Weekly Blend: August 3, 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:

Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be! If you’ve got a spare $1 billion U.S., you can roll like a celebrity by purchasing this 157-acre plot of land known as “The Mountain” which offers 360-degree views of southern California.

Brutalist buildings seem to stand out in this list of Canada’s ugliest buildings. More importantly, no athletic facility should ever be named the Butterdome.

When parents help their kids move out, they most likely hope it’s farther away than their own backyard. However, with housing prices continuing to climb in some cities, backyard living pods could become more normal.

Attention “Game of Thrones” fans: you can now own Riverrun without worrying about the Lannisters sieging the castle. Gosford Castle, which was portrayed as Riverrun, is on the market for a reasonable $855,000.

The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South was once purchased for $500. It’s going to be bought for a bit more than that this time around. An auctioneer says it looks like the historic house is going to fetch at least $1 million U.S.

Who was the reigning Monarch on Christmas Day, the year the Dancers Hill House was built? If you know this answer and have $17 to spare, you could potentially win a London mansion worth $8.2 million U.S.

It’s a rite of passage for every homeowner: the junk drawer. Need to declutter the most chaotic drawer in your house? Here are 21 things to toss.

Move aside, Ottawa, there’s a new No. 1 in Canada. Moneysense just named Oakville the best place to live in the country. Eastern Ontario’s tiny township of Russell was a surprising bronze-medal winner.

Complete with a stuffed lion, cheetah hide chairs, light fixtures made with ostrich eggs and a glass floor, there’s a reason this $8.9 million U.S. home is dubbed “African Queen.”

Poor Billy Bob Thornton. The famous actor just lost $250,000 on the sale of his Malibu house. It’s a good thing he’s estimated to be worth $35 million U.S.

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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