Surreal Estate: $22.5 million for a Bridle Path château with a turret and three pools

Surreal Estate: $22.5 million for a Bridle Path château with a turret and three pools

What house off Lawrence would be complete without seven fireplaces, a pair of golden gates and a rococo dreamscape in the backyard?

This Brridle Path mansion is going for $22.5 million and is 15,000 square feet

Neighbourhood: Bridle Path–Sunnybrook–York Mills
Price: $22.5 million
Size: 15,000 square feet
Bedrooms: 6+2
Bathrooms: 10
Parking spots: 10
Real estate agent: Adam Brind and Amy Richardson, the Brind Group, Sotheby’s International Realty

The place

A six-bedroom, 10-bathroom mega-mansion out of a French fairy tale, with seven fireplaces, a tennis court, a sauna and an underground wine cellar. Standing on a 3.2-acre lot in the famous roundabout Bayview Ridge, the place overlooks Rosedale Golf Club and is within walking distance of Windfields Park. It’s also a short carriage ride from Bayview, Lawrence and the DVP.

The history 

This palace was built on two lots in 2001 as the passion project of architect Gordon Ridgely—a champion of old-world design. In 2009, the current owners moved in to raise their three children. Now downsizing, they’re seeking a wealthy buyer with a taste for extreme opulence. 

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The tour

Stepping through the cherrywood front doors reveals the foyer, a limestone chamber with crown-moulded ceilings.

The foyer has cherry wood doors and crown moulded ceilings.

Hang a right for the grand dining room, which seats 18, has a custom chandelier and is lined with Japanese paintings.

The dining room is actually adorned with Japanese art, a departure from the French motif.

Left of the foyer is the study, equipped with a fireplace, an office at the base of the east-wing turret and dramatic coffered ceilings.

The coffered ceilings in the study are exquisite.

Here’s that office. Its windows, flooring, cabinets and desk were all custom-built on a curve.

Everything in the the turret is custom built on a curve.

Completing the study is this walnut console with built-in bookshelves and more storage.

The library also has a TV and a gas fireplace.

The family room is attached to the study and surrounded by French doors. The pair on the left lead to the indoor pool.

One of these sets of French doors leads to an indoor pool.

This is the pool and sunroom, plus a waterfall hot tub.

The pool sits in a solarium and comes with a hot tub.

The owners like to eat breakfast in this space, with cherry beams, three sets of arched French doors, a funky chandelier and limestone all over.

The beamed breakfast area is fit for a band of knights.

Now for the kitchen, which comes with a two-tier island, moulded cupboards, a TV cubby and a tiled backsplash.

The kitchen is made for TV.

This rustic lounge is currently used as a cigar room.

The current owners use this more rustic space as a cigar room.

Down the hall, a twisting staircase connects all three floors.

This twirling staircase connects all three floors.

The main bedroom lives on the second floor and has its own fireplace, ornamental ceiling and private balcony perched over the front yard.

The main suite has a fireplace and a private balcony.

And here’s the ensuite bathroom, with a soaker tub and vaulted ceilings.

A peek into the ensuite bathroom.

The remaining bedrooms are also upstairs. This one’s layout is a carbon copy of the study.

That cylindrical office is the crown of the turret.

Here’s another bedroom, with a banquette overlooking the backyard.

Sleep in bed or lounge on the window-side banquette.

On to the basement entrance, shielded by ornate golden gates, of course.

Golden gates shield the basement, because, of course.

Beyond them is this Bordeaux-inspired 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

The wine cellar holds 400 bottles and is lined with pea gravel.

There’s a sauna—large enough to host a basketball team—down here too.

Is this a luxury sauna or a wooden spaceship?

Here’s the full exercise studio.

You could work out a basketball team down here.

The place also has a workshop and a three-door garage (Porsche not included).

Here's the garage and workshop, Porsche not included in the sale.

This view shows off the rear of the home and its 660-foot backyard, featuring a heated, covered courtyard; a stone cabana; and lush gardens maintained year-round.

The backyard is 660 feet deep and the patio is heated.

Where better to watch the aristocracy at play than from the infinity pool? That’s Rosedale Golf Club in the distance.

The infinity pool seemingly flows into the Rosedale Golf Club.

Finally, an aerial view of the entire estate—a private resort in North York.

The estate is like a private resort in North York.

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