House of the Week: $2.8 million for a country home built by one of Canada’s most celebrated architects
ADDRESS: 16854 McLaren Road
AGENT: John Dunlap, Moffat Dunlap Real Estate Ltd.
PRICE: $2.8 million
THE PLACE: Just your average 1970s, cedar-clad bungalow—if an average bungalow is designed by an architectural legend and sits on enough land to fit a small village.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: The house was built by one of Canada’s most inventive architects (ever), Ron Thom, whose master works include Toronto’s Massey College, Trent University in Peterborough and the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
BIG SELLING POINTS: For members of the mink-and-manure set, the woodsy locale is perfect. The property is situated in the heart of horse country and the 25-acre lot means there’s more than enough room for a couple of Seabiscuits. There’s also a pool and tennis court, which basically means you’ll be living in your own private country club.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: David Cronenberg is rumoured to be a neighbour, so if his star-studded parties get out of hand (we’re looking at you, Ryan Gosling), your usually quiet backyard could bring new definition to the phrase Hollywood North.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• 25-acre lot
• 4 Bedrooms
• 4 Bathrooms
• 2 car garage
• 1 library
• 1 office
• 1 pool
• 1 tennis court
• 1 river flowing through the property