Hart mansion goes back on the block

One of the most recognizable mansions in Calgary is back on the real estate market.

One of the most recognizable mansions in Calgary is back on the real estate market.

For the second time in four years, the 5,600-square-foot, three-storey mansion in Patterson Heights that once housed the wrestling Hart family is for sale.

The 105-year-old house is filled with odd nooks and crannies, including the famous basement dungeon where Stu Hart, the man who started Stampede Wrestling, and his sons practised their world famous wrestling moves.

The family sold the house after Stu Hart's death in October, 2003. 

"Now we're in the dungeon and as you can see it doesn't look like a dungeon anymore," real estate agent Donna Rooney told CBC News reporter John Spittal.

"There is the opportunity, of course, to do a development on site. Will somebody come after the property for that reason? I don't know."

The word "development" doesn't sit well with one of the mansion's neighbours, Marguerite Denis. She and other members of the Patterson Heights community fought to preserve the mansion when it last went up for sale four years ago.

However, that attempt failed.   "We would have liked to see it stay within the public realm," Denis said Friday, adding she is concerned that a condo development will be built on the property by the new owner.