HISTORY of BREA - Brea Real Estate boomed with the discovery of oil in the late 1800´s. There were many oil fields, and thus many oil-field workers and their families to house, feed, and clothe. At that time the town was called Randolph. When it finally incorporated in 1917, with a population of 752, the citizens changed the name to Brea, which means 'tar' in Spanish. This rich oil that was used for heating homes, water proofing roofs, and for many other domestic purposes, lasted until the 1940´s. When the oil fields dried up, the people had a good community, fair weather and wanted to stay. They had built fine homes, churches, and schools on the eleven square miles of rich soil, and they were not about to leave. The temperature can be in the mid 80´s in the summer, and the winter was even better, no snow! The mild climate suited people who had traveled from the east.
The next big growth spurt for Brea Real Estate was in the 1970´s when the Brea Mall was built and the 57 freeway opened. At the same time, real estate was on the rise -- Brea homes, condominiums, townhomes, single family homes, pool homes, and investment properties were all being developed. Other shopping in Brea includes The Brea Marketplace located on Birch Street and State College Blvd, Brea Gateway Shopping Center at Imperial Hwy and Brea Blvd, Brea Union Plaza at Imperial Hwy and Kraemer Street, and Imperial East Shopping Center also on Imperial Hwy and Kraemer. Today, shopping in Brea makes sense and will keep the sales tax dollars in the community.
TODAY in BREA- The city has had quite a few new communities built within the last ten years, and continues to attract high-quality retail development that is consistent with good urban design. Brea was one of the first cities to try the retail below and apartments above development. It is located close to the Birch Street promenade that consists of Multiple movie screens,many high end restaraunts, The Improv comedy club, The Yard House Brewery, Copper Blues, Taps, Olive Pit and the Old Brea Chop House
The public schools are consistently scoring above the 90 percentile in the state and national achievement tests, with several schools recognized as Blue Ribbon and distinguished schools. 80% of graduating seniors go on to attend college. The Brea Olinda Unified School District has 6 elementary schools, 1 junior high and 1 high school, as well as an alternative high school for the area. The district is proficient with computer technology and has a professional performing arts center.
Brea also has several preschools, two Christian schools, and a Roman Catholic school serving grades K-8. Colleges, universities, and a number of technical and vocational schools are located in and around Brea. California State University Fullerton, Fullerton College Pacific Christian College,Western State University College of Law and Southern California College of Optometry are located in nearby Fullerton.
Hospitals in the Brea area include Placentia-Linda Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. Population as of the year 2000 was 35,410, and the median household income was $59,759.
Orange County Airport is 17 miles away, Ontario International Airport 25 miles away, and Los Angeles International 48 miles from Brea.
Brea was mentioned in the Sunset magazine article in February 2006 about Best Suburbs or Burbs! Brea was named one of the five best places to live!
Birch Hills Golf Course was named the number one Executive Golf Course in Orange County. It is a Par 59 and has online reservations for tee times. It is located just off the 57 freeway and has lush greens and a beautiful club house. Brea Executive Golf Course is a smaller 9-hole, par-3 course. It is also home to the Tree House Lounge with great cocktails, good food and live music !
I know what you're still wondering. What about the La Brea Tar Pits? Well, oddly enough, the La Brea Tar Pits are not in Brea, they are located in Los Angeles. It is a misconception many people have had, even native Californians!