Weekly Blend: August 26, 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:

This French chateau is fit for a king. And with a price tag of $1.4 billion(!) Canadian dollars, you’d have to be a king to afford the world’s most expensive villa.

If we accumulated household debt from across Canada, we could buy 1,385 of those villas listed above. Canadian households now owe $1.94 trillion, with mortgage loans accounting for 70 percent of that.

Canadian wildlife painter Robert Bateman’s Haliburton Highlands cottage is up for sale. Bateman even offered to visit every once in a while with a picture-perfect wine basket.

Wayne Adams has been building treehouses since he was 7-years-old and it shows. This tremendous off-grid handmade island is outstanding.

Got a house with poor air quality? This magical heater-fan-air purifier device could help.

Prince’s family doesn’t care if you spend the night at his mansion. The deceased pop star’s Paisley Park estate will be open to the public for tours later this year.

Residents in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood are horrified because film crews, including the one currently working on a remake of It, are infringing on city bylaws.

Houston-area real estate agents might want to bust out the boots a little early. There’s a “foot fetish creep” targeting REALTORS® in that area.

Alliteration headline of the week goes to treehugger.com for this story out of British Columbia about a wooden building: World’s tallest timber tower topped off.

Dezeen magazine, you could have been named the alliteration headline of the week, but you didn’t go with “world’s tallest twisted towers ‘top ten’ table.”

Most of us have a jewelry box at home, but you wouldn’t be able to fit a 75-pound pearl in it. This Filipino fisherman kept it hidden under his bed for 10 years before realizing it could be the world’s biggest.

The unofficial goodbye to summer is next weekend (say it ain’t so!) and if you plan on spending it camping, like thousands of Canadians do, here’s a good list of camping recipes.

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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