Weekly Blend: March 27, 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:

Canada now has its first commercial net-zero office building: Edmonton’s Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce.

How much money do you need to buy a home in your city? Check out this interactive map courtesy of The National Post.

If you can believe it, spring is here! To help you get ready for the nicer weather, The Globe and Mail give us 4 tips to get your BBQ ready for grilling season (VIDEO).

McDonald’s is introducing the Big Mac collection – clothing, wall coverings, and more. I wonder if it’s scratch n’ sniff?

Speaking of fast food, it looks like things are about to get a bit more crowded as Filipino fast food chain, Jollibee, is officially coming to Canada.

What happened to some prime real estate in the heart of Anaheim, California back in 1955? Why an amusement park was built, of course! And, to celebrate Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, here’s a 60 second look at its construction.

We’ve seen cat and dog cafés in the Blend, but now I’d like to introduce you to Stevie The Fox – the first-ever fox café, coming to east London in May 2015.

Some might consider it a “Mission: Impossible” to find the $13-million needed for Tom Cruise’s California compound.

Not enough space in the backyard for a garden? Have a look at one front yard transformation that’s sure to create neighbour-envy.

Let’s hear it for Shediac, New Brunswick – home of the world’s largest lobster!

The Winvian Resort in Litchfiled Hills, Connecticut boasts 18 themed cottages, including a treehouse, a log cabin, and an actual helicopter.

The 20th century gave us the skyscraper and the 21st century is giving us the plyscraper.

Where else but on Atlas Obscura would we find this strange tale of the PT Barnum Museum, one of the many places you can never visit again.

There’s nothing more to this story than some gorgeous amateur footage of Seattle in 1955.

Another video from The Globe and Mail explores the question: what’s the true cost of moving?

Offer to do the dishes in Brazil. Bring a potted plant in Greece. Here is some global houseguest etiquette, courtesy of The Huffington Post.

A Wall St. Journal story looks at developers building “spec homes” – lavishly-built homes on prime lots with spas, entertainment spaces, and master suites larger than most homes.

Not to be outdone by Toronto’s mystery tunnel, the owner of the Hat Resto Pub in Edmonton says that he discovered a tunnel in the building’s basement.

Speaking of hidden tunnels … after 33 years of trying, a Bedlington, Northumberland man discovered the real reason he couldn’t grow a proper garden. Below the grass lay a World War II air raid shelter.

Spacing.ca takes a walking tour along Ottawa’s Main Street. Enjoy the view.

He’s made elephants, audiences, airplanes, and the Statue of Liberty disappear. For his latest trick, David Copperfield has flooded his entire NYC apartment building. Actually, I’m not sure it was a trick, it may have been a burst pipe.

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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