Weekly Blend: November 21, 2014

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:

Taking top spot for Vancouver Island, Victoria’s Empress Hotel is number one in architect Dave Hewitt’s “best” buildings in British Columbia.

To further solidify their spot among places to go in Victoria, the Empress Hotel’s holiday celebration now includes a new skating rink.

Overhauling the Don River could lead to the revitalization of a forgotten corner of Toronto.

Not only did Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot build the first brick house in the Pointe-Claire suburb of Montreal, he also led an incredibly interesting life.

What’s so special about this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Stratford, ON? It’s where Justin Bieber spent part of his childhood.

From Beiber to Bacall. The New York home of Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall – who passed away last August – is on the market for $26 million. (VIDEO)

Fortune magazine just published an article that asks the question, “who are the top women in real estate?

With the holidays just around the corner, Forbes Magazine has released their list of the top 10 ski resorts in North America for 2015.

If only I had found this story one week ago. Would this unique contest from KLM have interested readers of the Weekly Blend? Spending a night in a KLM AirBnB spacious airplane apartment?

Covering everything from Artesia to Windsor Square, Mental Floss.com takes a look at how Los Angeles neighbourhoods got their names.

For the literary lovers reading this list, here are 10 famous American writers’ houses worth visiting.

Talk about a room with a view! Did you know there’s a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower?

I’ve posted tree-house stories before but this one could be the best (until I post the next one). Wouldn’t you love to list this treehouse in paradise – a 1,200 square-foot dream home spread out over four levels on the island of Oahu.

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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