Weekly Blend: March 20, 2015

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:

No parking? No problem for Toronto-area condo owners.

Last year it was an outdoor reef, this year, be on the lookout for house porches to pop up on Vancouver’s Robson Street.

One of the biggest sales ever to hit the B.C. residential market was a Point Grey mansion, which sold for $51.8 million to a Chinese business.

A hoarding mother and son in B.C. got some much-needed help from a real estate investor.

You best stock up on sunblock because a London-based architecture firm claims to have designed a skyscraper that won’t block out the sun.

In its bid to remain open, The Hoito Restaurant – a Thunder Bay landmark best known for its Finnish pancakes – is turning to the community for help.

Do you know what a “roof runner” is? In Quebec City, they are workers who clear the spires and sloping roofs of the city’s historic buildings (AUDIO).

To make up for being a few days late to the St. Patrick’s Day party, The Weekly Blend presents your essential guide to bars at the end of the world.

You try telling The Rock that he won’t be getting his security deposit back for causing $80,000 worth of damage to his Florida rental.

Does Barak Obama plan on becoming a private investigator once his term is up? If so, (and if the rumours are true) he and his family just bought the perfect house in Hawaii (no word on whether or not Higgins is included with the sale).

If you own shares in Berkshire-Hathaway then you may be interested in this Airbnb offer, giving you the chance to spend a few days in Warren Buffett’s childhood home.

Jumpolin, a piñata store in Austin, Texas, was demolished (without the owners knowledge) in order to make room for a parking lot in time for the annual SXSW Festival.

Aktivhaus – modular, modernist off-the-grid living in a home that generates twice as much energy as it consumes. Who wants to list it?

If you think a Holiday Inn on Route 22 is old, then you haven’t seen anything until you have a look at Houshi Ryokan – a Japanese Inn that’s been open for 1,300 years (that’s not a typo) (VIDEO).

Building fancy homes isn’t limited to land-dwelling species … certain marine life will build sand castles to attract mates.

On a street, on a beach, in a tree … which one of these unconventional libraries is your favourite?

Speaking of off-the-grid living, here are six more “earthships” you should get to know (including the Kinney Earthship in Alberta).

I pity the fool who won’t watch Mr. T’s DIY home renovation series.


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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