Location: Teddington Park, Toronto, Canada
Price: C$8.995 million (US$6.752 million)
This seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate in the Teddington Park neighbourhood offers “immense privacy” though it’s just north of downtown Toronto, according to Cailey Heaps, managing director of Heaps Estrin Team, the listing agent.
Built in 2000 by property developers Chris and Margaret Isberg for themselves and their two children, the estate edges a tree-filled ravine that borders the private Rosedale Golf Club. “This location is unique, and it’s rare to have a house in the city with spectacular views like this,” Ms. Heaps said.
A gated entrance opens to a driveway that leads to a stone-covered parking area with space for six cars, along with a two-car garage. The home’s front door, painted bright blue, opens to a sunlit foyer and reception area with double-height ceilings. “The trim detail and moulding in this part of the house are incredible,” Ms. Heaps said.
French doors across the foyer opens to the home’s formal dining room, whose tall windowed doors overlook expansive back gardens and the ravine beyond. The dining room boasts a beamed custom ceiling and a butler’s door that connects to the sleek, open kitchen.
The kitchen offers “a huge amount of counter and storage space,” Ms. Heaps said. Marble tops a large center island in dark wood. A wall of windows in the kitchen also provides views across the home’s back patio, its huge backyard, and the ravine. What the Isbergs called a pantry is actually an entire room that runs between the kitchen and the home’s breakfast room.
An open-flame gas fireplace is the centrepiece of the family room, whose floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to gardens and a hot tub behind the house. The area above the fireplace is wired for a wall-mounted television. The adjacent breakfast room, with its garden views and space for a full-size table, “would qualify as a dining room in most homes,” Ms. Heaps said.
The home’s most opulent room is its windowed formal library, fully panelled in custom mahogany with a custom precast concrete fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and a small bar. A “very gracious” double-wood door shuts completely for “privacy to work at home or hold meetings,” Ms. Heaps said.
Upstairs, the primary bedroom “feels like another wing of the house,” Ms. Heaps said. Along with his-and-hers en-suite bathrooms and separate walk-in closets, the room boasts its own fireplace, garden-facing French doors, and a Juliet balcony. The master suite connects to a large home gym on one side and a study on the other; a peaked ceiling complements the study’s built-in desk and cabinets.
A second upstairs bedroom extends within the roof to provide “very dramatic ceilings,” Ms. Heaps said. “It allows for great height and great light.” Two more bedrooms on the opposite side of the house share a bathroom; both bedrooms offer “ample closet space,” Ms. Heaps said.
The home’s lower level “doesn’t feel like it’s below ground,” Ms. Heaps said; the owners excavated oversized window wells whose full-height windows allow in light. Three bedrooms occupy the lower level; the Isbergs converted one to an office, and another to a second gym. The office accommodates a wide desk, a sofa, and armchairs. “You can use that full sitting area for meetings in complete privacy,” Ms. Heaps said.
The Isbergs and their children outfitted a lower-level game room with a billiard table, kitchenette, and a TV. An adjacent wine cellar, boasting “beautiful millwork and a lovely slate herringbone floor,” can hold “thousands” of bottles,” Ms. Heaps said. A large laundry room completes the lower level.
With a total of 11,300 square feet of living space, the house has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and two powder rooms. The property sits on three-fifths of an acre.
A long back terrace runs across the entire rear of the house. The expansive backyard, which “is a completely private oasis,” according to Ms. Heaps, includes a barbecue area, hot tub, landscaped gardens, and an in-ground pool with a concrete deck.
Though lower profile than celebrity-magnet neighbourhoods like Rosedale and the Bridle Path, Teddington Park remains one of Toronto’s most desirable areas.
Riverview Drive, where this home is located, features some of Teddington Park’s oldest homes—many of which once bore names like “Donnybrook,” “Silverwood,” or ‘Treetops’ instead of street addresses, according to one local source.
While it feels remote and even bucolic, the neighbourhood’s about a 20-minute walk to Yonge Street, Toronto’s main north-south avenue, as well as the Lawrence Avenue subway station. By car, it’s approximately 20 minutes to the intersection of Yonge and Bloor streets in the heart of downtown.
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