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House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

By Ali Amad| Photography by Birdhouse Media
House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

Address: 32 Dove Lane
Neighbourhood: Thornhill Agents: Shay Asnani and Ashley Bardi, Right At Home Realty Inc., 2B Real Estate Division Price:$5,099,000

The place

A detached four-bed, seven-bath nestled in a secluded cul-de-sac in Thornhill. The two-storey structure evokes the grandeur of 18th-century French chateaus, with a white stone façade, turrets above the windows and Parisian balcony railings. (The luxury cars parked in the driveway aren’t included in the listing, unfortunately).

Inside, the designer, a big fan of the James Bond franchise, picked black and white decor to match 007’s iconic tuxedoed aesthetic. Out back, there’s a stone patio surrounded by a bounty of plant life, including cedars, oaks and hydrangeas.

The history

In 2016, two brothers bought the vacant plot for $1.5 million, planning to build a nearly 5,000-square-foot house for their parents, who lived in a small bungalow elsewhere in the neighbourhood.

The brothers, who run BOND Build (named after their familial bond, not the British super spy), collaborated with 2B Design & Build on the $2.5 million project.

Playing off the name of the brothers’ company, the designer used classic European refinement, synonymous with James Bond’s character, as a theme for the interior of the house.

Builders broke ground in 2018. The brothers’ parents moved in the next year, shortly after construction was completed. When their parents recently decided to retire to California, the brothers plopped the place on the market.

The tour

There are Italian marble floors and Parisian-style archways in the front foyer. It took more than two weeks to paint the archways black, using a specialized European oil paint:

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House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

This open-concept reception area has a wood-burning fireplace and engineered oak floors:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

The dining area includes a Bethel chandelier and a marble-print porcelain dining table:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

In the kitchen, the backsplash and countertops are made from quartz. It’s also got a view of the backyard:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

Adjacent to the kitchen, the living room has a built-in television, custom glass displays and a wood-burning fireplace:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

The library comes with a fireplace, French doors and built-in bookshelves:

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House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

On the upper level, a Bethel chandelier hangs from the 14-foot-wide domed ceiling. Also in this pic: a mirror from Indonesia and custom wrought-iron railings:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

There are 11-foot coffered ceilings in the primary bedroom, which has its own fireplace and custom wallpaper inspired by 18th-century European prints:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet with a skylight:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

The five-piece primary ensuite bathroom has his-and-hers vanities, a soaker tub and a steam shower:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

Out in the back, the kitchen window opens up to this stone patio, which has a breakfast bar and a barbecue:

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House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme

Here’s a look at the back of the house. There’s a stone fire pit in the garden:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme
Big selling point

In the basement, this theatre room has heated floors, built-in Dolby speakers and an automated projector (playing, quite fittingly, a James Bond flick). The bar makes this the perfect place to sip martinis—shaken, not stirred—and host a movie marathon:

House of the Week: $5.1 million for a Thornhill home designed with a James Bond theme
By the numbers
  • $5,099,000
  • $17,596 in taxes
  • 4,581 square feet
  • 7 bathrooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3-car garage
  • 6 parking spaces
  • 4 fireplaces

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