Brea, California

    Brea is a charming city in Northern Orange County with an estimated 41,000 residents. Due to the Brea Mall and local thriving businesses, about 100,000 people visit the city daily to work, shop or play. The Brea Mall is located off the 57 freeway and Lambert Road with four popular anchor stores: Nordstrom, JC Penney, Macy’s and Sears. There are close to 200 stores in and around the mall for great shopping, as well as a food court and restaurants of all kinds. There is a Day Spa located at the Mall, Glen Ivy, as well as the Embassy Suites Hotel that attracts many visitors for events and conferences. “Birch Street” is the local stomping grounds for fun, food and shopping. There are about 30 specialty shops in and around Birch Street such as J.Jill, Chico’s, Ann Taylor Loft and Black House White Market, and the popular restaurants: Taps Fish House and Brewery, the Yard House, the Improv Comedy Club and many others. There are two Edwards Cinema houses featuring over 20 movies at one time. This is the place to be for weekly outdoor farmers markets and festivals, such as the Brea Jazz Festival and annual car shows.

    The city has a community pool called the Plunge with free swim during summer days, and Concerts in the Park, as well as the annual 4th of July Fair. There is a renovated Boy Scout Center and a Senior Center, as well. Other areas that are always the “go to” for quick supplies is the Brea Marketplace and Brea Gateway Shopping. Plenty of grocery store options and specialty shops to take care of all your needs.

    Brea housing has taken off the last few years with many newer homes including Olinda Ranch, which is at Lambert Road and Valencia; as well as Blackstone, Lambert and Kraemer area; La Floresta with its variety of home options and shopping/restaurant spaces; as well as the established neighborhoods. There are apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and homes to suit all family sizes and budgets. Darryl and JJ Jones have been residents of Brea for over 50 years, and selling Brea houses for a combined 50 years. They thoroughly know and understand the neighborhoods and can direct you correctly to the best options.

    The Brea Unified School District is one of the smaller school districts in North Orange County but has an excelled reputation with many of the schools receiving the California Distinguished School awards and the National Blue Ribbon awards. There are six elementary schools: Mariposa, Fanning, Laurel, Olinda, Arovista and Country Hills; as well as one Junior High and one High School. California schools have an open enrollment policy which means your child can attend any school in the district (called intradistrict), as long as there is space.  The “Great Schools” rating is a simple tool for parents to compare the schools based on test scores. We advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child’s and family’s needs as part of the school selection process. Overall, Brea is know for its great schools.

    Brea Olinda Elementary: Great School rating 10. 3145 E. Birch Street, 714/528-7475. There are currently 397 students enrolled. Test scores: ELA Proficiency (state average 44%) is 70%. Math Proficiency (state average is 34%) is 73%.

    Country Hills: Great School rating 9. 150 N. Associated Road,714/900-3221. There are currently 616 students enrolled. Test scores: ELA proficiency is 64%,Math proficiency 54%.

    Fanning: Great School rating is 9. 650 North Apricot, 714/529-3908. Currently 488 students enrolled. Test scores: ELA proficiency 66%, Math Proficiency 61%.

    Mariposa: Great School Rating 9. 1111 West Mariposa Drive, 714/529-4916. Currently 545 students enrolled. Test scores: ELA 74%, Math 63%.

    Laurel: Great School Rating 7. 200 S. Flower Avenue, 714/529-2520. Currently 311 enrolled. Test scores: ELA 45% (state average 44%), Math 44% (state average 34%)

    Arovista: Great School Rating 8. 900 Eddington Drive, 714/529-2185. Currently 565 enrolled. Test scores: ELA 57%, Math 52%.

    Private schools in Brea: St. Angela Merici Elementary, 575 S. Walnut; Montessori of Brea, 701 Mulberry Avenue; Christ Lutheran School, 820 W. Imperial Highway; Carbon Canyon Christian School, 5600 Carbon Canyon Road; Heights Christian School- Brea Friends, 200 S. Associated Road.