Weekly Blend: February 6, 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:

The Rhodes family of Ottawa are celebrating their diamond anniversary – 75 years in Ottawa real estate. (VIDEO)

This Tsawwassen, B.C. home, described as having a “cool 60’s vibe”, can be yours for a groovy $2.5 million.

And while we are looking at properties in the $2-million range, you can own an enchanted forest in B.C. for just $2.7 million (fairy dust not included).

Our third story from B.C. looks at how the SkyTrain Evergreen line will change the face of Metro Vancouver.

The first paragraph sums it up best: “In 1959 … a 700-home subdivision in Aurora, Ontario, offered something no other homebuilder in the country could: a private, family-sized nuclear fallout shelter.”

A new mega mall may be coming to the Town of Mont Royal. The 280,000 square meter mall will create jobs, cause construction headaches, revitalize the area, and/or hurt local businesses. Where do you stand on the subject?

What will $8.2 million buy you in the Yukon? Well, in Whitehorse, it’s just enough to buy the local Ramada Inn.

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, one special edition of Monopoly will come with 20,580 euros (no word yet on whether a real car, thimble, and/or top hat will be included, too).

If you love poutine as much as you love Phil Collins music, you’ll be glad to know the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative east of Ottawa has reopened two years after it was devastated by fire. (VIDEO)

By now you’ve heard the news about Radio Shack closing their retail locations, but did you know that Amazon is in talks with them to acquire some of their stores?

If this were 2006, the Weekly Blend would be packed with High School Musical fans interested in reading about Ashley Tisdale’s custom built (by her dad) home, listed for $2.5 million.

Take a peek inside NBC’s Brian Williams’ NYC office – it’s like a mini-Smithsonian.

Switching coasts and locales, the Weekly Blend takes a delicious look at mid-century diners of Los Angeles.

Big or small, the Weekly Blend likes to look at all types of homes and answer all types of home-related questions, like: why do cats love empty boxes so much?

Hop aboard a jet, walk along a long and winding road (not Penny Lane), and you’ll find the childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney, which will soon be hitting the auction block. Let it be known that you don’t have to be a fool on the hill to know that everyone from Uncle Albert to Michelle to Eleanor Rigby will be bidding on this property. (QUIZ: How many Beatles/Paul McCartney songs are in that headline?)

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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