Weekly Blend: September 16, 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:

Who doesn’t love a midnight swim under the stars? How about a midnight swim over them? This California homeowner turned their pool into a recreation of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting.

If retro looks are in, then this house is the grooviest one around. This 1954 Dallas rancher, on the market for $665,000, will transport you back to the 1960s with its design and décor.

I know when that hotline bling, it can only mean one thing… It means Drake’s neighbour is complaining about the noise. The famous Canadian rapper dealt with that problem by purchasing the $3 million home next door.

Ottawa residents are pretty miffed at design plans of an expansion for the historic Château Laurier hotel. The city’s mayor even told designers to “go back to the drawing board.”

If watching football isn’t enough, how about living like an NFL star? Three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt’s home is for sale in Houston for only $465,000.

Talk about a real basket case! The headquarters for the iconic Longaberger baskets is having a hard time selling because, well, the seven-storey building’s exterior was built to resemble one of the woven baskets.

To be read in the style of “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”:
There was an odd woman who lived in a tree. She had to pay fines and didn’t know how it came to be.
She paid $10,000, but owed $30,000 more. She’s not going down without causing an uproar.

You’re bound to get vertigo after walking into this German café. That’s because it’s completely upside down. The coffee will have you shooting through the roof! (Canadians not wanting to travel all the way to Germany, there is an upside-down house in Niagara Falls, too.)

REALTORS® looking to get into drone photography, but don’t want to lug around any extra equipment, let me introduce to you the world’s smallest camera drone.

It must be tough trying to sell a home in Booger Hole, West Virginia. And good luck trying to play up a walkability score in Boring, Oregon. Here’s a map of some of the weirdest town names in the U.S. I’d love to hear some Canadian examples in the comments section below.

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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