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Congratulations - My Hollyburn Dream Vacation Contest Winners!

Posted by on Monday, August 24, 2015

In celebration of Hollyburn Properties’ 40th Anniversary of building apartment rental communities, we wanted to give our valued residents a chance to win a 7-day, all-inclusive, Dream Vacation to Cancun, Mexico. To enter, we asked our residents to submit a video testimonial describing what they love about living in a Hollyburn building.

To say the results blew us away is an understatement! Our team was overwhelmed with the amount of time, effort and creativity that went into every video submission. In fact, the production value of several videos was of professional quality – who knew!

As the heartfelt messages from tenants across the country, in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, starting rolling in, we knew we would have a very difficult decision to make. Our whole team got together to watch the videos and categorize them according to the following criteria:

  1. Authentic element – does the clip capture the genuine testimonial of the resident?
  2. Development of concept – is there a clear structure and theme?  
  3. Compelling nature – is the clip inspiring? Does it catch the audience’s attention?
  4. Original and inventive – is the clip original in its content and format?

In the end, only one video (and entrant) could emerge victorious. And so…after much deliberation, we’d like to congratulate Yvonne and Sergio of Vancouver, for winning the #MyHollyburnDreamVacation contest!! We loved how they captured footage over several weeks throughout the summer and turned it into time-lapse vignettes that really brought their message to life. Yvonne and Sergio, we hope you enjoy your trip, returning to the country where you met 4 years ago. Sigh…how romantic!

We’d like to thank each and every person who entered our resident-appreciation contest. Didn’t win this time? Fear not, our 40th Year is not over yet! Stay tuned to our social media for an exciting announcement, coming soon!

Check out Yvonne and Sergio’s full video here.

Watch the best clips from all video submissions in this #Hollyburn40 Dream Vacation Contest montage:

Hollyburn's Guide to Tenant Insurance

Posted by on Friday, August 14, 2015

Do you really need tenant insurance?  The short answer is yes.  According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, about half of all renters don’t take out any kind of tenant insurance policy.  We’d like to explain to you why it’s so important for renters to be protected financially in the event of major unexpected damages or losses. Here are some of the reasons we ask that each resident provide proof of insurance before apartment leasing documentation is completed:

  1. As a tenant you are liable – yes, legally responsible – for any harm you may cause to your building and to others who live or visit there.
  2. An accident in your suite (such as a stove burner being left on and causing a fire) could result in damages to the hallway or the apartment next door, and you would be liable for the related repairs to the whole building.
  3. In addition to protecting your belongings in your apartment, comprehensive tenant insurance will often also cover separate storage lockers, bike room facilities, as well as hotel costs or living expenses should you need to vacate your suite.
  4. Doesn’t my landlord’s policy cover me? Unfortunately not. The landlord policy covers the rental property structure, but does not protect your possessions or cover potential relocation costs.
  5. Is it expensive? Hollyburn Properties has a partnership with Coast Capital Insurance in BC that provides our residents with a 20% discount off of normal rates. Premiums start at a mere ~ $15/month – you can’t beat that!

Most reputable insurance companies, such as Coast Capital Insurance, will help you select the best coverage by assisting with taking an inventory of your possessions and recommending additional add-on's (such as earthquake coverage) depending on where you live.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Insurance Information Institute websites both provide free inventory-taking software that can be downloaded on your computer.  It’s also a good idea to keep receipts and warranties for big ticket items such as TV’s, computers, or bikes.  Receipts serve as proof of ownership and value if you need to make a claim.

Overall, a modest monthly insurance fee could make all the difference in the world in the event of theft, fire, flood, severe weather events or any other unexpected calamity.  Renters insurance is one of the smartest investments you can make and it won’t break the bank. Call our partners at Coast Capital for a quote today and mention you are a Hollyburn resident to receive the 20% discount! 1.888.517.7171.

Building Rental Communities with PRIDE

Posted by on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hollyburn Properties supports diversity, inclusiveness and positivity in our apartment rental communities. We are a proud partner of the Vancouver Pride Society, and every year, around this time, our team is out in full force engaging with the neighbourhood during Pride week and the Pride Festival. We start by erecting temporary rainbow flags at all of our rental apartment properties in the West End, in solidarity and support of the LGBTQ community. You can then find us on Pride Parade day with a booth down at Sunset Beach in English Bay. We also sponsor the Vancouver Pride “Family Fun Zone”, complete with bouncy castle, Pixta Social photo booth and beautiful face painting!

Did you have a chance to swing by, bounce in the castle, play plinko and win some fun swag? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to get in touch anytime at More event pictures on our Facebook page. See yourself in the image below? Find your Pixta photobooth shot on this special Hollyburn landing page and share it on social media with your friends and family! 

Reminder - My Hollyburn Dream Vacation Contest & Best Videos

Posted by on Friday, July 24, 2015

Video testimonials are rolling in for the My Hollyburn Dream Vacation Contest!

Not to worry though! It’s not too late to enter… the deadline for this resident-only contest is August 14th, 2015. In celebration of Hollyburn Properties’ 40th anniversary, we’re giving our valued residents the chance to win an all-inclusive 7-night WestJet Vacation Package to El Dorado Royale Gourmet Resort by Karisma in Cancun, Mexico!!! (approx. value of $5000)

To Enter:

  1. Complete the online entry form
  2. Submit a video testimonial telling us “Why I Love My Hollyburn Apartment!”

Check out your neighbour’s videos on YouTube for inspiration.

Please be reminded, you are only eligible to win the grand prize trip if you submit a short video. Nothing fancy, your smartphone will do just fine!

Meet Cara M., who won the first of 3 $200 gift card prizes up for grabs. The second draw is Tuesday, August 4th. Great odds!

Need help? Contact your Resident Manager for assistance.

Good luck to all our residents!

P.S. Did you know we’re social? Follow us on social media to be the first to know about upcoming contests, prizes and events.

The Best Thing About Renting In Calgary

Posted by on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Calgary, Alberta, the land of cowboys, the Rocky Mountains and tax-free opportunity! Are you looking for an apartment to rent in Calgary? This beautiful city lies in an area of foothills and prairie at the crux of two rivers in Southern Alberta. Today could be your lucky day.  

Hollyburn Properties has three premier Calgary rental apartments with availability for July and August 2015, and we’re offering up to one month FREE RENT! Imagine what you could do with the savings… Plan that trip you’ve been thinking about, pay off some debt, or invest in a Tax Free Savings Account. The options are endless. Just get down here and find your new dream apartment! Studios available from $1050, 1 bedrooms from $1150 and 2 bedrooms from $1400.

Calgary locations offering 1 Month Free Rent:

Prince’s Island Place, 815 4th Ave, S.W., Calgary

Hillcrest Manor, 1711 25th Ave, S.W., Calgary

Park Royal Plaza, 1305 15th Ave, S.W., Calgary

For more information or to view a suite, please contact the building manager.

Happy Canada Day!

Posted by on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

We are a proudly Canadian, family-owned and operated property management company celebrating 40 Years of Business in this great country! From our apartment rental teams in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and everything in between –


Yorkville Open House

Posted by on Friday, June 26, 2015

Are you looking to move to the distinguished neighbourhood of Yorkville in Toronto? Surrounded by luxury retailers, Whole Foods, cocktail bars and arguably the classiest people watching in the city - now is your chance to live in the chicest part of town!

Hollyburn Properties is hosting an Open House at our new rental community in Toronto, Avenue Park Apartments located at 103 Avenue Road.

Join us this weekend on:

  • Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th
  • From 10am-4pm
  • At 103 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON

We would love to give you a tour of the stunning building, amenities and available suites. The building façade and lobby feature many whimsical art-deco and mid-century-modern details. There will also be treats and refreshments. But that’s not all, we are offering a special open house promotion this weekend only:

  • Receive up to 50% OFF your 1st month’s rent!

The promotion is valid if a lease is signed at the Open House only. Please ask our staff on-site for details. See you then!

Too Busy? Let Us Help - Martinizing By Stephen Cleaners

Posted by on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This is a guest blog post from Jordan, account manager extraordinaire at Martinizing by Stephen Cleaners in Calgary:

In every moment of your life where there is something of importance, it almost always involves dressing up and looking your best. Your first day at school, a first date, graduation, your first job, your wedding day, or maybe the first time you closed a big deal at work. Throughout all of these experiences you wanted to make sure you looked good. Why is that? Because when you look good, you feel good and you can be your best. When we clean your clothes: It’s right, it’s ready, or it’s free (so that you can be free and ready to do what’s right).  At Martinizing by Stephen Cleaners, we help you save time to do the things that matter the most.

Martinizing by Stephen Cleaners is a Calgary-based, family owned and operated dry cleaning business. Since 1962, Martinizing has been committed to quality, community and the environment. We can make your garments look and feel like new again including dress shirts, suits, pants, blouses, skirts, curtains, blankets, jackets, purses, shining shoes, restoring Uggs and even more.

We have become a Value-Added Partner with Hollyburn, giving residents an exclusive discount to access the best dry-cleaning experience on the market. We’ve been voted Calgary’s Best Dry Cleaner 9 times for the Consumer Choice Awards. Try our dry cleaning services and receive $20 off your first order (that could be equivalent to five shirts!) Our company also includes complimentary pick up & delivery to your work, as well as minor alterations. Now that’s customer service.

We are excited to work with the Hollyburn community to help make those momentous moments in your life amazing! Call us today at 403.613.2555 or email at

City of North Van Approves 1000 Ft Waterslide

Posted by on Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s going to be an epic summer on the Shore! North Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the revival of Car Free Day on Lonsdale Avenue, highlighted this year with a 1,000-foot-long water slip and slide to run down the city’s main thoroughfare.  

The event is organized by Slide The City, the Utah-based events organization credited with bringing touring slip-and-slide attractions to hundreds of cities across North America and around the world.

Covering four city blocks on Lower Lonsdale, Slide the City – North Vancouver, will take place on:

  • Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
  • From 11am – 6pm
  • Beginning at Keith Road
  • Ending at 3rd Street with a splash pool to stop

Mayor Darrell Mussatto characterized the plan as a “21st century soap box derby.”

“I think this is an exciting, family-friendly event that will bring all ages, not only from our community and the North Shore but also the broader region,” said North Vancouver City Councilor Linda Buchanan. “This is the opportunity for us to have an event that puts the City of North Vancouver on the map as being someplace that is fun and to come to hangout.”

The burgeoning track record of fun city initiatives (think proposed amphitheater and outdoor skating rink at the Lonsdale waterfront) is one reason among many to consider North Vancouver as a great place to call home. Interested in rental opportunities in the area? Hollyburn is currently developing Bridgewater, the first new-construction rental high-rise community in North Vancouver in over 35 years, located in the heart of the Civic Plaza. Check out floor plans, building amenities, and suite features at, and join the waitlist today!

How To Rent An Apartment

Posted by on Monday, June 08, 2015

At Hollyburn, providing quality rental housing has been our business for over 40 years. You might say we know a thing or two about how to rent an apartment! Currently, Hollyburn Properties owns and operates 76 rental apartment communities across Canada – 49 in Vancouver, 6 in Calgary, 19 in Toronto, and 2 in Ottawa

We also have a responsibility to educate the public on the ins and outs of tenancy, as well as best practices that we have gleaned over the past 4 decades in this industry. For the second year now, we have offered a crash course to high-school students at King George Secondary on all things rental. Hollyburn has supported a long-term community partnership with City School at King George Secondary, an alternative, interactive mini-school program that utilizes the “city as their classroom.”

One of our senior property managers and building resident managers led the session in an apartment suite in Vancouver’s West End. Students were toured through the building to look at available amenities, laundry, garbage and recycling areas, parking and emergency exits, as well as through the apartment while conducting a mock “suite inspection report.” The course was then followed by an active Q & A.

Some of the items we covered:

  •          Applications for tenancy
  •          Credit checks
  •          Tenancy agreements
  •          Security deposits
  •          Landlord & renter’s responsibilities and rights
  •          How to set up hydro, tenant insurance, cable & wifi
  •      Maintenance requests
  •          Pet policies
  •          Move-in & out policy
  •          Expectations
  •          ...And much more!

Overall, the feedback was amazing! The students had a great time and learned a lot of new information, much of which they were not aware of before (for example, City by-laws around noise restriction.) Are you interested in setting up a similar opportunity at an educational  institution you’re involved with? E-mail and let’s talk!

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