Weekly Blend: Give a big hand to ‘the ugliest and most disturbing’ art installation ever

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!


A bizarre sculpture has recently taken up residence on the roof of a Wellington, New Zealand art gallery, causing mixed reactions from locals. What makes it so strange? Easy–have you ever had a giant judgmental hand watch you on your morning commute?

You don’t have to go to Iceland to enjoy a relaxing hot springs vacation. Those in British Columbia are lucky enough to have an affordable hot springs getaway right in their own backyard. 

A Toronto neighbourhood association is caught between a rock and a hard place as they face stiff resistance from locals who seek to prevent the removal of a billion-year-old boulder from their streets.

Residents of Pasco County, Florida, received quite the shock recently when they woke up to find that more than a dozen holes had mysteriously appeared across the community, some as large as 25 feet wide and eight feet deep.

It’s back! Weekly readers will already be familiar with the notorious Manhattan Beach emoji house. Well now is your opportunity to own it! The enormous pink homage to internet culture is now on the market and can be yours for $1.7 million.

Two teenagers in San Francisco were recently given the scare of a lifetime when they awoke to find a 250-pound black bear rummaging through their kitchen in search of a late-night snack.

Speaking of surprise guests, one homeowner in Australia recently received a less disturbing type of visit. Upon investigating a strange noise, the man discovered a koala outside his front door. Maybe it was stopping by for directions?

Ever wish you had your own private island you could escape to? You’re in luck! The ultimate island sanctuary has just been made available for $850,000. The best part? It’s only 96 km from New York City and includes its own solar powered boat.

Stepping foot in this apartment is more like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. One condo owner in New York City is facing a hefty fine after officials discovered that he divided his home into nine micro apartments.

Following his time studying history at Carleton University and as an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, James Crocker-Fitzpatrick brought his diverse communication skills to the Canadian Real Estate Association. As a former summer student focusing on content creation for REALTORS Care® and CREA Café, James worked hard to write stories that reflected the generosity of the REALTOR® community and helped create interesting articles for the CREA Café. James finds pleasure in a quiet night of reading or painting alongside his three cats. He also likes scary movies, science fiction, and a well-crafted sentence.


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