House of the Week: $6.85 million for an uptown home that caught David Bowie’s eye
ADDRESS: 87 Highland Crescent
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills
AGENTS: Eileen Farrow, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
THE PLACE: Designed by renowned architecture firm Shim Sutcliffe, this marvel of glass and steel is more livable sculpture than uptown mega-mansion. The five-bedroom home is set next to a forested ravine with a koi pond and gurgling waterfalls.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: This home comes with stacks of accolades, and has been featured in several magazines and newspapers—even the New York Times took note. Rumour has it British rocker David Bowie came out for a visit after reading about the home.
BIG SELLING POINT: Built out of Corten steel, the house’s exterior has weathered over time into a rich orangey patina for a look that’s both organic and one-of-a-kind.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: If you’re going to buy an architectural gem, make sure you know how to fill it. Many eyes will be waiting to see what comes next for this much-talked-about property.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $31,465.12 in property taxes (2011)
• 3/4 acre
• 6 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 4-car private driveway
• 2-car attached garage
• 2-tier fountain with lily pads and koi fish
• 1 two-way gas fireplace
• 1 wood-burning fireplace
• 1 swimming pool
• 1 hot tub