Weekly Blend: June 10, 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:

With one week to go before Father’s Day, this year Century 21 wants you to give Dad nothing … Nothing, Arizona, that is. (with VIDEO)

There’s no word yet on whether a Malibu Sands Beach Club will be opening but in Chicago’s Wicker Park, “Saved By The Max” – a pop-up Saved By The Bell-inspired restaurant has opened for a three-month run.

As if you needed a reminder: technology is changing the role of the real estate agent.

For just $1 million U.S. you could own Sugar Grove Station, W.V (or the town that telecommunications forgot).

For $500,000 you can own Janis Joplin’s childhood home in Texas (or you could buy approximately 12.8 Mercedes Benz).

You might not know who John Margolies was but you may have seen some of his photos: pictures of whimsical architecture from across the U.S.A.

The Rosemary, a once unlivable Vancouver heritage house, is getting a new life thanks to a Chinese billionaire. (VIDEO)

Would you spend $1,900 U.S. (plus a delivery and pickup fee of $350) to stage/turn an empty house into a home? inFormed Space thinks you will.

Brothels, sweatshops and the Apple Store: 400 years on one NYC block. (VIDEO)

Hold onto your smoking jackets … the Playboy Mansion has been sold … to the next-door neighbour.

If you have the right amount of money, the desire to travel and a taste for luxury then you may be interested in these homes by famous architects you can actually rent.

Take a first look at Hudson Yards: Manhattan’s newest neighbourhood.  (VIDEO)

U.S. News & World Report Travel lists The Library Hotel as among the best New York City hotels. Is the bellman named Dewey?


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