IRVINE: DESIGNER TIPS FOR URBAN LIVING IN THE O.C.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Closing on a new home feels like crossing a financial and emotional finish line. But after signing on the dotted line, comes your next big challenge: how will you make the house your home? Or course, you have fabulous taste. But if you’ve ever bought an area rug that ended up being too small for you...

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IRVINE: TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN IRVINE, CA

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Call up your friends! It’s time to make some weekend plans. One of the best parts of owning a home at C2E is that you’re within 10 minutes of Irvine’s best places to shop, eat, learn, and just have plain ol’ fun. To save you time and overwhelm, here’s our curated list of the top 10 places to go and...

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VANCOUVER: LUCHA VERDE RESTAURANT FEATURE

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Given the health-conscious attitude of most Vancouverites, it’s hardly surprising vegetarian restaurants flourish around town and especially in the West End. In a city sometimes starved for good food from south of the border Lucha Verde is an anomaly—a Mexican style restaurant that fulfills the pick...

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VANCOUVER: AUTOSTRADA RESTAURANT (COMING SOON)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

You know a restaurant is going to be successful when the foodie press is raving about it… months before it opens its doors. That’s because food critics are betting that Autostrada will set the standard for high-performance Italian restaurants when it opens at 32nd and Main Street in East Vancouver l...

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RICHMOND: WU FUNG DESSERT

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Talk about Lost in Translation, Wu Fung Dessert in Richmond’s Asian oriented Aberdeen Mall does not serve any desserts (and never has, far as we can tell). In fact, its most famous dish—the one that people travel from all over the Lower Mainland for—isn’t really even associated with Chinese take-out...

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WARMEST WISHES

Friday, December 8, 2017

This year, we are continuing our support of Covenant House Vancouver with a donation to help more than 1,100 street–involved youth each year find sanctuary and a brighter future. Join us in supporting Covenant House. Until December 31st every dollar pledged will be matched by Intracorp. Your $100 g...

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HOMEOWNER CARE - THE ONLINE PORTAL

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We are always on the lookout for opportunities to make things easier and extraordinary for Intracorp homeowners. If you are an existing Intracorp homeowner, then you already know all about your Online Homeowner Portal, which not only enables you to file a Service Request at any time but also access...

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COQUITLAM: POIRIER STREET MARKET

Monday, October 30, 2017

There’s a subtle irony in the fact that farmer’s markets are often found in neighbourhoods that are ‘on the move’ – that is, growing with a population that might shop at suburban superstores during the week, but whose affluent, educated residents seek out fresh produce, honey, meat and fish on the w...

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RICHMOND: BEST BUBBLE TEA

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The popularity of bubble tea has been ‘bubbling over’ for decades, now. We decided to set out and see where the best bubble tea in Richmond is. Bubble Queen Bubble Queen serves traditional black milk tea and jasmine tea, but also experiments with far-out flavours like Ferraro Rocher (yes, the hazeln...

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SEATTLE: 97 WALK SCORE AT ZIG ON FIRST HILL

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The young professionals (let’s avoid the term “millennial”) working and re-locating in downtown Seattle are reviving settlement patterns that existed a century ago, before parts of the city became a snarl of traffic. Commuting to work on retro commuter bikes equipped with racks and panniers, utilizi...

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SEATTLE: THE STREETCAR NAMED FIRST HILL

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seattle has a long history of streetcars and trolley buses serving its citizenry, reaching back to before the days when the city became a jumping off point for the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897. By the turn of the 20th century, the fast-growing city had over 50 miles of track. In due course, popularity...

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SEATTLE: POOL, PIZZA, BOWLING AND BURGERS AT THE GARAGE

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As neighborhoods evolve, older, established businesses will move out as daring new entrepreneurs seek to make their mark. The Garage is a concept bar/restaurant that combines big screen televisions, pool tables, and even a bowling alley. That’s the kind of risky venture that might have disappeared f...

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LOS ANGELES: THIS IS THE CITY

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Entire generations of baby boomers grew up listening to the authoritative voice of Jack Webb opening of the popular 1960s police drama Dragnet. In a 1968 episode, he said, “Man has an instinct to create, or to build, or to improve.” In typical LA fashion, Dragnet reinvented itself several times; fro...

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SAN MARCOS: MAKE YOUR MARK

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A dramatic view greets the visitor who has hiked (or driven) to the summit of Double Peak Park; the highest point of land in San Diego County, located just outside the urban core of San Marcos, California (population: 90,000)). To the west lies the blue Pacific and the coastal towns Encinitas and De...

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SAN DIEGO: AMERICA'S FINEST CITY

Monday, October 9, 2017

It’s not easy, as a city, playing third fiddle in the Golden State behind the glitter of Los Angeles and the Silicon smarts of San Francisco. But San Diego — which local boosters call “America’s Finest City” can make such claims based mostly on what people do in their spare time. This is one active...

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NEWCASTLE: BEACH LIFE ON LAKE WASHINGTON

Friday, October 6, 2017

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than an invigorating swim in a freshwater lake, and Newcastle residents know it. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park just a short drive (or better yet, bike ride) from Newcastle. A paved, pedestrian-only trail hugs the shoreline and connects to the Washington...

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LAKE BOREN: ANOTHER GREAT REASON TO LIVE IN NEWCASTLE

Friday, October 6, 2017

Finding Fido-friendly parks and trails can be a challenge in any urban environment. But lucky Newcastle residents have Lake Boren Park nearby to let their pooches run freely. More of a large pond than, say, Lake Washington, Lake Boren is stocked with cutthroat trout and the perfect place to go for n...

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NEWCASTLE: ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP COMMUNITIES

Friday, October 6, 2017

Eastside place names like Newcastle, Coal Creek and Coaldale hint at a very different economy than the tech-centered Seattle boom of the last four decades. The name Newcastle was revived by the residents of Newport Hills in 1994 as part of its amalgamation into King County. At that time, there were...

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BELLEVUE: THE "CITY WITHIN A PARK"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

For all of its downtown bustle and easy access to other parts of the Puget Sound Region, there’s still an enormous amount of nature to be found, here. Many parts of the city resemble unspoiled wilderness. If you were to design the perfect urban park, then Bellevue Downtown Park would be it. Extensiv...

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BELLEVUE: RETAIL THERAPY

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bellevue’s booming economy and population growth has been accelerated by two state-of-the- art retail malls which serve not just locals, but destination shoppers from both the local area and outside the region. What’s interesting is that Bellevue’s malls are located right in the heart of downtown, n...

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BELLEVUE: CITY PROFILE

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Trees, lakes, and modern towers dominate the bird’s eye view of Bellevue, WA, (pop. 144,000) a thriving city perfectly situated between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. Over the past decade, Bellevue has successfully attracted many of the tech titans that put King County on the map in the late ‘9...

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ALKI BEACH: WHERE SEATTLE STARTED

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

On a gray November day in 1851, the homesteading Denny party came ashore at Alki Beach in West Seattle and was greeted by none other than Chief Seattle himself. Seattle, whose Indian band lived on the nearby Duwamish River, would help the new settlers build a cabin to over-winter. Their encampment w...

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SEATTLE: A PREMIER BUTCHER SHOP

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The curiously named “Swinery” on California Avenue is accurately subtitled “The Temple of Porcine Love.” (If you happen to be a vegetarian, you might just walk on by this store). Alas, The Swinery is a butcher, but a very, very special butcher—a butchery run by people who preach and follow sustainab...

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SEATTLE: MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Since 1999, vendors and merchants at the West Seattle Farmers Market have been providing area residents with the freshest, most nutritious and tasty produce, meat, fish, dairy, and poultry items straight from Puget Sound growers. Each Sunday on a year-round basis, the market serves as a community ga...

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INTERVIEW: TALKING ART WITH BOBBIE BURGERS

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bobbie Burgers is a Vancouver artist best known for her large scale paintings. You might know her best for her painting that was hung in The Jervis Display Home. What inspired you to paint flowers? “When I first started painting it was all flowers and landscapes, very literal and traditional items,”...

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ORANGE COUNTY: COSTA MESA LIVE!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Aaahh, the Nineties. Hard to believe it was almost two decades ago that the Orange County (OC) suburban punk rock sound blasted from speakers in dusty chop shops and surf parking lots. There were the famous bands like Offspring and Social Distortion, and ones that live on in cassette mixtapes and bu...

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A PARTNERSHIP IN PROFIT

Monday, October 2, 2017

The situation: When Intracorp first approached Ken and Barry about their self-storage facility in the Maywood area of Burnaby, it was for an outright purchase. In fact, they had been in conversation for years. An agreement had been reached in 2008, but it occurred to Intracorp that there was much mo...

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RETAINING FAMILY ASSETS WHILE IMPROVING CASH FLOW

Monday, October 2, 2017

The situation: The Orr family is a well-established real estate family with a wide range of holdings. The family generally prefers to hold properties rather than sell them, enjoying ongoing revenue streams. They held a tract of land along Kingsway in Metrotown that was underutilized. Older low-rise...

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VETERANS AND SENIOR CITIZENS

Monday, October 2, 2017

The situation: In North Vancouver, Anavets (Army, Navy, and Air Force Veterans in Canada) Senior Citizens’ Housing Society had three low-rise residential buildings on one large piece of land in the Lower Lonsdale area. These buildings were at the end of their economic life and were beginning to cost...

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HELPING TO DEAL WITH A FALTERING MARKET

Monday, October 2, 2017

The situation: The Crean family had owned the property at Spruce and Broadway for a very long time. To increase the value of their holding, they started work to redevelop the site into a boutique residential building with commercial/ retail space on the ground floor. They went to work, demolishing t...

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