Weekly Blend: April 1, 2016

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news that you just may have missed. Our hard at work Weekly Blend crew scours the web, newsgroups and forums looking for obscure, bizarre, interesting and informative real estate (or real estate related) stories. If you have one you’d like to share please feel free to share it in our comments section or tweet about it using the hashtag #WeeklyBlend. So brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy these stories…maybe even share them with friends or colleagues. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

Nope, this isn’t a joke! Google Street View now let’s you take a glimpse inside Wayne Manor and the Batcave.

This Harlem brownstone moonlights as a groovy gallery.

Despite the soaring cost of real estate in Vancouver, there are affordable options for those who don’t mind living on the water or on the road.

I’ve always been a big fan of the 2003 Tim Burton film Big Fish and now the fictional town of Spectre (built outside of Millbrook, Alabama) is overrun with goats and Spanish moss but it’s also opened for visitors and campers.

Or, if visiting an abandoned movie set isn’t your thing, you could buy an entire Nevada town for $8 million.

And if movies and Nevada aren’t your tazza di tè, you can own an entire Italian castle – and its surrounding village – for $8.3 million.

Carlsberg created a chocolate bar. What’s that, it’s been done already? Nope. This is a bar made entirely out of chocolate. Very low-cal.

If you’re looking to splurge on a place to stay this summer, here are 19 hotels that used to be luxury homes of the world’s royals and politicians.

The only thing that would make this Airbnb rental better would be a screening of Jaws and possibly Finding Nemo.

Fast Company continues to light up the Weekly Blend. This week it’s the birth of mid-century modernism as photographed by its architects.

In New York City there are a host of new real estate services to help buyers with their decision to go from city living to the suburbs.

Renovations and additions are everywhere – including the International Space Station – which will be getting a 12-foot long expandable space house.

Chisel & Mouse: two brothers who bring their passion for beautiful buildings to life with great architecture for your living room.

There’s so much going on here I’m not sure where to begin. With the help of the first actor to play Jason in Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre film-lover Roy Rose is turning the film’s location into a “horror barbecue resort” (with video).

Fire escapes: they’ve gone from safety solutions to a symbol of a city’s romantic past to worn, often unsafe landings and occasional eyesores.

Jonathan Baker, our former Speech Writer, contributed to the development of speeches, advertisements, and communications to our membership. Our staff knew him as the go-to guy at 200 Catherine for some comic relief. Prior to joining CREA, Jon worked in the radio industry in Ottawa. If you meet Jon, be sure to ask him to tell you about his encounters with many famous musicians while volunteering at a local music festival for more than 10 years.

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