Weekly Blend: December 13, 2013

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you 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 contribute, please post 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:

The good folks at BuzzFeed have compiled a list of 29 famous building reimaged as gingerbread houses.

I could make a ‘brick in the wall’ joke here but that’s just low hanging fruit. Instead I just give you an international design competition called ‘A House for Pink Floyd’.

Does this office building make me look fat? Former Lululemon CEO buys $32M office building.

Welcome to ye olde timey Starbuck’s Coffee & Refreshment Shoppe – an apothecary-themed Starbucks opens in New Orleans. What do you think?

Check out the five winners of Warming Huts – an art and architecture competition designed to keep Winnipeg skaters toasty warm during their trips The Forks.

Want to own a piece of Canadian television history? No, I’m not talking about Molly’s Reach. Have you ever wanted to walk the same halls as Wheels, Spike, Joey Jeremiah and Mr. Raditch? You can now because the Toronto District School Board has put Degrassi Junior High up for sale.

Ever taken a bad photo and posted it as part of your listing? However bad it may have been, it’s got nothing on these (warning, some pictures may be considered a little bit risqué).

Is Crowdfunding reshaping how people invest in real estate?

Olav Thon – a Norwegian real estate tycoon – is donating his entire fortune of NOK 26 billion (more than 4 billon USD) to a foundation. How’s that for charity!

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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