Weekly Blend: August 7, 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:

Next time you’re in Monaco, visit the Pantone Café – the restaurant designed to be Instagrammed.

It could play out like Geraldo and Al Capone’s vault or it could be spectacular. Destination America will televise the first live exorcism in U.S. history in the house that inspired the 1971 novel The Exorcist.

“Up” house update: The Up house escapes demolition once again.

Each year, Dr. Pierre Gauthier, a professor in Concordia’s Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, gives his students the same challenge: rethink a downtrodden neighbourhood in the Montreal area.

A former Vancouver remand centre has been redeveloped to provide housing for the city’s most vulnerable youth and adults.

Travelers travelling through Vancouver can pitch a tent in an East Vancouver backyard for $500.

And Van hotels will let you stay in New York City’s hippest areas for as low as $22 a night.

Residents of Edmonton’s McKernan neighbourhood are getting frustrated over a month-long yard sale (that doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon).

Recycled barn doors make the perfect exterior for this gorgeous micro house.

From mini houses to maxi-towers, Brooklyn could soon have a residential skyscraper as tall as the Empire State Building.

Here’s what you can rent for $1,500 a month across Canada.

A Saskatoon Dairy Queen is now accepting Canadian Tire money (this has nothing to do with real estate and everything to do with my love of ice cream).

Inspired by a television show, Julie and Josh Barnes created a green roof on the garage they were building.

It’s time for Canada AM’s weekly look at high-priced celebrity homes. (VIDEO)

See what secrets are uncovered in some abandoned houses from across Ontario.

This headline really nails it: “Insane Skysphere is a solar-powered man cave with voice-activated electronics.”

If you’re in the market for a multi-layered chicken coop for your backyard then have I got the site for you.

Rules are preventing a Nova Scotia woman from living off the grid.

This story is a few weeks old but find out what it’s been like for a family of four living in a smart, energy-efficient home of the future.

If Antarctica is on your list of places to visit then you’ll find these photos very appealing.

Science explains why women are always freezing at work.

Sick and tired of tents with non-transparent walls? Then give Bubble Tent a try – perfect for feeling like you’re living in a snow globe.

Come visit The Pierre – a Washington State home built right into the rock foundation.

Royal Watchers!!! Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Kensington Palace (and none of them are Al Waxman related).

From Amsterdam to Portland, Time magazine looks at the 10 best biking cities.

How did LEGO mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary? They asked kids to redesign the city.

Find out why millennials are dominating the housing market.

In case you missed them (or I missed them), here are 10 real estate stories from July from the New York Times.

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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