Category: Abandoned Houses

Golden Years Time Capsule

This house belonged to a 93 year-old woman named Marie. Marie came to Canada from Belgium. She worked as a tobacco farmer. It appears that as Marie grew older, she was unable to care for herself as there are signs of hoarding in the house. Most of the rooms are cluttered with boxes and it’s difficult to navigate through them. There are some interesting items such as old record players, a large box of rolled pennies, several reels of 35mm slides and 8 track tapes.


Abandoned Toronto Grow Op House

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This was an alleged licensed grow operation. On my first visit, I could observe that the electricity had been altered. HVAC tubing had been run from the basement up to the bedrooms. The attic had remnants of plants and shake. Most much every room in this house was altered to grow marijuana. The only room left untouched was the kitchen.During my second visit on March 23, 2022 I found that most of the interior has been gutted down to the studs. The kitchen is completely gone. May 23, 2022 Photos


Cookie Cutter Culture

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This house is located in North York, Ontario. The Toronto area is filled with similar properties that have been purchased by development companies with the intention to build new condo housing. This will be the future home of a three storey building with 7 condos. As with many developer properties, the electricity is still working. There’s water damage in the kitchen. Note the modern fridge in the kitchen and another one in the basement storage area. Perhaps these will be repurposed.


Kleinburg Red Stained Glass House

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This house was a random find as we were ending our exploration day in May 2022. It was next to a gas station in Kleinburg that we stopped at for fuel. The black and white tiled room reminds me of the text adventure game Miser (Mansion). The red stained glass in the front room lit up the hallway in bright red rays. Nothing very exciting about this find. There are some derelict trucks outside.  


Moldy Pool Table

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This property was found in King, Ontario. Outside there was an in-ground swimming pool, pond, guest house and large barn. The property may have been used to board horses. The house was built in 1891 and is was included in Ontario’s heritage property list. Additions were made to the house over the years to both sides of the house and shed dorners added to the roof. After renovations to the house, it was removed from the Ontario Heritage Listing. The property offered privacy as it was situated away from the road at the end of a long driveway.As I made…


Heritage International School

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This house was built in 1979 and is situated on 39,000 square feet of land. It was listed for sale at $5,500,000. There’s an outdoor tennis court, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms. The house has an almost commercial appearance to it, and lacks the warmth of a residence. It was last in use as a private Christian school by the name of Heritage International School. They are listed as offering grades 7 through 12 with a strong academic curriculum as well as Arts programs in Visual Arts, Drama (Musical Theatre), Music (Band, Orchestra), Physical Education, and extra-curricular program. The students are…


Richmond Hill 1950’s House

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This house was built in the 1950’s. The interior has remained relatively untouched since that time, an architectural time capsule. The belongings on the other hand are modern day.  When I returned to this house in late 2019, it had been stripped down to the studs.  


Bayview on the Park

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This house is located on Wilket Street in Toronto. Its life is short however because it’s destined to become the site of 7 new townhouses named Bayview on the Park. The three-storey townhouses will be for sale starting at $3,000,000. On January 18, 2016 the Ontario Municipal Board ruled that the developer could proceed with plans to build after the City of Toronto stalled on making a decision. For now this house sits untouched, with working electricity.  


The Soul-Man Artist House

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This was the home of Paul and his wife Edith. Paul grew up in Windsor, Ontario. He began drawing with a pencil at the age of 4. By the age of 17, Paul was playing the trumpet. When he began listening to Ray Charles, Paul converted to soul, jazz and blues music. In the 1960s he played in Ronnie Hawkins’ band.Paul’s father was a painter and provided Paul with lessons in drawing. Paul was inspired to begin painting and sketching the African-American musicians he was fond of listening to. By 1993 he became more serious about his paintings and by…


$10,000,000 Chandeleir Mansion

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This house sits on prime land located along Harrison Road in North York, Ontario. It is by no means outdated. This house was built only in 1996, but that hasn’t stopped developers from tossing wads of cash at the owners in an effort to squeeze more housing in place. The developer’s proposal is for a 3-level six unit condo.The developer sought a zoning By-law amendment that would allow for the six unit structure. In 2016, the City of Toronto sought a community meeting to obtain input from the surrounding property owners. By December of 2016 it was recommended that Toronto…