A guide to the Florida getaways of Toronto’s wealthiest

A guide to the Florida getaways of Toronto’s wealthiest

Sixteen sun-seeking Torontonians who call the sunshine state home for at least part of the year

Vero Beach

Vero Beach

 

Galen and Hilary Weston

Galen and Hilary Weston
Loblaw titans
They own a sprawling oceanside house in Windsor, their 168-hectare, 300-home private luxury community. The house has a fountain and neoclassical courtyard.

Vero Beach: Weston (Image: Dustin Saylor)
 

 

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

 

Kimberley Newport-Mimran and Joe Mimran

Kimberley Newport-Mimran and Joe Mimran
Design duo
They bought a three-bedroom, 3,483-square-foot home with a pool in 2011 for $2.14 million.

Palm Beach: Mimran (Image: Courtesy of Joe Mimran)
 

 

John Bitove

John Bitove
Satellite radio exec
The Raptors co-founder bought a 10,494-square-foot, eight-bedroom palace in 2002 for $6.3 million. It backs onto a Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course.

 

Larry Tanenbaum

Larry Tanenbaum
Chair of MLSE and Kilmer Van Nostrand
The most powerful name in Toronto sports bought a waterfront lot for $21 million in 2008, then had designer-builder to the stars Joe Brennan construct an 8,000-square-foot home with space for Larry and Judy, and their three children’s families.

 

 

Julian Bharti

Julian Bharti
Merchant banker
The eldest son of Forbes and Manhattan founder Stan Bharti (and, perhaps most famously, the man who paid $89,000 to smooch Elizabeth Hurley at an Elton John AIDS fundraiser) owns a 3,843-square-foot house with four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a lap pool and a putting green. It’s on the market for $6.5 million.

 

Robert Julien

Robert Julien
Investor
The CEO of real estate investment firm the Kolter Group bought an oceanside 11,986-square-foot, nine-bed, 10-bath estate for $16.5 million in 2005.

 

 

Boca Raton

Boca Raton

 

Jim Degasperis

Jim DeGasperis
Developer
The president of Con-Strada Construction owns a condo in a seaside resort called Addison on the Ocean, with a private beach, two swimming pools and full-time cabana staff.

 

 

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

 

Mike Wekerle

Mike Wekerle
Chair and founder of Difference Capital, and a CBC Dragon
In 2014, Bay Street’s rock and roll financier bought a $13.4-million, 12,533-square-foot mansion, which was built for the Anheuser-Busch family in 1938. It has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 160 metres of deep-water frontage.

 

 

Miami

Miami

 

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg
Superstar interior designers
They bought a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,820-square-foot 1950s bungalow in 1997 for $365,000, and renovated extensively.

Miami: Yabu and Pushelberg

Stephan Weishaupt

Stephan Weishaupt
Founder of the Avenue Road interior design store
He bought this 1932 art deco house on Biscayne Bay for $1.74 million in 2013. It has five bedrooms and five and a half baths over 4,128 square feet, and is the site of a bash for designer types during Art Basel every year.

Miami: Weishaupt (Image: Courtesy of Avenue Road)
 

 

Rana and Richard Florida

Rana and Richard Florida
Creative Class personalities
After the market meltdown, they pounced on this 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bathroom Miami Beach condo on Biscayne Bay.

Miami: Rana and Richard Florida (Image: Moris Moreno)
 

 

Christine Ralphs

Christine Ralphs
Fashion designer
The co-founder of Club Monaco and current co-owner of Lloyd Ralphs Design has an 800-square-foot cabana-style condo with ocean views in Surfside. Her business partner, Michelle Lloyd Bermann, lives in a 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom condo with wraparound balconies just steps away.

Christine Ralphs (Image: Robin Hill)
 

(Photographs of Weishaupt courtesy of Avenue Road, Bitove by Vanessa Heins, and Ralphs by George Pimentel; all other portraits by Getty Images. Illustrations by Aleksandar Janicijevic)