Weekly Blend: December 11, 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:

In some areas of Montreal sidewalks aren’t disappearing … they’re just being cut in half. (VIDEO)

Dress warmly and bring your bathing suit as you spend a night or two inside North America’s only Ice Hotel.

If there’s an Ice Hotel then the world is certainly ready for an underwater hotel … now available with Wi-Fi.

Not wanting to close the doors, Ruthie Cummins, owner of Das Gasthaus in Toronto, is auctioning off the restaurant: 4,000 tickets at $150 each.

These sleek Canadian-made cabins cost less than $100K to build.

Idle No More Partners with a Winnipeg company to build a home for a First Nation family.

The developer of the Corner Tower high rise in Edmonton has pulled out, leaving the site at 95th Street and Jasper Avenue a gaping hole for some time yet.

Officers with the Waterloo Regional Police Service have begun removing evidence from a Cambridge, Ontario home that police allege was a clandestine drug lab.

Members of the Mimico Station Community Organization say a developer has failed to deliver on a promise to restore the historic Etobicoke landmark.

Iqaluit city council is looking at whether to rezone part of the Apex beach, home of the city’s historic Hudson’s Bay Company buildings, as a commercial area.

Heading to NYC this holiday season? Fastcompany.com breaks down the numbers on how many Airbnb hotels there are in the Big Apple.

Montreal borough passes bylaw to ban new religious buildings on Outremont’s main commercial streets.

Montreal has some of the country’s finest dining and here are a dozen of the best bakeries in that city.

Fans off all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki can bid on his Colorado mansion – just listed with Sotheby’s for $5.9 million.

Take a trip back to a time when Christmas window displays were a thing of art and creativity (the swinging 60’s baby!)

We won’t be seeing this in Canada but Target’s new store offers important clues about the future of retail.

Seven houses whose Christmas lights are twenty times crazier than yours.

In case you’re wondering, here’s what a $17.5-million luxury doomsday bunker looks like. (VIDEO)

Try selling property here! This is what life is like in the tiny village of Oymyakon, Russia: the coldest, permanently inhabited place on earth.

Every year, the Royal Institute of British Architects celebrates the best residences built in the United Kingdom with its House of the Year award. Here are seven of the year’s best.

Green Magic Homes technology is unlike anything you’ve seen before. You’ll sleep like you’re in the Shire with these pre-made Hobbit homes.

The Beatles sang about living in a Yellow Submarine, Bruce Campbell lives inside a 747.

Travel through the streets of London with a view from the Millennium Falcon (it’s fun).

After you’re done the tour of London, book a room at Starbnb: the ultimate website for your vacation in a galaxy far, far away.

Chairs made from balloons are things now … just don’t sit on them with keys in your pocket.

Here are five things you should know before watching “The Big Short” – a film about the economic crisis of 2007.

I’ll meet you there! St. Louis is now one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S.

Did you know that back in 1997, Fox built a real-life version of the Simpsons home? This video explores what became of that house.

To get their customers excited about their annual “Christmas Price Index,” PNC Bank created a fully-functioning 5,000 pound gingerbread bank in Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia.

Have some time to spare? Why not take the New York Times’ 2015 Real Estate Quiz?

The Beatles’ spiritual retreat in India opens to public.

According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, Amsterdam’s coolest neighbourhoods are on the city’s edges.

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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