West End Car Free Day

June 14th, 2012

The West End is one of the more diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Car Free Day gets us all out on the street: young, old, families, couples, single folks. We all get together and celebrate our community and the things we love about it. And no cars makes it even funner! Did we mention all the music is acoustic? Oh ya!!!!

  • Date: Sunday, June 17th, 2012 (Father’s Day)
  • Location: We’ll be celebrating on Denman Street between Davie and Robson
  • Time: Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. and the street is closed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

West End Car Free Map

Some of This Year’s Features in the West End

La La Boom Boom  

La La Boom Boom performing for Car Free Vancouver Day in the West End. Photo credit: Dustin Sacks

West End Car Free Vancouver Day Contacts

Connect with the West End Festival…

The above information was taken from www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/west-end/

Please visit www.carfreevancouver.org for more information.

A Happy Tenant

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

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

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

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!”

 

New Security Camera’s

March 28th, 2012

We recently installed new security cameras at the front entrance and in the bike room. We take safety very seriously and feel this is a useful addition to our existing security systems that have been set up for everyone’s safety and security.

 Have a look around and you will notice cameras:

  • By the front entrance intercom – The front entrance of the building is now under 24 hour video monitored surveillance.
  • The bicycle room – also under 24 hour video monitored surveillance so we can keep an eye on your bikes when you are not around.

 Once the elevator modernization is completed, you will notice security cameras in the new elevators

 Knowing this we hope you feel peace of mind and remember that we always have your best interest at heart.

Tip!
Get to know your neighbours! If you communicate often and establish trust your neighbours will watch out for your apartment when you are away and can report suspicious activity to management.

Are you ready for an Earthquake?

March 6th, 2012

 
Living in Vancouver, we could be faced with an earthquake or other natural disaster at any time,yet few of us take the necessary steps to ensure that we are prepared. No one can predict exactly when a disaster will happen so here are some tips to get you started:

1. Find out what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
2. Make a family emergency plan.
3. Get an emergency kit.

If this sounds daunting to you, why not ask for help?

The Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) offers free workshops as close to you as the West End Community Centre that provide information, training and skills to help you through an emergency.

NEPP offers specific sessions that address the unique challenges that people living in apartments face when preparing for emergencies and will help develop your emergency plan, teach you how to conduct a “home hazard hunt” as well as train you on what to do when an earthquake strikes while you are in your apartment.

For more information on making an emergency plan, call 1-800-O-Canada or visit www.getprepared.ca. For a listing of NEPP workshops close to you click here.

Elevator Modernization Project

February 22nd, 2012

 We are happy to announce that the elevator upgrade has begun and everything is progressing smoothly and should be completed some time in the spring.

We are all looking forward to brand new elevators that will look great and get you to your floor much faster.

In the meantime, we have been limited to 1 operating elevator most of the time which means that we need everyone’s cooperation and patience. With that in mind here are some tips to keep things moving:

1. Limit holding the elevator for people.

2. If you live on the lower floors try to take the stairs when possible.

On our part, we will be supervising move ins and move outs and slotting them at specific times.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

We’re blogging!

February 15th, 2012

Welcome to the official launch of the Regency Park Blog!

For existing tenants we’ll be featuring the latest up to the minute news. We have a lot planned in the next little while including our elevator upgrade, a new intercom system and a value added service program tailored specifically to your downtown living needs.

If you are currently searching for a new place to live, we’ll be featuring suites that come up for rent and we’ll show you just how comfortable life can be at Regency Park.

It’s not all about us though. We’ll keep our eyes open and post local events and items of interest to remind you that you are living in the most exciting and vibrant corner of Vancouver!

But whether you’ve been living at Regency for years, have just moved in or are scouting for a new apartment, never hesitate to contact our fabulous Resident Managers  - Chris and Jackie who will be more than happy to help you out and answering any questions you might have.

Until next time, have a good one!