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Toronto’s most stunning private home is for sale for a cool $28 million

(Image: James Dow)

(Image: James Dow)

If you ever needed a reason to do your math homework, here’s one: Integral House, one of Toronto’s best and most architecturally important private residences, is up for sale. The 18,000-square-foot Roxborough Drive property is not currently listed on the Toronto MLS, but a Sotheby’s catalogue says the asking price is $28,000,000. A trio of Sotheby’s realtors will be holding an invite-only preview event at the property this week.

The sprawling modern home, completed in 2009, belonged to mathematician James Stewart, who made a fortune in calculus textbooks before dying of cancer in December 2014. Designed by Toronto architects Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, Integral House is renowned for its sinuous, environmentally sensitive design, inspired by the shape of the mathematical integral symbol. It has, among many other amenities, a two-story living room built specifically to accommodate musical performances, with seating for up to 200 people. The gargantuan asking price makes this one of the most expensive properties currently on the market in Toronto. The only home listed on the MLS that even comes close is 68 The Bridle Path, a much less distinguished chateau-style mansion that’s selling for $25 million. Here, some pictures of Integral House’s interior:

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Store Guide: Adorn, Rosedale’s new womenswear boutique that doubles as a jewellery shop

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Name: Adorn
Sells: Womenswear, accessories and jewellery
Contact info: 1250 Yonge St., 416-901-7309, adornonyonge.com
Hours: M-Sa 11-6:30, Su 12-5

Mother-and-daughter duo Evelina and Barbara Kuczer are the ones behind Adorn, Rosedale’s newest womenswear boutique. The former nail salon has been transformed into a shop that carries the kind of bohemian basics, easy-to-wear work attire and delicate jewellery that will appeal to the neighbourhood’s moms and their teenage offspring.

“We wanted to bring in the kind of clothing and jewellery brands that are unique and not seen often,” says Evelina. For spring, this means Coachella-worthy fringed vests and tie-dyed frocks, alongside colourful silk scarves and printed wellies. The eclectic mix of labels includes Denmark-based Soaked in Luxury and Vancouver’s Gentle Fawn, as well more professional-looking lines from Inwear and Vince Camuto. So far, Sanctuary‘s tailored army-green cargo pants have been selling well (thanks in part to fan Jennifer Aniston). Our favourite part about the store, though, is a massive armoire filled with stackable silver rings, trendy ear climbers, amethyst bracelets and vintage lockets—all the jewellery needed to nail that minimalist pixie dream girl look.

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Where to Buy Now 2015: three posh neighbourhoods for wealthy buyers who want a whole lot of house

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Swansea

Average Condo Price: $396,935
Average Detached Price: $1,283,751
Average Semi Price: $725,068
Average After-Tax Household Income: $84,496

Bordered to the east by High Park and to the west by the Humber River, Swansea was its own village until 1967, when it was annexed by Toronto. The best homes are on large, 50-foot lots on streets like Riverside Drive and Brule Gardens, where some of the secluded, 1930s-era, Tudor-style residences have unrivalled access to the water—imagine catching a chinook salmon in your backyard. “It’s different here,” says Royal LePage agent Theodore Babiak. “It’s not pastoral, but it’s green.” Sales in the $1.5-million range are becoming more common, and the best homes sell for upwards of $3 million. (Smaller properties on narrower lots still trade for $900,000 or less.) But unlike notoriously tony areas like the Bridle Path, Swansea’s bucolic charm is just a short walk from the subway.

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Closings

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Rosedale loses Le Petit Castor

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Le Petit Castor, a midtown restaurant that was half pub, half club, quietly closed last weekend. Open since 2008, the one-time hot spot, best known for its potent Pink Panther cocktails, was a place for Rosedalians to cut loose after dinner, when the tables were cleared to make room for dancing. Calls to the bar went unanswered and unreturned, but owner Luke McCann announced via Instagram that he has sold the business. Meanwhile, the precocious beavers on Le Petit Castor’s cutesy Flash-driven website continue to canoe and skydive like nothing’s up.

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Street Style: Rosedale dogs brave the snow in stylish sweaters and way-cool coats

Street Style: Rosedale dogs brave the snow in plaid sweaters, bright-coloured booties and Barbour jackets

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For Torontonians, winter typically means bundling up in style-sacrificing parkas and waterproof boots. But for the city’s fashionable dogs, it’s a chance to flaunt their cute canine clothing. We wandered around Rosedale on a snowy weekend to see what the neighbourhood pups were sporting and found—unsurprisingly—that they showed off more cold-weather flair than their owners: we spotted a Golden Retriever puppy in a seasonal sweater, a Westie in bright booties and a Boston Terrier in a fur-trimmed hood. Here, ten of Rosedale’s on-point pooches.

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Sale of the Week: The $1.4-million Rosedale condo that shows the selling power of listing after the holidays

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Address: 25 Scrivener Sq., Unit 1007
Neighbourhood: Rosedale
Agent: Peter Russell, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage

The Property: This 1,308-square-foot condo features conveniences more common to larger units, including private elevator access. Both bedrooms and the living room walk out to a large wraparound balcony, and Rosedale Station is a five-minute walk south.

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Gone Girl: I was a private school kid from Rosedale—until I ended up on the street

She had loving parents and all the opportunities and privileges in the world. Then she discovered drugs

Gone Girl: Emily Wright

The author in kindergarten, in her Havergal uniform (Image: courtesy of Emily Wright)

M

y parents gave me a great chance at life. I grew up in a three-bedroom house in Lawrence Park, where I spent weekends riding my bike and making mud pies with my younger brother. At Christmas, my parents took us on vacations to Hawaii and London and Kenya. In the summers, we rented a cottage in Muskoka, where we built teepees and chased frogs. One year, knowing how much I loved acting and tap dancing, my parents sent me to an elite arts camp in the Catskills.

In 1992, when I was seven, we moved to a sprawling Edwardian house in Rosedale, effectively upgrading from middle class to nouveau riche. My father had risen from a working-class childhood in Montreal to the upper echelons of Bay Street finance. The new house was his prize for all he’d accomplished, a way to show the world what he could do for his family. Growing up, I was provided with unconditional love and support. My mother made a point of encouraging my artistic side, making me costumes for dance recitals and driving me to extracurricular activities.

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White Squirrel coffee is coming to Rosedale 

The popular Queen West café is branching out into slightly yuppier territory with a new outpost at Yonge and Roxborough. Signage is reportedly up outside Earth Rosedale’s old space at 1055 Yonge Street, directly across from one of the neighbourhood’s existing coffee institutions, Caffe Doria.

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St. Mike’s Hospital ranks the relative health of 140 Toronto neighbourhoods (with predictable results)

(Image: Courtesy of Urban Heart @ Toronto)

(Image: Courtesy of Urban Heart @ Toronto)

For health nuts who wonder if they’re settled in the best possible part of the city, St. Michael’s Hospital has answers. Urban Heart @ Toronto, a new study by the hospital (in partnership with a bunch of other organizations) evaluates the relative healthiness of 140 Toronto neighbourhoods.

Researchers made colour-coded maps to show how areas are performing in 15 health-related categories, including everything from premature mortality, to proximity to green space, to access to stores that sell healthy food. The end result is pretty much as you’d expect: Toronto’s richest neighbourhoods are the healthiest.

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Reaction Roundup: the seven top responses to yesterday’s Liberal victory in the Toronto Centre byelection

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“Liberal candidate wins in Liberal stronghold” is not a very exciting statement, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the avalanche of coverage from yesterday’s byelections in Toronto Centre and three other ridings.

Sure, the turnout in the downtown district was only 38 per cent, and sure, history shows that byelections are rarely harbingers for future polls, but that didn’t stop the flow of opinion. Pundits and columnists seem to agree that last night was a victory for Justin Trudeau (although not a huge one), while party hacks continue to read the byelections’ entrails for glimmers of hope for their party.

We read through all the commentary on the races so that you don’t have to. Here, the seven key takeaways.

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Store Guide: Ani and Wren, a new Rosedale boutique for fashionable moms and moms-to-be

Store Guide: Ani and Wren
Name: Ani and Wren
Sells: Contemporary womenswear, maternity clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty products, baby clothes
Contact info: 1172 Yonge St., 416-944-1260, aniandwren.com
Hours: Tu, W, F, Sa 10–6, Th 10–7, Su 12–5. Closed Monday.
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It’s hard to tell at first that Ani and Wren is a maternity boutique—which is a very good thing. Sisters-in-law Lani and Lauren Levy’s new Rosedale shop targets Toronto’s hordes of stylish moms, who wouldn’t be caught dead in a pastel tent-dress. Embellished sweaters, blazers, totes and leather boots from lines like Rebecca Minkoff, Vince and DVF hang alongside maternity brands, making the place feel more like a trendy boutique that just so happens to have a kick-ass maternity section.

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Belmonte Raw opens a second location inside 889 Yoga

Belmonte Raw

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In a new age dream, Belmonte Raw, the popular east-end raw food restaurant, has united with the posh Rosedale yoga studio so that the affluent and limber can get their stretch on and eat organic, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free food that’s never heated above 47 degrees Celsius in a single space. Try the camu camu smoothie after a sweaty vinyasa flow class. Transcendent and refreshing.

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House of the Week: $3.5 million for a sunny coach house in Rosedale

House of the Week: 80R Crescent Road Address: 80R Crescent Road
Neighbourhood: Rosedale-Moore Park
Agent: James Strathy Warren and Ben Higgs, Royal LePage/J&D Division, Brokerage
Price: $3,495,000

The Place: With two bedrooms, four bathrooms and a finished basement, this Rosedale coach house is a lot grander than the average outbuilding. 

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Extreme Makeover: a designer brings old Hollywood glamour to a drab Rosedale home

Before and After: 1930s Homage
Interior designer Theresa Casey lives for large-scale projects. So when she and her husband, graphic designer Robert Gray, began a house hunt, her goal was “to buy a box and make it our own.” A 1930s brick Rosedale home with a forgettable interior was the ideal big, messy job. Among its dysfunctions: a cumbersome wall divided the main floor down the middle, and Moroccan arches made rooms heavy and funereal. The sole, tiny bathroom was at the top of the stairs. After the space was gutted, Casey sourced all-new decor and had much of it custom made. She explored a period design, mixing traditional elements with 1930s modernism. The master bath now has smoky, Old World glamour, with black glass and Negro Marquina marble, cherrywood accents and vintage brass faucets. The petite kitchen is modelled after the galley in a cabin on a luxury ocean liner, with Statuario marble and unlacquered brass. Casey brought in vintage hardware and custom cherry doors for all the entranceways. The dining room’s grillwork is salvaged from the Eaton’s College Park building (now the Carlu), another dramatic art deco touch.

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Review: John and Sons, a new people-watching pub and oyster bar in Rosedale

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Rosedale’s new oyster bar is all sideways glances, double kisses and how-do-you-know-so-and-so’s. The seafood-centred pub standards are almost as good as the people watching.

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