Listing of the Day
Location: Toronto, Canada
Price: C$27.5 million (US$20.3 million)
If you’re a Torontonian who doesn’t want to forfeit all the conveniences of city life but yearns for a sizeable plot of land, this might be the home for you.
Perched right above Downtown Toronto on the winding, tree-lined streets of the high-end neighborhood of Rosedale, this house sits on the bend of a cul-de-sac sits on a sprawling one-acre lot.
To the back is Rosedale Park, a massive communal green space with tennis courts, an ice rink, and a sports field. And creating a U-shape around the front and sides of the home is a network of ravines and riverbanks preserved as parkland.
The house was designed and built nearly 20 years ago by Joseph F. Brennan, a man who holds the distinction of being the most “prestigious builder of custom homes in Canada,” says agent Jimmy Molloy of Chestnut Park Real Estate. “The home is on one of the finest residential streets in all of Canada, and its unbelievable pastoral setting allows for a bit of a chameleon effect: it’s both grand and fabulous and cozy and warm. The home’s connection to the surrounding land has been so thoughtfully designed.”
The sprawling floorplan of this 17,000-square-foot home features six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and two half-baths. Included in the count is a guest suite with full bath and a staff suite with bedroom and en-suite bath, and a private kitchen.
This listing has all the design details and luxuries that take a house from being just a home to full-on mansion status. The lower level boasts a 10-car garage, complete with a fully equipped washing station and a heated driveway. Adjacent to that, the lower level has a media room and billiards room, as well as two separate wine rooms, one for white and the other for red.
Guests entering through the main floor are greeted with a two-story cathedral ceiling and leaded glass skylight. One of two of the property’s lily pads is located outside a side door that allows guests or staff to enter undisturbed into their private quarters. A library, drawing room, great room, family room, office, and gym complete the main floor’s square footage. All bedrooms are located on the second floor.
In the backyard, the essentials of a good party await: an in-ground pool flanked by two Jacuzzis, multiple nooks with sun loungers, a covered patio, and outdoor barbecue.
With offices in Toronto and Palm Beach, Joseph F. Brennan has been designing and building custom homes for over 35 years. He is considered to be one of Canada’s premier builders of luxury, million-dollar homes, and over the years has expanded into the Bahamas and Manhattan. Mr. Molloy points out that the home on Highland Avenue features a hallmark of Mr. Brennan’s designs. “It’s built like a mansion but reads like an intimate and cozy home,” he says.
Agent: Jimmy Molloy, Chestnut Park Real Estate
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