Weekly Blend: Private island getaways you can actually afford

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!

If you thought a vacation to a private island was strictly reserved for billionaires, celebrities and Prime Ministers, think again. Turns out an exclusive tropical hideaway is well within reach, just have a look at these eight private islands you can rent for an affordable price.  

If a winter wonderland vacation is more your style, we have just the place for you! Located in a scenic backyard in Calgary, this rustic Airbnb allows you to experience the magic of a Canadian winter from a real igloo! Who needs bathrooms and central heating?

Speaking of the True North, Canada is buzzing with the news of its future regal residents: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Across the country, Canadians are dying to know just where the royal couple will call home. Wonder no longer, we’ve found the perfect list with all the speculation your heart desires.

Are you a James Bond villain who just can’t seem to find the right hideout? Good news! Two old Titan II missile silos just hit the market in Arizona. With a spacious interior that can comfortably house a nuclear missile, you’ll have more than enough room to accommodate your diabolical lifestyle.

All white everything. This sleek all-white house takes minimalism to the max with hard angles, glass and sparse furniture.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, an excessively large rubber duck will float into Toronto’s harbor this summer… again. You may remember the six-storey tall duck made its debut in the city in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary back in 2017.

In other animal-related news, this British Columbia community is being terrorized by a group of “larger than normal” raccoons. Meanwhile, an aggressive squirrel is running amok in a Houston, Texas neighbourhood.

Do you take 20-minute showers so hot it feels like you’re in a steamer? Do you shove all your summer equipment under the deck for the winter season? These are just a couple homeowner habits you should break for 2020.

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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