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What’s this Movember thing all about!?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Movember Pic

Movember encourages men to join the movement by growing a moustache for the 30-days of November.  After REGISTERING on Movember.com, these generous Mo Bros start the month clean-shaven, then grow and groom their Mo (slang for moustache), asking friends and family to donate to their efforts. With their new moustaches, these Mo Bros act as walking and talking billboards, bringing awareness to men’s health issues and prompting conversations wherever they go.

Movember’s not just for Mo Bros. Mo Sistas are an important part of Movember’s success.  Once REGISTERED, Mo Sistas raise funds and encourage the men in their lives to get involved.  Essentially, Mo Sistas do everything that Mo Bros do, without a Mo.  Learn more about Mo Sistas HERE.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their Movember journey by throwing their own Movember EVENTS or attending one of the official GALA PARTÉS held around the world.

Regency Park strongly encourage its residents to get involved and grow a Mo!  We will have a contest at the end of the month where we will award some prizes for the best resident Mos!

Summer in the City!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Here are some interesting ways to while away the summer hours in our beautiful city!

1) Discover something you didn’t know about the city — for free! The Vancouver Tour Guys have been getting rave reviews about their informative, fun, and free tours. Whether you’d like to learn a little bit more about Chinatown or the West End, the tour guys host daily walking tours that will help you see Vancouver from a whole new perspective.

2) If you don’t have an entry ticket, listening to the music from outside of the Vancouver Folk Festival is just about as good as being inside the gates. It’s even better when you’re browsing through the stalls of the marketplace that’s open to the public, bargaining over colourful hula hoops and leather satchels. Runs July 19-21 at Jericho Beach.

3) Try being a Vegetarians or Vegans on July 27th.  The annual vegan festival takes place in Downtown Vancouver. This free festival features food vendors (vegan-friendly!), animal protection organizations, local businesses, and more.

4) Explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core. Its the largest in Canada! From Gastown to Granville Street, the tour will take you to all the best street eating Vancouver has to offer. Try some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Australian Pies? On this tour you can sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. Organic cold-pressed smoothies, crispy risotto balls, gooey grill cheese sandwiches, and melt in your mouth bacon-bourbon brownies are just a few of the interesting offerings you can expect to sample on this tour. This is food cart experience will leave you full and happy!

Tour Highlights
 10 + samples at 6 different food carts
Learn about the history and culture of the largest food cart scene in Canada.Visit historic city landmarks including Gastown, Canada Place, and the Vancouver Art Gallery and meet the owners and chefs of the city’s most delicious carts.

Tour Details
Day: Tuesday to Friday (May 1-October 31st) Time: 1:00pm Length: 2 hours
Meeting Place: Corner of Abbot and Water Cost: $45 (includes tax) For more information please visit http://offtheeatentracktours.ca/vancouver/tours/downtown-food-carts/

5)  How about a Sun Salutation to round out your weekend! Every Saturday at 10:30am, Grouse Mountain hosts a complimentary 30 minute yoga class taught by YYoga instructors. Stretch in the sunshine after a hike up the Grouse Grind or arrive by Skyride and take some time to relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air. These classes run every weekend until August 24th. Namaste!

Vancouver’s Rainy Day Top 10

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Unfortunately, it does tend to rain a little bit :-) in Vancouver.  We thought we would share the top 10 things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day according to About.com.

1. Vancouver Aquarium

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Vancouver AquariumImage Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

Visiting the belugas–and 70,000 other creatures–who live at the famous Vancouver Aquarium is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day, whether you have kids or not. But if you do have kids, the Vancouver Aquarium provides the perfect mix of fun and education in one spot.

2. Vancouver Museums & Galleries

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: UBC Museum of AnthropologyImage Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

One of my favourite things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day is to visit one of our city’s great museums or galleries, an activity that’s perfect for all ages.

3. Bloedel Floral Conservatory

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Bloedel ConservatoryPhoto by Dana Lynch

When it’s cold and rainy ouside, one of the best things to do in Vancouver is the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, where it’s always balmy and tropical inside. Situated atop Queen Elizabeth Park, the iconic Conservatory is small–families will likely spend about 45 minutes there–but it offers a great opportunity for bird watching, exploring and learning about ecology.

4. Kids Market at Granville Island

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Kids Market at Granville IslandPhoto by Dana Lynch

Often called the best venue for kids’ shopping in Vancouver, the Kids Market at Granville Island is also a perfect rainy day destination: it offers families lots of things to see and play with, plus an indoor Adventure Zone–complete with ball pits and tunnels–for exercising the kids.

There are several more things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day at Granville Island, including exploring the landmark Granville Island Public Market, shopping, riding in the covered AquaBus, dining, or seeing a show.

5. Vancouver Theatre for Kids

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Ballet BC Peter PanImage Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

Theatre doesn’t have to be a special-occasion outing, it’s also one of the best things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day. There are lots of options for last-minute theatre in Vancouver–check out Tourism Vancouver’s Tickets Tonight for discounts on last-minute seats–or make a date for one of Vancouver’s children’s theatre events.

6. Capilano Salmon Hatchery

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Capilano Salmon HatcheryImage Courtesy of Capilano River Hatchery

The free Capilano River Hatchery provides one of the most unique things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day and is another destination that’s interesting for the whole family. Located just past the Capilano Suspension Bridge (one of Vancouver’s Top 10 Attractions) in North Vancouver, the Hatchery is just minutes from downtown Vancouver and gives visitors a chance to see salmon hatching in action.

7. Vancouver Ice Rinks

One of the things I love about living in Vancouver is that there are always things to do on a rainy day at my local community centre. Eight Vancouver community centres have indoor, public ice skating rinks, all of which offer public skates and some of which are open year round.

8. Vancouver Indoor Pools

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Hillcrest Aquatic CentreImage Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

You may not want to get wet outside, but why not dive into the water indoors? Like Vancouver’s public ice rinks, Vancouver public pools are ideal indoor activities for kids when the weather is bleak.

9. Indoor Climbing Centres

Things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day: Indoor climbing centresImage Courtesy of Cliffhanger Climbing Centres

When it comes to exciting, different things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day, why not try an indoor climbing centre? Open to kids aged 5 and older, Metro Vancouver’s indoor climbing centres can be fun for the whole family.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, check out indoor skydiving at The Fly Zone in Delta, the first and only vertical wind tunnel in Western Canada. Open to kids aged 5 and up.

10. Vancouver Public Library & Family Storytime

Your local branch of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is a fun, free outing for little kids, babies and toddlers. I take my son to our local library all the time for reading, people watching, computer time, or for one of VPL’s Family Storytime Programs (which is also a great way to meet other parents.)

Why You Should Rent

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

With houses in Vancouver costing an astronomical amount these days it’s hard to imagine ever being a homeowner. Even if you can afford to buy it may just be better to rent right now, here’s why:

• Housing prices are declining. With the housing market deflating you might just be able to buy your dream house at a lower price.

• Renting is a finite expense each month. Every month you know how much your rent is going to be. Owning a house is infinite, there are fixed costs like your mortgage and utilities but the amount you could spend on renovations and furnishings is endless.

• The longer you rent, the longer you have to save. The minimum for a down payment is 5% but putting down a higher down payment will save you a lot of money. A down payment of 20% or higher saves you from having to pay the government’s mandatory mortgage default insurance.

• Not owning a house means you don’t have to pay property tax. Homeowners in Vancouver are required to pay property tax every year. As a renter you are required to pay none.

• Whenever any repairs need to be done in your rental, you don’t have to pay for them. You also don’t have to go through the ordeal of finding a reliable tradesperson to do the repairs.

• Renting allows you to live in trendy neighborhoods that you either wise might not be able not to. Buying a house in a trendy neighborhood might not be in your budget but you most likely will be able to rent in one.     

• Signing a lease for a year gives you the flexibility to move after a year should your job or financial situation change. Owning a home is a commitment that can’t easily be wrapped in a year. Not only would you have to worry about finding a buyer, you would also need to deal with solicitors, real estate agents and hefty fees.

Though most people strive to one day become a homeowner, there are some positive points to renting. So sit back and enjoy renting.

 

Source: The Globe and Mail

 

 

How to keep your cool – literally!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

With temperatures hitting 30 degrees recently, we thought the timing was good for some tips on how to stay cool in the summer heat.

There are some simple, cost-effective steps you can take to ensure you remain comfortably cool in your rental throughout the dog days of summer.

  1. Close the doors to rooms you’re not going to frequent throughout the day.  The smaller the area you have to cool, the faster your ceiling fan or floor fan can do its work.
  2. Keep the lights off during the day to prevent unnecessary heat from accumulating in your unit. While you’re at it, turn off appliances and electronics that you won’t be using anytime soon.
  3. Keep your blinds closed during the day.  The less sun you have beating into your suite, the cooler it will be.
  4. Another very simple trick for getting an air-conditioned feel to your rental apartment without incurring any cost is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan.
  5. Cooking on hot days can make your apartment feel unbearable. If you want to cook, you can still do so! Purchase a fan that sits in your window and can blow hot air out of the apartment. When you are finished cooking, you can reverse the fan so that it now blows cooler air into your home.
  6. Taking showers in cool/cold water is a great way to quickly cool down and reduce your hot water bill.

If the above suggestions still aren’t doing it for you, there is always the option of hanging out at an air conditioned mall, going to a movie or visiting the closest public pool.  Whatever you do, remember to keep your cool!

Source: rentseeker.ca

Earn $200 – New Tenant Referral Program

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Regency Park recently launched a tenant referral program.  Any existing tenants that refer a new and qualified tenant, who signs a 1 year lease at Regency Park, will receive $200 off their next month’s rent.  This type of a program is a great way to attract new qualified renters, grow our community and reward existing tenants for their help.  More details are available at the Rental Office.

 

A Happy Tenant

Friday, May 11th, 2012

We were so happy to receive this e-mail from a Regency Tenant on Wednesday that we just had to share:

I’m currently a tenant at Regency Park in downtown Vancouver, and would like to take this opportunity to take a few minutes of your time to pass along my thoughts on our Resident Managers – Chris and Jackie Latval.

Although I’m fast approaching my one year anniversary as a resident here, I had also lived at Regency Park a few years ago. Along with the fabulous location and amenities, Chris and Jackie were the primary reason why I chose to move back. Why? They’re hard-working, easy to talk to, accessible and very professional. Our property is always in a good state of repair; whether it’s an issue that arises (eg. flooding in laundry room) or a project/event (eg. elevator upgrades, pool opening/closing, Christmas meet and greet in the lobby) coming up, we’re always given as much notice as possible with respect to how this may impact us as a tenant.

 As my schedule can be very busy, my chosen method of communication is typically via email. Occasionally, I’ve dropped by the office downstairs. Either way, anytime I’ve had a question or two to pose their way, Chris and Jackie have been very diligent and responding to my queries in a timely and effective manner.

Another very important thing for me when considering where to live is I want my home to feel safe. Thanks to the cleanliness of our building, good lighting, added security cameras plus our weekend security guard, I have no concerns whatsoever with this respect.

Most reasonable people have an expectation that complaints are treated seriously and every effort is made to work towards a timely resolution. While this is obviously a massive compliment to Chris and Jackie, I hope you’ll take my feedback on board with the same level of care and attention and give them a massive pat on the back that they so very much deserve! I sincerely appreciate their continuous hard work, professionalism and effort in keeping our home looking clean and feeling safe.

Best Regards,

Jason

 

Tips for living in a small space

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The suites at Regency may not be considered tiny by downtown Vancouver standards, but if you remember a time when a closet was about the size of your current living room, then we can all agree that living downtown means sacrificing a bit of square footage. Thankfully, trendy Vancouverites know that small spaces don’t mean forgoing style; in fact the challenge of decorating a bitty place has become all the rage.

With this in mind I scoured the web for some tips to make living in a small rental a cinch and stylish to boot!

Double duty

Look for furniture that does more than one thing: a footstool with hidden storage space inside, a bookcase that doubles as a room divider, a dresser that is also your bedside table, or a coffee table lined with shelves.

Green it up

Living inVancouver, we are no strangers to recycling so why not extend this good habit to your possessions too? Go through your things once or twice a year and keep only what you use and love. Sell what you no longer need on craigslist or donate it to free up oodles of space (who knew how much space those old Instyle magazines were taking up?).

Conversion – not for the faint of heart

One of the tips I found online suggested turning a closet into a den if you “don’t have that many clothes”. I’m not sure if closets are much bigger across the border or if my collection of clothes that has taken over the bedroom, hall, and spare room closets (my partner gets to share the linen closet with our towels and bed sheets), is considered unhealthy but this is one tip I don’t know what to do with. Proceed with caution.

Sky High

Use the space above eye level! Have shelves go all the way up, use the space above your kitchen cupboards, reevaluate every cranny in your suite, here is an ingenious idea to get you started.

Neat freak

Use all those new high shelves and newly discovered nooks to find a home for everything. If it has a designated home, it will get put away! While you are at it, get artsy: store bracelets on bottles, use a spice rack for nail polish bottles and Tetris style storage devices everywhere!

Do you have any great storage tips? We want to hear! Visit us on Facebook and leave a comment.    

 

Earth Day Tips for Renters

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

 

Think just because you live in a rental suite there isn’t anything you can do to celebrate Earth Day? More than 6 million Canadians and over 1 billion people in over 170 countries are proving you wrong!

Earth Day (April 22) provides the opportunity for positive actions and results, turning little changes into habits, turning Earth Day into Earth Week, Earth Month and even, Earth Year!

So here are some simple tips on how you can make a difference:

  • Eat local
  • Use a reusable Bag
  • Get a plant for your suite
  • Replace your five most frequently used bulbs to LED
  • Remember to turn off your light when leaving a room
  • Unplug battery chargers when not in use
  • Wash your laundry with cold water

There are also lots of local activities and events happening throughout April and May to help get you in the spirit. Here are a few highlights:

Earth Day Vancouver
http://www.earthdayvancouver.org/
Plant trees, hear music, take in some performances, and enjoy the outdoors.

Vancouver Farmers Market
http://www.eatlocal.org/
Shop at the Farmers Market or stop by Nat Bailey Stadium on April 21st for a special Earth Day celebration.

Earth Day Parade
http://earthdayparade.ca/
A student lead parade and festival on April 22 starting at Commercial Drive featuring live music, a family tent, a student art competition and special guest speakers.

EPIC – The Sustainable Living Expo
http://vancouver.epicexpo.com/
Enjoy locally made organic beer and wine as well as fair trade coffee and chocolate, admire stunning eco-friendly fashions and local west coast art or test drive a hybrid Toyota or Lexus.

How to decorate your rental

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

 

Unless you are only planning on staying in your suite for a few months, don’t put off decorating just because you rent.

It’s always been hard for me to sit still, so whenever I moved I would never put any pictures up or do anything to make my rental home-y. I always had grand ideas of moving somewhere even better or of finally buying but one year I finally convinced myself to paint a wall. Then two. And then the hallway. The colours livened the place up and made the generic rental feel like my own little sanctuary. Just with a few splashes of colour! I ended up living there for 4 years (could it have been because of the paint?) and when I moved out I simply got the colour code from my Landlord and painted the walls back. I had kept all the ‘equipment’ (pan, rollers, drop sheet, etc) from when I changed the colour originally so all it cost me was a can of paint.

Now that I witnessed first hand how easy it was to make my last place feel like home I am on a rampage to make my new rental suite all mine…on a budget of course. Decorating costs can really add up, so I went to the web to get some pointers. Here is what I learned:

 1) Patience

It takes time and effort to find the right piece at the right price. It could take months or (gasp!) years before your rental starts to look the way you want it to but what’s the rush? Better to have a few things you love than a whole house full of decorations that remind you of your cat-crazy great aunt.

 2) Budget

Create a realistic budget that you will stick to but don’t be afraid to spend a bit more on beds, sofa’s and linens. Craigslist, craft shows and garage sales are a great place to find interesting and eclectic pieces that are one of a kind and that won’t break the bank. Don’t forget to ask family if there is anything they don’t want anymore. One persons trash…

 3) Evolve

Thought you were all about shabby chic but are more drawn to modern lines now that you are taking the time to think about your style? Go with the flow! Part of the fun of decorating is watching your style grow and change. You can always just sell that piece that no longer works on craigslist or kijiji.

 4) Paint

All those beautiful colours to choose from and any one of them could be on your living room wall in a matter of hours. A reasonable price with dramatic results and a huge sense of accomplishment! As Maggie Rose said: “Life is too short to live in an ugly apartment!”