Geolocating Carter Banks’s “explore” of the wrong $4.5 million dollar, “abandoned” 1980s mansion

In this video, Carter Banks (BigBankz) “explores” a large house in Aurora, Ontario:

I found it. Once again Carter’s story is phony. More on his fakery below.

The video has some clues that this house is in a place like the USA but a little different.

The kitchen fuses are odd. In the USA, residential transition from circuit breakers started in the 1940s and was likely complete by the 1970s. To see fuses in a 1980s house was surprising:

Fuse panel at 8:09.

Also, the fence out front showed what appears to be a website address that ends with two letters, suggesting a non-USA website:

Sign on fence at 1:14.

Hmm, what country is like the USA but has a different, two-letter ending on its URLs? What country had a later transition from fuses to circuit breakers?

Canada!

Supporting Canada: The allegations of Chinese real-estate criminality at the video’s intro echoes true stories of Chinese criminality in Canada. I think these are linked to the Chinese Communist Party.

An aside: Carter’s and his fellow actors’ standard process is to find a prop, concoct a phony story around that prop, and use the phony story as clickbait to sell the video. In this case, the actor saw some Chinese text (confirmed Chinese since his phone’s translation software appears to have semi-successfully translated the text from Chinese). This is nominal evidence of a connection to China He used this connection to concoct a story of criminality.

Hmm, blindly associating a minority population to criminality. Dick move, Carter! It’s especially problematic given that the Toronto area has a robust population of Chinese immigrants.

Back to uncovering fakery: A search on abandoned mansions near Toronto hit paydirt from Abandoned Urbex Canada:

The video gave different, helpful views of the neighborhood. The paydirt is a comment (source) that revealed this house is east of Vaughan, Canada, between Yonge Road and Ontario Highway 404, near Toronto.

After a little searching, I found an aerial fingerprint like what you see in Abandoned Urbex Canada’s video:

Here’s the house in concern, at 70 Archerhill Court in Aurora, Ontario, Canada:

A little more searching revealed a mundane backstory: This 1980s neighborhood got bought up by a developer. These 14 large houses and their large lots are being scraped to make room for a new residential development with about 140 homes.

That’s it! The property isn’t abandoned. It’s simply awaiting demolition for repurposing of the land.

Here’s a drone flyby of the neighborhood by Talking Walls Photography. It shows the early phases of demolition:

Carter claims that 70 Archerhill Court is worth $4.5 million. Quite unlikely. It was on the market in 2018 for $2.68 million:

That real-estate video reveals something surprising: Carter’s drone video is of a different wrong house!

That becomes obvious in a few areas, where 70 Archerhill’s windows, viewed from the drone or from the real-estate video, do not line up with Carter’s interior shots.

For example, here’s the kitchen in the real-estate video:

Note the three windows and how they are on walls that have a little angle between them. A bathroom has a similar setup with windows:

On the drone video, we can see where these rooms probably are:

Screen grab from 0:40.

The kitchen in Carter’s video is different than what is in the real-state video, with one window and, beyond that, a window type that may not be present on 70 Archerhill:

Screen grab from 7:21.

OK, so which house is it?

Surprisingly, the house is not even in this neighborhood. A crucial clue is when Carter looked out a window of the house:

Screen grab from 19:17.

Note the rich, green foliage right by the house? If you watch Carter’s drone shots at the beginning of his video, the foliage is stressed and thin, not that green. Also, watch the entire Talking Walls Photography video and the start of the Abandoned Urbex Canada video, both above. They show many more houses than Carter’s, so they are from a few weeks earlier than Carter’s video. Even that far back, all foliage has been cleared from around the houses!

And even if the set was 70 Archerhill Court, it didn’t have lush vegetation adjacent to the home even before the vegetation was cleared:

If that’s not enough, there are only three houses standing in the neighborhood when Carter was there:

Screen grab from 0:14.

None of them have adjacent, lush foliage. The house on right is likely 40 Archerhill Court, whose walkthrough video shows a different floorplan. The house on left is likely 15 Archerhill Court, which is not a good match to Carter’s video (but it is a good match to Ethan Minnie’s video; more later!).

The interior shots are not of the house he says he’s exploring. If they are even from the same neighborhood, they would have to be from many months earlier, likely no later than summer 2022. To that end, I think the interior shots are from a house in a different neighborhood more on that later.

Another point of intrigue: Why would an entire exurban neighborhood (cheap land?) and its 14 expensive, large homes in good apparent condition be bought up for a denser residential redevelopment? In what world does this makes sense?

The economics work because greater Toronto real estate is influenced by the Greenbelt, an urban-growth boundary that limits development. An effect of these boundaries is to inflate land values, creating artificial housing scarcity that the Toronto area is grappling with.

Back to the video: Once again, viewers are being duped with Hollywood-style trickery. All we have is a video walkthrough of a house that is allegedly about to be demolished for mundane reasons.

Aside: Carter said his friend Ethan Minnie was with him. He was, and he toured 15 Archerhill Court, claiming it’s a Simpsons house (no, that’s in Las Vegas):

How do I know its address? The front profile matches the 15 Archerhill Court that shows up in Talking Walls Photography’s video (above). It’s the second house visible in that video.

To summarize, we have an exterior, drone video of 70 Archerhill Court. We have an interior video of 15 Archerhill Court by Carter’s friend. And we have Carter’s video, which is not of 70 Archerhill Court and, due to the presence of lush greenery, was not captured on the same trip where he got the drone video of 70 Archerhill.

So which house did Carter walk though? I think none. That is why I wrote “allegedly about to be demolished” above. We don’t know why the house where the interior shots came from is empty. It’s likely not in the same neighborhood!

The above screengrab of the back yard shows a round concrete structure with a tree adjacent to it, with the tree closer to the back edge of the concrete than to the house. It shows no pool discernable from back-bedroom windows. Just after 5:28, Carter says there is no pool. It finally shows lush vegetation starting not far from the house.

Let’s suppose Carter visited no later than the prior summer–when things could have been green and possibly before the vegetation was scraped. Reviewing Archerhill’s aerial photography for properties that 1. have a similar concrete patio, 2. have a tree adjacent to the patio, and 3. have no pool, the only houses that might work are addresses 55 and 20.

55 can be excluded. It was on the market, so photos are available. Its kitchen is too different from Carter’s video.

That leaves 20. If 20 was still up, you’d see it behind and a little to the left of 40 in the above drone-video capture. You don’t, because it was torn down already. In Abandoned Urbex Canada’s video, there are other clues that exclude 20, including irreconcilable differences in the window above the front door.

I sure wandered. Let me give a final summary. Fitting the pattern of these “urban explorers”, we just have a boring video of an empty house dressed up with a phony back-story. For the first time since I’ve been tracking this, the exterior shots are of a house in a different neighborhood than the interior shots.

One thought on “Geolocating Carter Banks’s “explore” of the wrong $4.5 million dollar, “abandoned” 1980s mansion”

  1. Great write up, though knowing something about Toronto real estate, a few property listed for sale at 2.68M in 2018 could definitely be worth 4.5M now, or even more, and even on land value alone. It’s stupid!

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