Weekly Blend: June 13, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you 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 contribute, please post 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:

Dads always say “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, here are some buildings that look exactly like what happens inside. Lesson here, sometimes Dads can be wrong.

In honour of Father’s Day, Livability.com went looking for the manliest places to live in the U.S. How does that list compare to the COMBOS® snack-foods scientific “America’s Manliest Cities” study?

Continuing on the “manly” theme, here’s an article from 2012 listing the 25 Manliest Homes in America.

If you’ve got a manly home, you’re going to need to defend/protect it. This book, by William Gurstelle, is a (tongue-in-cheek) how-to guide to fend off invading hordes.

When not in the garage or his “man-cave,” what is the third most popular place to find Papa? You guessed it… and here are 13 outstanding outdoor bathrooms.

For over 50 years, Dads the world over have had a cinematic relationship with James Bond. Now, in downtown Toronto, Lifetime Developments are erecting The Bond luxury condominiums. Will the address be 007? Will the front desk receptionist be named Moneypenny? Will the maintenance man be named Oddjob? Who’s to say?

George Harrison once sang “All Things Must Pass” and I’ve just evoked his memory to say goodbye to Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Refinery – being shut down after 132 years to make way for (you guessed it) luxury condos.

A Detroit couple has found the secret to the perfect relationship: separate houses.

The trouble with this lake house is that it actually might end up in the lake.

Not Father’s Day related, but this burger has 17 different types of beef in it. What better way to show Dad how much you care? (Burger recipe does not come with defibrillator.)

And speaking of food, do you have homegrown food that you’d like to share with your neighbours? There’s an app for that.

Speculation can run rampant about why a naked man was clinging to an eighth floor air conditioner. Whatever your theory, it still reminded me of this joke.

And, because today is Friday the 13th, I’d like to end with something creepy. I give you 10 abandoned amusement parks of America.

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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