The Place: A modern four-bedroom home on a large lot that backs onto the fourth green of the storied St. George’s Golf and Country Club.
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Toronto has countless furniture stores, art galleries and showrooms selling everything from custom light fixtures to handmade rugs. With near-limitless choices, how does anyone choose what to bring home? We enlisted six of the city’s most discerning design experts—an interior designer, an architect, a textile designer, two retailers and a landscape architect—to share their favourite stores and top decor inspirations. Think of it as a shortcut to impeccable style.
The Place: A two-bedroom suite in a building with a landscaped central garden, located just down the street from Grange Park and the AGO.
The Plutocrats’ Playground: inside Hilary and Galen Weston’s exclusive enclave of palatial vacation homes
Hilary and Galen Weston built an unimaginably luxe development of multimillion-dollar vacation homes in Florida. With royals, CEOs and socialites, they play polo, hit the links, plan corporate takeovers and party. An inside tour of Toronto-by-the-sea
Vero Beach, a sprawling city on Florida’s Atlantic coast, has long been a popular winter destination for Toronto snowbirds. It’s a town of cookie-cutter shopping plazas (Starbucks, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond; Starbucks, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond), mid-market chain hotels and endless gated communities built to serve the thousands of seasonal residents who converge in their comfortable senescence to play golf and bridge with like-minded retirees. For years, Vero Beach was stuck with the pejorative nickname Zero Beach, affirming its reputation as a sleepy haven for the Probus set.
Carly and her husband, Jesse, are professionally laid-back. They started a line of high-end sweats and hoodies in 2007 before founding their current venture, Tkees flip-flops. Their sandals are favoured by celebs like Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. The pair got together after a friend asked Jesse to pick up Carly en route to a party one night in 2004; they married six years later. Last year, they moved in to their large Forest Hill apartment where they live with their two kids, three-year-old Jensen and one-year-old Sienna.
The Place: A two-bedroom suite in the west tower of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences. (We featured a rental suite in the residence-only east tower earlier this year).
Before and After: a professional renovator revamps an aging Corso Italia house—and ups its value by $350,000
Home renovation TV shows have made “house flipping” shorthand for turning a hasty reno into an easy payout. The reality is a lot more complicated
The Story: Amir Shahi, a 31-year-old with a degree in electrical engineering, spent five years working various corporate gigs before calling it quits and getting his real estate license. Soon after, he met his girlfriend, who was in the process of renovating her second property. Since then, the couple have renovated and resold several homes in Toronto’s west end, though they prefer not to call themselves “flippers”—a term they think underplays the associated risk and legwork. “We call ourselves rejuvenators of neighbourhoods,” quips Shahi.
The Buy: Shahi originally scouted a four-bedroom semi near St. Clair and Dufferin to be his family home, but decided he saw potential for resale in the area. He purchased it for $520,000, and saved on real estate commissions by buying privately. On the open market, he estimates the home would have gone for about $560,000.
The Renovation: The renovation was the biggest Shahi had ever taken on. He set a budget of $150,000, a timeline of five months and a vision of his ideal buyer: a young family who likes to entertain. After bringing the electrical and plumbing up to modern standards, he installed a custom entertainment centre with indoor and outdoor speakers. In the backyard, a new two-tier deck—nicknamed Club 192 for its Miami-beach vibe—addressed the lack of privacy resulting from a shared driveway. Upstairs, four bedrooms became three, allowing Shahi to enlarge the master bedroom and build an ensuite. Vaulting the ceiling in the master bedroom also added a large loft space—as well as extra costs, when 20-foot pieces of lumber were needed to reinforce the aging roof. The bill for the entire reno came to about $200,000.
Address: 40 Park Lane Circle
Neighbourhood: Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills
Agent: Concierge Auctions in conjunction with Barry Cohen, Re/Max Realtron Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: Depends. It’s due to be sold at auction on November 26. The last list price was $23,000,000, but the house is currently on MLS for $13,980,000.
The Place: A not-quite-finished, Louis XIV-inspired compound in the Bridle Path that will be sold at auction on November 26 (register to bid here).
Torontonians are finally rejecting fussy Victorian architecture and going bold. In almost every neighbourhood, there’s a house or two that stands out. They’re tall, modern and boxy—the new Toronto aesthetic. Here, a look inside some of our favourites
The Place: One of just two suites in a former single-family mansion in Rosedale. The home was gutted and professionally redesigned for its new life as a condo.
House of the Week: $8.9 million for an Oakville mansion with a backyard that downtowners can only dream of
The Place: A 12,700-square-foot house with all the extras, including an elevator, a home gym and an Oakville address a stone’s throw from the lake.