Weekly Blend: July 17, 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!

Here are my weekly picks:

From Stan’s Barber Shop on Mayor Avenue in Rabbittown to Harris’ Barber Shop on Casey Street, there’s a barbershop boom happening in St. John’s.

It’s a good thing marble rolling isn’t sport at the Pan Am Games because it cost $1.4 million to fix uneven floors in the athletes’ village.

Hold on to your cats!! Vancouver’s first cat café – or catfé – is set to open.

From cat cafés to Puphaus – the perfect home for your perfect pet … pre-order now.

CTV.ca talks about the dos and don’ts of downsizing. (VIDEO)

There’s a Ghost Town in Bradian, B.C. up for sale. If that sounds familiar it’s because it was up for sale last year, too.  I wonder if it was …. re-possessed (Get it? It’s a ghost town).

In the Nation’s capital, the NCC is looking for farmers to rent out Ottawa Greenbelt properties. (VIDEO)

Quadeville is an old mining and lumber town about 150 kilometres southwest of Ottawa – ever heard of it? Rumour has it that in the early 1940s, Al Capone chose the Madawaska Highlands as his secret Canadian hideaway.

Daredevils illegally climb Vancouver’s Trump Tower … impressive but not nearly as impressive as the man who got lost in Trump’s hair.

Canada’s first shopping apartment offers real-life retail in a tiny downtown Toronto condo.

Two friends from Vancouver have created Vancouver Urban Timberworks: an unconventional approach to harvesting and creating custom timber furniture. (VIDEO)

Just outside of Hanna, Alberta, land that has been in Gottlob Schmidt’s family for 80 years is set to be donated to a provincial park.

Blacks Photography (retail locations) is gone! Long live Blacks.ca!

Chances are you, or someone you know, owns one of their hats but now Tilley Endurables, the Canadian manufacturer behind the iconic Tilley hat, has been sold to a U.K.-based private equity firm.

Last weekend at the Canadian Museum of History, stone carvers created sculptures while helping raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Meet the man who built an entire church out of trees.

Hollywood celebs have nothing on church trees because converting churches into homes is the latest trend in La La Land!

You can also find church-to-home conversions across the pond. This four bedroom house in Kenmont Gardens, North Kensington will run you a mere £10,000,000.

Imagine finding out you had a 13th century chapel buried in your front lawn. That’s what happened to Mary Hudd in Bincknoll, Wiltshire.

Behold the transforming castle truck! Is it a truck? Is it a castle on wheels? You decide. (VIDEO)

Holder Bros. of Monroe, Georgia love building barns. And, the barns they build are beautiful.

Would you want to list a property located on any one of these: 15 of the weirdest street names in the U.S.?

The hotel room of the future is coming to a Marriott near you in 2016.

Is Airbnb overreaching in their latest commercial called “Mankind”?

Once a ritzy hotel, Detroit’s “Zombieland” was blown up for new development. And here’s the same implosion as filmed by a drone (it’s pretty cool).

This photo essay gives you an opportunity to look out onto the audience from some of Europe’s most impressive theatres.

This Curbed.com headline says it all: “People Creating Lotteries to Sell Their Houses is Officially a Thing Now.”

Gentrification is pushing long-term residents out of urban neighborhoods. Can collective land ownership keep prices down permanently?

Is this the hotel of the future? Robots are on staff at the Henn na Hotel – or Weird Hotel – in Sasebo, southwestern Japan.

Meet “June” – the oven that will send you a text when your cookies are ready (there’s more to the story than that, but I thought that was the most eye-catching headline). (VIDEO)

The Oak Pass Main house uses an “Upside Down” program with public spaces above the bedrooms, which are buried into a hill and beneath a green roof of edible herbs.

Here are seven unique homes up for sale right now (or, should the first one read “up for sail”?).

The beauty of this house is that it’s all about the design. Car Park House … drive in and see for yourself.

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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