Weekly Blend: February 27, 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:

New York hipsters rejoice! Micro-apartments, tiny pre-fabricated homes are coming to Brooklyn.

Was anyone aware that Jean-Claude Van Damme once owned a gorgeous apartment in Vancouver?

The Weekly Blend is glad to cap off awards season (albeit a week late) with this photographic look at 12 famous movie locations … then and now.

Let’s hope the Klamath County Sherriff’s Office, just outside of Oregon, has an evidence room big enough for the stolen home they recovered.

What do an Alberta property, the Westmount home of a former Prime Minister, and a French Chateau in the heart of Toronto all have in common? They’re all gorgeous properties that just can’t seem to sell.

A woman, who once was named one of “San Diego’s best 50 mothers”, has been convicted of stalking the young family who outbid her for her dream home. I think she may have to return her award.

An interesting article in The Atlantic asks the question: Why are developers still building sprawl?

What’s the most you’d pay for a dollhouse? Recently, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago completed a nine-month conservation of its $8-million Fairy Castle. (VIDEO)

There are 12 Frank Lloyd Wright homes and buildings scattered across America that can be rented. Atlas Obscura looks at four that have particularly unique stories.

What did the future look like? Travel back to the Universal Exposition of Seville (or Expo ’92) and see what we were supposed to be living and working in … but, alas, we are not.

In Wisconsin, a 55-ton rock fell on a house … and now it’s a tourist attraction.

Either you play it, your kids play it, someone you work with plays it, or you get requests to play it. Any way you look at it, Candy Crush is in your world … so why not have a look at their totally wacko workspace.

The opening paragraph sums it up best: “A Hungarian mayor is putting his entire village up for rent to put it on the map and bring in some cash …”

London is changing and one teacher at the University of the Arts London has created digital billboards that tell the sad stories of people priced-out of living in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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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