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Valentine's Day Community Art Contest

Posted by on Monday, February 01, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up – inspired to express your love by drawing and colouring? We’ve got the contest for you!

Since winter of 2014, Hollyburn Properties has been sponsoring seasonal Community Art Contests in partnership with the North Vancouver City Library as a fun and unique way for youth in the community to engage with Bridgewater, the first new rental high-rise in the City of North Vancouver in over 35 years.

Along with an amazing prize pack, contest winners will have their artwork publicly featured on Bridgewater signage during project development. The Bridgewater site, right next to City Hall on 14th and Chesterfield, receives a huge amount of foot traffic daily, and feedback from the community so far has been amazing!

The Valentine’s Day/Love themed contest runs from February 1st – February 29th, 2016. Grab a contest page and submit your entry at the North Vancouver City Library. There are three age categories (3-8yrs, 9-12 yrs, 13-18 yrs) and three chances to win!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the last Community Art Contest – Halloween. Check out the creative and inspiring winning artwork below:

Rory, age 13-18

Rowan, age 9-12

Do Not Try and D.I.Y. - Best Practices from Pest Control Professionals

Posted by on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hollyburn Properties is committed to maintaining our rental apartment communities to the highest standard, ensuring residents feel safe, comfortable and taken care of in their homes. No one wants undesirable pests in their home. Unfortunately, in dense urban areas, this kind of issue can arise. As such, Hollyburn is proudly partnered with Solutions Pest Control to ensure any signs of unwanted critters are taken care of as soon as possible by a team of trained professionals.

Meet Jason, General Manager of Solutions Pest Control:

“Solutions Pest Control Ltd is a proud, locally owned pest control company with over 40 years of combined pest control experience. We specialize in services such as: bed bug treatment, rat removal, mouse control, ant treatment, silverfish removal & more. We are 'A+' rated with the BBB of BC, so you can be sure that remarkable service is just the beginning. Here are some friendly tips to help you keep your home pest free:

  • DO NOT TRY AND D.I.Y. Please consider your safety (in using pesticides and other products), the environment, proper identification of species, and handling of infestations. Contact your resident manager immediately and leave it to the experts.
  • Silverfish need heat and humidity, so a long term control plan should involve the reducing both.
  • Cockroaches are a tropical insect who love warmth & grease. Focus on regular cleaning around the oven and behind the fridge to remove potential food sources.
  • Good sanitation and a liquid baiting program will solve Pharaoh Ant infestations (small yellow ants). Never use sprays or cleaners - it actually makes it worse for you and your neighbours!
  • Squirrels and birds love to eat nuts and seeds during the day, but after sunset, spilled food attracts rats and mice. Try not to feed wildlife near your home to avoid the unwelcome guests.”

It is Hollyburn Properties’ policy to respond to all maintenance requests within two business days. That's part of what makes us Certified Rental Buildings. Pest control inquiries are treated with high priority. If you suspect there might be pests in your rental apartment, it is your responsibility to contact your resident manager immediately. Swift action will ensure we can bring in Solutions Pest Control to take care of the situation A.S.A.P.

Thanks for reading, and remember, when in doubt – call the pro’s!

Rental Open Houses - Toronto & Ottawa

Posted by on Friday, January 15, 2016

It’s the start of a new year… is it time for a new apartment? Start what you’ve been thinking about for months – upgrade your lifestyle and move into a premiere Hollyburn suite in one of the best neighbourhoods in Toronto or Ottawa.

Join the Hollyburn Properties team this Saturday and Sunday, January 16th and 17th, from 10am-5pm at 3 rental open houses. Bonus: All day-of applicants are automatically entered into a draw to win a free iPad!

Here are the details:


The Rosedale

10 Lamport Avenue, Toronto

647.496.6094 //

  • Penthouse – 1,500 sq. ft.
  • 2- Bedrooms, 2- Bathrooms
  • In-suite laundry
  • Two private balconies
  • Steel & granite finishes
  • Feature skylight
  • $3,990/month
  • Certified Rental Building

Ideally situated in the heart of South Rosedale, this premium Toronto penthouse is located in a beautiful residential neighbourhood with quiet, tree-lined streets. In addition to being one of the most sought-after areas in Toronto, Rosedale is a hub for recreational activity, acclaimed for its top rated schools, beautiful parks, and streets abundant with retail amenities.

The exclusive neighbourhood is bordered by the Yellow Creek Forest Beltline to the north, Yonge Street to the west, Bloor Street to the south, and Bayview Avenue to the east – boasting a wide range of nearby businesses including Starbucks, Whole Foods, and Summerhill Market.


Crystal Arms

235 Bay Street, Ottawa

613.604.9772 //

The Executive

305 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa

613.686.2083 //

  • Studios from $950, 1- Bedrooms from $1,050, 2- Bedrooms from $1,550
  • Fitness centre
  • Heat & hot water included
  • On-site resident managers

Surrounded by the eclectic mix of shops, schools, restaurants, and offices that run throughout Centretown, these two properties offer quality residences in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, war museum, and ever popular Byward Market are all within walking distance, and, for destinations further away like the University of Ottawa or Carleton, the buildings are on every main bus route and offer easy access to transit.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

New Value-Added Partner: YYoga

Posted by on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Let’s be honest, your personal wellness probably took a back seat over the past holiday season. If it wasn’t the cheese platter or cookie tray, the stress of endless social engagements and traveling during the busiest time of the year has likely thrown you out of your routine and off of your game.

But – New Year, New You. Right?

January is often a time of goal setting for the year ahead. That goal might look a lot like the gym right about now, and that’s why Hollyburn has partnered with YYoga, a premiere yoga and fitness studio with 13 locations in Vancouver and Toronto. We’re offering our residents an exclusive discount to kick-start their new years resolutions. It’s called our Value-Added Partners Program, and it's a perk of living with Hollyburn.

YYoga believes that through the practice of yoga, they “ultimately create happier, healthier people, connected to themselves and others.” The core of the YYoga formula starts in the studio with a variety of 12+ yoga styles including Hatha, Power, Flow, Yin, Restorative, Core and their signature YHot. The offering expands beyond yoga with fitness classes like YRide, YFit and TRX.  Incredible amenities such as an infrared sauna, mat and towel service, complimentary organic shower products and herbal tea should not be overlooked. The YYoga experience truly feels like a spa or private club membership.

Visit the Value-Added Partners page for a downloadable bar code and to take advantage of other deals and discounts!

Hollyburn's Earthquake Preparedness Plan

Posted by on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Last night’s 4.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sanich was felt across most of Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Just before midnight, the seismic activity shook, rattled and creaked homes and woke people from their sleep. While no significant damages, power outages, or injuries have been reported, the event is certainly a wake-up call for those living near the Juan the Fuca plate.  

It is important to be prepared for an earthquake in Vancouver, for as we all know, “The Big One” is due for the fault line between Northern Vancouver Island and California.

What does Hollyburn Properties do for Emergency Preparedness?

  1. Regular apartment building inspections to ensure that non-structural hazards are minimized or eliminated.
  2. Administering and maintaining staff training for Emergency Response procedures.
  3. An established Emergency Operations Centre – a central command located at the Head Office responsible for coordinating our response to a set group of Team Leaders.
  4. The 5 "C's" Action Plan: Command - Control - Communication - Coordination - Containment.
  5. Each rental apartment building is equipped with an Emergency Supply Box with the following items:
  • Axe
  • Battery operated AM/FM radio
  • Blankets, space or fabric
  • Crowbars
  • Flashlight
  • Fully-stocked First Aid kit
  • Garbage bags
  • Hammer
  • Hand saws
  • Hoses
  • Light sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Nylon rope
  • Pails
  • Picks
  • Plastic cups
  • Screw drivers
  • Shovels
  • String
  • Tarps
  • Toilet paper
  • Work gloves, boots and goggles
  • Wrenches 

Each individual resident is also responsible for the safety, well-being and preparedness of themselves, their families and their pets. Here is a list of tips on what to do before, during and after an earthquake:

  1. Have a family disaster plan. Designate a meeting place and methods of contact.
  2. Secure heavy furniture.
  3. Place breakable objects down low.
  4. Acquire tenant’s insurance – including Earthquake Coverage. Hollyburn partners with Coast Capital Insurance in B.C. and Alberta for an exclusive 30% discount for our residents. Please e-mail or call 1.888.517.7171 for a quote today.
  5. Have an emergency kit ready to go (near an exit door) with supplies to last for a minimum of 72 hours. Top 10 essentials: 
  • Water (at least two litres of water/person/day)
  • Food (canned and dried)
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) 
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Cash in smaller bills
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal

For more advice on what to do during an earthquake and after, please visit the City of Vancouver’s website.

North Shore Scouts - Chip Up

Posted by on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Scouts Canada is the country’s leading youth organization. For more than 100 years, Scouts have brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience and friendship to 17 million Canadian youth. 

“Kids still want to have adventures, chop wood, and be in the snow!”

Hollyburn Properties is proud to supports the North Shore Scouts by providing storage space so that local troops can store equipment, as well as hosting the 3rd annual Scouts Christmas Tree Chip Up at our commercial space at Hollyburn Plaza. All donations support the Scouts activities. Visit their website for more information on this year’s Christmas Tree Chip Up.

Special coupons and discounts provided by:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2015

Posted by on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for the 2016 New Year! From your friends and apartment property management team at Hollyburn Properties.

Lumiere Fest by Horse and Carriage with Hollyburn Properties

Posted by on Friday, December 18, 2015

Today’s guest blog post is brought to you by Stephen Irving, with the West End Business Improvement Association. Check out their blog here.

Last weekend saw the return of the Lumière Festival to the West End and the awesome folks at Hollyburn Properties were at the centre of the action by sponsoring the very popular horse and carriage ride around Alexandra Park.

Since this is Hollyburn Properties’ 40th anniversary, this West End-based company wanted thank the community for all their support over the years. Hollyburn Properties provides rental housing to over 3,000 residents in 28 rental communities throughout the West End, more than any other community they represent in Canada.

“We love the concept of Lumiere festival because it helps to connect all of the different businesses and residents in the West End, and literally brings light and life into the streets during what can be a gloomy winter season. Even with hard rain people were out and about, riding on the horse-drawn carriage, and happily exploring all there is to be seen during this wonderful festival. We can’t wait for next year!” – Katie Ham, Hollyburn Marketing Manager

In addition to their contribution to this year’s Lumière Festival, Hollyburn Properties generously supports a number of community groups in the West End. Their Hollyburn Helps Fund assists students at King George Secondary School with transit passes and out of school events, and their partnership with Gordon Neighbourhood House has yielded the wonderful community garden at Crystal Court (1434 Burnaby Street) as well as an annual Holiday Lunch for senior’s in the area. They’re also big supporters of Car Free Day West EndVancouver Pride and the Honda Celebration of Light.

Thanks again for your support, Hollyburn Properties! Here’s to another 40 years in the West End.

Watch the video by Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours:

Hollyburn Free Rent Contest Winner - A Journey of Love

Posted by on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

It’s not every day you get the chance to meet someone who makes you stop in your tracks and think about your purpose. Someone who’s kindness, generosity, and perseverance are awe-inspiring in their authenticity. Someone who’s life is dedicated to lifting up those who are struggling and sharing compassion with those who society chooses to ignore.

Meet Reverend Jan Rothenburger, Toronto resident and genuine “Angel here on Earth.” Jan is the recipient of the Hollyburn Free Rent Contest, and as such, will be living in a Hollyburn apartment rent free for a whole year. Coincidentally, Jan is an existing resident at Avenue Park Apartments in Toronto, a rental community that Hollyburn acquired earlier this year. Jan has lived in the building since she was 18 years old, and plans to continue living there for as long as she can tell. Jan was nominated for the contest by her long-time friend and neighbor Agnes, who saw the poster calling for community champions and thought immediately of the most community-involved woman she knows.

“Jan’s life is devoted to serving those in need, mostly women and youth who are street and prison involved, many struggling with addictions.  People society would rather not think about.   She works long, hard hours serving, helping, trying to save them from the degrading and humiliating situations in which life has them trapped,” says Agnes.

Working on the streets of downtown Toronto as a Community Outreach Pastor for the Church at Yonge Street Mission, Jan has built lasting relationships and journeyed with those who live on the margins. Drawn from a young age to those living on the street, Jan’s unconventional attitude and open heart have allowed her to connect with people from all walks of life. She has the gift of patience, understanding, and a reputation of integrity, and many have come to count on her for encouragement and support.

“My mission has always been to get to know people’s dreams and what’s in their hearts, and to let them know that no matter what, they are valuable,” says Jan.

Born and raised in Toronto, Jan continues to be dedicated to her community in everything that she does. Her passion for urban ministry propels her to be out there and to be real. There is no one more deserving of this prize than Jan. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all that you do.

We thank every participant, especially fellow finalists Ariel and Lucas, and wish to recognize all of the incredible people and stories submitted for this contest. 

Hollyburn Wins FRPO MAC Award for Advertising Excellence!

Posted by on Friday, December 04, 2015

The Hollyburn Properties team is extremely proud to have been recognized in Toronto for Advertising Excellence – Single Campaign from the FRPO MAC Awards on December 3rd, 2015! This year, as part of our 40th Anniversary, we ran a resident appreciation contest to win a Hollyburn Dream Vacation to Cancun, Mexico. We asked our residents what they love about living with Hollyburn. Here’s what they had to say:

What is FRPO?

Founded in 1985, The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario represents those who own, rent, manage, build and supply rental homes in this great province. Their membership includes rental property owners and managers as well as service providers, suppliers and industry consultants. They offer public advocacy, representation and promotion, industry research, standards and best practices, education and training along with industry events and awards.

What are the MAC Awards?

The FRPO Marketing, Achievement, and Construction Awards recognize excellence in 17 categories in the residential rental housing industry and advance the high standards that FRPO aims to promote.

Hollyburn is proud to have been recognized as a finalist in four categories this year!

  • Environmental Excellence
  • Best Suite Renovation over $10000,
  • Advertising Excellence - Single campaign
  • Certified Rental Building member of the year

In Conclusion....

With hundreds of applicants each year, it is a significant achievement to be nominated as a top 3 finalist in any award and an even greater achievement to win one this year for the first time. We are proud to continue with our commitment to excellence and contributions to our communities and the rental industry as a whole. Find out the rest of the night’s winners, listed here

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