Weekly Blend: April 17, 2015

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:

Gibson’s Fish and Chips – a Saskatoon staple for 50 years – recently celebrated their last Good Friday … and long-time customers are eager to find out where they will relocate to.

Every week our good friends at Mental Floss give us a new city and a new neighbourhood. This week we find out how Charlotte’s neighbourhoods got their names. Let’s also throw Atlanta in the mix too.

Where would you find 5 kids and 2 adults living in a 1,000 square foot condo? Give yourself a prize if you guessed Vancouver.

And where would you find married couples living with roommates? Give yourself a prize if you guessed New York City.

Each one of the three ads in Century 21’s latest campaign was made entirely out of moving boxes … and each is a tiny, one-minute work-of-art.

This B.C. property has a river running through it … not near it, not next to it, but straight through it. And it’s pretty magnificent.

Here’s another Vancouver story detailing how one resident started the hash tag #DontHave1Million hoping to draw attention to rising home prices.

Preparing to sell? Staging isn’t just for inside anymore. Your home should look just as good on the outside too.

On April 15th, Major League Baseball commemorates Jackie Robinson Day. To honour the day, the Weekly Blend posts a story from 2014 discussing the continued battle to preserve #42’s childhood home as a national landmark.

What fate is in store for the arena known as Northlands Coliseum, the Edmonton Coliseum, Skyreach Centre, and Rexall Place?

There’s living off the grid and then there’s Freedom Cove, B.C. – where Wayne Adams and Catherine King live on a massive, 12-platform floating home.

In Toronto there is a “growing interest for purpose-built development” which can mean that more buyers are looking at apartments over homes.

Could Somalia be the world’s next-best real estate investment?

What was supposed to be the second-tallest building in the world is now Chicago’s biggest crater. What happened … and why isn’t anything being done?

To say this house in Bristol, England is a fixer-upper would be an understatement as it hasn’t been renovated since the 1930s.

Through the help of Google, you can now spend a day in the life at Abbey Road studio (see what I did there).

Have a look at these 10 Toronto condos and detached houses under $5-million.

Take a look at these 40 horrible real estate photos. If the first picture has a horse in the living room imagine what the next 39 have to offer.

Coronation Street spoiler! The Victoria Court flats will be on fire in May. Let’s hope Nick and Carla are okay.

Check out this selection of Woman Caves. Some of them are sights to behold.  I actually just found out that they are called “she-sheds”.

Airbnb is encouraging Ottawans to rent homes for FIFA Women’s World Cup. Agree or disagree?

Here’s the ultimate collectable for Bjork fans: her Iceland cottage is up for sale and its asking price? 28 million Icelandic Krona (that’s approximately $255,530 Canadian).

”With the low-hanging fruit from the housing bust mostly picked, Wall Street-backed buyers of real estate are increasingly turning to quantitative data analysis as a way of accelerating their search for a dwindling supply of available homes that can be transformed into rental properties.” Simply put, residential real estate to be the next frontier for speed-based investing.

CNN Money takes a look at the hottest markets in the U.S. right now. (with VIDEO)

Newsweek.com looks at the hidden costs of the world’s “ghost apartments”: luxury apartments purchased not to be lived in, but to store wealth.

After 45 years, one of the world’s most famous streets is getting a redesign and even its grouchiest resident is happy about it.

As the playoffs are now upon us and as it prepares to close its doors, Rolling Stone magazine takes one last look at the Nassau County Coliseum – the only home the New York Islanders have ever known.

If narrow houses are your thing, Blogger Joanna Goddard gives you this adorable narrow house in Brooklyn, NY.

Analysts wonder what tenants will be attracted to Vancouver’s new office towers.

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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