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The Marijuana Grow Op House

Humans are more dangerous to houses than Mother Nature could ever be.

The abandoned grow op mansion
No vandalism - Police tape in place - September 2015


The story of the Grow Op Mansion begins like many stories of abandoned houses do - a pristine property with no graffiti or vandalism. The location was first posted to Ontario Abandoned Places in September of 2015 by a member named Drifting Pablo.

The whereabouts of the house was kept a closely guarded secret by OAP members until it was mentioned on social media that the property had been used as a grow operation. This was enough information to allow other people to Google the address. This would mark the beginning of the end for this pristine mansion.

The mansion was located at 14740 Keele Street in King City, Ontario.


A view of the main entrance



Elegant spiral staircase


The way inside the mansion was from an unlocked door in the garage. Unlike homes robbed of copper and stripped of materials, this one retained all of it's elegance. The $1,700,000 mansion was situated on five acres of land with an outdoor pool, patio and tennis court. Inside the house was a designer kitchen, six bathrooms, large recreation room, sauna, spiral staircase, water fall rock wall and skylights.



grow op living room
Main living room with patio doors leading to the deck and pool area


During exploration of the property, it was obvious that the home was being used as a marijuana growing operation. The upstairs tub had been fitted with a plastic liner and filled in with soil. Hoses were connected to the bathroom sink. In thje dusty hallway upstairs one could make out where rows of flower pots were placed on the floor. Two packages of unopened electrical fuses were left upstairs.Some doors were sealed, windows boarded and draft areas covered with insulating tape.

Two children's cars were left behind in the living room. The washer, dryer, stove and fridge appeared to be brand new.




When word of the mansion inevitably spread on social media, people’s imaginations ran wild. Lazy people not wanting to research the house claimed this was an “illegal grow op house”, others called it a “drug dealer mansion”. Some people claimed that it had been owned by a lady suffering cancer who grew her own medicinal marijuana. Despite the catchy stories attached to the house – the reality is somewhat less dramatic.

untouched kitchen in grow op house
The kitchen's appliances at the time of the house being sold remained unchanged - almost never used.

The home was originally owned by the Fejer family. It was built in 1995 for businessman George Fejer. Fejer founded "Canadian All-Terrain Vehicle Manufacturing" which sold parts for kit cars. George's son Robert was also part operator of the business.

In 2008 the home was purchased by the Green family. Research indicates that Jeff Green lived in the home with his four children who ranged from 8 to 17 years of age (3 sons and a daughter). The family sold the home four years later, listing it with Martin Sheikhan of Remax Realty. What happened next depends on which way the wind blowed.



The tiled wall had a water falls at each end where water was circulated down the tiles.

clam shell tubThe clam shell tub




The above photos came from a real estate advertisement for the house, taken during a time when it was occupied. The photos below are taken after the house became vacant.

Jeff and Cherri Green had a Florida based moving company named America's Big Little Moving Company registered to the address in 2012. Whether the home was sold again is not known. Speculation is that the home was purchased by two real estate investors who in turn began using the property as a grow operation. This information may not be entirely accurate, possibly confused with this ( story ). What is known is that a grow operation began operating in the home, which was reported to be legitimate in origin.

children's toys as found in the house
Children's toys in the living room contrast with the drug paraphernalia found upstairs.


untouched kichen in abandoned grow op house
Unused kitchen appliances left behind.




Evidence of a fire could be seen in the scorched floor and staircase.


A package of planting soil in the bedroom next to the clam shell tub


Bathtub lined with plastic and filled with planting soil.

master bedroom


Before and after views of a bedroom show the alterations that have taken place including venting.


The house had been adapted to become a grow operation. Windows were boarded, doors sealed shut and insulation tape placed over areas in which the smell might escape.

electrical fuses in grow op
Fuses




Water would flow down these rocks as part of a tiled wall leading upstairs



The grow operation was met with concern by surrounding neighbours concerned about the risk of fire and the "undesirable" people that the property might attract.

A public township meeting was held on February 11, 2015 for residents to discuss their concerns. The day following the meeting a fire was reported at the house which was deemed to be suspicious in nature. Police said that the house was not currently being used as a grow operation but that they'd removed grow op equipment from the property. The fire was started in the entranceway to the home and did not appear to be as a result of "bypassing" the hydro.
[Link to story]


After the fire the house was abandoned and used neither for residency or growing plants. The township of King City went out to secure the property but vandals kept creating new entrances.




Basement bar with a large skyline of Toronto


Skylight
(photo: Motleykiwi)


(photo: Motleykiwi)


Vandalism or theft, you just know this television won't remain here very long
(photo: Motleykiwi)


(photo: Motleykiwi)

Brand new washer and dryer
(photo: Livingghost)



Vandalism




A graffiti tag - approximately one year later (August 2016) (Photo: LivingGhost)


The windows on the Yukon are now smashed - November 2016 (Photo: Timo Explorer)


December 2016 - Couch tossed down the staircase, Trump graffiti (photo: Kat666G)


Some no-talent garbage - December 2016


December 2016 (photo: Kat666G)


December 2016 (photo: Kat666G)



December 2016 (photo: Kat666G)




February 2017 (Photo: Kat666G)


February 2017 (Photo: Farren123)


February 2017 (Photo: Farren123)


February 2017 (Photo: Farren123)








And so the story ends in an all too often way. The property was destroyed by vandals and finally demolished. I'm certain that the outcome would've been the same regardless of whether we ever posted it to social media. Social media may have expedited the process though :(

The Grow Op Mansion was demolished in March 2017. Young adults will have to find a new place to trash.


Photo Credits: OAP, Motleykiwi, Living Ghost, KatG666, Timo Explorer
Additional information: Skye_Ann (Flickr)





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