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- 36 Forest Hill Road
- Asking price: $9-million
- Taxes: $59,034 (2007)
- Agent: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
What: An executive Georgian estate recently renovated and expanded in Forest Hill. The 100- by 192-foot lot is also home to an award winning, in-ground pool.
Amenities: This three-storey residence has nearly 7,500 square feet of space for seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four fireplaces on the main floor and two staircases.
To one side of the foyer, there is a den, sitting area and a living room. To the other, there is a family room with two sets of French doors to the terrace.
Along the back is a dining room with bow windows and an eat-in kitchen stocked with everything from a built-in barbecue to a salt water aquarium.
On the second floor, three of the five bedrooms have private bathrooms.
This includes a master suite with a walk-in closet, gas fireplace and five-piece bathroom with a glass shower stall, a central air jet tub and a fireside sitting area.
Moving to the top floor, there are two more bedrooms and a large dressing room.
In the basement, which is 2,300 square feet, there is a theatre with a retractable screen and projector, a seventh fireplace and wine cellar, as well as a gym, laundry room and a lot of storage.
The home is equipped with central vacuum, air filter and alarm systems, plus a backup generator.
In the backyard, there is a heated in-ground pool, cabana and playground. A circular driveway around the front leads to a gated carport for three.
Just north of St. Clair Avenue and west of Avenue Road, this red brick Georgian is in one of the most coveted areas in the city.
The house is close to parks and reputable schools, such as Upper Canada College and Bishop Strachan, but more importantly, it is situated on a section of Forest Hill Road where its 100- by 192-foot lot is considered the norm.
“It’s located on one of the best blocks in Forest Hill Village, yet easily accessible to Bloor Street and downtown within ten minutes,” agent Elli Davis says. “There are only a few blocks in Forest Hill [with a home] that offers 100-foot frontages.”
To take advantage of the size of the grounds, the property was extensively landscaped with trees, plants and flowerbeds. The natural aesthetic was enhanced with a flagstone patio and large rocks surrounding a hot tub and Muskoka heated pool, which was given a gold design award about two decades ago.
“You feel like you’re in the country … and not in the middle of the city, especially in the backyard,” Ms. Davis says. “There’s a beautiful terrace for summer cocktails and drinks … yet it’s a playful backyard with a children’s play set.”
The nearby cabana was converted from a detached garage earlier this year, complete with a gas fireplace, bathroom and a long bar with seating that overlooks a kitchen with everything, from a wine refrigerator to a Lynx barbecue.
The space is brightly lit with multiple French doors, lattice screens against the glass walls and a glass ceiling along the edge of the room.
The main house has also been updated, remodelled and expanded over the last six years to accommodate the owner’s large family and guests.
“It’s really a family home that’s warm and inviting, yet lends itself to formal and informal entertaining,” Ms. Davis adds.
This point is evident after entering the main foyer, which leads to a sitting area by the living room or to the formal dining room towards the rear.
The Clive Christian kitchen has a large, sky lit centre island with seating and a new breakfast area with a fireplace and windows on three sides.
On the second floor, there is a cluster of three bedrooms, newly renovated and all interconnected. This setup is ideal for kids with a playroom off the baby’s room and an adjacent nanny’s room with a private en suite bathroom.
Each room was professionally finished and filled with decorative elements, such as fluted columns, intricate mouldings and marble tile floors in the entrance hall.
“From the moment you enter the foyer, you see the magnificence of the whole home,” Ms. Davis says.
Other highlights include coffered ceilings in the living room, hardwood floors and pot lights throughout.
In addition, many rooms have the benefit of window seats and built-in shelves, such as a 23- by 11-foot dressing room that was recently built on the third floor with shelving around the entire space and a dressing table for easy storage.
“[The house] is really for a family that wants a turnkey, move-in condition home that has the old charm and character, but a totally modern, up-to-the-minute interior,” Ms. Davis adds.
Special to The Globe and Mail