Weekly Blend: Welcome to the wizard’s lair

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!

“Downtown Train” singer Sir Rod Stewart actually built himself an epic model downtown train set. The 1945-era miniature railway is so life-like you’ll have to see it to believe it.

25 hungry customers and not a waffle in sight. It was a bleak moment for one lone Waffle House employee. His back was to the wall until an anonymous customer stepped into the fray, lacing up an apron and picking up a spatula to teach us the true meaning of courage.

With Jack Frost wasting no time arriving this year, here are six cozy winter getaways in Ontario that’ll make even the greatest winter pessimist fall in love with the snowy season all over again.

Country music icon, Norah Jones, just listed her spectacular Brooklyn townhouse for a cool $8 million. Why would she ever dream of selling this rustic beauty? I’m afraid we just “Don’t Know Why.”

These strange crumbling dome homes off the coast of Florida seem like forgotten artifacts of science fiction cinema, but originally, they were a wealthy engineer’s vision of the future. Have a look at these eerie photos to see what remains.

We can’t help but tip our hats to the Sunshine State with this story. A retired army sergeant-turned-REALTOR® has been working tirelessly to turn a few shipping containers into homes for struggling veterans.

Are you a wizard in the market for a new home? Well, good news! This 150-year-old fairytale spot in North Wales has just about everything a prolific spell caster could ask for, from a winding staircase, to a mysterious spire. 

‘Tis the season for coming together! Instead of griping and moaning, this Georgia neighbourhood decided to draw attention to a dangerous pothole on their street with a little holiday cheer by filling it with a fully decorated Christmas tree.

This South African homeowner really knows how to make the best out of a bad situation. He decided that a little bit of rain and hailstones weren’t going to stop him from enjoying a little kayaking adventure.  

Doors inexplicably opening, strange knocks in the walls, cold spots; who you gonna call? Home contractors! Sorry to disappoint, but the telltale signs of a haunted house are usually best solved by a home inspector rather than a ghost hunter. I ain’t scared of no renos!

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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