• 5 Montreal Brunch Spots

    Sep 30, 2013

    Whether you were up all night writing a paper or hitting the town, nothing will perk you up like a fabulous brunch and bottomless cup of coffee. Not only do our Montreal student apartments at La Tour Horizon (1212 Avenue Des Pins) offer quick access to McGill and Concordia Universities, these breakfast and brunch spots are all within walking distance and promise to get your morning (or afternoon) started off right. 

     1. Your schedule doesn't revolve around the typical workweek, so why should brunch? Universel Déjeuner & Grillades (2055 Peel Street) offers breakfast every day until 5pm.

    2. If you're craving eggs, head to Café République (1200 rue Peel) whose breakfast menu offers 16 different egg dishes. 

    3. Eggspectation (1313 Boul De Maisonneuve Ouest) might be a chain, but their menu is filled with flavour and imagination.

    4. Classic Montreal-based breakfast chain Cora (1240 rue Drummond) will make sure that you get plenty of fruit with your eggs and bacon.

    5. You might want to wait until your parents are in town to try brunch at Maison Boulud (1288 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest), which is housed in the Ritz-Carlton.

  • 5 Places to Spend an Afternoon With the Kids

    Sep 27, 2013

    We love having families at our Sunview and Sunset apartments in Ottawa (2880 & 2900 Carling Avenue), but we know that even the biggest toy chest or splashiest pool won't stop your kids from occasionally getting cabin fever. If you're planning an afternoon out with the kids, here are five fun places you'll want to check out right in the neighbourhood. 

    1. Learn about local history at Fairfields Heritage House (3080 Richmond Road) which offers tours and family zone activities.

    2. Pack a picnic and spend the day at Britannia Beach (2805 Carling Ave).

    3. Take a class at Michele Heights Community Centre (2955 Michele) or stop by their weekday playgroup for 3-5 year olds.

    4. Go for a movie at Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas (3090 Carling Ave), which offers regular family movies and special Stars and Strollers showings.

    5. Get gardening! You'll find nearby community gardens at Bayshore Park (175 Woodridge Crescent) and Michelle Heights (2955 Michele Drive).

  • Welcome to The Omeath (30 Central Parkway, Mississauga)

    Sep 25, 2013

    The Omeath is a professionally managed apartment building conveniently located in Mississauga, Ontario at 30 Central Parkway West near Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe. These apartments in Mississauga offer convenient access to the Cooksville GO Station, major highways, and are within walking distance to the best of city living.

    At the Omeath, resident security is important to us. Live in comfort with a controlled-access lobby, monitored security cameras and a professional management team on site. Timbercreek Communities offers a variety of rental apartments in this family-friendly building. This includes bachelors, one, two and three bedroom suites. All of our units are freshly painted and feature parquet flooring and ceramic tile. These suites are move-in ready and offer picturesque views of Mississauga from their private balconies.

    Reduce your carbon footprint by ditching the car and electing to take transit or simply walk. This area is very walkable and most errands can be accomplished on foot or by transit. Purchase essentials from the Metro Grocery store, just a few minutes away. In the mornings, grab a cup of coffee from Tim Hortons just outside the building. Stop overpaying for gym fees and take advantage of the fully-equipped gym located in the building.

    Living in The Omeath’s friendly community, residents are conveniently located close to public transit, parks and schools. The nearby Kariya Park features a beautiful Zen garden with a koi pond. On the weekends, take a walk to Mississauga Valley Park, a great spot to spend the afternoon with family and friends. Located close to major streets and highways, both outdoor and indoor parking spots are available to residents for an additional cost.

    The Hurontario-Burnhamthorpe neighbourhood is full of restaurants and entertainment. For retail therapy, Square One Shopping Centre, Ontario’s largest indoor mall is also nearby. Square One stores include: ZaraMichael Kors and Crate & Barrel. For fans of UK Fashion, look for a Topshop/Topman location opening in fall 2013.  The mall is home to a number of trendy restaurants including Panera BreadOpen Kitchens by Richtree and Moxie’s Bar and Grill.  

    For peace of mind, our Certified Rental Building  (CRB) is well maintained and adheres to the standards of practice outlined by CRB. This includes: strict adherence to regular building cleaning schedules and  annual suite inspections. Learn more about the Certified Rental Building program and quality assurance by visiting: Why Choose a Certified Rental Building.

    Are you ready to become a part of this friendly rental community? Contact the Timbercreek Communities team to learn more about The Omeath or any of apartment communities across Canada.

  • Before You Apply for an Apartment

    Sep 23, 2013

    Before taking the proverbial plunge into renting an apartment, it’s important to both collect and understand the documents you will need to successfully do so. We’ve compiled a list of these important documents to make life a little easier for both you and (hopefully) your future landlord. Timbercreek Communities has apartment options all across Canada for those of you currently searching for the perfect apartment.

    1. Rental history
    If you have rented in the past, it’s a great idea to ask your current and former landlords for letters of reference. This letter should include the dates you rented, how much you paid for rent, and that you paid on time and respected the lease. For additional information regarding renting in Ontario check out the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as a helpful resource.

    2. Personal and professional references
    Prepare a list of both personal and professional references that can vouch for your responsibility and character. Make sure you have all the necessary contact information ready to go, and let those people know that they should be expecting a call or email.

    3. Credit report
    Your credit score will most likely play an important role in whether or not you are approved to rent. Bring a copy of this report to include with your rental application. While it’s likely that the landlord will look up this information on his or her own, if you pre-emptively bring your own copy you will save both time and have a chance to explain potential issues before your application is processed. For more information on how to obtain your credit report check out Equifax Canada.

    4. Income Report
    Most landlords will require your last two pay stubs as proof of employment. This is basically evidence that you can afford to pay the rent. If you are currently unemployed (and even if you’re not), you might want to bring your most recent tax return as another source of proof of sufficient resources.

    5. Employment verification
    Be proactive and bring a signed statement (on company letterhead if you can) that indicates your job position, annual salary, and years with the company. You can ask either your employer or the human resources department for this statement.

    6. Photo ID
    With an application, copies of your photo ID are required to ensure your identity. Even if your identification photos are less than picture perfect it’s a good idea to have copies of your driver’s license or passport on hand (both front and back). Located near our Richmond Hill apartments, Black’s Photography at 9350 Yonge Street offers a variety of ID services including passport photo processing.

    With these items on hand, Timbercreek Communities hopes that your apartment hunting experience is a breeze. Offering properties located in 27 cities across Canada including the family friendly residential neighbourhood of Richmond Hill, we have a little experience in this area and are happy to help. Our newly renovated apartments located at 274-278 Cedar Avenue are minutes away from great shopping, schools, restaurants, and scenic parks. For more information on Timbercreek Communities please click here.

  • Five Off-Campus Date Nights in Brantford

    Sep 20, 2013

    As a student, it's easy to fall into a pattern of study dates and Netflix movie nights. Fortunately for your social life, Centennial Towers in downtown Brantford (150 Darling St. & 129 Wellington St) is near a whole lot more than just the Wilfred Laurier Brantford Campus. When it's time to plan your next date night, consider these five great options in and around downtown Brantford. 

    1. The Piston Broke Gastro Pub (93 Dalhousie Street) is a delicious and casual spot for dinner, a drink, some pool, and live entertainment on Friday nights.

    2. The 2013 season might be over, but stock up on peanuts and crackerjacks before your next Brantford Red Sox game at Cockshutt Park.

    3. If you're looking for more variety and culture, take in a show at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts (88 Dalhousie Street).

    4. The Brantford Public Library (173 Colborne Street) regularly screens great date movies as part of the BPL Film Series (this month was Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell).

    5. When spring rolls around, plan an action-packed date with mini putt, batting cages and a picnic at Earl Haig Family Fun Park

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