The graffiti-covered Abbotsford home went for $2.3 million to $2.5 million

Abbotsford residents have long wondered why and how 159 Gipps Street fell into its state of disrepair, with its smashed and boarded up windows, colorful graffiti and piles of rusting machinery in the backyard.

The dilapidated appearance of the house had brought him some notoriety in recent years and was regularly discussed on the social media platform Reddit.

Peter Moore, the owner's brother, said the sale was bittersweet.

Peter Moore, the owner’s brother, said the sale was bittersweet. Credit:Simon Schlueter

Posters would speculate if the home, now listed for sale with a guide price of $2.3 million to $2.5 million, was abandoned and if it would soon be upgraded to units or townhomes.

Peter Moore, brother of 76-year-old owner Raymond, said he planned to build new homes on the property himself.

“He would have loved to develop it, but over the years he hasn’t been able to,” Moore said. “When you get into your 60s and 70s, you don’t have that energy anymore. The process is taking too long.”

Instead, Raymond decided to sell the three-bedroom home when his health deteriorated in 2017, Moore said, but postponed vacating the yard. The 686-square-foot block served as storage for his excavation business.

He said his brother lived in the house until he was hospitalized last year.

Moore said it took seven people six weeks to prepare his brother’s railroad-adjacent property for sale. The graffiti-covered Abbotsford home went for $2.3 million to $2.5 million

Brian Lowry

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