Weekly Blend: January 15, 2016

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 Playboy Mansion – one of Hollywood’s most famous homes – is up for sale. But, there’s a catch: the current owner would like to stay.

Meet the shop owners of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar: one of the world’s most-visited attractions.

According to BMO, Guelph, Ontario is the best city in Canada to find a job.

If you’re in the mood for a glass of fine scotch in one of the most elegant and amazing lounges in Hong Kong, then Foxglove is for you.

Tour the iconic music studio where David Bowie recorded his Berlin trilogy.

Take part in a scavenger hunt through all of Toronto’s public libraries.

Those in the National Capital region have known about this for a while … but it’s nice to see the National Post recognizing the winter activities available in Western Quebec.

The Atlantic wants you to be “in the know” with this article explaining how to build a house on Mars.

Gary Bettman was in Calgary pitching on behalf of CalgaryNEXT and the Calgary Flames’ vision of how the western edge of its downtown core should be redeveloped.

If you like symmetry (and I mean, who doesn’t?) then you’ll love this Instagram account showing us the symmetry in every day life.

Lights out? Maybe a squirrel chewed through the power line? Thanks to Cyber Squirrel 1 you can now trace 30 years of squirrel, bird, racoon, snake, rat, beaver and monkey-related power outages.

According to an article in Atlas Obscura, the people of Alberta have been naming everything after Winston Churchill.

Citi-Bike – New York City’s bike sharing system – is not owned by financial giant Citigroup but by a powerful real estate developer with an interest in keeping it alive.

The headline probably says it all: For some strange reason, this couple can’t sell their “Silence of the Lambs” house.

A London help-to-buy scheme is set to launch in February.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Angelo Mastropietro transformed a 700-year-old cave into his dream home. (VIDEO)

REALTOR.com turned to Instagram and was amazed by the number of cool places tagged with #openhouse over the past couple of days.

If you’ve ever wanted to own an original Banksy, there’s one for sale in Cheltenham, England … with a house attached to it (neither of which are in good shape).

A plan to tear down 4,000 vacant houses makes Baltimore the latest city to invest in demolition.

During the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the insurance company issued a call for real-life DIY disasters. It then posted a bunch of them online and invited people to vote for their favorite—promising to turn the winner’s story into a new 30-second commercial.

It’s about to get a lot harder for wealthy New Yorkers to buy multimillion-dollar homes anonymously.

Business Insider looks at how long you have to live in 15 major U.S. cities to make buying a home worth your money.

Are you one of the Powerball winners? If so, or if you happened to be a billionaire already, these 9 over-the-top purchases are just for you.

Real estate not working out for you? Thinking of a career change? Here are 18 well-paid but obscure jobs that may interest you.

Meet developer Mike Meldman: a tycoon who describes his resorts as “frat houses for families.”

The Chicago Cubs have Ricketts! That is, the Ricketts family (of Chicago) is buying up more and more rooftops across from Wrigley Field. What is their endgame?

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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