Yannick Bisson, who plays detective William Murdoch on CBC’s long-running Murdoch Mysteries, has one of the most familiar faces in Canadian television. Because of that, one might assume he’d have a home in Rosedale, Forest Hill or some other super-rich enclave, but that’s not the case.
In 2007, before the first season of Murdoch had aired, he and his wife, Shantelle, bought a bungalow in East York. They paid $440,000. Five years later, with the show a success, they considered moving elsewhere. “What we realized is a lot of homes were being built by builders, to be flipped,” says Shantelle, who is a writer. “They didn’t have the attention to detail that we knew we could have if we built our own home.” So they tore down the bungalow and hired Gordon Ridgley Architects to build them a custom modern mansion on the exact same spot. They listed the home for sale earlier this month, with an asking price of $2,987,500.
The Bissons are selling because they’re ready to move on. Their three daughters have all moved out of the family home, and Yannick and Shantelle are spending their winters in Los Angeles and their summers in a newly built cottage in the Kawarthas.