• Empress Gardens (461 Larry Uteck Blvd)

    May 21, 2020

    Looking for a new place to call home in Halifax? Look no further than Empress Gardens (461 Larry Uteck Blvd) in Millview. This rental community is calling your name, will you answer?

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    Life in Halifax

    Life in Halifax is wonderful. The locals are known for their vivacity and friendliness, making you feel right at home in this new-to-you locale. It's a small city with a big heart that wholeheartedly embraces the arts, nature and community. There’s no shortage of rugged natural beauty here, either.

    About the property

    You’ll love living at Empress Gardens in this new, modern and clean building. It’s close to downtown Halifax, Bedford and the airport. Our suites feature stainless steel appliances (including dishwasher and microwave), granite flooring, in-suite laundry, balconies and the community boasts a convenient onsite gym. 

    Your new neighbourhood

    Our property is conveniently located at 461 Uteck Blvd. It’s just 15 minutes from downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. The property is conveniently close to public transit, Nine Mile Circle, Hemlock Square Shopping Centre and Southgate Village. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll love being close to multiple Halifax parks and that the building itself is situated in a beautiful park-like setting in the heart of one of the city's hottest and most natural-feeling areas -- Millview.

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to call Empress Gardens home! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 902.800.0858 or click here to email us.

  • Delicious recipes for Victoria Day

    May 14, 2020

    Although Victoria Day weekend may look a little different this year, doesn't mean you can't get creative in the kitchen. Grab your partner and get messy with these delicious recipes!

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    Victoria Sponge

    Stay on theme with this classic sweet treat! If you've never tried one, a Victoria Sponge is a delightful double decker sponge cake layered with a sweet strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. It's naturally red and white so it feels a bit patriotic, too! Get the sweet recipe here.

    Creamy Potato Salad

    We love a good potato salad on Victoria Day weekend! It reminds us that more picnics and summer BBQs are on the way. So why not get creative and set up a picnic on your balcony or in the backyard! This particular potato salad recipe is simply delightful and has wonderful contrasting textures thanks to the addition of radishes and cucumbers. Get the creamy yet crunchy recipe here.

    Vegan Caesar Salad

    Caesar salad is one of those dishes pretty much everyone loves but shouldn't be served at gatherings where it will sit out for too long. This is because the classic recipe includes raw egg and can spoil and make people ill if unattended for too long. We LOVE that vegan caesar salad is a thing because it totally solves this problem! Caesar salad for us and all our friends! Get the vegan recipe here.

    Peri Peri Kebabs

    Have you ever tried Peri Peri chicken? It's delightful! It's zesty and rich tasting, marinated in a tangy and spicy pepper sauce and grilled till smoky over charcoal. You can achieve the taste of peri peri chicken, and please a crowd, by following this easy and delicious Peri Peri Kebabs recipe. Everyone will love these!

    We hope you give one or all of these Victoria Day recipes a try! Happy Victoria Day!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to work efficiently at home ​

    May 12, 2020

    If you suddenly find yourself working from home, it can be a big adjustment. It can be hard to practice discipline in an environment normally designated for rest and relaxation. But not to worry, we have some great tips for you that will help you work more efficiently at home.

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    Carve out space

    This one matters more than you might excpect. Part of the issue many remote workers face when it comes to efficiently working from home is separating work space and personal space. When you’re surrounded by all the things you enjoy in your off hours (the kitchen, TV, bathroom, couch etc), it’s easy to get distracted. A good way to combat this is to designate an official workspace in your home that is exclusively reserved for work. This way when you’re in your workspace you know it’s time to get down to it. This can be a room (if there’s one available), a nook within a room, or even just a desk or table.

    Take scheduled breaks

    Breaks make most workers more productive, not less. It’s important to stop and step away from what you’re doing now and then so you can better focus your mind and give it a chance to rest. We recommend taking short, scheduled breaks throughout the day to recharge and refresh.

    Make an agenda for the day

    If you fail to plan you plan to fail. Make a work agenda for each day and stick to it. This will help you stay on task, meet your deadlines and focus. 

    Dress for the day

    Another psychological one. Be sure to get up every day and dress as if you’re going to work. You don’t have to wear a suit, but it’s important to dress in a manner you’d expect a professional in your occupation to dress. By dressing for work you send a signal to yourself that it’s time to work.

    Set hours

    You wouldn’t go to work indefinetly, so set working hours for yourself. When you work from home, it’s easy to let the time roll by without giving it a second thought because you’re already at home. Just like in an office, when 5pm rolls around you know it’s time to put things down and head out for the day.

    We hope you give these working from home tips a try. Let us know how you do!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property highlight: Vanier Court

    Apr 23, 2020

    Life in Guelph 

    Life in Guelph is fabulous. It's a big city with a small-town feel and a community that wholeheartedly embraces the arts, nature and technology. You're in the heart of the tech triangle here, so there are ample work opportunities in the area. You're also within easy commuting distance of the GTA if you need to work in the big city. 

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    About the property 

    You'll love Vanier Court's bright suites! They feature upgraded finishes, new appliances, ceramic flooring, and private balconies. The building itself has a lot of great amenities including a new state-of-the-art fitness facility and a media/social room where you can get together with friends and family to relax and recharge. There's also an onsite dog park that makes early morning walks a little easier, convenient laundry facilities, parking, professional management to help you when you need support, an elevator to zip you to and from your suite, and monitored security cameras for your safety.

    Your new neighbourhood 

    Our property is conveniently located at 27 and 40 Vanier Drive. You don't need a car when you live here. You're in the center of the action -- walking distance to the University of Guelph; Stone Road Mall; grocery stores like Goodness Me; popular restaurants like Earth to Table Bread Bar and Angel's Diner; parks like Royal City Park, Centennial Park and Preservation Park; community centres and recreation facilities like Royal City Tennis Club; and public transit! Our location can't be beat. 

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to call Vanier Court home! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 226.780.0217 or click here to email us.

  • Spring 2020 home decor trends we love

    Apr 13, 2020

    We are so excited for spring to finally grace us with its presence in Canada. Winters here are not for the faint of heart, so when we see buds and blossoms peeking out of the soil it's cause for celebration. If you're ready to welcome spring into your home, you'll love these spring 2020 home decor trends. 

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    Vintage flare

    Spring is usually all about new things bursting forth, but a major spring 2020 home decor trend takes a look back. Add a pop of the past by incorporating vintage accent pieces into your home this spring. Don't go overboard,  just add accents -- think statement antique lighting, art, furnishings and flatware. Visit a great antique shop in your neighbourhood, an antique mall, or even a Value Village to hunt down the perfect pieces for your space. 

    Classic blue

    Pantone's colour of the year is "classic blue". It's a beautiful member of the navy family. Subtle but bold, it's a fabulous and grounding colour to incorporate into your home this spring. We love the classic pairing of navy blue and white and it's easy to pull off on a budget by picking up classic blue pillow cases, throws and curtains. 

    Florals

    One trend we always welcome in the spring is florals. We're not talking fresh arrangements here -- floral textile patterns are back in a big way. The trend favours big and bold floral prints in vibrant colours and metallic tones. Add a touch of life to your space with oversized floral print bedding, pillows, throws, curtains and even furniture. 

    Wicker

    This one took us a minute to hop onboard with but now we're hooked. Wicker is back and it's moved indoors! Think wicker chairs, tables and even lighting fixtures.

    We hope you give these fabulous spring 2020 decor trends a try! Timbercreek hopes that you enjoy the season to the fullest.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight: 100 Tyndall Avenue

    Mar 19, 2020

    Are you on the hunt for a fabulous new apartment in Toronto? 100 Tyndall Avenue is calling your name! This pet-friendly community --located near High Park and Parkdale-- is perfect for young professionals, working couples, and families. This is your opportunity to live in one of Toronto's hottest neighbourhoods. Don't miss your chance!

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    About your new neighbourhood 

    Wait till you see your new hood! 100 Tyndall Avenue is located in one of Toronto's most sought-after neighbourhoods -- Parkdale, near Liberty Village. The area is bursting at the seams with fine shops, bars, boutiques, and restaurants. We are just a short walk from amazing King Street West and Queen Street West -- where you can enjoy even more fabulous bars, restaurants, art galleries, shops and boutiques. If you're into vintage stores, hip bars, and independent shops, you'll love living only 10 minutes from Roncesvalles Village. If you have children, you'll be pleased to see that the area boasts fine schools and many high-quality recreational facilities. Sports fans will celebrate being located close to BMO Field and Allan Lamport Stadium. There's also a vibrant nightlife scene in the area and you'll be within easy walking distance of entertainment landmarks like The Great Hall, The Drake Hotel and The Gladstone Hotel. We are close to some of Toronto's best parks, including High Park, Trinity Bellwoods, and the waterfront spaces at Marilyn Bell Park and Budapest Park.

    Getting around 

    The streetcars on King and Queen Street will make zipping across town an absolute breeze. If you're a night owl, you'll be pleased to learn that the Queen 501 streetcar runs 24/7. If you're a commuter, rest assured that we are located mere minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and a 10-minute streetcar ride from the center of downtown Toronto. 

    About the apartment community 

    This fabulous apartment community is located in a quiet pocket of a lively area -- on a residential street with an abundance of mature trees, surrounded by lovely Victorian homes. It is designed for convenience. It features a welcoming lobby, on-site laundry facilities, underground parking, and onsite property management for speedy and reliable assistance. Our freshly-renovated, open-concept suites will impress you. All units have balconies (some with stunning views of Lake Ontario), energy-efficient lighting, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and vinyl plank flooring. 

    Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to call 100 Tyndall Avenue! Contact Timbercreek Communities today to arrange a viewing. Call 647-490-9170, or click here to email us.

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  • How to get pet odours out of your furniture and apartment

    Mar 12, 2020

    Are you a proud pet owner? We adore pets! They make life so much more fun and their unconditional love is truly remarkable. But let's be real -- not everything about pet ownership is a bed of roses. Pet odour, for example, is rather unpleasant. If you dislike the smell of your pet-filled apartment, there's hope! Here are some pro tips for getting pesky pet odours out of your home.

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    Wash your pet's bed

    Does your pet curl up somewhere cozy in your home? Whether that's a pet bed or a select area of your couch, you're going to want to clean that area as thoroughly as possible. It's likely the most concentrated source of the bad pet odours you're enduring. If the area or bed has a removable fabric cover, take it off and wash it. Try to do this once a week or so for optimal freshness.

    Sweep and mop your hardwood or laminate floors

    Your pet leaves a lot of unwanted hair, dirt and dander behind. A lot of that winds up on your flooring. If you have hardwood or laminate, it's key to mop and sweep your floors on the regular. This will be key in your efforts to keep your home smelling clean. We recommend sweeping or swiffering first, mopping second. Be sure to use a non-toxic cleaning solution when you mop to protect your furry friend. Even diluted dish soap works!

    Vacuum

    If you have rugs or carpeting in your home, vacuuming often is key. Dander and pet hair get trapped in the fibers of your carpets and rugs. They also live on your furniture, so be sure to vacuum your couch etc. as well. If your pet can't handle vacuuming, put them in a bedroom and shut the door while you get to work.

    Try an air filter

    It never hurts to have a good air filter when you have pets. It can suck up some of the hair and dander your pet leaves behind. Be careful to regularly change the filters and run it at all times for maximum efficiency. 

    Try an enzyme cleaner 

    If you have a cat, you probably already know how potent the smell of cat urine can be. If you can't get rid of urine smell, it might be time to try an enzyme cleaner. Clean the area with vinegar and then apply the enzyme cleaner to the area and let it sit for hours to dry. Put an upside down bowl or a laundry basket over the area while it sits to keep your cat away.

    Keep your litter box clean

    It's critical to clean your litter box regularly to stay on top of odours. A good trick is to add baking soda to help absorb the smell. 

    Wash pillow and cushion covers

    If you have removable fabric furniture covers, wash them often. A lot of dander and pet hair winds up on your furniture so it's important to keep it as clean as you can.

    Open up

    When it's not 10 below zero outside (ie. spring, summer and fall), opening up your windows and doors can make a big difference. Let in some fresh air to air out your less-than-fresh apartment. 

    We hope you try these great methods for keeping your home pet-odour free! Timbercreek hopes that these tips help you enjoy a breath of fresh air.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • The coziest accessories for your home

    Jan 09, 2020

    With winter in full swing, it's time to get cozy in your apartment. To help you create a warm and inviting home, here are the coziest accessories to incorporate into your apartment. 

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    Velvet, chunky knit and faux fur throw blankets

    If you really want to ramp up the coziness factor in your apartment, stock up on cozy throw blankets. Our favourite varieties include flannel velvet, chunky knit and faux fur. Drape them on your bed, couch, chairs -- wherever! They're perfect for snuggling under on chilly evenings and they look great, too. Pick some up at Walmart, Homesense or Winners

    Furry pillows

    Another cozy favourite, furry pillows can make a couch, chair or bed feel and look extra cozy. Keep things cruelty-free by buying faux fur. Pick some up at Walmart, Homesense or Winners.  

    Faux fur rugs

    If you have wood or vinyl floors, winter can be a little less than kind to your feet. Cozy up your floors with a faux fur rug or two. It will look luxurious and inviting and keep your toes feeling toasty on a cold day. 

    String lights

    Coziness isn't always tangible in the way a blanket is cozy. Lighting can be cozy, too! Nothing says cozy mood lighting better than a good set of string lights. They cast an inviting and warm glow just about anywhere you can think to hang them. They're also very affordable, so go wild and use them in more than one room.

    Candles

    Much like string lights, the right candles can create an undeniably cozy atmosphere in any space. We love the look of chunky stand alone candles in variable heights arranged on a coffee table or window sill. If you're worried about open flames, look for flameless candles instead.

    We hope these cozy home accessory suggestions from Timbercreek Communities help you create an inviting atmosphere in your home.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - Loft on First

    Dec 19, 2019

    If you're on the hunt for a fabulous place to call home in Calgary, Lofts on First (1010 First Street SW) is calling your name. It's the perfect property for someone who wants to be located in a vibrant and lively neighbourhood and is ideal for anyone looking for a great community, pristine location and a little touch of luxury.

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    Your Home

    Located in the Beltline district, this brand new building has luxurious and loft style suites that you will love. Enjoy the chic and elegant decor, modern suites and a top notch fitness centre. The building also has a basketball and volleyball court, a multimedia party room and a billiards room!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Loft on First is located in downtown Calgary, in the Beltline district -- which is close to everything! You’re minutes away from shopping, dining, transit and all sorts of entertainment.

    If you enjoy being in the centre of the city,  this is the place for you. Just a few minutes away you can check out restaurants such as Koi, Sukiyaki House and Yellow Door Bistro. Additionally, you can get your caffeine fix at several great coffee shops in the area including Starbucks and Deville Coffee. If you need a grocery store, you can find several just a short walk away. You can also check out CORE Shopping Centre, or the Elbow Casino, for more fun and entertainment.

    Your Calgary apartment search stops here! Lofts on First is the place for you. 

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    For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Decorating For The Holidays ​

    Dec 12, 2019

    The Holidays are just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Get into the holiday spirit with Timbercreek Communities and deck out your apartment in festive decor -- no matter which holiday you celebrate.

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    Choose A Few Larger Pieces

    If you’re not someone who likes to go all out on decorations, consider picking a few large items to display in your home. You could have a big snowman or a large Christmas tree in a corner, or a beautiful centerpiece on your table. This is a great way to create a point of focus in a room and also avoid clutter.

    Decorate For The Season

    If you’re not sure where to start, don’t focus too much on holiday-specific decor. Think about the winter season and you will have more options to work with. For example, twinkle lights always look great on a wall -- whether it’s a holiday or not. Pinecones, a wintery wreath, white winter signs and ribbons are a great way to decorate without putting too much focus on the holidays.

    Anchor Smaller Decor Items

    If you have a bunch of small decor items to display, find a placemat or tray to put them on. This is a great way to have everything anchored in one place and a good way to keep things organized. A beautiful gold tray with several festive decor pieces will look better on a table than random items scattered on the table. With a tray, basket or placemat, all the pieces will look like they belong together.

    Pick An Area To Decorate

    Designate an area of your apartment that you want to decorate -- preferably a spot that’s very visible. Whether you decide to go with your front hallway, living room or dining table, selecting one area will be easier to manage. Plus, you won’t have to worry about spending extra money on decorating another area of your home.

    When it comes to holiday season decorating, we’ve got you covered! We hope these tips from Timbercreek help you set the perfect mood for the holidays in your home! 

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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