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About Brea

Brea is a city in Orange County, California. The population, as of the 2010 Census was 40,377.

The city began as a center of crude oil production, was later propelled by citrus production, and is now an important retail center because of the large Brea Mall and the recently redeveloped Brea Downtown. Brea is also known for its extensive public art program which began in 1975 and continues today with over 140 artworks in the collection placed and located throughout the city. Brea’s public art program has been used as a model and inspiration for many Public Art programs nationwide.

breaSunset magazine named Brea one of the five best suburbs to live in the Western United States in early 2006.

Brea is a city in Orange County, California. The population as of the 2010 census was 39,282.

The city began as a center of crude oil production, was later propelled by citrus production, and is now an important retail center because of the large Brea Mall and the recently redeveloped Brea Downtown. Brea is also known for its extensive public art program which began in 1975 and continues today with over 140 artworks in the collection placed and located throughout the city. Brea’s public art program has been used as a model and inspiration for many Public Art programs nationwide.

Sunset magazine named Brea one of the five best suburbs to live in the Western United States in early 2006.

History

The area was visited on July 29, 1769 by the Spanish PortolĂ  expedition – first Europeans to see inland parts of Alta California. The party breafestcamped in Brea Canyon, near a large native village and a small pool of clean water. A historical marker dedicated to his visit stands in Brea Canyon just north of town.

The village of Olinda was founded in present-day Carbon Canyon at the beginning of the 19th century and many entrepreneurs came to the area searching for “black gold” (petroleum). In 1894, the owner of the land, Abel Stearns, sold 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) to the west of Olinda to the newly created Union Oil Company of California, and by 1898 many nearby hills began sporting wooden oil-drilling towers on the newly discovered Brea-Olinda Oil Field. In 1908 the village of Randolph, named for railway engineer Epes Randolph, was founded just south of Brea Canyon for the oil workers and their families. Baseball legend Walter Johnson grew up in Olinda at the start of the 20th century where he worked in the surrounding oil fields as a youth.

The villages of Olinda and Randolph grew and merged as the economy boomed, and on January 19, 1911, the town’s map was filed under the new name of Brea, from the Spanish language word for natural asphalt (also called bitumen, pitch or tar). With a population of 752, Brea was incorporated on February 23, 1917, as the eighth official city of Orange County.

As oil production declined, some agricultural development took place, especially lemon and orange groves. In 1950 Brea had a population of 3,208. The citrus groves gave way gradually to industrial parks and residential development. In 1956, Carl N. Karcher opened the first two Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Anaheim, California and Brea, California. The opening of the Orange Freeway (57) and the Brea Mall in the 1970s spurred further residential growth, including large planned developments east of the 57 Freeway in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s. In the late map of brea1990s, a 50-acre (200,000 m2) swath of downtown Brea centered on Brea Boulevard and Birch Street was heavily redeveloped into a shopping and entertainment area with movie theaters, sidewalk cafes, a live comedy club from The Improv chain, numerous shops and restaurants, and a weekly farmer’s market. It is locally known and signed as Downtown Brea.

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Brea Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Brea

1456 Alta Mesa Way Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 1456 Alta Mesa Way, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20226410)
3 beds 2 baths 1,876 sqft $829,900
444 N Signal Hill Court Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 444 N Signal Hill Court, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20225414)
3 beds 3 baths 1,890 sqft $829,999
358 Hilltop Lane Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 358 Hilltop Lane, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20223621)
5 beds 3 baths 2,043 sqft $850,000
580 N Brea Boulevard, Unit 32 Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 580 N Brea Boulevard, Unit 32, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20224869)
2 beds 2 baths 1,090 sqft $450,000
1020 Mariposa Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 1020 Mariposa Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20223406)
4 beds 2 baths 2,112 sqft $699,900
502 Roscoe Street Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 502 Roscoe Street, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20224251)
4 beds 3 baths 2,363 sqft $700,000
1295 Evergreen Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 1295 Evergreen Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20223391)
4 beds 3 baths 2,196 sqft $829,999
705 Metropolitan Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 705 Metropolitan Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20222859)
4 beds 4 baths 1,813 sqft $679,900
3582 La Siesta Circle Brea, CA 92823
Photo of 3582 La Siesta Circle, Brea, CA 92823 (MLS # TR20222595)
4 beds 3 baths 2,712 sqft $1,365,800
973 Newhall Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 973 Newhall, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20222399)
4 beds 5 baths 4,723 sqft $1,899,000
688 Archwood Avenue Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 688 Archwood Avenue, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20221483)
4 beds 3 baths 1,469 sqft $550,000
1101 Wardman Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 1101 Wardman Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20220476)
4 beds 3 baths 1,704 sqft $900,000
516 Butte Court Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 516 Butte Court, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20217761)
2 beds 2 baths 1,118 sqft $480,000
209 Napoli Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 209 Napoli Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # DW20213709)
4 beds 2 baths 1,889 sqft $785,000
426 W Central Avenue Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 426 W Central Avenue, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20216864)
3 beds 4 baths 2,200 sqft $694,000

Sold Listings in Brea

842 Elkridge Street Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 842 Elkridge Street, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20223437)
5 beds 3 baths 2,464 sqft $942,000
226 Morning Glory Street Brea, CA 92821
3 beds 3 baths 2,520 sqft $935,000
1456 Alta Mesa Way Brea, CA 92821
3 beds 2 baths 1,876 sqft $665,000
521 E Date Street Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 521 E Date Street, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20191024)
3 beds 1 bath 1,121 sqft $626,000
380 S Poinsettia Avenue Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 380 S Poinsettia Avenue, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20187276)
5 beds 3 baths 2,031 sqft $860,000
397 Amberwick Lane Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 397 Amberwick Lane, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20190979)
4 beds 2 baths 1,622 sqft $730,000
529 Masters Circle Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 529 Masters Circle, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # IG20190281)
4 beds 3 baths 2,230 sqft $855,000
519 E Ash Street Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 519 E Ash Street, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20190846)
2 beds 3 baths 1,547 sqft $675,000
872 Armstrong Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 872 Armstrong Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20181724)
4 beds 3 baths 2,342 sqft $912,000
260 #203 Buena Vida Brea, CA 92823
Photo of 260 #203 Buena Vida, Brea, CA 92823 (MLS # PW20188635)
2 beds 2 baths 1,460 sqft $585,000
916 Malibu Canyon Road Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 916 Malibu Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # OC20186929)
4 beds 3 baths 2,507 sqft $882,000
1448 N Puente Street Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 1448 N Puente Street, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20187111)
3 beds 2 baths 2,056 sqft $935,000
1144 Beechwood Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 1144 Beechwood Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20186191)
4 beds 3 baths 3,111 sqft $990,000
387 Marina Drive Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 387 Marina Drive, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20185194)
4 beds 3 baths 1,993 sqft $805,000
599 Candlewood Street Brea, CA 92821
Photo of 599 Candlewood Street, Brea, CA 92821 (MLS # PW20184307)
4 beds 2 baths 1,599 sqft $740,000

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Brea School Data

Brea School Districts

Brea-Olinda Unified
K-12
http://www.bousd.k12.ca.us

Brea Schools

Arovista Elementary School
K-6, public
http://arovista.bousd.us/
Brea Canyon High (Continuation) School
9-12, public
Brea Country Hills Elementary School
K-6, public
Brea-Olinda High School
9-12, public
Brea Junior High School
7-8, public
http://bjhs.bousd.us/
William E. Fanning Elementary School
K-6, public
Laurel Elementary School
K-6, public
http://laurel.bousd.us/
Mariposa Elementary School
K-6, public
Olinda Elementary School
K-6, public
http://olinda.bousd.us/
St. Angela Merici Elementary School
K-8, private
http://www.stangelabrea.org
Montessori Of Brea Inc.
K-1, private
Christ Lutheran School
K-8, private
Carbon Canyon Christian School
1-12, private
Heights Christian Schools – Brea Friends Campus
PK-5, private
http://www.heightschristianschools.org/HCS-BR/
Carbon Canyon Christian School
1-12, private
Christ Lutheran School
K-8, private
http://www,christbreaschool.com
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