Weekly Blend: March 6, 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:

A marijuana farm was buried beneath a Brooklyn cherry factory. Maybe the cherries were used for all the delicious ice cream sundaes needed?

Micro-apartments might be new to North America but in many parts of Europe they’ve been around for generations.  Like this 47-inch-wide house which just came on the market in Scotland.

Painted homes aren’t exclusive to just St. Johns! The island of Burano also boasts a rainbow of colourful homes.

Interested in renting a castle? There is one for rent in Montréal via Airbnb.

That Montréal castle isn’t the only high-end property for rent on Airbnb. Check out some of these other Canadian properties for rent.

Please don’t consider this NSFW.  I don’t think the designers of this Newmarket Health Center realized what their building looked like from above.

Did you ever want to see the Overlook Hotel maze recreated? Click this link and you’ll be able to.

Want to see a frat party gone wrong? Michigan’s Treetops resorts has close to $100,000 in damages. I guess they won’t be hosting any more colleges or universities.

Some people like IKEA furniture for its price, others for its design – and soon, people may like it because they’ll be able to use it to charge their devices.

The best hotel to check into at this year’s SXSW festival may be the one hotel you won’t be able to check out of … be careful while showering.

Ever heard of the neat start-up called “Google”? They’re designing a pretty cool campus; check it out.

These days it seems like everything can be bought, including this town used in an episode of The Walking Dead.

Keeping with the TV theme, you can rent a townhome from the binge-watched House of Cards.

Interested in seeing how much Ottawa, ON has changed over the past eight years? Check out these side-by-side photos.

There is gentrification, urbanization, hipsterization, and now dogification.  Don’t believe me? See what this article has to say about that.

I put this story in for my friend Paul, he loves a good book and a good book store even more.

Find me someone who doesn’t love a new apartment and Jeff Goldblum and I’ll find you someone with no soul.

The Weekly Blend is always good for a story about abandoned properties and this week, we travel to Europe to look at these untouched homes.

Buffalo, New York: where the only thing cheaper than a plate of their famous wings is a house. But at one dollar, are you really getting a good deal?

Does your office have a refuge room? I know mine doesn’t, but maybe I need one?

15 Central Park West is home to a lot of New York City big-shots, but none of them are Billy Joel.

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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