Weekly Blend: April 22, 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:

You won’t be looking at making a great escape from this house (once owned by Steve McQueen and Wes Craven).

To celebrate Passover, the Weekly Blend is including this story about how Manhattan’s lost its last matzo factory.

A few months after selling for $13.5 million, a Brooklyn Heights apartment building is being marketed as a single-family home at nearly twice the price.

If it’s a tiny treehouse for your bonsai tree you’re after then look no further than this Slate.com article.

This short documentary from The Atlantic goes inside High Chaparral – the Swedish wild-west theme park that’s housing refugees. (VIDEO)

But where will they keep their wallets? A nudist pop-up restaurant is coming to London and the number of people on the waiting list keeps growing.

In major markets, many aspiring young homeowners drastically underestimate how much they need to save in order to purchase a home.

Fastcodesign.com offers up a quick read on why you should never go on a reality home renovation show.

Are you interested in finding out what you could buy with the equivalent of the other 50 state’s median home values? Because in Connecticut, you could buy 2,196 Edible Arrangements and in Delaware you could get an epic bus trip for 606 people.

Is it the fun police taking things too far or does it violate zoning by-laws (it does). A Toronto man has been ordered to remove an elaborate boat treehouse that cost $30K.

After reading the story about a Beverly Hills REALTOR® who fooled thousands attending Coachella, I’m not 100 per cent clear on what he did. Can someone explain in the comments section?

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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