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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LOS ANGELES: IN AND OUT GUIDE TO SUNSET RESTAURANTS

Monday, October 2, 2017

Whether it’s the cuisine or the clientele, many famous LA restaurants have boasted a Sunset Boulevard address. The first was Café Trocadero, a French inspired “supper club” that was opened by Hollywood Reporter publisher Billy Wilkerson in 1934. Wilkerson was likely more motivated by the opportunity...

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LOS ANGELES: ACCESS HOLLYWOOD BY SUNSET BOULEVARD

Monday, October 2, 2017

From the noir tones of Chinatown and LA Confidential to rom-com dreaminess in LA Story and  LaLa Land, Hollywood has “played itself” for as long as there has been a film industry. After all, what other city shouts its name in bold white letters on the side of a mountain top? There are so many touris...

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HOLLYWOOD: STROLL DOWN SUNSET STRIP

Monday, October 2, 2017

“There’s something happening here/what it is ain’t exactly clear…” In 1966, a young band called Buffalo Springfield released a song called “For What It’s Worth” that became a countercultural anthem. A young songwriter named Stephen Stills penned it after a rowdy  incident where police officers were...

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VANCOUVER: SELF-GUIDED WEST END WALKING TOURS

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall is here, but the weather shows no signs of cooling down. Take advantage of the sun while you can and explore your favourite neighbourhood, the West End. We put together two self-guided walking tours to help you discover historic buildings and hidden gems in the West End that you might not be aw...

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AN OUTRIGHT SALE THAT DEALT WITH UNCERTAINTY HEAD ON

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The situation: The Cambie Corridor Plan was in the early stages of development at the City of Vancouver’s Planning Department. With the Canada Line as its catalyst, the plan included opportunities for Transit Oriented Development. But the density, height allowances and general architecture of that r...

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COSTA MESA: EXPLORING THE CRAFT BEER SCENE

Sunday, October 1, 2017

These days, nothing says “street cred” quite like a community with a killer craft beer scene. Again, Orange County is way out front on this trend with no less than thirty craft breweries—give or take, it can be a brutally competitive business and tap houses open and close all the time. Within Costa...

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COSTA MESA: A THRIVING RETAIL SCENE

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Shopaholics outside of Orange County might not be able to identify Costa Mesa (population: 112,000) on a map, but they will certainly know where South Coast Plaza is. Fifty years ago, the vision (or folly) was to take a flat no man’s land of dirt and grass close to where a new freeway (the I-405) wa...

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ORANGE COUNTY: TUSTIN SCHOOL DISTRICT - QUALITY EDUCATION IN A PUBLIC SPACE

Friday, September 29, 2017

For house hunting young families, access to a highly- accredited and well-respected public schools system becomes a key criteria, especially as toddlers begin to reach school age In considering Tustin (population: 78,000), these parents have found an “A-Grade” school system that graduates 98 percent...

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ORANGE COUNTY: A GUIDE TO THE BEST BEACHES

Friday, September 29, 2017

It’s safe to generalize that beach culture is California culture and vice-versa. From tremolo-laden guitar licks to noseriding on a ten-foot “log” (surf slang for longboarding) to cruising beach town main drags in a chopped low-rider hot rod, surfing infuses everyday life in Orange County especially...

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IRVINE: DIAMOND JAMBOREE SHOPPING CENTRE

Friday, September 29, 2017

Once you find parking (maybe take a taxi, or Uber, to get there), you’ll find out why Diamond’s owners say “we bring the world to you.” With a population demographic high in Asian Americans, Irvine’s Diamond Shopping Center is regionally renowned for its diversity of restaurants, grocery stores, bou...

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IRVINE: THE PERFECT COMBINATION

Friday, September 29, 2017

To properly live the California dream, you need the perfect combination of beaches, high paying jobs, somewhat affordable housing (this is California we’re talking about), and, if you’ve got kids, highly rated public schools. Irvine (population: 226,000) scores extremely highly on all counts. From i...

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VANCOUVER: CAN'T GET ENOUGH

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Since the 2010 Winter Games, Vancouver, British Columbia (population 603,000/city; 2.46 million/metro) has seen a remarkable economic, cultural and lifestyle boom that has catapulted it into an elite field  of cities that includes Melbourne, London, Berlin, and even Paris.  From the ski resorts and...

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RICHMOND: TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE

Thursday, September 28, 2017

First inhabited by the Coast Salish First Nations tribes who would seasonally camp on the shores of the Fraser River during fishing season, Richmond has become one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse cities in Greater Vancouver. In-migration from Asian countries—Hong Kong and Mainland China,...

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COQUITLAM: NEW CROSSROADS OF METRO VANCOUVER

Thursday, September 28, 2017

To quote a visionary transit engineer: “build a Skytrain, and they will come.” Vancourverites love their driverless, fully automated rapid transit system. In December, 2016, Translink opened the sleek, quiet Evergreen Line extension through the heart of Coquitlam, making the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, P...

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INSIDER REALTOR: SUSAN CARHOUN

Saturday, September 16, 2017

In this month’s Insider Realtor blog, we’re excited to introduce you to Susan Carhoun from RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside. 1. At what community did you sell your first Intracorp home? I sold my first Intracorp home at Belpark. It is truly an amazing development with such high quality finishes. Absolut...

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COQUITLAM: THE STORY BEHIND #EXPLORECOQUITLAM

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

As one of Metro’s fastest growing municipalities, Coquitlam takes on many different meanings. To commuters, it’s part of the spiffy new Evergreen Skytrain line. To lovers of greenspace, it’s home to Mundy Park and Burke Mountain. But for curious tourists and visitors, Coquitlam can be a bit of a mys...

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VANCOUVER: THE HEALTHY LIVING ALTERNATIVE - BONJOUR MARKETPLACE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bonjour Marketplace offers a healthy living alternative to Marpole residents. There’s been a produce stand or green grocer of some kind at 8496 Granville Street for at least the past two decades, according to Wie Lee, the former owner who currently manages Bonjour Marketplace as it makes the transit...

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COQUITLAM: BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

Friday, August 11, 2017

Try out these fun ways around town to cool down. 1. Outdoor pools What better way to enjoy a day off? Enjoy the slides and wave pool as many times as your heart desires.  Marco Polo, anyone? Spani Outdoor Pool – 655 Hillcrest Street 2. Spray parks Coquitlam has seven spray parks, including a top spo...

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VANCOUVER: ARBUTUS GREENWAY

Friday, July 28, 2017

Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park Seawall is a huge draw for residents of the city’s West End and tourists staying in downtown hotels. However, it’s not the only place that you can hop on a bike or run with a baby stroller, safe in the knowledge that you won’t encounter potentially dangerous vehicle t...

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COQUITLAM: I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM FOR ROCKY POINT ICE CREAM

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It’s shortly after 10:00 am on a Friday morning, and already a dozen kids and their moms are lining up for ice cream at Rocky Point Ice Cream in Port Moody. Owner Yvette Cuthbert is behind the counter with nine of her employees, getting ready for what will surely be another 16 hour day. If it’s busy...

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INSIDER REALTOR: SAM SUN

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In this month’s Insider Realtor blog, we’re excited to introduce you to Sam Sun from Royal Pacific Realty Group. 1.At what community did you sell your first Intracorp home? Belpark. The project featured contemporary West Coast design with warm wood detailing. I was especially impressed by the kitche...

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VANCOUVER: GROW URBAN LANDSCAPING AND DECOR

Monday, June 12, 2017

Located on Bute Street (where the rainbow crosswalks crisscross Davie Street at Jim Deva Plaza ), Grow Urban Landscaping and Décor is a brand new boutique garden centre and floral shop which, despite the slow start to spring on the West Coast, is finding its niche in the neighbourhood. Co-owner Trev...

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