Weekly Blend: January 19, 2018

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!

Here are my weekly picks:

Never judge a book by its cover. This two-bedroom Toronto townhouse looks like a steal of a deal at $750,000, but take one peek inside and you’ll see what looks like the set of a horror movie.

A selection of graffiti artists from across the world can now add “interior designer” to their resumes. That’s because a millionaire party planner hired them to spray paint his entire mansion.

Just when you think every corner of the globe has been uncovered, a group of Calgary explorers goes out and discovers Canada’s deepest cave.

You think Polar Vortex temperatures are frigid? Be thankful it’s not instantly freeze-your-eyelashes cold, which is what Russia’s remote region of Yakutia experienced. Temperatures sunk to -60°C!

And how would the good people of Charlotte, North Carolina, ever deal with extreme winter weather? They city’s American Hockey League (AHL) team was forced to play a home game in front of zero fans because the city shut down for 15 centimetres of snow.

Pop quiz: What mid-size Canadian city is becoming the envy of international urban planners? (Hint: It’s known as the waterfall capital of the world and is not Niagara Falls.)

Yippie-kai-yay, Bruce Willis is selling his Central Park mansion! For $17.75 million U.S., you could be living the life of Officer John McClane.

What do you call a pub that promotes all work and no play? The only acceptable answer is a pop-up bar paying homage to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

There’s no doubting this car has snow tires, because the whole vehicle is made out of the white stuff. Montreal officers were left confused when they tried to ticket what turned out to be a carefully crafted snowbank.

Yo, this house is tight! Airtight, in fact. A small house in Alaska known as the world’s “most airtight residential building” is on the market.

Nest Thermostats and Google Homes are cool now, but have a look at what smart home technology trends are emerging. I’ll take one of those next-level remote controls.

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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