House of the Week: $9 million for a stately Casa Loma mansion on Forest Hill Road
ADDRESS: 49 Forest Hill Road
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Casa Loma
AGENT: Susan Eickmeier, Royal LePage J&D Division, Brokerage
THE PLACE: In the heart of Casa Loma on Forest Hill Road, this home is the kind of ostentatious, Fresh Prince of Bel Air–style mansion that screams, “We’ve arrived!” (Think faux-Grecian columns, a sick backyard pool and chandeliers everywhere, even in the master closet.)
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Dee Dee Taylor Hannah—the Globe and Mail columnist and architect who redesigned Harbour 60, hosted two HGTV programs and is the younger sister of Mary Jo Eustace—designed the interior space.
BIG SELLING POINT: The master suite has everything you need to help you forget your kids exist (for at least a moment, if not an entire evening): a TV, a fireplace and twin lounge chairs in the bedroom; a flat-screen, a fireplace, a rain head shower, his-and-hers toilet areas and onyx countertops in the bathroom; a dressing room the size of a studio apartment; and an expansive view of the pool below.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The lower level has storage space for your wine collection, but the room isn’t temperature controlled. We shudder to think how your dinner party might come apart if that Château Petrus isn’t served between 65° and 70° F.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $35,764.35 in 2010 taxes
• 12,000 square feet
• 21’4” ceiling in the sunroom
• 9 bathrooms
• 6 bedrooms
• 5 fireplaces (plus an outdoor 0ne)
• 3-car garage with coach house above (complete with tanning room)
• 1 in-ground pool