Weekly Blend: July 31, 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:

Maybe you have one or two in your collection? Here are 28 iconic album covers and where to visit them in real life.

A Canadian student’s unorthodox pitch to save money on his university education is helping a British woman obtain her high school credentials.

If Hamilton City Councilor Sam Merulla has his way, two buildings in that city may be named after Martin Short and Eugene Levy.

People living in Montreal North are upset about a $1.1 million sculpture erected to commemorate mass transit in that city. (VIDEO)

Meet William Levitt: the man who built suburbia (for just $58 a month).

Fort Conger on Ellesmere Island is melting and 3D technology may be able to help save it.

What’s the going price for prime parking in Vancouver? $45,000 will get you a 145 square foot parking spot in a lot near Rogers Arena.

Vancouver‘s City council wants to prohibit all future demolition of homes built before 1940 in First Shaughnessy.

When Jesse’s Deli, a Brooklyn neighbourhood shop, faced a rent increase, some regular customers stepped in to help. (VIDEO)

On August 22, the luxurious Eagle Point Estate in Thousand Islands will be put up for auction.

Canada is selling the Australian property we have owned since 1964 for 127 times the purchase price.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has sold his NYC Penthouse for $21 million.

One photographer went globetrotting with a mission: to photograph the windows of the world.

The Gladstone – an Ottawa theatre – is up for sale again. Its listed price is $995,000 and the owners have chosen Kijiji as the place to advertise the property.

In order to stop customers from ordering one cup of coffee and hanging out all day, some Montreal cafes are covering electric outlets.

If you like coffee (who doesn’t) and you like Breaking Bad then you’ll love Walter’s Coffee Roastery: a Breaking Bad-themed coffee shop in Istanbul.

And not to be outdone by a coffee shop, Jesse Pinkman’s house on Breaking Bad can be yours for $1.6 million.

If Walter and Jesse are just a little too fictional for you, the Skaneateles, N.Y. house of convicted cocaine trafficker, Charles Ludwig Blomquist III, goes up for auction soon with a reserve price of $2.25 million.

For just over $15 thousand U.S. a night, lovers of spine-tingling crime stories will soon be able to spend a night in Scotland Yard.

A bird’s-eye view of growing up. All the scenes are captured from directly above the subjects using cameras on either a crane or a drone. (15 min. VIDEO)

You can literally wake up with the birds or sleep under a coconut tree in your very own Cocoon Tree – a modern version of a cabin in a tree.

Eric Tomberlin took 300 pictures in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah and fused them all together in Photoshop to create one looming, infinite suburbia.

In an attempt to unite a community, the Mexican government asked street artists to paint 200 houses.

Prince’s house (the one from the 1984 film “Purple Rain”) is up for sale for a mere $110,000.

An Australian cartoonist explains Brooklyn.

Step inside what has been described as “the most luxurious block of flats in the U.K.”

Visit Istanbul and tour Barış Manço House and Museum: the home-turned-museum of Barış Manço, the mustachioed Turkish Elvis for children. That’s right, the mustachioed Turkish Elvis for children.

Google (you’ve heard of them, right?) has introduced a new feature designed to help cut down on restaurant wait times.

The U.S. economy keeps getting better but young adults are still living with their parents.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin’s daughter lives in an RV located on the governor’s mansion land and some residents don’t think it’s fair. (VIDEO)

Come visit Whittier, Alaska – the one house town that’s home to hundreds. (VIDEO)

Disneyland it ain’t! Come visit “El mundo de la fantasia” – a state-run amusement park in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Keep these eight tips for spotting a lousy hotel in mind when booking your next getaway online.

Just in time for a long weekend beach escape, Italian architect Renzo Piano explains how to build the perfect sandcastle.

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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