Weekly Blend: April 24, 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:

Where are the world’s coolest new buildings and do you live near one?

I’m not sure if the shower is an elephant or if the garbage disposal is a bird, but you can now own a Flintstones’-inspired home for a mere $4.2 million.

Calgary’s National Music Centre has a new exhibit. Some girls might love it … make sure you don’t have sticky fingers … it’s sure to provide visitors with satisfaction … it’s the Rolling Stones mobile studio (see what I did there?).

Keeping with the rock ‘n’ roll theme, Kurt and Courtney’s old L.A. apartment is currently available on Airbnb.

A BMO report suggests that many first-time home buyers are withdrawing from the “Bank of Mom and Dad”.

According to StatsCan, Canada’s most satisfied people live in Saguenay, Quebec.

George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his land. Is he doing it to bother his neighbours or because he feels badly for ruining the Star Wars franchise and hopes this act of goodwill will serve as compensation to his fans?

Still haven’t decided on a summer vacation? Garnet, Montana is looking for a few volunteers to keep watch over an isolated ghost town this summer.

And, if that doesn’t appeal to you, did you know that Canada is home to an impressive 17 UNESCO world heritage sites? Grab your camera and get travelling.

From trapdoors to walk in’s … basement pubs to cozy attics … have a look at 25 home designs for beer and wine lovers. 

A recent Maclean’s article had this to say about seniors and the generation spending gap: “When it comes to the tensions between young and old, however, there’s no greater battlefield than the housing market…”

Newsweek asks the question: would you live in a Google city?

Remember when the Reality Show Jersey Shore was a thing? Well, if you’re feeling nostalgic for five years ago or are looking for an investment property, the house where it was filmed is up for auction next month.

What’s more valuable than gold and precious art? New York apartments, that’s what.

Which ten cities are home to the world’s wealthiest families? These ten cities.

You might be surprised to find out what Canada’s favourite emoji is … or maybe not.

The Portland airport is using goats and Llamas to clear away invasive plants. This isn’t real estate relate. I just found it funny.

In an attempt to attract and retain workers, particularly younger workers, an increasing number of large companies are moving back into the city.

CNN.com visits secret Samurai homes in Japan.

Everyone will have a great view in this spinning apartment building.

See Manhattan’s changing skyline in less than one minute. (VIDEO)

It’s a restaurant, it’s a boutique, it’s an experiment in crowd-funded real estate.

“Guerilla gardening,” “tactical urbanists”: what do those terms mean and are they coming to your city any time soon (or are they already there)?

So, from what I can tell, Brickloft.org provides a steady stream of LEGO-built structures. Could be worth checking out every now and again.

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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