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House of the Week: $3.5 million for a glass-and-steel home perched above the ravine in Hogg’s Hollow

ADDRESS: 2 Hedgewood Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills

AGENTS: Barry Cohen, RE/MAX Realtron Realty

PRICE: $3,495,000

THE PLACE: An unconventional glass-and-steel home in Hogg’s Hollow with four bedrooms, an indoor hot tub and an expansive deck.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Two well-regarded architects have left their marks on the place. First designed by Peter Hamilton Architects, the house won the Canadian Housing Design Council Award in 1974. Then, in the late 1990s, Gordon Ridgely (known for designing Georgian-style homes for some of the city’s poshest residents) purchased the property and remodelled it to its current updated form.

BIG SELLING POINT: Feeling completely alone in the middle of a city. The property is at the farthest end of Hedgewood Road, and has a teetering view down the ravine.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The multi-level construction and unusual room shapes could make arranging furniture a test of skill. You’ll need to think beyond the usual ”couch, two chairs and a coffee table” scenario.

BY THE NUMBERS:
• $3,495,000
• $19,224.39 in property taxes (2011)
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 2 storeys
• 2 fireplaces
• 1 indoor hot tub
• 1 sauna
• 1 wine cellar
• 1 exercise room with a  view

  • marc

    come on lottery, ill buy it in a second :)

  • John

    Nice house… so sunny and nice… but totally cluttered and truly hide its true beauty! Should never have listed before they declutter! Look at the kitchen, awesome except for the clutter.

  • June

    I was prepared to diss this place based on it’s exterior. I was expecting the industrial look on the inside and was pleasantly surprised to see how warm and comfy the interior is. Kudos to the interior decorator whether homeowner or professional. Superb lot, doesn’t get much better. Privacy is so hard to find in this city. I would buy this in a heartbeat.

  • tony

    Could there be a more mis-matched interior design with the exterior design???….good grief!

  • Mark

    The art is fantastic … Wish I knew who all the artists were.

  • Chalbe

    Love the place including the “cluttered” interior, it’s the difference between an actually lived in house and a staged property. Hate the ceilings.

  • Nicki

    I agree with Chalbe – I was charmed by the fact that the house looks lived in, not sterile. While most homes probably need a stylist before listing, this home is filled with beautiful furniture and art – even the pile of books on the breakfast table look inviting. It looks ready for Architectural Digest. Whoever buys this better have a great collection of rugs and art.

  • Karie

    I love the house,especially all the glass and views of ravine. Owners seem like art collectors and avid readers. Very interesting!

  • A.

    GET A STAGER IN THERE STAT.

    3.5 million and they could’t be bothered to tidy up and simplify a bit? C’mon, that pile of binders in the breakfast room? That’s just laziness, not decorating. I don’t much care for overly staged, but this place needs about 50% of the stuff taken out so you can properly see the lines and space and get a feel for the potential.

  • Troy

    It looks like the Clutter truck backed up and dumped everything into the house.

  • Knotigal

    Can’t believe the clutter and mismatched decorating style in this house. It’s hard to really see the house as it truly is. Who on earth would allow their home to be photographed in this state?

    Please don’t tell me this was ‘staged’ to project a lived-in feeling!

  • Betsey

    I love modern and contemporary architecture but I do not like this house one bit. Maybe I just can’t see the flow and lines of the house properly because of the mess but this home doesn’t feel cohesive. Other than the double height living room this house feels small and closed in, and outside of the kitchen it is very dated. All the clutter and tchotchkes everywhere is not ‘lived-in’ it’s just messy. I love art and books but they shouldn’t just be thrown everywhere. The cream leather sofa’s are the type I absolutely can’t stand, they look like they are from Leon’s in the 80′s, gawd why do people buy these things! It always astounds me how people who live in these million dollar homes live, and not in a good way.

    Oh and to the writer…homes cannot ‘boast’!! I’m so sick of hearing this word in relation to home features.

  • Basil

    Congratulations TL! You’ve finally found the ugliest house in the city! The outside looks like a warehouse and the inside isn’t an improvement. It looks like a different designer/architect worked on each room and didn’t bother to collaborate. And the junk! Contrary to popular belief, a stuffed dinosaur does not make a house look lived in, comfy or cozy.

  • Maryam

    finally a true house with real furniture reflecting the spirit of the owners. clearly, they don’t care about trendy over night millionaire buyers. who knows the art, knows the art. does not need staging. have you been to this neighborhood? this neighborhood is not about showing off money. it is about privately enjoying the privileges coming by it. I wish the next owner keep this spirit up in this house.

  • Tikifish

    I saw the interior of this house back in the late 70′s or early 80′s when I sold them some Girl Guide cookies. The owners showed me around a bit and I recall being impressed, even as a little girl. Nice people… and not just because they bought cookies!

  • z

    easily one of the most beautiful homes in the city. pity about the backyard (or lack thereof)

  • Mohd

    Gordon Ridgley is a Golden Architect and his touch will remain remarkable for generations.

 

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