Weekly Blend: NBA superstar offered Toronto penthouse to re-sign with team

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 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!

The Toronto Raptors have clawed their way back into the NBA’s eastern conference finals and it seems the city is doing everything they can to make sure superstar Kawhi Leonard stays in Toronto next year, including offering the superstar a free multi-million dollar penthouse if he re-signs.

Imagine enjoying a nice dinner with your loved one, when suddenly you have to address the elephant in the room. No, seriously, a hungry, wild elephant recently charged into a restaurant in a Chinese village.

You can now own a piece of realty TV history. The New York loft that served as the setting for the first season of MTV’s “The Real World” is on the market for a lofty $7.5 million.

This home has curves in unconventional places and colours that will dilate your pupils, but boy is it buoyant. Check out the “Aqua Star” floating home in Oregon, on sale for $995,000.

Olivia Newton-John’s horse ranch is automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic and the Grease star’s California home can be yours for $5.4 million.

From in-home climbing walls and kids-only crawl spaces to epic arts and crafts stations, transform your child’s play room into a play kingdom using these wonderful examples.

Grass tennis courts, a full-sized baseball field, bowling alley and a private 18-hole golf course: these luxury Hampton homes are a sports lover’s paradise. But these tricked out estates come with hefty price tags.

From the CN Tower and Fogo Island Inn to the Montreal Biosphere, Canada is home to many beautiful buildings. These are the six must-see destinations for architecture buffs.

Want to explore your roots? You can now plan a trip as unique as your DNA. Genealogy company 23andMe has partnered with Airbnb to let users explore regions around the world based on their ancestry report.

Sarah Doktor brings her experience as a small-town journalist and national online editor to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Sarah helps facilitate conversations between CREA and our members, boards, associations and the public via our online communities. She also helps coordinate the content presented to you here on the CREA Café. In her spare time, Sarah can be found at the gym, running on a trail or watching Netflix with her cat, Libby.

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