Weekly Blend: January 23, 2015

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!

Your resident blender is away this week, so I have the pleasure of being able to share this week’s picks.  I hope you enjoy.

As our resident Weekly Blender is visiting the Big Apple – and I’m a dog lover, I thought this made an appropriate opening story.

Keeping in New York, a new record has been set with the purchase of this $100-million apartment.

We’ve seen dog cafés, cat cafés, and now – Tokyo brings us the “Shop of Owls.”

To my husband if he’s reading this … my reaction would be much different. Man rents excavator, bulldozes home without telling wife: “She’s aware of it now; we’re good.”

You know how your mouth can start watering when thinking of certain foods (hello, salt and vinegar chips!) … and hello, hotel made of salt in Bolivia.

BuzzBuzzHome.com shares a story about an Amsterdam real estate developer creating moveable, detached homes that can be built in a day and rent for $800.

Easter Island comes to Waterloo, Ontario, in the form of “singing” snow statues.

It’s a conversation we’ve all heard before … “Why yes, that IS a $250,000 stainless steel, three-story slide in the living room.”

How has Toronto’s skyline changed in the past 14 years? This GIF highlights the difference.

In your travels, have you come across any of these Little Free Libraries? Check out some of the designs; my favourite is #5.

Across the pond, an English couple is being forced out of the outhouse they converted into a home because they didn’t get permission.

How Airbnb renters are helping Canadians pay off their mortgage in a grey-market area. Your thoughts? Share in the Comments below!

On January 1, it became illegal for Vancouverites to toss food scraps into the regular garbage, no matter where you live.

Does the future of construction lie in the hands (squirts?) of 3D printers? According to this Chinese 3D-printed 5-storey apartment building, the process saved 60% of the material typically needed.

And finally, some good news about chocolate: Looks like Canadians will be spared from the “U.K. Creme Egg choco-horror.”

Kylee Sauve, Director, Communications, leads a dynamic team of communicators, translators and designers in the execution of CREA's strategic priorities. Since starting her career with an internationally recognized non-profit organization, Kylee has gained more than a decade of communications experience. When not in the office, she can be found working on her house or yard with her husband and dogs.

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