Weekly Blend: September 18, 2015

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:

The President has The White House, The British Prime Minister has 10 Downing Street, and the Canadian Prime Minister has Gorffwysfa – the official name of 24 Sussex Drive.

What would Reuben Kincaid say?  David Cassidy’s Florida mansion sells at a bankruptcy auction for $1.8 million.

The City of Ottawa is calling it “the largest residential development inside the Greenbelt in a generation.” Have a look at CFB Rockliffe and the changes that are expected to be made.

A new rooftop mural in Norway may be the world’s largest rooftop mural. (VIDEO)

New condo towers in Vancouver are hoping to take what has been described as “arguably boring architecture” to the next level.

Ottawa-area firefighters are going door-to-door to encourage fire safety in the home.

Higher rental rates for apartment dwellers are expected in Charlottetown.

The southeast corner of Water Street and Prescott Street in downtown St. John’s could be getting a new hotel.

Demolition and construction turning Winnipeg’s Merchants Hotel into affordable housing are set to begin.

Brooklyn seems to be a popular topic in the Weekly Blend so here’s a link to the new Museum of Food and Drink that’s set to open next month in one of NYC’s most popular boroughs.

Bunk bed mattress space in San Francisco is going for $1,800 a month. Here are seven places you can rent for way less.

In an effort to see how the homes of tomorrow will function, CNET Media Group bought a smart home in Louisville, Kentucky.

Nothing to see here … except a palace built by a postman, using only the stones collected along his route.

Given the choice, would you rather live in a van, a treehouse, or a sailboat? These videos make a solid case for all three.

Abandoned homes in Toronto leave neighbours frustrated and fearful.

A Financial Post story looks at what common-law couples should know before buying a house together.

Why are people dismantling and rebuilding old barns as spectacular homes?

Vancouver is a beautiful city … so beautiful that it’s been featured in countless movies, although never as Vancouver. (VIDEO)

Spelunkers rejoice! Eganville, Ontario’s Bonnechere Caves – known for their rich geological finds – is now serving dinner.

If spelunking isn’t your thing, try Pod camping.

Or if Pod camping isn’t your thing, try Podtime: comfortable pods that allow you to work, rest, or sleep anywhere, anytime.

Thinking of a career change? This remote Scottish school, with just five pupils, is in need of new teacher.

We haven’t had one of these in a while: write an essay and win this home on the Ohio River.

The headline reads like something out of a movie script: “Miami’s ‘Scarface’ Pad Has New Resident: A Billionaire Ex-President in Exile.”

A former Apple executive is selling his $35-million smart home … and it’s gorgeous.

Buzzfeed offers up 21 amazing places to see fall colours … but they only have American destinations (some of which are a short drive from Canadian cities).

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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