won’t forget.

Bruegger’s Bagels

Looking for a more low-key breakfast/brunch spot? Bruegger’s Bagels is the perfect place to grab food in the mornings if you’re on-the-go or want a quiet place. This spot is also perfect for the early risers because Bruegger’s opens weekdays at 5:30 am, Saturdays at 6 am and Sundays at 7 am. Bruegger’s offers a selection of fresh bagels, breakfast sandwiches, coffee and more! Whether you’re running to work or just want a place to sit and read a book, Bruegger’s is great!

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

If none of these places have quite sold you yet, Jimmy’s will. Although it’s a chain, each restaurant has it’s own special flare, and the location in Brea is one of the best! Sunday brunch at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern lasts from 11 am-3 pm, so it’s a great place to go if your family doesn’t wake up very early on the weekends. The atmosphere at Jimmy’s is fun and loud, so it’s a great place to bring the kids. However, for those parents that need an extra kick in the morning, the early bird happy hour means mimosas and bloody mary’s are only $7 before noon. For the ultimate weekend brunch-goers, you can get bottomless mimosas for only $15 with any entree! And if you’re struggling to decide on an entree, you can never go wrong with The Bubba, which is a biscuit filled with fried chicken, cheese, sausage gravy, bacon and a sunny side up egg.

 

For more information on Brea or to learn more about the area, check out our other blogs here!

5 Dessert Spots to Try in Brea

5 Dessert Spots to Try in Brea

If the divine restaurants in Brea weren’t enough to fill up your stomach, these dessert spots will do the trick! Brea has some great dessert places that offer all kinds of signature and creative twists on classic creations. Once you try one, you’ll want to try them all! Here is a list of five of our favorites!

1. Cinnaholic

 

 

Your cinnamon roll dreams have come true! Cinnaholic serves up the most decadent and delicious gourmet cinnamon rolls in all of Orange County. The idea originated from the tv show Shark Tank, and has come to life in Brea! Customers can choose from a variety of 20 frosting flavors and 22 toppings. The frosting flavors range anywhere from Chai to Lemon and the toppings include crushed cookies, nuts and fruits! The combinations are endless.

 

2. Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour

 

You can never go wrong with a classic banana split! With three locations across Orange County, Farrell’s is not just popular, it’s THE ice cream spot. Farrell’s specializes in the best and most creative ice cream sundaes you can dream of. You can choose from one of the specialized creations, or create your own sundae! This old-fashioned ice cream parlour is a great place to take the kids or go with a big group. Farrell’s most well-known menu item is somewhat of a feat for whoever can finish it. The Farrell’s Zoo includes 30 scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, chocolate, strawberry and marshmallow sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries and bananas! It’s the classic ice cream sundae on steroids!

3. J’s Sweet Treats

 

 

In need of that chocolate cake fix? J’s Sweet Treats has chocolate plus so much more! J’s offers a variety of homemade cupcakes and cakes. However, they do not stick to just your classic vanilla and chocolate flavors. At J’s you can find cupcakes like Chocolate Peanut Butter which is a chocolate cake, filled with Reese’s peanut butter and topped with a peanut buttercream, or the Strawberry Cheesecake which is a strawberry or vanilla cupcake, stuffed with strawberries, frosted with cream cheese buttercream and topped with strawberry drizzle and graham cracker crumbles. J’s Sweet Treats also makes custom cakes for every occasion. You can order a classic size or consult with them about a custom design.

 

4. Kelley’s Kookies

 

Tucked in the Brea Mall, Kelly’s Kookies offers the best gourmet cookies in the area. Whether you’re buying a treat for yourself or a gift set for a friend, you can’t go wrong! The Kelley’s Kookies sets are great gifts, and usually customized around special holidays and events. Our favorite flavors are the pecan shortbread and the melting moments, which is a walnut cookie covered in decadent powdered sugar!

 

5. Creamistry

 

Finally on the list is another franchise, but one that cannot be missed if you are an ice cream connoisseur. Creamistry offers made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream that is made right before your eyes! Choose between a base of premium, organic or coconut milk, then add in your favorite flavors and toppings. With over 70 flavors and toppings, and an unlimited amount of combinations you will want to try everything! One of our personal favorite combinations is the Premium base, a combination of cookies & cream and Reese’s peanut butter flavor, and mixed in fresh baked brownie bites!

 

Ice cream, cakes, cookies and cinnamon rolls! Brea has it all. The dessert spots are only the beginning of all Brea has to offer which is why so many residents love living there! For more information on living in Brea or the cost of real estate, get in touch with one of our team members today! Brea could be the perfect place for your family.

Best Nightlife in Brea

Best Nightlife in Brea

There are so many things to do in Brea that it can be overwhelming, but if you’re looking for the best nightlife in Brea, then read on. You may not go out all that often, but it’s important to know which spots to go to on the occasions that you do. We have a few different places in mind, each with their own style and unique features. 

Shady Nook

If you like dive bars as much as us, then Shady Nook should be on your list of the best nightlife in Brea. You’ll find that it’s smaller, has more locals, and can get rowdy at times, which makes it all the more fun. Although this might not be the ideal atmosphere for everyone, it definitely makes us feel at home! You will get a different crowd and ambiance every trip, and the drink specials are different daily as well.

 

Although the drink specials change, because the bartenders aim to please they always keep the drinks strong! That fact in combination with pool tables and live music on Saturday nights makes it a great location to start the night off or as your only destination.

Best Nightlife in Brea

 

The Improv

Another great way to kick off your night is to head over to a comedy show. The Brea Improv has a longstanding history of scheduling high-caliber comedians, both established and up and coming talent. The great thing about this venue is that you can go on back to back nights and they are likely to have an entirely different lineup with all new jokes.

 

Getting the night started off laughing is a brilliant way to set a cheerful tone for the rest of the evening. They also serve some pretty great food, oh and we can’t forget the drinks. The Improv has a liquor license, which means you can have any drink you would at any other bar, but you’ll be far more entertained!

 

Macallan’s Public House

If you like to eat, and most people out there seem to, then give your taste buds a treat by heading to this gastropub. For those who don’t know what a gastropub is, just know that it means that they take their food as seriously as their drinks. Some of the best food around is popping up in gastropubs because they procure higher quality product and promote creativity in the kitchen.

Best Nightlife in Brea

The incredible food choices along with the almost endless variety of high-end whiskey (wrapped up in a laid-back lounge area) make this easily one of the best nightlife spots in Brea. Macallan’s is perfect for any occasion, whether you want to grab some great food, try some new whiskey, or mix it up with other people in town, this is the place to be!

 

Call Us!

If you have any questions about the best nightlife in Brea, give us a call at (714) 209-7333 or email us at info@remaxlegacyca.com. You can also stop by our office at 135 S. State College Blvd Suite 675 Brea, California 92821. Remax Legacy is here for you as your guide to all things Brea!

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!