Weekly Blend: Frozen homes fit for Elsa

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 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!

Crystal Drinkwalter is 25 years old, she’s married, and she lives in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER! Meet the “Vanwives” from Barrie, Ontario, who ditched a traditional home for a 92-square-foot van.

Is Pharrell, for real? Singer, rapper, producer and fashion designer Pharrell Williams is selling his Beverly Hills mansion for almost $17 million.

If you have a client named Joseph, and Joseph has an amazing technicolour dreamcoat, you need to show him this Florida house for sale ASAP. Yes, that’s a rainbow-coloured house.

They say these homes in Wainfleet, Ontario, are frozen over because of winds blowing the waters of Lake Erie ashore, but has anyone checked to see if Elsa is living inside? I mean, the cold never bothered her anyway…

It’s not too big, it’s not too small, it’s just right! The fairytale-type cottage that inspired Goldilocks and the Three Bears is now on the market.

Can we talk about the elephant in the room? What if the elephant was the room? You can now book a stay in Lucy the Elephant, an iconic wooden elephant situated along the Jersey Shore.

It’s no secret succulents can liven up a room—even fake ones. Just remember, plastic plants don’t need to be watered. Unfortunately, this woman made that mistake for two years! 

John F. Kennedy famously once said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” Hopefully, for $4.7 million, the former President’s home’s roof is in tip-top shape.

If you miss Binford Tools, flannel-loving Al Borland and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, I’m about to make your day … sort of. Tim Allen, star of the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement has hinted he wants to revive the series.


Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.


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