Weekly Blend: September 25, 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:

Think Uber but for electricity. See how it can help fight climate change and make you money all from your own rooftop.

The growing popularity of laneway houses raises concerns about insurance.

There’s an online tutorial for people who want to paint their nails to look like St. John’s Jellybean Row houses and the Newfoundland and Labrador Flag.

Special to the Montreal Gazette: Fanny the dog shares her top five pet hotels and the activities they provide.

Parents whose grown children are living at home can face a complicated dilemma: whether to charge rent and, if so, how much.

Speaking of rent, an article in Esquire.com raises the point that in the U.S. about 25 per cent of renters spend more than half their monthly pay on rent.

When it comes to creative advertising, Century 21 always seems to impress (remember the Tryptophan Slow Jam?)

After more than a decade of legal delays, government intervention, and community consultations (just to name a few of the hurdles), Winnipeg’s abandoned Kapyong Barracks might finally be redeveloped. Here’s a ten point catch-up from the Winnipeg Free Press.

It’s a Festivus miracle (even though it’s not yet Festivus) … NL Studio in Koropi, Greece has finally built George Costanza’s sleeper desk.

The Weekly Blend reported on this story when the jackpot was at $400,000. Now Inverness, Nova Scotia’s “Chase the Ace” lottery is quickly approaching $600,000.

From the outside, the Volcano House looks like something out of a James Bond film.

According to the Wall Street Journal, data shows that selling a home without advertising to the public is gaining credence in major U.S. cities.

A Calgary homeowner fed up with people parking in front of his house has come up with a saucy but unpopular solution. (VIDEO)

You can now rent a room in a house where godfather of pulp and horror novelist, H.P. Lovecraft, used to live.

Last week The Blend featured a story about dining out in the Bonnechere Caves. This week we take a look at 13 of the strangest places to eat in America (including some caves).

What would you say to homes made from a mould-resistant, rot-resistant, pest-resistant, fire-resistant, and carbon negative building material? Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? That material is hemp. (VIDEO)

This week’s stunning home tour takes us to Lima, Peru and Casa En Azpitia.

Running late for a showing? You can now order Starbucks before you get to the store.

The YMCA is trying to solve Britain’s housing problem with prefab apartments known as the Y:Cube.

Mark December 11th on your calendar! That’s the day “The Big Short” – a film about the 2005 housing bubble – hits theatres.

I’m not sure what’s worse: the proximity of this house to the railroad tracks (right next to it) or the wallpaper in the living room.

A Japanese billionaire is asking $50 million for his Manhattan mansion with secret passageways.

The most popular type of home in every major American city charted.

Airbnb does it again with this engaging look at “a different Paris.”

Fact: your Airbnb listing will get more interest if there is a red pillow in one of the photos (I don’t know if this is scientific or not).

Book your tickets now as famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s island retreat for children is set to open sometime in 2018 (another link can be found here).

Beach lovers can now check into a life-sized sand castle in the Netherlands.

Take a tour of The Edge in Amsterdam – quite possibly the smartest, greenest building ever made.

Treadmill desks, healthy snacks, and staying hydrated are just three of the ten ways to stay healthy while working from home.

There’s “living off the grid” and then there’s Matavenero – Spain’s off the grid “eco-village.”

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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