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Brea, California

Located in Northern Orange County, the community of Brea was recently named by Sunset Magazine as one of the best places in the West!

Brea is considered (by comparison) a somewhat small residential community of approximately 39,000/40,000 residents. Uniquely nestled in Northern Orange County, Brea’s hillsides border two other county lines, Los Angeles (city of Diamond Bar) to the North West and San Bernardo County (city of Chino Hills) on to the North East.

Brea SignThe City of Brea  is located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.  The John Wayne-Orange County airport is nearby at 17 miles. Ontairo Airport is 25 miles to the North East
LAX-Los Angeles International Airport  is 35 miles to the West.

Brea is about 25-25 minutes north east of Disneyland. If you lived in Brea you could set you clock in the evening by the friendly sounds of summer from the happiest place on earth!

Brea's Edward's TheaterAlthough the residential housing is well planned and primarily conforming, Brea could somewhat be described as the “reverse” of a bedroom community. The daytime population of 100,000 or greater is more than double the resident population.

Neighboring communities shop and work in the city.  The Brea Mall is a regional shopping center with the second highest (second only to So Coast Plaza) gross sales in Orange County. Revenues generated by the mall helps pay for city services for our residents.

Brea-Olinda Schools have long been a significant attraction to the city, including Brea-Olinda High School and the various elementary schools.  Just recently   Brea-Olinda’s Olinda Elementary School was honored (one of only twenty-seven schools in Californa) as a National Blue Ribbon School! See more on Brea’s award winning schools.

Recreation includes many of our great parks. Carbon Canyon Regional Park is 124 acres and located in the north easter portion of the city. This park is near the newer development in Brea of Olinda Ranch are area of the upscale homes in the 92823.

  • Median income for Brea  ~ approximately $85,000
  • Median age ~ 38.7
  • Size ~ approximately 12.5 square miles

It’s often said Brea enjoys some of the bigger city benefits, yet maintains a small town atmosphere. Many of us who live here feel it’s the best of both worlds.

Mountain views from BreaFor more info on Brea check out  Living in Downtown Brea to see the colorful lofts built in unique in downtown Brea. Our downtown area plays host to a wide array of events including the Certified Farmer’s Market on Tuesday. In addition special events are scheduled on a regular basis, like the Symphony Under the Stars and the Jazz Fest for example. Also check out Brea’s the Place to Be  to see more of what’s going on around town if you’re interested in our Certified Farmer’s Market you will want to see more here at Tasty Tuesdays in Brea.

To see more on Brea business’s check out Brea Means Business and see how our city balances a vibrant business economy in harmony with residential housing for those of us who live in the city.  Since we’re talking about business in Brea, see why this is a Brea business with a heart.  Check out Sunset Magazine here to see why Brea was named one of the Best of the West places to live.

Brea PlungeIf you’re interested in taking a step back in time, visit our City Hall Park, located on Brea Blvd., it’s also home to one of Orange County’s continuously operating pools, know around town as the Brea Plunge.

Interested in the arts or entertainment, visit the popular Curtis Theatre, named after one of Brea’s early citizens. The Curtis offers live stage performances in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere.  One of Brea’s most active events is the annual Brea Fest, a “taste of the town” while also supporting the Arts in Brea.

Brea is “going green” see how easy it is for Brea residents to go green when you call, they haul your e-waste.

Like to shop? We’ve got it here, the Brea Mall is the second highest grossing mall in Orange County. It’s often said Brea enjoys some of the bigger city benefits, yet maintains a small town atmosphere. Many of us who live here feel it’s the best of both worlds.