House of the Week: $14 million for an unimaginably grand Bridle Path mansion
ADDRESS: 52 Post Road
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills
AGENT: and Chloe Marie Leibel, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage Jay Bleiweis
THE PLACE: An over-the-top European-style mansion with five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a jaw-dropping front foyer and the same Versailles-like charm as Suzanne Rogers’s place.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: At 2,500 square feet, the coach house is bigger than most of the city’s abodes, containing two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, a living room and a dining room.
BIG SELLING POINT: Everything you need to throw a gala fundraiser, wedding or epic house party is on hand: an enormous wine cellar, four full kitchens (two in the home, one in the coach house and one in the pool house) and an echoing grand foyer with room for 300 of your closest friends.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: With digs this sprawling, you might need a Segway to get around.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $70,005.10 in taxes (2011)
• 15,000 square feet, plus a 7,500-square-foot lower level
• 2,500-square-foot coach house
• 14-foot ceilings
• 10 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 4 kitchens
• 2 fireplaces
• 1 wine cellar
• 1 outdoor pool
• 1 tennis court
179465 The exterior of the house from the back 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-20-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-20.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-20.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-20/ nov12-hotw-post-road-20 0 0
179463 The pool 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-19-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-19.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-19.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-19/ nov12-hotw-post-road-19 0 0
179462 The pool and pool house 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-18-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-18.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-18.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-18/ nov12-hotw-post-road-18 0 0
179461 The tennis court 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-17-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-17.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-17.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-17/ nov12-hotw-post-road-17 0 0
179460 The pool house and tennis court. The property also has a five-car garage and a 2,500-square-foot coach house 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-16-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-16.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-16.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-16/ nov12-hotw-post-road-16 0 0
179459 A view of the backyard from one of the home’s upper balconies 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-15-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-15.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-15.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-15/ nov12-hotw-post-road-15 0 0
179458 The house also has a wine room, which was renovated less than two years ago 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-14-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-14.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-14.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-14/ nov12-hotw-post-road-14 0 0
179457 Rec room, lower level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-13-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-13.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-13.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-13/ nov12-hotw-post-road-13 0 0
179456 Rec room, lower level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-12-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-12.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-12.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-12/ nov12-hotw-post-road-12 0 0
179455 The lower level contains a second kitchen and a large rec room with a built-in bar. The basement has access to the backyard 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-11-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-11.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-11.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-11/ nov12-hotw-post-road-11 0 0
179454 Bedroom number three, second level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-10-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-10.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-10.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-10/ nov12-hotw-post-road-10 0 0
179453 The second of five bedrooms, all on the second level. All five bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-09-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-09.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-09.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-09/ nov12-hotw-post-road-09 0 0
179452 Master ensuite, second level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-08-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-08.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-08.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-08/ nov12-hotw-post-road-08 0 0
179451 The master bedroom is on the second level and has a walk-in closet and a spacious ensuite bathroom with a vanity, soaker tub and television 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-07-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-07.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-07.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-07/ nov12-hotw-post-road-07 0 0
179450 Kitchen, main level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-06-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-06.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-06.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-06/ nov12-hotw-post-road-06 0 0
179449 The kitchen has a large centre island and a breakfast area with a walkout to the back patio 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-05-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-05.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-05.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-05/ nov12-hotw-post-road-05 0 0
179448 Dining room, main level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-04-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-04.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-04.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-04/ nov12-hotw-post-road-04 0 0
179446 The family room is on the main level and has a walkout to the patio 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-02-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-02.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-02.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-02/ nov12-hotw-post-road-02 0 0
179447 Most of the main level has marble floors. A coffered ceiling adds architectural interest to the living room 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-03-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-03.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-03.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-03/ nov12-hotw-post-road-03 0 0
179445 Front foyer and lobby, main level 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-01-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-01.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-01.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-01/ nov12-hotw-post-road-01 0 0
179444 The 15,000-square-foot home is the builder’s own. It sits on a lot just shy of two acres in the Bridle Path neighbourhood 52 Post Road 52 Post Road https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-intro-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-intro.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nov12-HOTW-Post-Road-intro.jpg 656 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-52-post-road/slide/nov12-hotw-post-road-intro/ nov12-hotw-post-road-intro 0 0
36 thoughts on “House of the Week: $14 million for an unimaginably grand Bridle Path mansion”
With all of that opulence, why does the interior feel so bland?
$14 million? It’s just a giant ugly suburban house with cheap finishes.
Good lord that is ridiculous. At least you’d get a lot of exercise just walking from one room to the next.
That shot of the foyer is freaking hilarious. And the master bedroom! Cheese-tacular!
Wow, that is huge, cold and sterile. I’m grateful for growing up in a slightly cramped house that, despite its knick knacks, faults and 1.5 bathrooms for four kids, had warmth and character.
Hoo boy, this house is a semiotic playground! Interesting how often people with serious money want a house with a pre-Revolutionary French nobility vibe. Of all things.
UNIMAGINABLE TACKY IS MORE LIKE IT !!!! who owned this house ? the persian mafia ???
What a shitbox
Wow, for $14 million the finishes are incredibly basic. Talk about underwhelming! Looks like this builder thinks he can put together a crappy house and ask mega bucks for it just because it’s in the Bridle Path area.
Unbelievably hideous. $14 million sure can buy you a whole lotta ugly.
Liberace called on his Ouija board,He wants his house back.
There is not enough money in the world you can throw at this one to make it seem less, garish and ridiculous. I can hear “let them eat cake” echoing in every room.
That’s a lot of money to spend without being beachfront at least.
I can see potential here. Does the Bridal Path already have a funeral home? That said, if my family tried to drag my dead body here, I’d haunt them forever!
Hideous and bland at the same time. What a waste of perfectly good land. Tear it down!
It has a few nice features, but so much of it- especially the exterior- is just plain ugly.
I want to move here by myself and not cut my hair or fingernails for 30 years…
Hahahahaha! Loving the comments on this post.
turn in into a school.
After looking at a bunch of these I’ve noticed that there clearly is a law of diminishing returns at play. After about $3mm in Toronto, desirability and attractiveness declines at an exponential rate.
I want to stand on that staircase and start singing. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight…
Now I know why this house has been listed for so long !! LOL… even with the open house about 6 weeks ago and all the Benz and Jag..it still could not move. Awful. Trying auctioning it off for $3mil. Ghastly.
listen darlings, call it what you will but don’t call the finishings cheap. The lobby must have cost a fortune and the the attention to artisan detail is appreciated by those who have an understanding of fine craft.
yes yes the finishes are fine fine fine….but I would love to see it as a headquarters for Toronto Dog Rescue-Resort. Fill it to the brim with Wiener dogs and all their furry friends and cousins…
PC – Sure, there is some fine artisan detail and use of expensive materials, but the house is plain ugly. The bedrooms looks hideously cheap. More thought should have been put into making the space more welcoming, as opposed to big ugly bland rooms. You can put a very expensive gold chain with a dollar sign around a pigs’ neck, but it’s still a pig.
I keep coming back to this post, looking at the picture of the foyer, and giggling hysterically.
Monstrosities like this are designed for some executives bored wife using 11 different architects, interior designers and decorators. She all of a sudden gets busy with her “project” but realizes she actually has no real design sense so devours magazines and dictates what she wants with obtuse descriptions of the pictures. Alternately, she uses obtuse descriptions of some French or Austrian palace-hotel they stayed at last year. Eventually of course frustration and questionable payments have the staff leaving or being fired, replaced by yet another Name she read about in some magazine.
This is the end result: a feminine swaddling of boring sameness of an “inspired by” insert historical-architecture term here. At least the Russian’s do it with comical ludicrousness, we just do it with bland effeminacy.
I love traditional styled homes-
it is incredibly spacious- and they could have used more furniture- too much empty space..
it is gorgeous..one can only dream to own a house like this.
the bathroom is the size of my overpriced apartment. FML ;(
Somebody has to know who owns this…. I have to know … We all want to know. It’s so butt ugly and it reeks of a guy that will listen to nobody and he has probably been padding around this monstrosity by himself since his trophy wife left him .
The best room of the house is the wine cellar, the rest is just tasteless, lifeless and well, beige. What a waste of all that marble and material.
Can’t blame the builder though. A lot of these custom made gaudy mansions are built to the specs of the owner. Builders just deliver the products their clients want, however ugly they are sometimes. Builders can’t argue with these royalty wanna bes if they pay this kind of money.
@Rose – oh yes the builder can be blamed for this one! It is his own house.
Wait till Dec 21, 2012. Everything will be gone anyway. With all the people suffering we advertise this selfishness
Turn it into a homeless shelter…
Public Masturbation, that’s what this is.
Absolutely pc, but with a derivative approach to design, unencumbered by allegiance to one style or a sense of historical propriety.
I would take it for less than $10m
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