Weekly Blend: March 11, 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:

In Perth, Australia, a woman is unhappy that a new high-rise is an inch from her balcony (you probably would be too). (VIDEO)

Meet “Connie” – the Hilton Hotels robot concierge that just wants to help you.

And not to be outdone by Hilton, you can now check in to Japan’s first robot hotel but be warned, the front desk clerk is a Velociraptor.

Canada AM continues their tour of Ottawa areas with a look at some of the homes found in Rockliffe – one of the Capital’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. (VIDEO)

Is it a treehouse or a tree-in-a-house? You decide … but it’s pretty cool either way.

Can co-living help solve the urban housing crunch?

Are you working in one? Here are 10 unmistakable signs of a bad place to work.

This Dutch family lives inside a giant greenhouse and you’re invited to take a look inside.

This converted warehouse in Toronto shows that you really can’t judge a book by its cover.

“Granny Pods” allow elderly family members to live in a high-tech backyard cottage.

Leave it to The Atlantic to publish a story about storage units and how they evoke optimism in the face of change or loss.

If your new car came pre-loaded with apps then you know about the “Internet of Things.” Now read how it will change the way people live, work, entertain, travel … and much more.

Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer reviews Cheers, Mos Eisley Cantina and Moe’s Tavern: three of pop culture’s most famous watering holes. (VIDEO – some salty language)

For $9 million you can buy Frank Zappa’s house and help fund a documentary.

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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