Budding entrepreneurs and Schitt's Creek fans can write their own "rags to riches" story by purchasing the Ontario motel that was a stand-in for the iconic Rosebud Motel that was the centrepiece of the beloved Emmy Award-winning series.
The Hockley Motel in Mono, which served as the rundown Rosebud Motel in the hit sitcom, is up for sale for $2 million. Its place in the show is both unmistakeable and nostalgic. After all, it's here where the much-loved Rose family gleefully pushed each other's buttons, complained about being poor (a lot!), hugged it out when things got rocky and ultimately rekindled their family bond.
Property owner Jesse Tipping told the Globe and Mail it's an opportunity for a real-life "rags to riches" story, similar to the one that took place in Schitt's Creek as the Rose family refurbished their motel-turned-home in a town they once purchased as a joke.
“The show obviously created a script that seems to be very fitting for the actual property,” said Tipping. “I hope (whoever buys it) can find that happiness that the Roses did on the show.”
Real estate company Colliers Canada says the 10-room, 6.7-acre riverside property would be ideal for a new owner looking to invest in a little TLC for the property and cash in on new travel trends following COVID-19.
"It is anticipated travellers will be valuing safety and cleanliness as well as unique experiences to enjoy nature and the outdoors," Colliers writes in the listing.
"A capital infusion in the guest rooms along with innovative technology for 'contactless' check-in and other mobile applications to enhance the overall guest experience in a more personalized yet safe way. Other features could include adding an outdoor fire pit, picnic tables and other seating for guests to congregate while enjoying the scenery."
Before starring as Schitt's Rosebud Motel, the property was also used as a set in the 2005 thriller A History of Violence and Netflix’s superhero series The Umbrella Academy.
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