Surreal Estate: $7.5 million to live in the Etobicoke home of a former NHL player

Surreal Estate: $7.5 million to live in the Etobicoke home of a former NHL player

What house by the Humber would be complete without a front-yard forest, a bathroom with a makeup station and a pool with a waterfall?

This is the former home of NHLer Michael Del Zotto.

Neighbourhood: Edenbridge-Humber Valley, Etobicoke
Price: $7,498,888
Previously sold for: $6,700,000 in 2021
Size: 6,700 square feet
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Parking spots: 15
Real estate agent: Oswald Emmanuel, Royal LePage Signature Realty

The place

A five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion in Etobicoke, steps from the Humber River. The home sits on a ravine-access lot and has an attached three-car garage with room for 12 more cars in the driveway. It’s a short drive from the 427, a quick bus ride from Royal York station and a five-minute walk from the future Eglinton Crosstown.

The history

The house was built in 1995 and renovated in 2012. Former NHL player Michael Del Zotto, of Stouffville, purchased it in 2016, adding his own amenities, such as a backyard pergola. He sold the property five years later.

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The tour

The mansion is set back from the street and shrouded by a front-yard forest for privacy.

The home is set back from the street for privacy.

Here’s the foyer, with 20-foot ceilings and a glass staircase.

Note the glass-railing staircase.

To the left of the foyer is this office, which used to be a living room. That railing above the gas fireplace is for the staircase landing.

The former living room is set up as an office.

In the family room: another gas fireplace, wedged into a feature wall with a built-in TV and sound system. There’s oak hardwood flooring throughout the main floor.

There's hardwood oak floors throughout.

Another view of the family room. Its roller blinds are remote-controlled.

The AV system is custom while the blinds are remote controlled.

Turn around to take in the kitchen, equipped with a curved breakfast bar, a Wolf gas cooktop, Caesarstone quartz counters and soft-closing cabinets.

All of the cabinets here are soft closing.

The kitchen also comes with a bar and a wine fridge.

The kitchen also has a bar and wine fridge.

The dining area walks out to the back deck.

The dining area walks out to the backyard deck.

This laundry room and mudroom connects the main house to the attached garage.

The mudrooms doubles as a laundry room.

There’s also this second office on the main floor, with tons of built-in shelving. Residents can access it from the garage—convenient for hosting clients without disturbing people in the main house.

This second office is accessible via the garage.

Moving upstairs reveals the main bedroom, which was part of the 2012 renovation. It has coffered ceilings and a Juliet balcony overlooking the backyard.

The main bedroom has coffered ceilings.

The main bedroom also has a marble-surround gas fireplace.

The main suite also has its own fireplace.

Attached is the walk-in closet.

How about a walk-in closet?

The ensuite bathroom has a jumbo shower with two ceiling-mounted rainfall heads and a built-in marble bench set against a marble wall.

Even the main ensuite has a great view.

Opposite the shower is a U-shaped Caesarstone quartz vanity centred around a makeup station.

That's a makeup station by the soaker tub.

A look at one of the secondary bedrooms, which has a built-in desk and storage.

Another bedroom on the upper floor.

This bedroom comes with a view of the driveway.

This bedroom overlooks the backyard.

Both bedrooms share this quartz quarry of a washroom.

This shared bathroom has quartz all over.

Now, the lower level, which has four walkouts to the backyard. This space does triple duty as a gym, a billiards room and a lounge.

The rec room is also a gym and lounge.

There’s also a second kitchen—loaded with new appliances—down below.

The home has this second kitchen.

And how about a temperature-controlled wine cellar with room for 100 bottles?

This wine cellar is temperature controlled.

Those aged wines will pair nicely with a sojourn in the cinema. It has a retractable motorized screen and a sound system.

Here's the cinema in the basement.

Here’s another bedroom. That’s a walkout on the right.

There's another bedroom down here.

Down the hall is the bathroom.

The basement bathroom.

Outside, the deck comes with a gas grill, a dining area and a lounge.

The back deck is huge.

Del Zotto added the pergola-covered lounge when he owned the home.

Del Zotto added this pergola when he owned the home.

Just next to the deck is this in-ground hot tub.

Here's the hot tub.

Here’s the grotto-like backyard as viewed from the house: more than enough space to host an entire hockey club.

The backyard backs onto a ravine.

Check out the artificial waterfall.

Of course, there's a waterfall.

This is the second outdoor lounge, accessed from the billiards room, featuring a TV and JBL speakers.

The outdoor TV is a nice touch.

Finally, a look at the heated three-car garage with epoxy flooring.

Finally, the three-car garage with epoxy floors.

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