Weekly Blend: January 8, 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:

Are you able to help?  A Winnipeg woman is looking for a new home for her collection of more than 1,000 vintage dolls.

A Quebec social housing agency will be testing new social housing units that are better adapted to northern culture/harsher climates.

This colourful igloo from Edmonton has inspired copycats around the world.

Just a bit larger than the colourful igloo is an 18,000 square foot mansion on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, just outside of Edmonton, with a price tag of a cool $7.5 million.

Igloos, igloos, igloos! Here’s a great way to see the Northern Lights: camped out in one of these glass igloos for rent in the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland.

Quebecers who own cabins or chalets on public provincial land are concerned about rent hikes that came into effect as of January 1.

It’s not every day that residents of a neighbourhood start a petition in favour of large-scale condo developments that far exceed the city’s plan for their area, but that’s exactly what’s happened in Gatineau, Que.

From oil tankers to zero-energy homes, let’s look back on 2015 … the year sustainable housing became a bit more affordable.

The kitchen of the future – which features a dishwasher that will order detergent – is a big hit at the Las Vegas electronics show.  (VIDEO)

A Globe and Mail columnist answers the question: “Should my children withdraw from their RRSPs to buy a house?”

Do you know any older first-time home buyers? If you do, they are part of an exclusive club, given that the median age of first-time buyers in 2015 was 31.

Add “movie theatre” to the list of properties to be given away through essay-writing contests.

We here at the Weekly Blend love museums and here are 12 new ones (some not even opened yet) that you can visit in 2016 – including the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, BC.

Visitors from around the world flock to this bizarre yet luxurious Treehotel located in Sweden’s Lule River valley. (VIDEO)

In Baalbek, Lebanon The Grand Hotel Palmyra has been open since 1874 and has remained untouched over time. (VIDEO)

Want to save money by sharing a hotel room with a stranger? There’s now an app for that.

From a clifftop haven to a medieval marvel, these properties will let you live the high life in style.

Getaway, founded by two Harvard graduate students, aims to provide a convenient and affordable way to disconnect from the daily grind.

Soaring real estate values, rising rents and the conveniences offered by the internet are just three reasons why Manhattan’s “Music Row” has finally gone silent.

Tampa’s cigar industry is a ghost of its former presence, yet the century-old buildings the factories once occupied have not only have survived but, in many cases, have been reborn for other uses.

Remember that time in 1949 when President Truman gutted the White House? No? Well Mashable does … and they have pictures to prove it.

Here are 25 American markets where homebuyers will find true bargains.

More from Mashable: meet the makers of five smart home gadgets from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

Step right up and ride the SkyCycle – a rollercoaster that doesn’t look so bad … until you ride it.

Many buildings have them and in 1988 Rectors restaurant in New York City had the distinction of having the first one installed. (VIDEO)

Luxury condos, hotels and new restaurants are appearing in San Diego’s burgeoning downtown district.

“Skies of Concrete,” coming out in February, is a book that captures images of “life in the hidden crevices of urbanized landscapes…” The New Yorker offers a sneak preview of some of those images.

These five private jets take first class flying to a whole new level. Step inside and take a look.

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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