Weekly Blend: The secret of the subterranean swimming pool

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!

Renovations can yield all kinds of unexpected surprises. That’s exactly what happened in St. Catharines, Ontario, earlier this week when work crews uncovered a secret maze of hidden tunnels and chambers, including a swimming pool, inside an old hospital.

Holiday breakups are the worst, but if you find yourself feeling the breakup blues this Christmas, there could be a silver lining. Independent Cottages is offering a chance for a free three-night stay at a picturesque cottage to cushion the blow for dumpees and dumpers alike. 

Is it ever too early to get into the holiday spirit? Take a whimsical Christmas getaway at this fantastically festive, Buddy the Elf-themed suite at the Club Wyndham hotel in New York City.

If you’re on the lookout for a unique home that won’t break the bank, then you’re in luck! Take a peek at this beautiful early 20th-century New Jersey railway station turned private residence, currently listed for the wonderfully realistic price of $450,000!

It’s a king-sized house for a king-sized man, but not for much longer. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal recently listed his stunning mansion for a whopping $2.5 million. You’re guaranteed to never bump your head on a ceiling or door frame ever again.

Talk about a cat burglar! We all know a pet with a strange fascination for footwear, but this one takes the cake. Cooper, a fluffy tabby, recently stole more than a dozen pairs of shoes from its neighbours in Tauranga, New Zealand.

A full view of central park, four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and fully furnished—this luxury New York City apartment is truly the stuff of dreams and it’s likely to stay that way for one reason: the price. The lavish property is currently on the rental market for $99,000 per month.    

Got a listing with a less than commodious living room? Not to worry! Check out these 15 life changing tips that’ll help turn even the most cramped living space into a homeowner’s dream.

A little TLC can do a lot for a home, but imagine having a million-dollar budget for home renos. This house in Australia went from boredom to stardom thanks to a massive home makeover.

Following his time studying history at Carleton University and as an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, James Crocker-Fitzpatrick brought his diverse communication skills to the Canadian Real Estate Association. As a former summer student focusing on content creation for REALTORS Care® and CREA Café, James worked hard to write stories that reflected the generosity of the REALTOR® community and helped create interesting articles for the CREA Café. James finds pleasure in a quiet night of reading or painting alongside his three cats. He also likes scary movies, science fiction, and a well-crafted sentence.

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