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Emergency Preparedness Week

Posted by on Thursday, May 05, 2016

In light of the disastrous wildfire currently devastating Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta, and the necessary evacuation of thousands of Canadians, it is important to revisit your family’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.

May 1-7, 2016 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. There are a variety of natural hazards and emergencies that vary from region to region. Find out about the risks in your area and how to prepare specifically for different situations on the Government of Canada website:

What does Hollyburn Properties do for Emergency Preparedness?

  1. Regular 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. Each 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

Hollyburn’s “5 C’s” Action Plan:

  • Command
  • Control
  • Communications
  • Coordination
  • Containment

Each individual resident is also responsible for the safety, well-being and preparedness of themselves, their families and their pets. Ensure you:

Know the Risks:

Make a Plan:

Get a Kit:

Don’t forget to acquire tenant’s insurance – including Earthquake Coverage. Hollyburn partners with Coast Capital Insurance in B.C. and Alberta for an exclusive 35% discount for our residents. Please e-mail or call 1.888.517.7171 for a quote today.

With practical information and a plan, you and your family will feel more prepared. 

Spring Hope Food Drive & Clean Up Toronto

Posted by on Friday, April 29, 2016

Hollyburn Properties’ 4th annual participation in the Spring Hope Food Drive in Ontario has come to a close. It was a resounding success!  All of our Toronto and Ottawa resident managers participated by canvassing door-to-door and collecting nonperishable food in our buildings. They even recruited a few residents to help!

The 2015 Hunger Report by the Ontario Association of Food Banks found a growing number of seniors and single people relying on food banks for hunger relief. Nearly 360,000 adults and children are using food banks each month across Ontario.

"Every single day there are Ontarians struggling to make ends meet and who are forced to make the difficult choice between their most basic needs, like paying the rent or eating a meal," the report stated.

Thank you to all of our Hollyburn residents, staff members and partners who helped make this food drive a success. Eradicating hunger is dependent on the involvement and participation of many parts of the community, all working together towards one common goal. You can count on Hollyburn's support next year!

But wait that's not all! Our team in Ontario is on a corporate social responsibility roll! We also participated in the City of Toronto's "Community Clean Up Day" on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 - part of Live Green Toronto, the City's program that promotes environmental sustainability in our neighbourhoods. 

Introducing SPUD: Healthy Food is in the Building

Posted by on Monday, April 25, 2016

Today's guest blog post is brought to you by Whitney, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and part of the Business Development Team at Spud!

Healthy food is in the building! We are so excited to partner with Hollyburn Properties to provide residents in Vancouver (Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto coming soon!) with a healthy, convenient, and affordable grocery shopping option. SPUD is a local company, our warehouse in East Van, and we focus on selling local products. Our mission is to change the way we think about grocery stores and the way we get our food.

Our business model hinges on our delivery system- deliver fresh, organic, and healthy food and goods to our customers’ doorsteps. We make shopping healthy as easy as possible. For the residents of Hollyburn Properties we deliver right to you. We offer a full grocery store of fresh produce, healthy snacks, cooking and baking ingredients. Anything that can be bought at a brick and mortar grocery store, you can order through us! If we don’t carry a product, your suggestions are taken very seriously (as long as they are legal and don’t contain any of our “banned ingredients”).

Because we deliver your groceries to you, you have more time in your day to exercise, spend valuable time with friends and family, or to cook with those around you! We don’t want you to waste your precious time in lines! Did you know the average Canadian wastes 5 years standing in lines over the course of their lives!? That is crazy. 

Interested in what kind of products we sell? Check out this list of categories:

We also have Meal Kits pre-planned to make shopping even more seamless! Log in to our site and search for “kits” to find an assortment of logically grouped items, just begging you to throw together in a meal. For example, check out our Guacamole KitAngus Cheeseburger Kit, and our Tex Mex Night Kit. 

We are so stoked to be servicing Hollyburn Properties, we are offering a special deal. For any HP resident, we are giving you $15 off your first FIVE orders above $50! In addition, if you are a first-time SPUD user, we are offering you $30 off $60, that’s 50%!

P.S. Please feel free to stop and talk to our delivery people if you happen to run into them! They love to answer questions, chat organics, or just to chat about the weather. 

Town Hall Meeting - New Rental Development Proposal

Posted by on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 21, Hollyburn Properties will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting about our new mixed-use rental development proposal at 1301-1333 Lonsdale Avenue. We hope you can join us!

Event Details

Designed by Francl Architecture, this industry-leading 144 suite rental building will add significant rental supply to a neighbourhood with a vacancy rate of just 0.2%.

This proposal will contribute much needed rental housing in North Vancouver, and offers 32 family-oriented rental suites.

The project also includes an improved streetscape and public realm with patio space for street-front businesses along Lonsdale Avenue and West 13th Street. Weather protection for pedestrians and the addition of new trees and pavement treatments will enhance the area. A new public mews will link the proposed building’s open space to City Hall and the Civic Plaza. 

Hollyburn Properties has deep roots in North Vancouver and has been operating rental housing in the city for almost 40 years. This will be our third purpose-built rental building in Central Lonsdale.

Come meet the project team, view our proposal, fill out a comment form and share your feedback.

We hope you are as excited about this project as we are. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this new rental initiative and hope to see you at the Town Hall Meeting!

Community Events & Sponsorship 2016

Posted by on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hollyburn Properties is committed to corporate social responsibility. As a property management company, we achieve this by developing lasting partnerships with local and national community organizations, creating innovative in-house programs and initiatives, activating at grassroots events, and by providing opportunities for our 10,000 residents across Canada to participate in our causes.

Curious what we’ve got going on for 2016? Check out Hollyburn Properties’ Community Sponsorships and Events calendar for this year, available for download below. In addition to this list, we have been running an ongoing Community Art Contest, in partnership with the North Vancouver City Library, to involve youth with the development of Bridgewater – the neighbourhood’s first new rental high-rise in over 35 years! Check out the winning artwork here!

Have a program or idea you’d like to pitch us on? E-mail  

Download the 2016 Community Sponsorships & Events calendar here: Community Partnerships

Earth Hour 2016

Posted by on Friday, March 18, 2016

Hollyburn Properties proudly supports Earth Hour, a global movement to help‪ #ChangeClimateChange. Please consider turning off the lights in your rental apartment, and refraining from using the gym and laundry room for one hour, tomorrow, March 19th. Be the change!

130 Pet-Friendly Rental Apartments Coming to North Vancouver

Posted by on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We understand the challenges of finding (and providing) pet-friendly rental apartments for you and your animal family members. That's why we're so excited to be offering 130 pet-friendly suites at Bridgewater - the City of North Vancouver's first new rental high-rise in over 35 years!

Interested in a pet-friendly apartment? Join the wait-list for more information, and move-in September 2016!

 "North Vancouver native Jess Nelson would love to move back to the North Shore – but no landlords will have her four-year-old mutt Red. In a rental market with less than one per cent vacancy, the already competitive task of finding a home has been made almost impossible for people with pets, she’s found."

- Read more in the North Shore News article

Why Rent From a Property Management Company?

Posted by on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Whether you are a seasoned renter, downsizing or leaving the family home in search of your first apartment, a reputable and reliable property management company is an indispensable asset in your pursuit.

With 40 years of experience, Hollyburn Properties’ entire business revolves around supporting our rental communities, facilitating the moving experience and ensuring our residents are happy in their homes.  From our live-in resident managers, maintenance staff, landscaping crew and administrative support, the whole company is committed to providing a positive and stress-free living environment for our residents.

This is where you might find the biggest discrepancy between renting from a property management company versus an independent landlord.

The day to day operations of running a property are vast—a burden that many landlords are unable to undertake or maintain both physically and financially.  You may discover that many landlords are disorganized, poor communicators, have unreliable response times, are unprepared to fix problems or invest in their properties, and are difficult to reach or possibly even live out of the country!

Property management companies such as Hollyburn have on-site building managers who juggle many roles, representing the point of contact for all matters related to your tenancy.  This includes your suite, repairs, building maintenance, rent payments, parking, storage, laundry, neighbour disputes, referrals, insurance, lease agreements, etc. Property Management companies also provide security of tenure relative to private landlords, whereby purpose-built rentals typically provide longer-term housing options than basement suites or investment properties.

In addition, Bridgewater renters can rely on Hollyburn, their property management company, to go out of their way to provide exceptional service. Hollyburn subscribes to the P.R.I.D.E. hotel service standard. Passion, respect, integrity, dedication and experience form the basis for all training and education. Thorough certification on a wide range of subjects including first aid, customer service, plumbing, asset renovation, health and safety procedures and general repairs positions Hollyburn staff to provide a first class living experience.

Hollyburn’s on-site managers strive to be:

1)      Responsive to requests

2)      Adaptable to situations

3)      Committed to excellence

4)      Accountable to residents

The human touch is equally as vital a component in a successful resident-landlord relationship.  Renting from a property management company ensures an entire team of professionals exist to support, mitigate and follow through on any issues or requests as soon as they arise, all while listening to the resident and providing that old-fashioned personalized touch.

In sum, renting from a property manager is all about trust, performance and integrity.  Consider researching companies in advance with your local Better Business Bureau.  Hollyburn’s 12-year long A+ rating says it all!

Hollyburn Transitional Housing on The Homeless Hub

Posted by on Friday, March 04, 2016

Hollyburn Properties, in partnership with Covenant House Toronto and Covenant House Vancouver, has created an innovative model of providing supportive, transitional housing to homeless youth.

Since 2008, Hollyburn has housed 21 youth for a one to two year period in 5 fully subsidized and furnished rental apartments in communities in Vancouver and Toronto. Once the youth successfully graduate, they are able to take the furniture with them to help set them up for their next market housing opportunity. All rent paid is reimbursed to Covenant House to support the youth and their programming.

"The thing that I'm loving about the Hollyburn approach is that the building superintendent, and other employees of Hollyburn, have all bought in - significantly - and they treat and include our young people as real members of the community."

- Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Toronto, Executive Director

In this video produced by the Homeless Hub, a web-based research library and information centre, Hollyburn and Covenant House share their unique program in the hopes of encouraging other property management companies and developers to start something similar. This program has pioneered an approach of supporting those who need housing most by giving them just that – actual housing!

Hollyburn Properties and Covenant House Partnership from The Homeless Hub on Vimeo.

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

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