December 21 2018

5 Budget Friendly Home Staging Tips to Boost Home Sales

by Erin

master bedroom

Every detail counts when it comes to selling your home. It always helps to be intentional about making your home appealing to potential home buyers. Of course, it always benefits your pockets even more when you can save a few dollars while doing so. Here are 5 budget friendly home staging tips to help boost the sale of your home.

Ensure your home consists of unisex décor throughout

You never who may show up at your door when it’s time for your first open house. Your home should appeal to buyers of both sexes. A home plastered in bubblegum pink might not appeal to everyone that walks through the door. Take the time out to remove certain features that come off as too gender-specific. Paint your walls a neutral color and choose décor and accessories that not only match but complement the design scheme as a whole. Allow potential homebuyers to use their imagination as they walk through the home so that they can see themselves decorating to their liking.

Update your outdated fireplace

The fireplace can be one of those features of your home that can easily be overlooked but can also be a top feature for those looking to buy. At first thought, updating your fireplace may sound time consuming and maybe even expensive, but don’t fret! It’s not as bad as you think. Take the time to remove the fireplace screen and wipe it down really well. After that, grab some soap and water and give the fireplace a much needed scrub. You can spruce up the bricks by grabbing a stone color enhancer to polish them and give them a little shine. Lastly, pick up a can of heat-resistant spray paint in a color that compliments your décor and go to town on the screen you wiped down. A quick coat of paint makes all of the difference. Before you know it, you won’t even recognize your old fireplace and it’ll be a hot selling point.

Update your appliances without the expense

Stainless steel appliances are on almost everyone’s checklist when on the search for a new home. Take your outdated appliances to the next level while on the budget. Don’t worry about purchasing a new dishwasher just for looks. Remove the front panels and clean them. Then pop on a stainless steel stick-on covering after cutting it to size. There you go. Good as new for about 20 bucks!



Make your space a blank canvas and get rid of the clutter

It makes it much more difficult to imagine how you will be living in a space when it is filled with clutter. It can add frustration to the decision making process if buyers cannot see the space entirely. Before showing your home, take the time to declutter and pack up any unnecessary items and even furniture that is taking up space.  The goal is to allow the potential home buyer to see themselves living in your home. Pack up your family photos and put away any keepsakes or memorabilia. Transform any areas of the rooms that heavily themed into more neutral spaces. You want to provide the home buyer with a blank canvas.

Do not neglect the outer appearance

The outside of your home is the very first thing buyers see either online or in person. You want to make sure that you’re offering curb appeal when placing your home up for sale. Plant a few flowers near the entrance way to give a more welcoming and homey feel. Make sure the yard is groomed at all times. No one wants to look at a home with an unkempt yard laced with weeds. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and replace doorknobs and doorbells for a more updated look.
 
With these simple tips, you’re sure to score a sale without breaking the bank.

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December 20 2018

Beverly at Eastwood Village Presents a Limited Collection

by Erin

Beverly at Eastwood Village new community in Orange County

When a fantastic homeownership opportunity presents itself as part of a limited collection, it means you have to act quickly. You don’t want to miss out on the new neighborhood that is part of Irvine’s most prestigious village. Beverly at Eastwood Village is ready to blow you away. Massive home designs, with up to 3,500 square feet, can be adapted to fit whatever living situation you want to create in Irvine, CA.

The true centerpiece of your Beverly home is the covered California terrace. This outdoor living room on the second floor serves as a theater to the spectacular climate and breathtaking surroundings that you’ll find in Irvine. The upstairs bonus room is another flexible space that can serve whatever purpose you need it to. Upstairs bedrooms for the children and a laundry room contribute convenience and compartmentalization. Meanwhile, a downstairs master suite with a huge walk-in closet is everything you could want.

Eastwood Village connects to the Jeffrey Open Space Trail, and invites homeowners to lead an active lifestyle. Access to I-5 and the 405 keep you connected to other area destinations such as the Irvine Spectrum Center, the Lyon Air Museum, and the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. Prices in this community start from the mid $1,000,000’s. To learn more about Beverly homes, visit the sales office today at 131.5 Parakeet, Irvine, CA 92620.

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December 19 2018

Prado at The Village of Escaya Serves Your Needs

by Erin

Backyard new home cula vista california prado at the village of escaya

The most important thing that a home can do is serve the needs of you and your family. While the location is a huge factor, and you consider your home an investment, the home has to work for you! In a new Chula Vista neighborhood, you’ll find a burgeoning collection of homes that satisfy all three considerations. Most of all, the homes at Prado at The Village of Escaya come with everything families need.

Life should feel comfortable, and at Prado, it does. Take a look at one of the three home designs, Residence 1, Residence 2, and Residence 3, ranging in up to 2,569 square feet of living space with up to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  An open first floor eliminates barriers and creates a high space for your family to interact. The dining area, family room, and kitchen (with large center island) all flow together. The optional outdoor room and private yard are huge assets for pets and entertaining guests. The first floor bedroom is another great touch that adds convenience.  An upstairs bonus room allows you to customize your home to fit your lifestyle. Bedrooms with walk-in closets give everyone a luxury experience, and the second-floor laundry just makes sense.

The greater Village of Escaya area also features awesome outdoor amenities and social spaces that are great for leading active lifestyles and connecting with neighbors. Enjoy live community theater at the Onstage Playhouse in downtown Chula Vista or take the family to SeaWorld’s waterpark, Aquatica for some up-close and personal animal experiences.  Prices for Prado homes start in the $500,000’s.  Claim your space today by calling the sales office of Brookfield Residential at 888-685-1318.

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December 18 2018

Time is of the Essence to Acquire One of the Remaining Three Luxury Jewel Homes

by Erin

home office Jewel at playa vista los angeles county

Playa Vista’s association with the tech world, the entertainment industry, and “All Things L.A.” makes for the most desirable addresses in the area. Brookfield Residential’s Jewel homes have been featured in Mansion Global, California Home & Design, Financial Times, L.A. Confidential and many more fine home publications. These extraordinary three-story, single-family, detached homes by the esteemed Robert Hidey Architecture firm are brokered exclusively by Hilton & Hyland and only three remain available. You must act quickly to claim yours.

Sleek and sexy industrial treatments embellish the open, light rooms of these residences. Soaring ceilings, multiple balconies, lofts, and chic entertaining spaces throughout let you know you are in a very special place. Imagine tea by the infinity fireplace while you catch up on correspondence in the morning and then wine on the third floor balcony, with someone special, to wind down the evening. All three available addresses feature private interior elevators, parking for two cars plus a guest parking spot, pre-plumbing for outdoor kitchen installation on two levels, a creative office space, and a side yard.


5914 Firefly Place is a gorgeous 4,494 square foot home featuring 5 bedrooms and 5 sumptuous full baths plus 2 half baths. This model is move-in ready and already has many upgrades including high-end flooring and countertops.
5916 Village Drive features 3 large bedrooms, 3 full plus 2 half baths, and 4,288 square feet of elegant living. You’ll find the office and an additional social area on the third floor of this move-in ready model. This home has also had many upgrades.

5922 Firefly Place at 4,288 square feet offers 3 bedrooms, 3+ 2 half bathrooms. Engineered hardwood flooring upgrades are included as are high-end countertops throughout. The third floor entertainment loft includes a covered deck with a beverage station.
 
Playa Vista offers residents many options for expanding their entertainment beyond the scope of their home with large meeting rooms and full kitchen facilities. The Resort fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment as well as engaging classes. The Centerpointe Club offers many interesting classes involving cuisine, arts, and activities for children. Glorious sparkling pools and 29 parks beckon for outdoor refreshment. Playa Vista has beach access and many hiking trails leading through the Bellona Freshwater Marsh and Riparian Corridor. The children of Playa Vista attend state-of-the-art STEM schools and enjoy easy access to shopping and entertainment via the community’s shuttle bus service.

These luxurious homes will not last. Claim your lifestyle at Jewel before it’s too late. Contact the sales office at 310-702-6299 today to get started.

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December 17 2018

Juniper’s Luxury Homes in Spencer’s Crossing Are Ideal For Growing Families

by Erin

Living area new residence Juniper at Spencer's Crossing Riverside County

Spencer’s Crossing in Murrieta is a unique family-oriented, master-planned community featuring the work of some of the most sought-after builders in Southern California. Among these prestigious master builders is award-winning Brookfield Residential. Brookfield Residential is responsible for the lovely neighborhood of Juniper, among others. Residents of Spencer’s Crossing enjoy easy access to the 215 and 15 freeways, close proximity to the Promenade Mall in Temecula, popular casinos, and the Temecula Wine Country.

Juniper offers families large, open-concept, one and two-story contemporary homes in which to build memories and grow within a vibrant community. Choose from 4 designs offering 3,212 –  4,091 square feet of luxury living. Choose from 4 to 7 spacious, light-filled bedrooms, 2.5 to 5.5 luxurious spa-like bathrooms, and a 3 or 4 car garage. Brookfield Residential has provided for all your storage needs with extra garage space, oversized laundry room and launch areas, optional linen storage, and every bedroom has a walk-in closet. The great room is the heart of the home emphasizing the natural flow of the common areas and making the most of the abundant natural light. Choose to expand into your outdoor space and carry your entertaining options even further. The kitchen has everything a chef desires with a massive granite-topped work island that is perfect for entertaining or serving a light meal. Gorgeous white Hamilton-style cabinets, stainless-steel Whirlpool® appliances, Delta® faucets, and a handy walk-in pantry create efficiency and add elegance. The bathrooms are sophisticated and comfortable retreats offering soaking tubs, frameless glass walk-in showers, elongated toilets, and beautiful cultured marble countertops with generous backsplashes. Brookfield Residential wants you to have the stylish home of your dreams so upgrades are easy and affordable. Bonus spaces and additional bedroom options help to make your home the perfect respite from daily life.

The views from Spencer’s Crossing are awe-inspiring with rolling hills close-in and majestic mountain ranges greeting the sunrise in the distance. The community amenities are outstanding offering families sports facilities, park settings, picnic areas, dog parks, playgrounds, and scheduled activities. Neighborhood schools of the Menifee School District offer students STEM curricula with an emphasis on the arts. The perfect location and the ideal luxury home await you at Juniper in Spencer’s Crossing.  Visit the sales office for Juniper at 35084 Cross Winds Dr., Murrieta, CA 92563.

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December 16 2018

Agave Offers a Fresh Family Neighborhood with Style and Amenities

by Erin

Agave at Spencer's Crossing Living room

Spencer’s Crossing in Murrieta is a contemporary take on the master-planned community with unique amenities and a variety of neighborhoods from the area’s top builders. The views are stunning with rich rolling hills all around and noble mountains in the distance. The location affords families easy access to the 215 and 15 freeways for work or play. Nearby Promenade Mall in Temecula fulfills all your dining and shopping desires, a Stater Bros. and a CVS are right around the corner, and the great schools of the Menifee School District are practically next door. Add to all this, a spacious new home by the experts at Brookfield Residential: Welcome to Agave!

The first thing people comment upon when visiting Agave is the old-fashioned American charm of the architecture. Brimming with character the curb appeal is unmistakable.  Brookfield Residential gives you 3 models to choose from. Floorplans span 2,818 to 3,453 square feet of family living space. Choose 4 or 5 bedrooms, 2 - 3 bathrooms, and a 2 or 3 car garage. Agave homes include a covered outdoor entertaining space which adds even more potential to your stunning open-concept living area. Your chef-inspired kitchen shines with stainless-steel Whirlpool® appliances, white European-style thermofoil cabinets, an expansive granite-topped work/eat island with matching countertops and backsplashes. You’ll love the retreat-style bathrooms with gleaming cultured marble countertops and Delta® Ashlyn fixtures. The master ensuite offers a luscious soaking tub, walk-in shower, and an elegant elongated toilet. Brookfield Residential knows the modern family has many electronic devices and they have accommodated that need with Ubiquiti Networks® Wi-Fi and Apple TV streaming. The thermostats are Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi-enabled for easy programming. Agave homes are prewired for an electric car charging station and/or a solar package.

Spencer’s Crossing recreation brings the community together and keeps families engaged.  Heroes Park offers 14 acres of hiking and biking trails, BBQ and picnic areas, playgrounds and room to run. Sports Park features lighted soccer and baseball fields, a basketball court, and a Tot Lot. Your dog can make new friends at one of the size-specific dog parks.

Priced affordably from the high-$400,000’s, Agave homes are stylish and timeless havens in which to build family memories. Learn more about how you can begin your path to home ownership by joining the interest list.

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December 15 2018

Candela at Rancho Tesoro Makes Luxury Living Possible in San Diego’s North County

by Erin

Kitchen dining area new home san marcos candela at rancho tesoro

San Diego is all about the beauty of the outdoors and San Marcos in North County brings it. The master-planned community of Rancho Tesoro puts homeowners right next to the wonders of Discovery Lake, while embracing them in contemporary luxury. Candela is Brookfield Residential’s contribution: beautiful state-of-the art homes in a gated neighborhood nestled in nature. This community is close to the 15 and 78 freeways for easy access to employment, education, and all the entertainment venues Southern California has to offer.


Candela impresses at first sight with the Mediterranean-style street scene that San Diegans favor. Choose from 3 distinctive designs featuring from 2,691 to 3,565 square feet of sophisticated living space. Flexible floorplans allow for 4 or 5 bedrooms, up to 4.5 bathrooms, and a 2 or 3 car garage. Desirable dual master suites and/or first floor masters are available, as are extravagant outdoor ‘rooms.’ You’ll love the open, flowing floorplan and the expert use of natural light. Fine finishes abound with painted decorative trims, high-end hardware, and 2-panel interior doors. Your new kitchen will thrill you with its glorious granite-topped workspace that is perfect for entertaining a crowd or breakfast with the kids. Beautiful and efficient stainless-steel Whirlpool® appliances shine next to your white thermofoil European style cabinets. Bring the candles for relaxing in your soaking tub in the sumptuous master en suite or install that boudoir chandelier you’ve always wanted in the massive walk-in closet. This is your elegant retreat; Brookfield Residential makes it easy to create the home you’ve dreamed of with affordable upgrades and flex spaces.

The beauty of the surroundings is celebrated with well-maintained rustic hiking/biking trails and close proximity to Discovery Lake. If a resort is more your style, you can take advantage of the elegant recreation available at The Cabana, featuring sparkling pools, unique meeting areas, play spaces, and more. Fine dining and diverse shopping is close by in bustling San Marcos, and the beach scene of Carlsbad is minutes away. Families enjoy the easy access to Legoland and the San Diego Safari Park. The children of Rancho Tesoro attend the fine schools of the San Marcos School District. Luxury living and the wonders of nature come together in this perfect of locations; the home of your dreams is here at Candela.  Take the first step to purchasing your new home by contacting the sales office at 888-229-5461.

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December 14 2018

Affordable Homes Close to Nature in San Marcos

by Erin

New home development in San Diego County at Vientos at Rancho Tesoro

North County San Diego provides families with all the benefits and desirable attributes of a San Diego lifestyle without the San Diego price tag. You’ll find the master-planned community of Rancho Tesoro here, just beyond the city elements of San Marcos, allowing for a restful life amid nature. Situated perfectly for access to the 78 and 15 freeways for work or play. Award-winning Brookfield Residential offers beautiful homes in Rancho Tesoro in the prestigious Vientos neighborhood.

You will recognize the quality of Vientos’ build as soon as you behold the lovely street scene. Reminiscent of the best residential neighborhoods of San Diego, the homes shine with crisp white facades, decorative painted tiles, and warm Spanish terra cotta roofs. These spacious single-family, two-story homes boast 2,458 to 3,009 square feet of contemporary living space. Choose from three wonderful designs offering as many as 5 large bedrooms and 4.5 elegant bathrooms. Your gourmet kitchen inspires with topnotch stainless-steel Whirlpool® appliances, Delta® Essa faucets, European-style cabinets, and an ample granite-topped workspace. You’ll love the grandeur of the master ensuite with cultured marble countertops, elongated toilets, a glorious soaking tub, and Delta® Ashlyn fixtures. Brookfield Residential has built flexibility into the design so you can upgrade and customize your new home; how about dual master suites, a media room, or a guest suite? One model offers a rear-facing roll-up garage door for easy access to yard toys and tools; or create a terrific indoor/outdoor entertainment space. Vientos homes are built with money-saving features like programmable Honeywell® thermostats, dual-glazed windows, and much more.

Nature surrounds Rancho Tesoro affording residents lovely vistas and access to the wonders of Discovery Lake. Miles of rustic, well-maintained hiking trails traverse the area. The Cabana at Rancho Tesoro is a spa-like recreational facility with pools, a tot play area, and much more. Families enjoy the close proximity to many fun San Diego destinations, like Legoland and the San Diego Safari Park. Rancho Tesoro parents love their neighborhood schools within the award-winning San Marcos School District.

Everything you love about San Diego is here in San Marcos from the low $700,000’s. Come up to the North County and see how much home you can have for so little money.  Visit the sales office of Vientos at Rancho Tesoro located at 699 Merit Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078.

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December 13 2018

The Final Sales are Happening at Prestigious Province in Audie Murphy Ranch

by Erin

Province Kitchen at Audie Murphy Ranc

There are only a few homes left in the beautiful gated neighborhood of Province at Audie Murphy Ranch. Brookfield Residential’s upscale designs in the most desirable master-planned community in Riverside County offered at competitive prices make these homes just too good to pass up. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to put your name on the mailbox of one of these fine homes in Menifee.

Offered from the mid-$400,000’s, these stunning homes are expertly designed to express every elegant detail without breaking the budget. From the exquisite exterior architecture to the fine details and finishes within, it is no wonder they have sold so well. Choose from 3 sophisticated designs that offer spacious contemporary living with floorplans spanning 2,949 to 3,488 square feet . Your stately new Province home will feature up to 6 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The exteriors are showstoppers based on Spanish, American farmhouse, and ranch styles. The impressive 8’ entry with aged-bronze hardware makes a statement before you even open the door. Inside, the bullnose wall corners, painted decorative balistrades, upscale trims, and fine hardware throughout adds to the prestige and overall grandeur. Your gourmet kitchen was designed for the chef with beautiful stainless-steel Whirlpool® appliances, warm maple Shaker-stye cabinets, and oversized granite-topped work space that can do double-duty for a light meal. You’ll love your elegant master ensuite! Choose either a rectangular or an oval soaking tub. Cultured marble countertops with generous backsplashes, Delta® faucets, and walk-in shower complete the spa-like picture. Upgrades and enhancements are easy and affordable— you really can have your dream home at Province!

Audie Murphy Ranch master-planned community boasts 11 acres of sports facilities, a skate park, lighted tennis courts, and miles of hiking and biking trails. Multiple recreation facilities offer age-appropriate pools, playgrounds, great lawn picnic areas, and BBQ facilties. Additional dog parks, green spaces and schools are coming soon. Audie Murphy Ranch is close to the 215 and 15 freeways, Temecula Wine Country, and diverse shopping and dining. Students attend the fine schools of Menifee Union School District with an emphasis on STEM and the arts.

Province offers beauty, grace and an enviable lifestyle. You’ll not want to miss out on the nicest homes in Riverside County.  Call 888-586-3359 to schedule your viewing with the sales office of Brookfield Residential.

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December 12 2018

Rancho Tesoro Ends the Home Search in San Diego County

by Erin

Playground at San Diego new home community Rancho Tesoro

If the home search has taken time and energy, don’t worry, it’s all building to something beautiful. If you’re ready to be done looking, and to start enjoying your new living situation, a brand new master plan has just what you need. San Marcos is a thriving, family-oriented community, and now, you can craft a life for yourself here in a gorgeous master plan. Rancho Tesoro is a community that brings everything you need close by.

Rancho Tesoro is comprised of three communities: Candela, Vientos, and Terracina. Each of these collections offers a different size and style of home, so you can find the perfect situation for you and your family. Wherever you choose to live, you can feel comfortable knowing that you’ll be surrounded by natural landscapes and recreational amenities that the whole family can appreciate.

A sparkling pool is outlined by comfortable cabanas at the community’s center. Parks and playgrounds are perfect for the younger members of the family. Outdoor picnic facilities encourage you to dine al fresco. Discovery Lake and the extensive trail system that runs throughout Rancho Tesoro invite you to enjoy a robust, active lifestyle. Besides the onsite conveniences, Rancho Tesoro is near many well know attractions for everyone.  Visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Lego Land just a few miles away from home for a day out with the family.  To learn about the pricing and availability of each home collection or to simply schedule your visit, join the interest list.

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