Earlier this month, Schitt’s Creek took home an impressive nine awards at the 2020 Emmys— the most perfect way to honor the quirky comedy series which aired its last episode in April. Now that things have officially been wrapped up, the iconic Rosebud Motel is hitting the market. Yup, it’s very much a real place—although, much like in the show, it’s far from your typical motel.
Simcoe.com spoke with the current Rosebud Motel owner, Jesse Tipping, about the property. “It’ll be up for sale next month,” he says of the motel located on Hockley Road in Orangeville, ON. While he does not disclose his asking price for the now TV-famous landmark, he does highlight some of the property’s rich history— and it goes far beyond the Rose family’s stay.
Tipping, who currently serves as the president of the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy and Orangeville Prep, purchased the motel back in 2011 with one goal in mind: to house recruits for Canada’s most successful prep school basketball program. The motel did just that and welcomed ballers like Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets, as well as Miami Heat training camp invitee Kyle Alexander.
However, the Rosebud Motel had also become a spot of interest for filming, even before Tipping took over. Prior to Schitt’s Creek, the 2005 movie A History of Violence and 2016 TV show 11.22.63 filmed some scenes on the property. Most recently, the film crew from the The Umbrella Academy also hit the grounds.
In terms of Schitt’s Creek, the production company rented out the motel for one month for the past six years. Here, the cast filmed exterior shots. Interior shots were filmed in their Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
While the motel never actually operated as a motel under Tipping’s ownership, he did rent out some of the rooms on Airbnb. “We didn’t advertise for you to come stay at ‘Schitt’s Creek’ or the Rosebud motel,” he said. “But we actually used it for people who needed a spot when they were coming in to ski at Hockley or worked in the area for weddings or events.”
The roadside motel-turned-Airbnb was pretty consistently booked, he added, noting that despite his attempt to separate the property from its TV fame, fans still flocked to the area. Each room is set up like a little mini-apartment and is equipped with its own kitchen and fridge. “It is more than just motel rooms,” he said “They are all just little apartments.”
Tipping also revealed that the motel is believed to have been a “party spot” or a resort during the 1960s. He believes there may be a pool buried in the back, although it has yet to be unearthed.
Originally, Tipping had planned to sell the motel earlier this year, but got delayed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While waiting for the pandemic to pass, he opened up the Rosebud Motel to a local organization in need of space for people to quarantine— something that I’m sure the Rose family would approve of.
Interested in this iconic property? We’ll be sure to share all the details once it officially hits the market.
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