Schitt’s Creek might be home to one of our favorite fictional motels, but it’s a real-life property in Orangeville, Canada, and it will soon be up for sale, according to an interview with the owner for Simcoe County News. Known as the Rosebud Motel in the series, the property is where the fictional rich Rose family — Johnny, Moira, David and Alexis — is forced to live after they suddenly become broke.
The motel was built in the 1960s and is currently owned by Jesse Tipping. It consists of eight apartment-style rooms and one three-bedroom unit which the crew of the Canadian sitcom rented for one month a year for six years. The motel became the location of the Emmy-winning sitcom, whose last episode aired in April, after a scout found it and reached out to Tipping.
It’s not the first time the motel was used as a filming location, either, as the 2005 action-thriller A History of Violence, 2016 mini-series 11.22.63, and 2019 TV series The Umbrella Academy all used it as a background location prior to the filming of Schitt’s Creek.
Tipping explained that there’s a constant rotation of fans of the series who visit the motel. “We just kind of let them enjoy it because if they are not bothering anybody, people really get a kick out of it,” he said.
For the past two years, Tipping has been quietly renting out the property on Airbnb, and planned to put it up for sale earlier this year. When the pandemic hit, however, he worked with a local organization to convert it into a space for people to quarantine.