Weekly Blend: August 24, 2018

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 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:

No, this wasn’t a lineup to get into a Drake concert. Thousands of Quebec City residents braved the wind and rain in order to be the first to enter the city’s only IKEA store.

A hunk of junk in Vancouver, billed as a “rare development opportunity,” is listed for $4 million. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure?

And the Oscar for best home in a movie goes to… while this may not be an actual category at the Academy Awards, the houses used in these movies all deserve some trophies for their mantels.

These are the kind of neighbours you want. After a small-town Saskatchewan farmer died, about 100 community members came together to help the family handle the harvest.

This seriously immersive 3D home tour brings me back to days spent playing The Sims. While I can’t trap a Sim in one of the mansion’s 13 bathrooms, you’ll have fun virtually exploring the $18.95-million estate.

This sleepy Australia town has a big bird problem. A thirsty mob of emus has infiltrated the community, and they don’t look both ways before crossing the street or have any regard for rugby games.

Toronto’s not the only Canadian city with a famous “cube house” for sale. If it’s hip to be square, no wonder why this Vancouver version sold for $7.95 million.

A Nova Scotian man is selling his house and everything in it (except his cat and some clothes) for $200,000 in a bid to “live simply.”

I can’t help falling in love with this tiny mobile home. It’s nothing special, but it’s still fit for a king. Elvis Presley’s two-bedroom holiday home is up for sale.

Attention all spelunkers: this is your dream home. Those aren’t popcorn ceilings, those are stalactites. Built into a mountain, this luxury cave house is gorgeous.

Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.


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