Weekly Blend: April 15, 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:

First story out of the gate is courtesy of The Globe and Mail and it’s a millennial’s guide to buying a house.

Is there beauty in boring? Photographer Nicolas Grospierre photographs some of the world’s blandest and most unremarkable buildings.

Can a Canadian-designed building help solve New York City’s housing problem?

What do you do with a 309 square-foot apartment in Central Hong Kong? Contact LAAB Architects and have them design a home that will leave you speechless. (VIDEO)

These once vibrant Vancouver homes are now fodder for haunting art projects. (VIDEO)

Airbnb continues their series of contests with a chance to spend a night in Hamlet’s castle. You can either stay in room 2B or not 2B. (Get it?)

If you don’t win the night in Hamlet’s castle but still want to visit Denmark, consider bunking in one of these 47 magnificent shelters spread across 17 different sites along Denmark’s South Fyn Archipelago.

Could Europe’s empty parking garages become housing?

The headline says it all: “A Huge Abandoned Bowling Alley in Santa Fe Has Been Turned into an Immersive Art Environment Now Open to the Public.”

Developers across the United States are buying up churches and converting them to condos. Curbed.com takes an inside look at this growing – and sometimes controversial – trend.

Circa 1991, mine had a Full Metal Jacket poster and Calvin & Hobbes comics but here’s how college dorm rooms were decorated in the 1900s.


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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