The Darryl and JJ Jones Team will have a 4-part blog featuring the diverse neighborhoods of the City of Brea.
I. Northeast: Olinda Ranch, Blackstone, Country Hills, Country Hills Estates, Somerset, Park Paseo, and Eagle Hills
3. Downtown and Southwest: The Arbor, Arbor Walk, Ash Street Cottages, City Walk, Laurel Walk, Brea Street Lofts.
4. Northwest: Pleasant Hills, Tomlinson Park, Amber Hill, Summerwind, North Hills, Country Road, Corsican Villas
Blackstone & Walden Estates
The first newer development north of Lambert was built by Shea homes as Walden Estates. This community was built in 2006 and comprises of homes from 2,600 to 3,976 square feet.
Nestled in the hills just north of Lambert at Kraemer, Blackstone offers patio homes, mid-sized homes, and Estate-sized homes built by Shea and Standard Pacific. The smallest homes are called Serano and Amber.
For the mid-level category, Shea homes built Emerald Heights and Jade that have home designs from 2,800 to 3,300 square feet. While the backyards are not “huge” by any stretch, they are large when compared to other new developments in the area.
In the luxury / estate category, Shea built Coral Ridge and Standard Pacific built Castillian, Montserat, and Avignon. Although the Castillian community is located west of the 57 freeway off State College, it still is considered part of Blackstone and residents have full access to amenities.
Country Hills Estates
As one of the first Homeowner’s Associations of Brea, Country Hills Estates were large for 1970’s standards. With designs up to 2,958 square feet and available 3 car garages, these were truly “Estate”-sized for a late 1970’s home.
Dubbed “Candy Cane Lane” during December, Eagle Hills is the charm of Brea during Christmas until New Year’s. Similar to Country Hills Estates, these 1978 built homes feature the “Winsor” floorplan that has 3,419 square feet and an optional 3rd story bonus room. All designs are open and have full backyards. Greenbelts and walking trails are plenty throughout the community with no HOA dues for residents.
Olinda Ranch & Olinda Village
Olinda Ranch has a variety of home styles from attached 2-story townhomes, smaller single level homes, and larger homes built by Christopher and Van Daele Homes.
Similar to Country Hills (and often confused with Country Hills), Park Paseo is located west of Associated Road and north of Birch St. There are 2 sections of this community: the earlier development built in 1980 and a 1985 phase built closer to Birch Street. There are (2) community pools for residents.
Somerset features a unique market segment in Brea. You can’t classify them as “townhomes” or “single family houses.” Whatever you want to call them, they present some unique offerings in a community stacked with amenities such as RV parking, 3 car garages, available ground level bonus rooms, tennis courts, a junior Olympic-sized pool, and a secured gated perimeter.