Kristina Ikavalko

Vancouver Sea Wall Walkway

FRESH from Argentina (via UK) – A Newcomer’s Guide to Canada

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and abundant weed, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here.  Today, we feature Candelaria from Argentina (via UK).   Newcomer Profile Candelaria is a talented designer and illustrator with ...

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Apartment for Rent 271 E 2nd Ave Vancouver

FEATURED LISTING: Hipster Ground Zero

Enjoy some of the best restaurants & microbreweries Vancouver has to offer living in this funky, modern, furnished 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit at Main & 2nd. With easy access to the seawall, Olympic Village and all that Main Street has to offer (check out our Main St. Neighbourhood Guide), this place is a gem! The kitchen features sleek cabinetry and fully integrated stainless steel appliances.  Tasteful furnishings and decor ...

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Best Donuts in Vancouver

Best Donuts in Vancouver

You name it, they’ve created it. Or so it seems. Donuts are no longer the cheap, go-to coffee treat scarfed down to mask the bitter taste of cheap coffee. Just as coffee has gone upscale, so have donuts. The days of choosing between a simple plain or glazed donut have now been replaced by choosing a salted caramel old fashioned or apple bacon fritter.  The downside?  You are also no ...

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What is a Liv Score?

Liv Score is an intelligent rating system designed to establish your reliability and credibility as a renter when you apply for apartments online. Using a powerful algorithm that corroborates your information with LinkedIn and your financial record, the Liv Score gives landlords a secure and accurate measure of your integrity simplifying their selection process. How does it work? A credit check is conducted by Equifax and provides a comprehensive picture of ...

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How to Get Rid of Bad Tenants

To avoid dealing with bad tenants, the best option is to avoid the situation in the first place. Too often landlords make the mistake of accepting unsuitable tenants in a moment of desperation. Of course, losing one or two month's rent isn't ideal for cash flow, but a bad tenant can prove far more costly, creating serious headaches, causing expensive damage, or, in the worst cases, a 'professional tenant' might ...

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Apartment for Rent Mariner's Point 1550 Mariners Walk

FEATURE LISTING: Seawall & Granville Island at your doorstep

Imagine shopping for the best charcuterie at Oyama Sausage Co., ripest cheese from Benton Brothers or the freshest flowers... every day. The dream can be real living in this gorgeous, renovated, spacious 1 bedroom + den  (866 sq ft) in the quiet, Mariner's Point complex, next to Granville Island Public Market.  Stunning city, mountain and marina views are just outside your patio door! This bright and spacious unit features an open ...

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Best Pasta in Vancouver BC

Fatta in Casa – 5 Pasta Dishes to Warm your Heart

We are spoiled in Vancouver with some of the finest Italian fare this side of the Via Tevere. And pasta offerings, particularly, have been perfected. This is the best time of year to indulge in an innovative plate of homemade pasta.  We've picked 5 of our favourites which proved difficult. Anything on any of these restaurant menus is worth a try but we wanted to provide you the perfect pasta ...

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Improving Your Liv Score

So you are using the Liv rental app to find a place to live in Vancouver. You love the look and feel and functionality. The fact you can search properties, book viewings, sign contracts and even pay your rent through the app is blowing your mind – so simple, so convenient! However, one thing is bugging you - your Liv Score seems low. This means some landlords may not consider ...

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Get Spooked This Halloween

The leaves are falling, the days are shortening, Halloween is fast approaching and thoughts of ghouls and goblins creep into our consciousness. The season has exploded in recent years.  No longer the sole domain of wee trick-or-treaters, Halloween has been fully embraced by adults, neighborhoods and even cities. As a result, creative entrepreneurs have devised fabulously creepy ways to feed our hunger for spine tingling thrills at this time of year. ...

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4 Tips for Hanging Art from Artist, Christine Breakell-Lee

It isn't quite as easy as taking hammer to nail!   The best way to make your house a home is to personalize the walls with meaningful paintings, prints, tapestries, posters,  oars etc. - whatever connects you to your space. We've asked a pro - a local, abstract artist, Christine Breakell-Lee, to give us a few pointers on how to display and hang your art for best effect. . 1. Art Placement and ...

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