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King City Grow Op Mansion - Abandoned grow op



King City Grow Op

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. 


the original house
A view of the main entrance when the house was still occupied.


Elegant spiral staircase with a water fall marble wall in the background.

The way into the mansion was from an unlocked door in the garage. Unlike homes stripped of copper and vandalized, 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 house

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

While I was exploring this property, it was obvious that the home had been 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 the dusty hallway upstairs I 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 toy 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” while 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.


The kitchen's appliances - almost never used. Photos taken before the grow-op conversion.

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 resided here for approximately four years. 




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

clam shell tub
The well known clam shell bath


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.

My photos:


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

kitchen
Unused kitchen appliances left behind. That's me in the centre.



stairs
Note the fire damage at the bottom

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

tub filled with soil
Bathtub lined with plastic and filled with planting soil.

Before:
before photo of bedroom

After photo of bedroom:
after photo of bedroom

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.

fuses
Fuses, as modification to the hydro would have been necessary


Entrance to the master bedroom. Note the soil on the floor.

water falls
Water flowed down the wall tiles

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 entranceo 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. 

The basement:

Toronto skyline
Toronto skyline as found behind the bar

grow op basement bar
The bar area

skylight
Skylight (upstairs)

chandeleir

television left outside
Vandalism or theft, you just know this television won't remain here very long

pool
Swimming pool

new washer and dryer
New washer and dryer (photo: LivingGhost)

And so it begins...

vandalism


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)





The kitchen a year after my visit:









And so the story ends in an all too often way.

The property was destroyed by vandals.

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 


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