You Might Get the Chance to Buy the Rosebud Motel From “Schitt’s Creek”

updated Oct 1, 2020
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This is simply the best news for “Schitt’s Creek” fans. The Rosebud Motel from the Emmy-sweeping Canadian sitcom is going up for sale next month. Located in Hockley Valley, Ontario, the motel has now become a hot spot for tourists and “Schitt’s Creek” superfans, and according to the current owner Jessie Tipping, now is the time to sell.

“I’m actually in the process of putting it up for sale,” Tipping told “It’ll be up for sale next month,” noting that the iconic filming location receives daily visits from fans. “We just kind of let them enjoy it because if they are not bothering anybody, people really get a kick out of it.”

Tipping added, “I don’t think it will be tough [to sell].”

The motel offers eight apartment-style rooms attached to a main three-bedroom home. Up until now, Tipping has been renting the motel rooms out via Airbnb for the last two years (though, it’s never been advertised as “the motel from “Schitt’s Creek”). Before serving as the main setpiece for the Canadian sitcom, the motel was used as a backdrop for “A History of Violence”, “Umbrella Academy”, as well as the James Franco-led television show “11.23.63”.

Tipping purchased the property in 2011 and used to it house recruits for the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy and Orangeville Prep, of which he is the president. But, the actual motel itself dates back to the 1960s, when it was a reportedly “party spot,” as Tipping said.

He said he received a cold call from a “Schitt’s Creek” location scout when the series was gearing up to shoot the pilot, and since then, the show’s production company has rented the location for a month throughout the past six years.

“They didn’t just come in and do their thing,” Tipping said of the cast and crew. “They interacted with the people around them,” and even ordered most of their food from the local Hockley General Store. Tipping said, “They were just a great bunch to work with.”

Tipping was originally planning to list the motel earlier this year, but the coronavirus pandemic halted his plans. Instead of going through with the listing, Tipping opened the motel up to a local organization in need of quarantine space. 

“We were able to help out a great organization locally with their need,” Tipping said. “It is an interesting spot. It has been interesting to see how people interact with it.”

Check local Hockley real estate pages if you’re interested in purchasing a piece of TV history. Whether or not the place is turned into the actual Rosebud Motel will be up to the next owner, but needless to say, a lot of excited “Schitt’s Creek” fanatics would be more than willing to stay a night or two.