Weekly Blend: August 30, 2013

Each week, the Weekly Blend will feature interesting links to real estate news, tidbits or topics of interest you can enjoy with your favourite cup of coffee. It may even become a great conversation starter at your next client meeting. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

Wouldn’t it be great if hotels of the present are refurbished with windows of the future?

Good old Frank Lloyd Wright. He knew how to design a house but made the kitchens small and didn’t always include basements. Maybe that’s why they sell for less than expected.

Not to overload people on Frank Lloyd Wright but this article shows a few of his designs that could have transformed American cities.

Building standards concept ‘Passivhaus’ is happening in Seattle but it does have a Canadian connection.

Want to live in an old chocolate factory? The only problem is that it doesn’t make chocolate anymore. Maybe the smell still lingers though…that would be nice.

Do you know what a funicular is? I didn’t either but this house comes with one.

It’s the kinds of piece that can really bring a room together. Oh, did I mention that it’s up for auction AND that it was used by two past Prime Ministers?

I want to come up with a clever headline but I couldn’t top ‘The Joys of Using an Outhouse’

What household stat, which was at 17 per cent in 1970, is now at 27 per cent?

It’s good to know that the Royal Society of Chemists has completed their work on the elusive ‘grilled cheese formula.’ It’s not house related, but who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich?

Have a great long weekend!

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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