What’s this Movember thing all about!?

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!

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 Farmers Markets

May 28th, 2013

Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings.  With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun, discovery, and connecting.

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The good feeling of the Markets gets even deeper.  The organizers produce weekly Markets to create healthy food networks that sustain our land, our community, and our homes.

When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming.

A list of the markets around Vancouver can be found at www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

The West End Farmers Market begins this Saturday June 1.  Here is the information:

Saturdays, June 1 – October 19, 2013
9am – 2pm each week
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

Source: www.eatlocal.org

Vancouver’s Rainy Day Top 10

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.)

Dine Out Vancouver Is Here Again!

January 23rd, 2013

 

Dine Out Vancouver is Canada’s largest restaurant festival and the perfect opportunity to try out new restaurants.  Participating restaurants offer a three course menu at a discounted price of either $18, $28 or $38.  With over 200 participating restaurants to choose from you’ll be sure to find one that catches your attention.

 Here is a list of participating restaurants in the Regency Park neighbourhood:

  • The Boathouse Restaurant- English Bay

             1795 Beach Avenue

Known for fresh seafood and a beautiful view, The Boathouse is the perfect place to take a date or have a dinner with close friends.  The Boathouse offers a delicious three course menu to choose from for only $28.  To make a reservation call 604-669-2225.

  • Hapa Izakaya- West End

             1479 Robson Street

Hapa Izakaya offers a variety of Japanese tapas to choose from that will delight anyone’s taste palate.  Their $28 three course menu offers meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Hapa Izakaya offers a fun upbeat environment that is sure to make for a great night out.  To make a reservation call 604-689-4272.

  • The Fish  House In Stanley Park

             8901 Stanley Park Drive

The Fish House offers a three course lunch menu for $28 and a three course dinner menu for $38.  The Fish House is set in a charming historic building that is perfect for a special lunch or dinner.  Surrounded by the stunning gardens and forests of Stanley Park any meal you have here is guaranteed to be delightful.  To make a reservation call 604-681-7275.

  • Nando’s on Davie

            828 Davie Street

This is a must try for any chicken lover!  You can pick how spicy you want your chicken and what delicious sides you would like.  For Dine Out, Nando’s offers a three course menu for $18 which includes a glass of wine. To make a reservation call 604-678-1217.

 

 For more information on Dine Out Vancouver visit www.dineoutvancouver.com

Holiday Events Happening Around Downtown Vancouver

November 29th, 2012

It’s that time of the year again when the weather gets a little cooler and holiday decorations surround us.  There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to enjoy fun events happening around downtown Vancouver. Here are 5 holiday events happening around your neighbourhood:

 

Ice Skating at Robson Square

1. The Annual Holiday Breakfast at Regency Park

Please join us on December 8th from10am to12pm for a holiday breakfast for the tenants of Regency Park.  This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and the staff at Regency Park.

The breakfast is free but we ask that you make a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.  We will have boxes on hand to collect non-perishable food items.

 2. Rogers Santa Claus Parade

On December 2 at 1pm join Santa, marching bands and festive floats for the ninth Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  Parade spectators are encouraged to come early to join in festivities at the Christmas Square.

For more information on the Rogers Santa Claus Parade visit: http://www.rogerssantaclausparade.com  

 3. Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Bask in the beauty of over 2 million Christmas lights.  Enjoy a scenic train ride through Stanley Park while listening to holiday classics.  Partial proceeds from this event go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

 For more information on Bright Nights visit: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx.

 4. Ice Skating at Robson Square

Starting December 1st there will be free ice skating at Robson Square.  If you need to rent ice skates there are rentals available for $ 4 (cash only).  Hours of operation are, Sunday – Thursday, 9am- 9pm and Friday- Saturday, 9am-11pm.

 5. Vancouver Christmas Market

Located in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza the Vancouver Christmas Market is a magical holiday experience.  It’s hard not to get into the holiday spirit with little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and strings of little white lights surrounding you.  This Christmas market is probably best known for their food vendors specializing in delicious German foods such as Bratwurst and Stollen.  The Vancouver Christmas Market is also a wonderful place to find unique handcrafted gifts.

For more information about the Vancouver Christmas Market visit:   http://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

Hopefully this list will serve as a helpful guide when deciding what to do around your neighbourhood this holiday season.

 The staff at Regency Park and Maple Leaf Property Management would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!

 

Why You Should Rent

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!

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

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.

 

Oh Canada!

June 29th, 2012

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Canada Day long weekend.  Here are the top 10 Canada Day events in Vancouver according to vancitybuzz.com.

Top 10 Canada Day Long Weekend Events in Vancouver

1. Canada Day at Canada Place: Celebrate Canada Day with 200,000 of your closest friends. Lots to do including the annual Canada Day Parade

2. Canada Day at Granville Island. This is where locals will be if they don’t want to put up with huge crowds at Canada Place

3. Canada Day Fireworks at Burrard Inlet

4. Canada Day Block Party: Celebrate the nation’s birthday with a block party East Van style. There will be plenty of food trucks on scene for this.

5. Steveston Salmon Festival

6. Canada Day in Surrey/Cloverdale

7. Canada Day long weekend party guide

8. Richmond Night Market and Summer Night Market

9. Vancouver Night Market

10.  Canada Day at the Burnaby Village Museum