Tipping explained in an interview on Sunday that he planned to list the property earlier this year. However, when COVID-19 hit, he decided to open it up to a local group in need of space so people could quarantine it.
” Due to [the pandemic] and the quarantine guidelines, I found a local organization that needed the capacity to have a little more space for what it does and so it was leased for basic COVID purposes, ”said Tipping.
Despite the temporary setback, Tipping does not expect to have any problems selling the motel.
He said “Schitt’s Creek” fans have flocked to the property over the years to take photos outside the motel, and even more so in recent days after the show swept the Emmy Awards last weekend. The eccentric sitcom won all seven categories for which it was nominated, including Best Comedy Series.
“It was a bit of a circus. There’s just car after car after car of people trying to take pictures. Yesterday I pulled over and the traffic was stopped in front… It’s kinda wild, ”Tipping said.
While the next owner won’t find Stevie Budd’s Johnny Rose occupying the check-in counter, the motel – located about 87 kilometers northwest of downtown Toronto – has eight apartment-style rooms and three-room accommodation. bedrooms. The property sits on eight acres of the Nottawasaga River, and the land also has a stable.
Tipping said it had been “really fun” having the cast and crew of “Schitt’s Creek” film the comedy series on his property over the years.
“It’s amazing to work with them from the site manager to the team and everyone, they are great. They take care of the land as if it was their own, they respect it, they engage with the community when they can and it was a really wonderful process, ”said Tipping.
Tipping bought the property in 2011 knowing it was already on a database of filming locations for TV shows and movies.
Movies like “A History of Violence” from 2005 and TV shows like “11.22.63” and “The Umbrella Academy” from Netflix also filmed scenes on the property.
Despite its recent rise in popularity, the motel has more of a story than its role in the film industry.
Currently president of the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy and Orangeville Prep, Tipping first purchased the motel to house Canadian basketball rookies.
Jamal Murray, a Denver Nuggets player from Kitchener, Ont., Spent two years there while Kyle Alexander of Miami Heat, who grew up in Toronto, also spent time at the motel.
Following the early success of the TV show, Tipping also rented out some of the rooms at the Rosebud Motel on Airbnb for a few years.
“I am emotionally invested in this show. I loved watching her from the first episode since I met them and even just hearing the name of what she was going to be called, it was fantastic, ”he said.
The tip has yet to put a price on the property, but said he plans to discuss it with his real estate agent next week.
Tipping said he would love to see the property’s next owner turn it into a “Schitt’s Creek” themed motel as a tribute to the show. But whatever the motel’s next use, Tipping hopes the new buyer will put the property to good use.
“The property itself is so beautiful. It’s very pretty and it’s an amazing place and the motel itself has had a great history in the community and I hope someone who buys it honors that the history is able to keep it going ” , Tipping said.