Weekly Blend: March 18, 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:

The Montreal Times sets out to answer the age old question: “What’s upstairs in the Orange Julep?”

In order to combat soaring real estate prices (brought on by millennials), the city of Boston wants to create a village for millennials.

We Work transforms buildings into collaborative workspaces and now they have built WeLive – Dorm 2.0.

Meet Bonnie and Ronnie: best friends, partners and New York real estate’s most adorable duo.

The McBarge – the floating McDonald’s from Vancouver’s Expo ’86 – is currently getting a $4.5-million makeover.

From the Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson to Lou Reed and Duran Duran, they all recorded at AIR studios and now, the studio that made Rock and Roll history is rotting away on a Caribbean Island.

An architectural studio in Rotterdam is working on converting abandoned buildings into homes with modular kitchens and bathroom blocks.

Uproxx.com has a look at the cheapest and most expensive Airbnb rentals available right now.

In their continuing series on Ottawa homes, Canada AM gets an inside tour of the Norwegian Embassy courtesy of Anne Kari Hansen Ovind – the Norwegian Ambassador to Canada. (VIDEO)

Block’hood is a downloadable game that allows you to envision your neighbourhood, seek abundance, avoid decay and coexist.

This crazy vacation home is more magical than Walt Disney World itself.

This one bedroom glass “Hotel” in Italy lets you sleep under the stars.

Owner of Dracula’s castle drives a stake through the heart of sale rumors.

I wonder if they put the job to tender? The restoration of a Spanish castle is being called disastrous and ridiculed by locals.

If you have one – or if you’re trying to sell one – here are 15 uses for old mines.

Huffington Post contributor Jacki Andre wrote a piece about wanting to hold on to her memory-filled Saskatoon home.


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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