Weekly Blend: July 14, 2017

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:

First it was the Great Wall, now you can see another man-made structure in China from space. There is a 250-acre solar farm in the shape of a panda built in Datong, China.

It’s not every day you see a garage being pulled over on the highway. When the garage isn’t included in the conditions of a sale, you get a man cave on the move.

A lightning strike caused $250,000 in damages when it hit a home on, get this, Thunderbay Avenue in Windsor. There was probably a Ford Thunderbird in the garage, too.

Photobomb level: expert. Try and spot what’s off in this real estate agent’s picture of a Melbourne home for sale.

This Toronto photographer has high praise for the porcelain god; he’s on the hunt for weird and beautiful toilets.

I’m blown away by this: Alberta’s “Lawnmower Man” is still creating a whirlwind of media attention weeks after he was photographed cutting the grass with a tornado behind him. He recently had a parade float created for him.

Did you get to enjoy Free Slurpee Day? If you live in Ottawa, you didn’t. That’s because there are no 7-Elevens in the nation’s capital. I’m not bitter about it or anything. Anyway, this Winnipeg man took full advantage and got a free slurpee from all 47 stores in Manitoba’s biggest city.

Some people like living in close proximity to a highway, but this is too close. An elaborate homeless camp was found inside a hallowed out section of a California highway.

Some people like living in close proximity to public transit, but this is too close. This home has a bus stop blocking its front door.

Winter is here beginning this weekend. Game of Thrones fans have been waiting to hear those words for what seems like forever. The hit show’s set designer recently revealed the architectural inspirations of Westeros.

Forget buying just a house, for $8 million U.S. you can own an entire island off the coast of Maine. Features include: no neighbours, no transit access, no nearby schools, but astounding views.

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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