on Friday, September 16, 2016
Bridgewater, the first new rental high-rise in the City of North Vancouver in over 35 years, is now complete! Over the course of building development, we partnered with the North Vancouver City Library in sponsoring a series of art contests as a way to spark curiosity, encourage community building, and engage the local public in the new project.
In total, we ran five Community Art Contests over the course of a year and a half, each with three age categories (from age 3 – 18), and three chances to win! Prizes included gift certificates to a nearby book store, limited edition bookmarks created with the submissions, and the winning artwork was featured publicly on Bridgewater signage, on the website, and now – in the building. We are working on a creative art wall installation in the communal resident lounge, displaying an array of our favourite works, and sharing the community legacy that the contests established through the building common areas.
Let’s recap our contest themes and winners since the beginning:
Winter 2014 – Winter Colouring Contest
Spring 2015 – Home Sweet Home
Fall 2015 – Halloween
Spring 2016 – Valentine’s Day/Love
Summer 2016 – What do you love about the North Shore?
Thank you to everyone who participated along the way. The artwork inspired us, blew us away, and has motivated us continue building similar creative community partnerships. All contest submissions are now closed. Until next time!
on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Moving is rather stressful no matter how you cut it. Sorting through your life’s belongings, packing everything and transporting it, only to unpack it all again in a matter of weeks makes the most organized out of us an exhausted, frustrated wreck. There are ways of easing the process, however, and even turning the experience into something enjoyable. Here is Hollyburn’s advice on how to master moving into a rental apartment like a pro.
1. Start early and have a plan
When anticipating a move in the future, start early and tackle items one step at a time. Make an inventory of each room and plan various tasks accordingly. For example, the bathroom can be broken down into toiletries and personal items, towels and mats and decorations. Each of these gets a box and a list. Get the entire family involved by assigning tasks to each person.
2. Relax, get comfortable and call a friend
Put your favourite tunes on, pour yourself a glass of wine and call up your best friend. Use moving as a positive opportunity to spend some quality time. Remind them you’ll return the favour when the time comes and follow through. Don’t overcomplicate things. Start with three boxes: Keep, Recycle and Donate. This is an excellent start.
3. Be ruthless
There’s a difference between keeping something that has sentimental value or out of a sense of obligation. Create a memory box for those items you can’t bear to part with to be kept in storage. Give yourself permission to get rid of things. If you haven’t worn it in a year then it needs to go.
4. See the light at the end of the tunnel
If you have a large project ahead of you don’t forget to set smaller, realistic goals with a reward at the end of each. This could be going for a massage or manicure or perhaps playing a round of golf. Turn moving into a positive experience. Think about it as an opportunity to clear out all of your unnecessary belongings and a move forward without the baggage.
5. Minimize costs, maximize efficiency:
- Downsize: First off, unload! Sell unnecessary items on Craigslist or Kijiji.
- Gently used clothing or household items to donate? Consider contributing to our long-standing community partners at Covenant House.
- Boxes & packing materials: Try sourcing all items yourself, such as recycled boxes for free from your local grocery or liquor store.
- If you prefer re-usable green boxes, go with our friends at Frogbox. Hollyburn’s value-added partnership with this eco-friendly company means great savings for you.
- Storage: Downsizing can mean the need for additional storage. Hollyburn residents have access to our partnership with Maple Leaf Self Storage and receive their 2nd month of storage for free. The closest location is at Park Royal Mall.
- Moving: Take advantage of our partnership with Jiffy Move for some of the best rates in town by a Hollyburn approved and BBB accredited professional moving company.
At the end of the day, remember to stay flexible. Moving always involves unforeseen events and expenses. Take a deep breath, stay calm, and stick to your plan. If the Hollyburn team can be of assistance, please be sure to reach out.
on Monday, July 18, 2016
DO YOU LOVE TO DRAW OR COLOUR?
Enter our Community Art Contest, in partnership with the North Vancouver City Library today! Prizes include gift certificates, limited edition bookmarks, and the chance to have your artwork featured on the Bridgewater Rental website and in the building!
- 3 - 7 yrs
- 8 -12 yrs
- 13 -18 yrs
Deadline: Sunday July 31st, 2016
Theme: What Do You Love About the North Shore
- Download and print the entry form and do your drawing on it.
- Drop off your entry in at the Children's Department. All entries must be received by Sunday July 31st, 2016.
- Please note, only those selected in each category will be contacted.
- Participants must reside in the City of North Vancouver and possess a valid North Van City Library card to enter.
Questions? Please contact us at email@example.com
Bridgewater, By Hollyburn Properties
Introducing Bridgewater, the first new rental high-rise in the City of North Vancouver in over 35 years! Located on the corner of 14th and Chesterfield, this building represents the neighbourhood’s most innovative housing option right in the heart of Central Lonsdale, featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, multi-purpose room and communal rooftop deck. Be a part of this emerging community by entering the Me – My Library – My Neighbourhood Community Art Contest for a chance to win great prizes and have your artwork featured on the project website and in the new building.
Check out last contest's winners!
on Thursday, June 16, 2016
Hollyburn Properties is excited to welcome the residents of Bloor Yonge Tower and 169 St. George to our growing family! Hollyburn recently acquired both rental buildings in Toronto, expanding our portfolio to 21 rental communities in highly sought-after T.O. neighbourhoods.
169 St. George is located in the Annex area of Toronto within close proximity to Bloor Street, the TTC, and The University of Toronto. It is a 52 unit boutique building with large suites and huge windows and balconies. It is ideally situated for students and young professionals alike. The neighbourhood is diverse, eclectic and alive with energy!
Bloor Yonge Tower, at 60 Gloucester, is centrally located between Church and Yonge street giving the discerning resident plenty of trendy new restaurants, bars and entertainment to choose from. It is a 77 unit building with spacious suites and large private balconies.
We are very excited to meet our new residents, introduce the Hollyburn team, and talk about our management philosophy and company culture at the upcoming resident appreciation summer BBQs. Don’t be a stranger!
on Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Hollyburn Properties is a family company with deep roots on the North Shore. Thanks to a $1 million donation by Hollyburn Properties, the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is the first hospital in Canada to employ the latest generation in MRI technology – the GE Signa Explorer.
This state-of-the-art MRI machine features advanced software, allowing for faster, more accurate diagnostic scans. With the new technology, the noise level in some scans is reduced by 97.5% – from 108 to three decibels. This has been shown to reduce anxiety in claustrophobic patients and patients with dementia.
Every year, the digital imaging department at Lions Gate sees more than seven thousand patients for magnetic resonance imaging, a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body’s organs and structures.
“This is an extremely generous gift that will have a significant impact on patient care,” says Judy Savage, President, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. “It will allow considerable quality improvements and greater patient comfort, bringing first-class diagnostic imaging capability to the North Shore.”
Hollyburn Properties founder Stephen Sander says Hollyburn has strong ties to the North Shore and is proud to serve the community.
“We have proudly operated on the North Shore for over 40 years,” he said, “The Lions Gate Hospital is an institution that benefits us all, and we are incredibly honoured to contribute new MRI technology that will provide top-end care to residents here and across the Vancouver coastal region.”
Hollyburn Properties proudly supports numerous community initiatives and partners with organizations that benefit the neighbourhoods it is privileged to be a part of. Today’s contribution signals the strength and longevity of Hollyburn’s commitment to, and investment in, the future of the North Shore community.
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