House of the Week: $8.8 million for a Caledon country home once owned by the inventor of Trivial Pursuit
ADDRESS: 18696 The Gore Road
AGENTS: Christian Vermast, Paul Maranger and Fran Bennett, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
THE PLACE: A 15,000-square-foot West Coast–inspired home with panoramic views across a 24-acre property in Caledon, a popular woodsy escape for the wealthy (members of the Eaton family, Norman Jewison, Shania Twain and Elton John are all rumoured to have country homes in the area).
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Past owners include celebrity author and clean-eating guru Tosca Reno and Trivial Pursuit inventor Chris Haney.
BIG SELLING POINT: The staggering beauty of the acreage, with its heritage log cabin, horse stables, swimming pool and pond, will make you feel like you’ve gone on a permanent vacation.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: This is not Toronto. However, in exchange for an hour’s commute, you’ll get 10 times the space you could ever wrangle within city limits.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $8, 800,000
• $20,496.88 in property taxes
• 24-acre lot
• 15,000 square feet of living space
• 20-car private drive
• 10 bathrooms
• 6 bedrooms
• 6 fireplaces
• 5-car garage
• 4-stable barn
• 2-bedroom guest house
• 1 outdoor swimming pool
• 1 pond in backyard