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Earth Hour 2015

Posted by on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm local time

Turn off the lights tonight!

Earth Hour is a global initiative to reduce energy consumption.  It began in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change, and has since grown to include more than 162 countries worldwide.

Please refrain from using the gym and laundry room during this hour, and consider turning off your lights. Follow the journey: #EARTHHOUR #YOURPOWER

Learn more about Hollyburn's varied sustainability initiatives

Spring Hope Food Drive - Round 3

Posted by on Monday, March 23, 2015

Into its third year now, Hollyburn is proud to once again participate in the most significant food drive to target multi-family households and housing providers in Vancouver, Toronto and in Ottawa.  Why now?  Because spring is the time of year when food bank donations are often critically low – that lull between the generous Christmas season and summertime when donations are typically more plentiful.

Last year, Hollyburn residents and staff outdid themselves, charitably opening their cupboards to donate thousands of pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Spring Hope Food Drive.  Our devoted resident managers joined a team of volunteers from LandlordBC in Vancouver and FRPO in Toronto, canvassing each apartment suite door-to-door, kindly asking for something to spare for those in need in our community.

Hollyburn residents are an extremely passionate, dedicated and engaged community; this was evident by the overwhelming amount of support over the past two years.  In Vancouver alone, Hollyburn contributed over half of total donations received in 2014!

In the words of the Spring Hope organizers, the food drive “Could not be successful without the huge support from our Corporate Partners.”  Please consider giving what you can.  Once again, let’s help our fellow Canadians and show them what we’re made of!


A Wall Glows in the West End

Posted by on Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Glowing Wall project, undertaken by King George Secondary alumni Stefan Zubovic to celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary, is a dynamic lighting installation on the Denman Street side of the building consisting of 144 LED bulbs that can be programmed similar to the dome at BC Place.  Among over 60 funding proposals, Hollyburn is one of 3 community stakeholders (also West End BIA, Burrard Arts Foundation) to step forward to cover the cost of the installation, materials and the plaque. 

This project stood out to Hollyburn based on our long-standing partnership with King George Secondary through monthly support of City School – an alternative mini school within the West End institution.  The Glowing Wall aligns with Hollyburn’s commitment of strong community and family values and to creating vibrant and viable, sustainable rental communities.  The true sustainability of compact urban living relies on many aspects of health, wellness, and community and environmental resiliency.  The exciting Glowing Wall project furthers Hollyburn’s commitment to fostering vibrant and interactive rental neighbourhoods that are rife with opportunities for sincere connections.  An unveiling ceremony was held recently to reveal the stunning light display to the public and to celebrate the centennial of the secondary school.

In 2013, Hollyburn was recognized by the Better Business Bureau by receiving the esteemed Torch Award for Community Excellence.  Read more here.

Please scroll down to see more photos from the official unveiling event held on Thursday, February 26th in front of King George Secondary:

Community Art Contest - Round 2!

Posted by on Friday, February 27, 2015

Do you love to draw or colour? Take part in the North Vancouver City Library’s Community Art Contest for a chance to have your artwork featured on the Bridgewater site signage – Hollyburn’s new community in North Vancouver and the neighbourhood’s first new rental development in over 35 years!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round.  The lucky contest winners below!

We are continuing with ROUND 2 of our CNV Library Colouring Contest! The theme this time is "Home Sweet Home", beginning on March 1st, 2015. For more information on how to participate, please pick up an official entry form from the North Vancouver City Library or download them online here: 

Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

Posted by on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year 2015! From your Hollyburn Properties apartment rental team!

#YearOfTheSheep #gunghayfatchoy

Vancouver's West End Art Plan - You're Up!

Posted by on Friday, February 13, 2015

What would Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood be like if it were even richer with arts and cultural opportunities?  Enter the WE Arts West End Art Plan, a community movement to introduce a more detailed vision for arts activities and resource distribution for the West End area.

Hollyburn Properties is intent on actively contributing to building resilient neighbourhoods that enhance the lives of our rental residents, and we need your help! Vancouver’s West End residents, businesses, community groups, families and artists of all disciplines, cultures and ages are invited to attend the Art Plan “town hall” meeting.  Share your thoughts and ideas in an atmosphere of creative exploration, workshops and dialogue.  This first major public event is next Sunday, February 22nd, from 1-4pm at the West End Community Center.  It’s free!  Get out there and be heard. J

Why Own When You Can Rent?

Posted by on Monday, January 26, 2015

Home ownership is replete with responsibilities.  Some of them more obvious, such as mortgage fees and property taxes, while some come as inconvenient surprises for those of us used to enjoying manicured landscaping year-round and access to service and maintenance 24/7.

In Vancouver, a city consistently ranked in the top ten most desirable places in the world to live, the price of home ownership has long been out of reach for most people.  Recent data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver indicates that the benchmark price for all property types in the region (condos, townhomes, and detached houses) ended 2014 at $638,500.  The average price for single-family detached homes alone has just surpassed $1 million.  It comes as no surprise then, that Vancouver has the 2nd least affordable housing market in the world second only to Hong Kong.  Yikes!

But fear not.  Renting a quality apartment is a clever option for the savvy investor.  Property values do increase over time, but so does money well invested.  Even those who can afford to buy a home in Metro Vancouver (or any other major Canadian city such as Toronto, Calgary or Ottawa for that matter), often opt to rent for a variety of reasons.  Here are a few benefits of renting versus owning to consider:

Cost.  Recent data from the CMHC indicates that it is 35% less expensive to rent a one bedroom in Downtown Vancouver than it is to own the same space.  That jumps to a 53% difference in favour of renting versus owning for a 2 bedroom apartment.  Statistics Canada also reports that homeowners spend an average of $58,000/year on household expenses whereas renters spend only $32,000.

Flexibility.  Beyond the standard one year lease agreement, renters are free to move around.  There are no decade-long mortgages tying you down with a rental.  Need to re-locate for a job, love or simply looking for change? The options are endless.

Transparency (no hidden surprises).  Your monthly rent payment is a lump sum that includes suite maintenance, property taxes, building infrastructure upkeep, 24 hour service and support and more.  In addition to strapping mortgage payments, owning a house or condo comes with strata fees, special assessments, property taxes, roof replacements, boiler upgrades and many other unforeseen expenses with which to reconcile.

Service.  Hollyburn buildings have live-in resident managers as well as a professional maintenance team, landscaping team and head-office administrative support to assist you wherever possible.

Community.  There is something to be said for living in a multi-family environment.  There are always friends to be made, neighbours around and opportunities to interact with the people in your building and to give back to the community.  It brings comfort and peace of mind.

Security.  All Hollyburn residents are screened during their tenancy application.  There are protocols in place to ensure a safe, quiet and respectful living environment is maintained.  Planning a vacation but worried about leaving your place unattended? You can always count on your building manager to help out in the event of an emergency.

Convinced?  Check out Hollyburn’s current rental availabilities in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa and join the community!

Spreading Holiday Cheer at Gordon Neighbourhood House

Posted by on Friday, January 02, 2015

Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End that has served as a community hub since 1942.  GNH offers a wide range of services and programs to people in the surrounding community, including legal advice, StayFit After 50 classes, language services, senior, family and youth programs and much more.

Hollyburn began a partnership with GNH last summer.  We provide community garden space at Crystal Court, an apartment building in downtown Vancouver, while our expert landscaping team built six 3.5ft by 12ft raised wooden garden containers.

Fast forward to December, often the time of year to think about family, community and charitableness, and to celebrate the spirit of giving by making a difference in one’s community.  As a significant rental housing provider, Hollyburn makes tremendous efforts to contribute positively to the communities we are lucky to be a part of.  For the second year running, Hollyburn’s Head Office staff in Vancouver have dedicated a day in December to volunteer (check out our team at the Salvation Army, or the Toronto Office at the Scott Mission). 

This December we were proud to be able to put on a senior’s Holiday Lunch for a group of 120 guests at GNH.  This was a special event, as many of the seniors are isolated and live alone.  The senior’s lunch provided a complimentary full turkey meal, an opportunity to socialize, as well as several small gifts.  Hollyburn sponsored the meal, and our generous employees volunteered their time for event set-up, tear-down, serving, mingling and gift-giving.  Two groups of children from Lord Roberts Elementary school sang Christmas carols, and homemade stockings filled with cards and treats were distributed to all.

Thank you, Gordon Neighbourhood House, for allowing us to participate in the great work that takes place here year-round!  We'll be back next year!

Happy New Years Eve!

Posted by on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Years Eve everyone!

Have fun tonight and make sure to plan a safe ride home! 
Transit options:

Vancouver buses, seabus & skytrain are FREE from 5pm tonight to 5am on Jan. 1st. Extended services & 1-zone tickets valid all day on NY day. 
- Toronto offers FREE rides on the TTC as of 10pm tonight. Subway lines & many routes extended to 4am.
- Ottawa has FREE transit rides on OCTranspo & ParaTranspo after 8pm tonight.
- Calgary CTrain will run every 15 mins, last train leaving downtown at 3am. Regular fares apply.

All the best for a happy, healthy and successful 2015! From your Hollyburn Properties Management Team.

Scouts Canada Christmas Tree Chip-Up

Posted by on Friday, December 26, 2014

It’s the day after Christmas, have you thought about where to recycle your tree yet? Scouts Canada hosts an annual Christmas Tree Chip-Up event as a fundraiser for the many educational and leadership programs they offer to youth.

This year and last, Hollyburn has hosted the tree chip up in the commercial lot of our building Hollyburn Plaza, in West Vancouver.  Chip your tree and support the Scouts! All donations graciously accepted.

Date: Saturday Jan. 4th & Sunday Jan. 5th

Time: 10am-4pm

As a bonus, several of the businesses at Hollyburn Plaza are offering up coupons or discounts for those who chip their tree at the Scouts lot:

Clean your house for the New Year, support your community and get great deals– all in the same day!

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