Weekly Blend: June 27, 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:

It’s got offices, meeting areas, an exercise room (with sauna), pool and Ping-Pong tables and a helideck. Is it a downtown Toronto condo? Nope. It’s just a bit off the coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic.

You might think I’d be taking the Anne of Green Gables route for Prince Edward Island homes…oh how wrong you are. I don’t even know what to say about these structures.

What could $35,000 get you in Nova Scotia in 1921? A solid structure built entirely out of Nova Scotia oak, pine, birch and spruce…and immortality by way of 10 cents.

Beachfront property in New Brunswick is always at a premium…but these properties (which aren’t meant to be lived in) come with a built in risk…especially during high-tide.

This iconic Canadian structure on the island of Montreal was a gift from the U.S. and designed by self-taught Architect Richard Buckminster Fuller.

It’s no longer in use, but this distinguished – or some may say infamous – Ontario property has been home to a who’s-who of Canadian criminals.

REALTORS® raised over $2 million for this distinctive, important museum in the heart of Winnipeg.

Saskatoon is home to this really cool building. I can’t get into it in greater detail because it’s scientific in nature and I’ll get lots of stuff wrong.

Visit the Village of Vilna, Alberta and take a little off the top and sink the eight-ball in the corner pocket.

The rezoning application for Vancouver’s ‘Hobbit House’ went before a public hearing on June 3. Does anyone know what the outcome was?

This Northern Café first opened its doors in Yellowknife in 1937. A lot has changed around it in 77 years…but the basic structure still stands…burgers, fries and all.

They may look like giant soup cans or a space shuttle launch pad, but architect Richard Carbonnier headed north to tackle Nunvaut housing and extreme weather conditions.

And one final entry for the week – not building related – but REALTOR® related. Here’s a video of Telus thanking long-time customer (and REALTOR®) Ramona Ostrander of Guelph in a very memorable way. #ActsOfCaring.

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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