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House of the Week: $7 million for a red-brick by Casa Loma with a staircase that looks like a sculpture

At 4,400-square-feet, the property also comes with five bedrooms, soaring arches, enormous windows and a huge backyard

By Alex Cyr| Photography by Alexander Rothe
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: facade

Neighbourhood: South Hill Price: $6,995,000 Size: 4,457 square feet Bedrooms: 5+1 Bathrooms: 5 Parking spaces: 6 Agent: Barry Cohen, Lance Stout


The place
A classic Toronto home recently renovated into a luxury five-bedroom with loads of natural light. Located in the tranquil South Hill neighbourhood, the house is a short walk to the sprawling Sir Winston Churchill Park, the St. Clair streetcar, and the hustle and bustle of Avenue Road.
The history
The current owners, both executives working in fashion tech, purchased this century home in March of 2021 during one of the pandemic lockdowns. Immediately, they hired Toronto firm Studio AC, as well as design-and-construction company GV & Co, to spearhead a major renovation. Over the next year, they restored the house’s brick shell, redid the flooring, added space in the south wing and constructed a majestic three-storey central staircase. They then accented everything with travertine and blue marine marble, inspired by the Maison Margiela and Celine brands. In March of 2022, the owners moved to England to pursue new job opportunities, leaving their project ready for someone else to enjoy.
The tour
The house is on a corner lot, with driveways on its north and west sides. That giant bay window is new, as are many of the skylights.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: lawn and driveway
A custom curved staircase—echoing Frank Gehry’s stunner at the AGO—greets guests in the foyer and rises through the ceiling. On the right is the living room, featuring a gas fireplace with white oak surround.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: staircase
The living room flows into the professional-grade kitchen, which features micro-cement walls and a full suite of Gaggenau appliances. Wall-to-wall sliding windows the size of billboards let in the light and lead to the backyard.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: kitchen
On the other side of the staircase is an all-purpose space (new owners are free to turn it into a dining room or a library, for example) with built-in shelves, white oak herringbone floors and access to the street—all under an arched 10-foot ceiling.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: dining room
Another view, this time from the second-floor landing, of the gawk-worthy staircase.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: landing
The main bedroom overlooks the backyard.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: main bedroom
Attached to the main bedroom is not simply a walk-in closet but a massive dressing room fit for a tailor, with loads of storage and an aquamarine countertop island.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: dressing room
Here’s the ensuite bathroom, with a super-long vanity and an arched entrance.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: ensuite bathroom
Down the hall is one of the other bedrooms. It has a new corner window.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: another bedroom
Now the south-wing addition: it has a double-height glass atrium with corner windows, sharp black trim and matching hand-laid brick.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: south-wing addition
Here’s a full view of the huge backyard, fenced in and verdant, which is rare for this part of town.
Toronto, Real Estate, House of the Week, Balmoral: backyard

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