The ‘Real-Life’ Billy Madison Mansion
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Last week we tracked down one of the mansions featured in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, now we’re looking into the palatial estate used in the 1995 comedy Billy Madison. The mansion, known as The Parkwood Estate, is actually located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and is no stranger to film crews. Countless films such as X-Men, Amelia, Donald Trump Unauthorized, and the Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio have been shot at this impressive historic site. The Parkwood Estate was built in 1916 by Pearson and Darling for the founder of General Motors Canada, Samuel McLaughlin. The original owners lived in the home from 1917 until 1972.
The Torontoist notes that the gates leading up to Madison’s mansion weren’t actually those of The Parkwood Estate, but instead King City’s St. Augustine Monastery which gave it a much more luxurious look. The mansion includes 55 rooms with over 15,000 square feet. The third floor houses the servant’s quarters.
Throughout the film Sandler can be seen using the formal garden’s ponds as a private swimming pool. Below are screens from the movie as well as current photos by Karl Gercens.
For more information on The Parkwood Estate or for details on tours please visit Parkwood Estate. Rates for tours range from $7 – $10.