Weekly Blend: November 25, 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 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:

Suddenly, that $15,000 roof replacement seems like chump change considering how much work needs to be done at 24 Sussex. The prime minister’s official residence needs nearly $38 million in renovations.

To put that into perspective, $38 million would buy the second most expensive listed home in Canada. The only home listed for more (on REALTOR.ca) is a $42.8-million estate in West Vancouver.

The Great White North could have had a Great White House. A Canadian version of the presidential mansion would cost $562 million.

You thought your morning commute was bad? Check out this video of a traffic nightmare in L.A.

This painting by Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris would be perfect to put on that bare dining room wall. If only you had $11.2 million to spare.

There really is only one solution to this problem: burn the house down. These unsuspecting homebuyers purchased what’s known as this Maryland city’s “snake house.”

A pilot project on the Nak’azdli Whut’en reserve northwest of Prince George, British Columbia is helping homeless men get off the streets by giving them tiny homes to live in.

Every breath you take and every move you make can be inside Sting’s old house. The multi-Grammy Award winner’s old home is on the market.

Would you look at that? Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy, now has his own museum in Seoul, South Korea.

Thanks for reading another fine edition of the Blend! Now get out there and do some Black Friday shopping. Here’s a list of some of the best deals in Canada.

Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.


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