Surreal Estate: $18.8 million for a French palace off Bayview with a golf simulator

Surreal Estate: $18.8 million for a French palace off Bayview with a golf simulator

What North York home would be complete without a banquet hall, 16 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar?

This week's edition of Surreal Estate features a French-style palace in North York

Neighbourhood: St. Andrew-Windfields
Price: $18,800,000
Size: 25,110 square feet
Bedrooms: 9+3
Bathrooms: 16
Realtor: Khoren Mardoyan

The place

A 12-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion sitting on a corner lot just off Bayview in the St. Andrew-Windfields neighbourhood. It’s one of the city’s grandest homes, with amenities that include a home theatre, a spa and a dance floor with fibre-optic lighting. 

The history 

The owners built this stunner in 2013 as a nod to 18th-century French architecture. It was last on the market in 2022 for $15.2 million, but the deal fell through, and a year later, they’re trying for $3.6 million more. The owners now want to downsize (go figure) and are looking for a buyer with money to burn.

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The tour 

The façade features large doric columns and sculptural accents surrounding each of the windows.

Located just off Bayview, the mansion is selling for $18.8 million

Walking through the foyer is a sensory overload.

This home is 25,000 square feet and comes with 16 bathrooms.

Here’s a reverse angle of the foyer, showcasing the grand staircase and crystal chandelier. 

Built in 2013, the house as 12 bedrooms.

The domed ceiling—with frescoes reminiscent of those found in European cathedrals—may be the home’s greatest feature.

The ceiling is meant to evoke French cahtedrals

This view of the second-floor hallway shows off the stained-glass windows. There are nine bedrooms on this level.

Nine of the mansion's bedrooms are located here on the second floor

The kitchen has room for a full dining table and walks out to the backyard. 

The kitchen overlooks the sprawling backyard

A closer look at the kitchen reveals the new appliances, island and sparkling floors. 

There's a full wet bar in the kitchen

Outside, the 5,500-square-foot backyard has an illuminated pool. There’s also an indoor pool for the winter.

The outdoor pool could be part of a luxury resort

The dining room has built-in glass cabinets and a bas-relief honouring classical art. 

The dining room is defined by its stunning art

Here’s a look at two of the many large living spaces. 

Here's one of the palace's many living areas

Now for downstairs: a 2,200-square-foot banquet hall with room for 150 guests. It has granite and marble floors throughout as well as a dance floor. 

The banquet hall has room for 150 guests

Fibre-optic lights illuminate the recessed ceilings. 

Don't forget the home's dance floor

Down the hall is the billiards room, with a temperature-controlled wine cellar. 

A look at the wine cellar and billiards room

There’s also a gym, a spa and a massage room. 

Next to the gym is a spa and massage room

Finally, the golf simulator, which doubles as a home theatre. 

The home theatre is a special treat

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