Friday, February 1, 2013
The City of Vancouver offers this handy map of all the Bike Routes in the city - broken down by the type of route (separated lane, painted lane, shared street, etc) giving you a fantastic guide to the city!
You can download a copy of the Map here: City of Vancouver Cycling Map
You can get more information here: http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/cycling-routes-maps-and-trip-planner.aspx
Friday, February 1, 2013
City Dog Parks/Off Leash Areas
Check out this handy Off Leash Dog Area guide to the City of Vancouver.
Lots of other good information is available on the City of Vancouver website, so take your time looking around!
Monday, January 28, 2013
A sign of the times..
The City issued 350 Laneway permits in 2012, that is a big increase from the average of 146 from 2009-2011! Laneway houses are one of the many ways homewowners help pay for their mortgages. With the new mortgage rules limiting what most people can afford, having a secondary source of income in your property, whether through laneway houses or secondary suites, is a natural move for most families. They can build the laneway house and rent it out until their family grows and needs the extra space. Many families are opting to share land, with one generation in the laneway house and the other inhabiting the main house. Laneway houses aren't costly to build, though the process can be long and quite involved, and you need to have the proper RS-1 or RS-5 Zoning to begin with.
For more information on the process of building a laneway house, see our guide here.
If you have any questions, or would like to chat about your possibilities with laneway houses and what you can afford, feel free to contact us.
Information taken from News 1130: http://www.news1130.com/2013/01/28/vancouver-boasts-record-year-for-laneway-housing-permits/
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Bazinga! A Killer App for a Happy Condo
Bazinga! Is a new app (developed in Vancouver) used to manage condo buildings in terms of connecting homeowners, managing finances and schedules (for repairs, etc.), and powers transactions all on a cloud so the information can be easily accessible by everyone (if you should allow it).
I haven't looked too deeply into this app, but it seems like it could be very useful for self managed buildings and property managers (for smaller scale buildings). Not only does it help you organize everything, but your fellow building owners would have more cofidence in your ability to manage.
From the Bazinga website:
We believe in perfect buildings. Nothing less will do. So what does that mean? Planning for the entire lifespan of the building. That includes finances, budgets, repairs, maintenance — and literally everything that will happen for the next 30 years and beyond.
Did you know your building has a lifespan? Well, it does. It may be strong and sleek right now, but just like all of us, buildings age and require ongoing repairs. That’s unavoidable, and it’s okay — as long as you’re prepared.
Buildings that plan for their full lifespan have predictable expenses and cost certainty. Budgets remain steady. Surprise special assessments are as common as a Bigfoot sighting. And the building always has a buffer in place, thanks to proactive savings and smart thinking.
The path to a perfect bazinga! building is actually very simple. Plan, save more in the short term, and you’ll be ready for big repairs down the road. After all, it’s not a matter of if, but when those problems will appear.
bazinga! shows you how to grow your savings and run a perfect building. That means high–value homes, predictable costs and an awesome reputation. That’s how you get happy condos.
For more information (and there is lots on this website) or to get started, go to: www.bazinga.com
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
New Development: Arbutus Ridge
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Arbutus Ridge is a new condo development by Cressey, designed by IBI Group and sold by MAC Marketing, currently in pre-construction at 3113 Arbutus St (at 15th Ave) in Vancouver. The project will have a total of 52 units spread out over 5 storeys. Units will range from 619 sqft to 1708 sqft. Featuring "CresseyKitchens" (large, very usable, well laid out kitchens) with modern living spaces and other extraordinary details (those views!).
Not too much more information is known at this time, but we will keep you posted when floor plans, prices and more photos are available.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Road Work on 4th
From the roadahead.ca Website:
Project: West 4th Avenue Sewer and Water Reconstruction Project
Location: W 4th Ave Between Collingwood to McDonald and Yew St to Granville St
Start Date: 2013/01/19
Expected Completion: 2013/05/30
The reconstruction of the sewer and water systems are scheduled to start in late January 2013. Typically the construction occurs Monday to Friday unless otherwise required. The construction at the intersection of Burrard Street and W 4th Avenue may be done on the weekend to accomodate regular weekday traffic. Traffic on West 4th Avenue will not be closed. In construction zones, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times. In order to keep traffic flowing and ensure public safety, temporary parking restrictions will be posted in the area.
The current sewer system at West 4th Avenue (from Collingwood to McDonald & Yew St to Granville Street) is over 100 years old and needs to be replaced. Most of Vancouver's original sewer system was constructed using "combined" sewers (a single pipe in the street that carries both storm water runoff and sewage. Athough this was standard practice in many cities throughout North America, this type of system is prone to causing the sewage to backup into homes and to overflow into surrounding water bodies during periods of heavy rainfall.
In the early 1970s, Vancouver implemented a policy of replacing the combined system with a separated system when the old combined pipes wear out. A separated system was two pipes in the ground. One carries sewage and the other carries storm water. This is a much superior system, as it significantly reduces the chance of sewage backing up into homes and eliminates sewage overflow into the environment.
Once the sewer and water utilities on West 4th Avenue has been rebuilt, they are expected to serve the neighbourhood for another 100 years.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
City of Vancouver unveils new plans for Broadway Subway line
Finally unveiling plans for a long heard about rumour, the City released it's plans for a $2.8-billion rapid transit line to underground Broadway owards UBC. A hefty price tag and heavy construction load, but the City stands by the fact that a subway is more efficient and less disruptive than streetcars and buses.
Research has proven that this is one of the most heavily used bus routes in North America, so a subway line is very welcome to people living in the Westside and attending UBC.
The city’s vision calls for a bored tunnel that would run underground from Vancouver Community College, what is now the end of the Millennium Line, to UBC. The City also says that modern technology means the upheaval to businesses and residents that marred the construction of the Canada Line will be significantly minimized. Existing council policy supports a staged construction approach with the initial subway line running west to Arbutus Street. The second phase would see the line continue on to UBC, with new stations, at a cost of about $50 million each, built in as needed. Costs of phase one of the project are estimated to be around $1.5 billion — a figure the city is hoping could prove more palatable to a cash-strapped regional transit authority.
All great news, but even if a decision on the Broadway subway proposal is made this year, the earliest Vancouver predicts the line could open is 2021.
Read more on the Vancouver Sun: http://www.vancouversun.com/Vancouver+unveils+billion+vision+Broadway+corridor+subway/7618762/story.html#ixzz2DYGTYHpu
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Holiday Gift Guide: Kitsilano Edition
Getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas gifts! I know its not December, but here are a couple "Advent Calendar"/"24 Days of December" gifts to get the holiday's started!
For the tea lover in your life.. 8 Days of Tea from DAVIDsTEA. Featuring 8 different types of Tea, enough for two cups of each, so you can share some time with a loved one over the holidays. This is a great way for people to expand their tea tastes by reaching for something other than green, and it's geat for tea lovers who already appreciate a new, interesting cup! Available at DAVIDsTEA locations, including 2230 West 4th Avenue (near Yew St).
For the child in your life.. LEGO City Advent Calendar. A new Christmas inspired toy every day so your child can build their own Christmas Story. This is available at most toy stores, including Chapters, The Toybox at 3002 West Broadway (at Carnavon) and No Pirates Allowed! at 2742 West 4th Avenue (at Stephens).
More holiday ideas coming up!
Friday, November 16, 2012
New Nook Location by the Beach!
It's only November, but here's another reason to look forward to Spring 2013 in Kits! Nook, a popular West End Italian restaurant has recently signed a lease on the old Rossini's at 1525 Yew St. Not too much information is available at this point, but word is it will be a deli/take out lunch spot by day, and a concept similar to Nook at night. All good news for Kits residents, getting fresh and delicous pasta and pizzas is a welcome addition to the Kits Beach scene.
News Courtesy of Scout Magazine.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
New Restaurant: Dark Table
A new, very exciting restaurant concept has opened in Kitsilano (on 4th Ave near Macdonald Street): Dark Table. Following New York, London, Paris, LA and Montreal, this restaurant offers blind dining - allowing you to experience what dining is like without the sense of sight. Your sense of touch, taste, hearing and smell are heightened, letting a typical night out with friends become an adventure! Blind servers guide you through your night, ensuring you're as comfortable as possible while experiencing something new.
The menu changes, though it is quite accessible offering West Coast favourites, so there is sure to be something for everyone.
See more information, and make a reservation here: http://www.darktable.ca/about.html