Weekly Blend: May 1, 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:

Let’s start the month off with a video showing the power of a skyscraper and 1,000,000 Post-It Notes. Was your proposal this elaborate?

Ten parenting tips brought to you by a storage company. Yeah, number one got me a little choked up too.

The Weekly Blend has seen its share of smart house stories. So instead, here’s one where an architect discusses the need for more “dumb houses”.

The Huffington Post went alliteration crazy with this headline – “The 10 Tallest Towers Transforming Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor Area.”

The head of New York’s Museum of Modern Art once called this Toronto house “one of the most important private houses in North America,” and now, it’s up for sale.

May 3rd to 9th is Emergency Preparedness Week and St. John Ambulance B.C. offers tips on how to prepare your home and family for an earthquake.

Winnipeg’s River Avenue and Osborne Street will undergo a dramatic reimagining over the next few years culminating in a $32-million, eight-storey, 82-unit housing co-op, featuring affordable and community housing, as well as a brand-new 300-seat performance space.

Don’t like the view? This rotating house is great for all seasons and all views.

We’ve seen shipping container homes, micro-homes, mansions, mega-mansions and now, from Vancouver’s Point Grey, we have the “thin-home” … for the heavy price of $1.5 million.

No doubt readers of the Weekly Blend are aware that May 2nd is World Labyrinth Day and to mark the occasion, The Atlantic gives us a look at why hospitals, spas, and prisons are all part of the Labyrinth Revival.

Here’s some quick animation (just over a minute) from CNN.com showing how the average American home has changed over the past 40 years.

Were you the class clown? Are you the “weirdo” in the office? Inc.com examines why it’s important to keep things weird at work.

Have you ever been on your way to, or hosting, an Open House and wondered “how did this whole Open House thing get started?’ Well, REALTOR.com has the answer for you in this short article. 

Is this a cautionary tale?? Airbnb nightmare renters leave Calgary home trashed. And CTV.ca provided us with some video of the damage

Phone numbers: desirable ones from “A-list” area codes are going up for auction. Will sellers consider including their number as a chattel?

The city of Hamilton is trying to sell a property with a room full of toxic waste.

I love the headline: “Backyard chicken pilot project scratched by Calgary council”. 

Somewhat related to the “tactical urbanists” mentioned in last week’s Blend, the City of Brampton has ordered a street library removed from city property.

A battle is heating up between Prescott, Arizona; Trivandrum, India; and Bergen, Norway over who has the world’s largest gingerbread village.

Another week and another Ghost Town is up for sale (and this one may even be haunted). 

Vice.com takes us across the world to the strangest village in Lebanon (complete with a pyramid, an airplane house, and a Greek temple).

A chain that once dotted America’s landscape is close to extinction. Do you have memories of meals eaten at Howard Johnson’s?

Disney says that “Up” wasn’t based on a true story BUT Seattle residents have long believed it was inspired by an unassuming bungalow in the Ballard neighborhood fondly called the “Up House.”

Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew is about to get bigger … 40,000 square feet bigger.

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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