House of the week: $9.38 million for a mini-Brideshead in Markham

House of the week: $9.38 million for a mini-Brideshead in Markham

ADDRESS: 20 Steele Valley Road


AGENT: Jerry Hammond, Re/Max Ultimate Realty Inc.

PRICE: $9,380,000

THE PLACE: Situated on two lots in Markham, this monster mansion provides the playboy or -girl with enough entertainment space to make Hugh Hefner jealous. With an outdoor pool grotto, theatre, indoor driving range and even a ballroom, this place will have the bunnies and honeys clamouring to get in. After all, it is nicknamed Maison de l’amitié—the house of friendship.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: With a 268-foot-wide yard, private tennis courts and a majestic drive to the front door, this place is like Markham’s mini-Brideshead. Host tragic love stories or just swim naked in the pool and fountains, and if more modern day frivolity is called for, the backyard could make for the longest Slip and Slide ride in history.

BIG SELLING POINT: One couldn’t get closer to living like Diddy on Cribs than with an actual ballroom in the house. No word on whether the fridge comes pre-stocked with Cristal.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Downtown workers will have a hell of a commute by car (there’s ample room for a helipad out back). On the plus side, though, it’s that much closer to a summer château.


• $35,608.36 in taxes
• 268-foot-wide front yard
• 17 parking spaces
• 11 bathrooms
• 8-car garage
• 7 furnaces
• 7 air conditioning units
• 6 bedrooms
• 3 central vacuum systems
• 3 storeys
• 2 putting greens (one indoor, one outdoor)
• 2 lots
• 1 ballroom
• 1 basketball/squash court
• 1 custom elevator
• 1 tennis court
• 1 pool
• 1 guest cabana