The property listing offers a glimpse into the inner sanctum of a local chapter of a notorious, one-per-center motorcycle club.
For decades, it was an outlaw biker gang clubhouse in the heart of Hintonburg — now, the black-and-white house on Ladouceur Street is an “investment opportunity,” posted for sale for $575,000.
The property listing offers a glimpse into the inner sanctum of a local chapter of a notorious, one-percenter motorcycle club (the American Motorcyclist Association once said that 99 per cent of riders respect the law).
There’s no kitchen, the property listing notes — a bar occupies that space instead, adorned in photos with what appears to be a holiday garland, with a 1% symbol on the bar’s interior.
Black-and-white accents (Outlaws colours) accompany the well-worn hardwood on the main floor. There’s “access to crawl space basement through floor panel,” according to the listing.
A bathroom is painted in cheerful orange, with a houseplant, and seashells on the shower curtain. Walls feature some interesting decor: “S–t Happens,” letter decals proclaim, and “Home Sweet Home.”
Out back, there’s an above-ground pool along with a second bar, screened in with some plastic tarp emblazoned with the A.O.A. acronym — American Outlaws Association.
The property will be sold “as is,” the listing notes, and has “tons of development potential.”
Alexandra George, named on the listing as a salesperson, declined to provide comment for the story. Broker Jenna Swinwood did not immediately respond to messages from this newspaper. The brokerage Facebook page advertised a virtual visit of “this fantastic investment opportunity” in mid-December.
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In 2019, this newspaper took a deep dive into the factors allowing outlaw motorcycle gangs — and their clubhouses — to occupy space in Ottawa neighbourhoods, even as law enforcement officials tell the public about the danger they pose.
The answer is complicated (you can read the full story for details), but the investigation revealed social, legal and logistical factors that have helped protect their place in the fabric of communities.
The Outlaws have had a local presence since the ’70s, much of that time spent in the Ladouceur Street clubhouse. Reached by this newspaper Monday, the Ottawa chapter declined to comment on the property’s listing.
It’s not an entirely unexpected development. In the summer of 2019, a sign advertising the house for sale, by owner, appeared on the front door of the clubhouse. The motive for selling wasn’t clear, but neighbours were quick to point to the changing composition of their street, where infill developments have sprung up between small, single-family homes.
“They feel estranged from what used to be a friendly neighbourhood,” said one.
The last year was a lucrative one for home sellers in Ottawa. In early December, this newspaper reported that the average year-to-date prices had increased by 19 per cent compared to 2019 for residential properties inside the City of Ottawa. Hintonburg-West Centretown, however, had one of the lowest year-over-year changes in average price of all Ottawa real estate districts: an increase of 4.7 per cent, to $702,794.