Weekly Blend: May 6, 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:

Home stagers are welcome at this NYC auction where mid-century furniture from the Four Seasons will be on sale. Better get there early.

Taking their lead from the “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV” school of advertising, NAR has enlisted the help of Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy for their latest ad campaign.

Cars are allowed but they will be hidden underground in this new German neighbourhood that is redesigning suburbia.

For its centennial, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs brought the golden age of Coney Island back to life with virtual rides and attractions.

Tour the Futuro House: a “spaceship” home featuring one bedroom, one bathroom and six reclining seating pods on display on the roof of Central St. Martins College in London.

To protect Nashville’s Music Row, dozens of buildings are being submitted for historic designation.

A St. Louis couple went above asking (and added a love letter and picture) to help purchase the home of their dreams.

There’s no Hot Topic or Cinnabon to look at in this video of Southdale Shopping Centre in Edina, Minnesota — America’s first shopping mall.

By the time you’ve read this the event will have passed, but as part of a re-branding, Super 8 is giving away all its old motel room art — from all 1,800 motel locations — with 100 works featured at a gallery event in New York City.

From 60-inch flat screens and hidden pantries to invisible chargers and fold-out beds, there’s a lot going on inside this New York City micro apartment.

What in the name of Earl Anthony?! A historic bowling alley in Highland Park, Los Angeles has been restored to its former glory. (VIDEO)

Yes it’s a sponsored link by Allstate, but these are 11 smart things to look for in a new neighbourhood.

This German company turns floor plans into 3D virtual tours … including the fictional apartment of Don Draper.

Stuck for vacation ideas? Here are 9 mansions to rent for a dirt-cheap friends getaway.


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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