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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

By Jonathan Forani| Photography by Property Vision Media
House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

Neighbourhood: Humber Valley Agent: Rose Barroso, Right At Home Realty Inc. Price: $5,500,000 Previously sold for: $3,680,000, in 2014 Last renovated: 2013

The place

A modern five-bed, seven-bath home on a large hillside lot, overlooking a ravine near the Humber River. From the outside, the place has a woodsy aesthetic, with a façade made from Austrian concrete slabs and salvaged Ontario barnboard wood. Inside, at 7,400 square feet across three storeys, the open concept layout and floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel extra spacious.

The history

In 2011, Barroso Homes bought the bungalow that originally sat on the lot for $1.6 million, then tore it down. Over the next two years, they worked with architect Ali Malek to build a Scandi-style home, with white oak and quartz materials to give it a clean vibe.

In 2013, they leased it to production companies—who apparently liked the upscale interior and ravine views—for photo and video shoots. That same year, the builders say they rented the place to LeBron James for a weekend during Drake’s OVO Fest.

A Toronto tech entrepreneur bought the place for nearly $3.7 million in 2014. Years later, in December 2020, they relisted it, planning to move to a new build in the neighbourhood.

The tour

The driveway has a built-in snow-melting system:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

There are 10-foot ceilings and white oak floors throughout the open-concept main level. The wooden table with tree root legs is for sale with the place:

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

There’s a double-sided gas fireplace in the living room. The owners are selling the 15-seat couch, too:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room look out over the ravine:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

In the kitchen, tree branch-style chandeliers hang over the 21-foot quartz island:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

Here’s the main-floor powder room:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

At the top of the stairs, there’s a crystal chandelier and walk-out to a balcony that looks out over the ravine:

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

There’s a wood-burning fireplace in the master bedroom:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

Here’s the 120-square-foot master walk-in closet:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

And the 200-square-foot ensuite bathroom, which has heated floors. The sellers used the wood shelving for their plant collection:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

This upstairs bedroom is 225 square feet, with a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

This upstairs bedroom, which also has a walk-in closet and ensuite bath, overlooks Taylorwood Drive:

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

The sellers used this 200-square-foot room as a home office:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

The basement is all above-ground. The main living area is more than 300 square feet:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

There’s another bedroom in the basement:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

There’s a 200-square-foot entertainment area down there:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

Plus a home gym, which overlooks the ravine:

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House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

And a glass wine cellar that can hold up to 200 bottles. The wall inside is made from barnboard:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

Another bonus: the 50-square-foot cedar sauna with LED lighting:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed

Here’s the back deck, which has a hot tub and ravine views:

House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed
The 25-foot lap pool is closed for the season:
House of the Week: $5.5 million for a Humber Valley home where LeBron James once stayed
Big selling point

This place is luxurious open-concept living, perfect for a big family. Plus, the hot tub and sauna combo might make winter quarantine somewhat bearable.

By the numbers
  • $5,500,000
  • $13,000 in property taxes
  • 7,400 square feet
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • 2 fireplaces
  • 5 parking spaces
  • 2-car garage

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