Weekly Blend: January 22, 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:

Who would have thought that the simple Cadbury Easter Cream Egg (seen here in a delightful 1984 roller-rink TV commercial) would have spawned a high-end pop-up café in London’s trendy Soho district?

Just Room Enough Island has just enough room for one tiny house … let’s hope its owners don’t sleepwalk.

If you’d rather rent an island before buying one, then East Sister Rock Island in the Florida Keys may be of interest to you.

Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel recreates Ferris Bueller’s bedroom … but you only have until January 24th to visit it.

CTV News Montreal sat down with Janet Torge of Radical Resthomes to talk about revamped retirement homes for Baby Boomers. (VIDEO)

CTV News Kitchener looks at active living for seniors: the costs, the benefits and the lifestyle. (VIDEO)

A Hobbit-like cob cottage in BC has been named the world’s fourth most desired Airbnb rental.

Just off Highway 101 in Windsor, Nova Scotia is Windsor Playland Park and it can be yours (1.6 hectares of Nova Scotia fun) for less than the cost of a single-family home in Halifax.

“Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver” is an exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver designed to engage the public into thinking about the future of Vancouver housing.

A subsidiary of Quebec pension fund manager the Caisse de depot is teaming with a global real estate firm to build an outlet mall at Edmonton’s international airport.

A pair of Los Angeles developers are putting a 29,600 square foot contemporary-style mansion on the market for $100 million … it just hasn’t been built yet.

Millennials, here’s what your first home might look like.

Test your skills by trying to list these: 19 of the most bizarre buildings from around the world.

Did anyone in the Victoria area notice two heritage homes rolling (on trucks) through the streets overnight? Did anyone happen to see them floating in the harbour the next morning? (VIDEO)

Slate.com looks at the time Bernie Sanders was Mayor of Burlington, Vermont and how he was able to make that city affordable … even to this day.

Last week we had a house for sale with a Banksy original on the wall and this week you can rent a loft in New York City with graffiti done by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

No matter what, you really can’t choose your neighbours! Like this woman who is trying to stop Taco Bell from moving in next door to her Albuquerque home.

Buckingham Palace virtual reality tour will make you dream of high tea with the Queen.

Building a cozy and eco-friendly abode doesn’t have to be time-consuming or wasteful. That’s the motto behind PopUp House, a concept that was created by Multipod Studio – a French architectural and design firm.

The L.A. Rams’ (no, that’s not a typo) move to Ingelwood has created a hot market for local real estate interest.

Cleveland is hip (okay) and that hipness (and the local real estate market) is being “fed” by celebrity chefs.


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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