IRVINE: BUYING VS. RENTING IN CALIFORNIA

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The decision to buy or rent a home is complex. Factors such as age, lifestyle, income, real estate investment goals and interests rates should all play a role in helping you decide if buying a home is the right move for you or if you’re better off renting. 4 Instances When It’s Better to Buy Than Re...

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COQUITLAM: CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF THE DOG

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Lunar New Year is the most important date in the traditional Chinese calendar. While China observes the Gregorian world calendar of one year consisting of 365 days), Chinese people from around the world celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year as well. The New Moon that falls between winter solsti...

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COQUITLAM: I HEART COQUITLAM

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Unless you’re the kind of guy who likes paying triple the usual cost for flowers, creating a successful Valentine’s Day means actually planning in advance. If all goes according to plan, you will be a romantic hero and there will be a wonderful reward at the end of the day. Let’s begin with the basi...

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SEATTLE: EXPLORING THE CRAFT BEER SCENE

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Nothing says “up and coming neighborhood” or “urban revitalization” quite like the opening of a tap house pouring an ever-rotating selection of locally brewed IPAs or “session ales”. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, The Original Growler Guys (8500 Lake City Way) are synonymous with sourcing and pou...

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SEATTLE: RAVENNA88 OFFERS ACCESS TO EXCEPTIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Thursday, January 25, 2018

For young families, few things are as important as being in a “good neighborhood with good schools”. Ravenna88 homeowners can be assured that the schools are not merely “good”—they are exceptional. Since 2008, the website www.niche.com has annually analyzed dozens of public data sets and millions of...

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RICHMOND: WINTER ACTIVITIES AT THE RICHMOND OVAL

Monday, January 22, 2018

Winter’s here but you’ll hardly notice at the Richmond Oval. The Oval is a hive for all sorts of activities. There are over a dozen sports to participate in at both a league level and individually, too. Gym games like basketball, volleyball and badminton are popular, but so, too, is indo...

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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 WEST 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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WEST 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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WEST 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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