The real estate market in Canada is in flux, with pandemic lockdowns driving people from cities and into more rural communities. But if you have your finger on the pulse of the latest in popular culture, you might consider having a bit of fun with your house hunt and look into these Canadian cities that also happen to boast famous filming locations.
From Schitt’s Creek and The Handmaid’s Tale to Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, among others, new research by comparethemarket.com reveals how much properties cost in the Canadian neighbourhoods where these hit shows are filmed. (Data was based on the average value of properties and increase in price in the last calendar year, sourced via Zolo.ca.)
Schitt’s Creek: Rosebud Motel
Location: Mono, Ont.
The Emmy-winning comedy has won over so many fans across the globe that, pre-COVID, the small town of Mono (pop. 8,609) was overrun with tourists seeking out the main filming locations. Although the “Rosebud Motel” is currently on the market for $2 million, these are the average values of other properties within the area (including nearby Orangeville).
Average Sold Price $759,673
Detached Home $804K
Yearly property price change Up 25.3 per cent
Riverdale: The houses of Archie, Betty and Jughead
Location: Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood in Vancouver
If you’re a Betty Cooper/Jughead Jones fan, the house occupied by the couple is actually located in New Westminster, but Archie’s drama-filled home is in the Grandview-Woodland area of Vancouver.
Average Sold Price $1,287,810
Detached Home $1.7M
Yearly property price change Up 35.3 per cent
The Umbrella Academy: Sir Reginald Hargreeves’ Old Mansion
Location: Hamilton, Ont.
Fun fact: The infamous Old Mansion in the hit superhero Netflix series is located in Hamilton, Ont. Although you never see the real exterior of the home (you can thank the wonders of CGI for that), it’s still a must-see for fans, even if it looks quite different on the outside.
Average Sold Price $491,722
Detached Home $493K
Yearly property price change Up 32.5 per cent
The Handmaid’s Tale: The Waterford’s House (built in the 1890s)
Location: Hamilton, Ont.
Is the Hammer the new Hollywood north? It would appear the bustling city has usurped Toronto and Vancouver as the go-to for filming destinations. Thanks to Hamilton’s rich history and historic homes, you’d never know that this Boston-set Hulu series was filmed here.
Average Sold Price $645,932
Detached Home $938K
Yearly property price change Up 93.2 per cent
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Cerberus Books
Location: Cloverdale, Surrey, BC
Fans can visit the supernatural series’ quirky hangout, Cerberus Books, if they ever find themselves Cloverdale, Surrey. The building originally used to house Dann’s Electronics and Bowerbird Stop Antiques.
Average Sold Price $942,025
Detached Home $1.2M
Yearly property price change Up 19.4 per cent
Want more? Check out comparethemarket.com for property prices featured in TV series filmed in the US and UK, too.
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