This vacant property located in London, Ontario was built in 1984 and sits on 1.88 acres of land. It was listed for sale at $1.5 million dollars. The address was 1343 Sunningdale Road East.
In the back of the property is an indoor pool room with 26 feet high wooden ceiling. There’s a strong wood smell as you enter the pool room as well as chlorine. Several double doors lead to the outdoor deck from the pool room. The stagnant water has turned a florescent green color that appears to glow in the light of the sun.
There’s a small wading pool next to the larger pool. Each of the surrounding walls is made up of windows to allow light in, and the lack of neighbours in the back offers some degree of privacy.
Electricity to the house is provided in part by a solar panel system located on the roof.
Above is the living room, with the dining room off to the left.The house has seven bathrooms and five bedrooms in addition to oak wood floors and a double staircase.
Just beyond the staircase is the office (or entertainment room?). It’s made up of wood paneling and cabinets.
Above is a photo of an upstairs child’s bedroom. The walls are painted with birds, flowers and a large tree.
Some may find this bathroom to be outdated with it’s 80’s feel. Behind the glass walls are a toilet, shower and bidet.
This is the view from the upstairs floor looking down into the main foyer. There’s an upper landing (top right) which is not easily accessible unless you have a ladder. It has a power outlet which would make it useful for a Christmas tree or other decoration.
Someone has put hangers on the chandelier – student notes are scattered on the floor.
The area next to the kitchen.
In the basement you’ll find a child’s play room. There’s a child-height sink and door, plastic slide and a small theatre (just to the right of the green wall). Children watch movies on a large television screen. The play area has windows that look out into the hallway.
Downstairs are also a laundry room, furnace room, apartment and a bar room.
(Photo: Motleykiwi)The kitchen has a walk in pantry to the left of where the fridge would be. The door leads to the dining room and living room.
Why is the house vacant?
It’s believed that a family lived in the house until 2015.
After the family moved out, a night club owner allegedly owned the property until June of 2017. Classified ads for basement rental units were posted as late as March of 2017.
The nightclub owner is said to have held events on weekends. An optional party bus would drive you to a night club afterward. Some of the event tickets were claimed to be over $1,000 and included open alcohol and drug bar as well as a seat on the bus. This seems to be somewhat exaggerated to me.
What’s more believable is that student parties were hosted (as recently as 2016) with over 500 tickets sold on a good night. The prices ranged from $15 to $30.
Here’s what one online advertisement read:
I can empathize with the neighbours who wanted a tranquil and quiet area to live.
It’s believed that the current owner is an overseas investor who paid $1.5 million for the property. They are asking at least $2 million and developers are not willing to pay that amount. The property sits untouched. Fortunately vandals have not yet found the property.
Scrappers on the other hand, have. While exploring this location we observed a couple in the lot next door salvaging metal objects. On our next visit we observed the heaters in the pool room had been ripped out.
A water pipe in the basement has broken and water is slowly filling the basement. Black mold will soon follow, rendering the house unlivable.
The house was demolished in late 2019.