We knew Vancouver housing prices were insane. But this is just ridiculous!
An optimistic Craigslist user has listed a gingerbread home on the city's west side for $4.5 million on the classifieds site.
It's a one-bedroom home that's a single sq. ft. in size. The baking sheet upon which it stands is not included in the sale, and the "investors' dream" will be demolished on Jan. 1.
The seller demands "serious buyers only."
The posting is a strong, but funny comment on the housing affordability in Vancouver, where the benchmark price for a detached home in the region stands at $1.2 million, up 22.6 per cent from a year ago.
The gingerbread house is reminiscent of a project that raised awareness of just how tough it is to buy a home in the city.
Earlier this year, Vancouver artist Ken Lum's "Vancouver Special" saw him build a small home sculpture in the Downtown Eastside, representing how much you could have for $45,000 in today's economy, The Vancouver Sun reported.
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Location: The Sheraton Princess Ka'iulani Hotel, 2010 (Honolulu, HI) Hotel executive chef Ralf Bauer and a team of culinary architects spent over 660 hours designing and constructing a gingerbread village that paid homage to both Bauer's native Germany and to old Hawaii. Medieval churches, bell towers, train stations, a carousel and skating rink mingled with iconic Hawaiian structures like the Kawaiha'o mission church and the magnificent Iolani Palace. The winter wonderland stood over 14 1/2 feet high and 24 feet wide and was made with 200 gallons of icing, 100 pounds of dark chocolate, 30 pounds of white chocolate and 60 sheets of gingerbread. Plus: Best Hot Chocolate in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Waikiki.
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Location: The Seattle Sheraton's 2009 Gingerbread Village (Seattle, WA) Prompted by the theme "Reel Christmas," a team of Seattle Sheraton culinary staff and area architecture firm DLR Group created this cheeky homage to the 1983 Christmas comedy film classic A Christmas Story. Weighing around 200 pounds, the gingerbread structure featured edible reenactments of memorable movie scenesincluding fondant versions of Ralphie and friend Flick by the flagpole in an amazingly detailed gingerbread neighborhood, and a recreation of the film's iconic leg lamp sporting licorice "fringe." Plus: America's Best Regional Desserts Photo courtesy of Sheraton Seattle.
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