Surreal Estate: $9.2 million for an Oro-Medonte mansion with a fireplace in its floor

Surreal Estate: $9.2 million for an Oro-Medonte mansion with a fireplace in its floor

What home on Lake Simcoe would be complete without 600 tonnes of granite, a pivoting front door and a shower the size of a bedroom?

This Oro-Medonte mansion overlooks Lake Simcoe.

Location: Oro-Medonte
Price: $9.2 million
Size: 7,900 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5
Parking spots: 10
Real estate agent: Krista Alkerton, Royal LePage First Contact Realty


The place 

A four-bedroom, five-bathroom glass mansion in the heart of Oro-Medonte with stunning views of Lake Simcoe. The place has a saltwater pool, a hot tub, a glassed-in gym, a theatre, five fireplaces, parking for 10 vehicles and a 600-tonne granite walkway to the water. Surrounded by nature, it’s a 30-minute drive from downtown Barrie’s shops, trails, golf courses and airport. 

The history

The current owner, a builder, constructed this modern villa in 2019 as his family home.

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The tour

First the façade, defined by stone and steel. The owner imported its cement panels from France and its triple-paned glass from Ireland.

The cement panels were imported from France.

A closer look at the entrance reveals the hemlock ceiling with recessed lighting.

The ceiling is hemlock.

The attached garage is a gear head’s paradise: room for three cars, heated aprons, custom industrial frosted glass and a big workstation.

Here's the three-car garage.

Here’s that workstation, equipped with a sink and a refrigerator.

The floors are heated epoxy.

Now the foyer, which comes with polished concrete floors and wood accents.

What a door.

The front door actually pivots, just because.

The door actually pivots around.

There’s Lake Simcoe, framed by a three-by-five-metre walkout. On summer days, the doors fold away and a remote-controlled screen slides down to keep out bugs.

The screen here is remote controlled.

A wider view of the space—this time with the doors open—reveals the adjacent dining room and kitchen.

The view from the open concept living area.

Hiding within the dining area’s floor is a low-flame ethanol-burning fireplace.

There polished concrete floors throughout this space.

We weren’t kidding.

There's that fireplace in the floor.

And here’s the pool view.

The space walks out to patio with a pool.

The kitchen is as incredible as the views. It features maple cabinets, Cambria quartz counters, a wood chopping block, Miele appliances, a bar fridge and a hemlock floating ceiling with steel studs suspended by aircraft cables.

That's a hemlock drop floating ceiling above.

It also has heaps of extra storage along with a herringbone walnut servery. 

This servery is herringbone walnut.

Note the concrete-panelled feature wall holding the TV and another fireplace.

Note the concrete feature wall.

Just beside the kitchen is this glass office, with plenty of storage and a levitating hemlock wall. 

This glass office is right next to the kitchen.

Here’s a better look at that wall. The hemlock planks hover above a glass pane to maintain unobstructed views. 

The view from the CEO's desk.

Now for the concrete patio, which feels like the ultimate outdoor family room. It comes with a grill, a two-sided fireplace and a pivoting aluminum privacy wall.

The patio comes with an aluminum pivoting privacy wall.

The privacy wall is something else.

A closer look at the privacy wall.

This angle shows off the pool with the hot tub in the background.

That's a hot tub in the distance.

Then there’s the 600 tonnes of granite broken up in tiers descending toward the water. 

This is what 600 tons of granite looks like.

Back inside, down the hall from the kitchen is this secondary bedroom.

Here's one of the secondary bedrooms.

It has engineered wood floors, skylights and one more pivoting door.

Another pivoting door.

Here’s a peek inside the main suite.

The main suite.

It has yet another fireplace and gawk-worthy views as well as a motion-detecting frosted-glass sliding door and two walk-in closets.

The room comes with a motion-detected sliding glass door.

The ensuite bathroom comes with a quartz accent wall, a programmable shower (more on that in a bit), porcelain tiles and a private wall-mounted toilet. 

The sinks here are custom Cambria.

Here’s that accent wall.

The quartz accent wall.

And here’s the jumbo high-tech shower.

The giant, programmable shower.

This is the first walk-in, anchored by its quartz folding station and funky light fixture.

The first walk-in closet.

The second walk-in is far more moody.

The second walk-in closet.

Access the sub-level via a custom steel staircase with maple treads—and try not to notice that curtain wall: eight metres tall and nine metres wide.

The maple staircase flanked by an eight-metre-high window wall.

Here’s a look at the staircase from outside.

A feast for fans of geometry.

Downstairs, there’s a huge living space.

Another living space with and another fireplace.

There’s also a fishbowl-like gym with rubberized floors. 

The fishbowl-like gym.

Check out the insulated theatre, decked out in 1980s-style Cineplex carpeting, sound panels, Epson theatre-grade speakers and a 120-inch matte screen. 

The theatre, with 1980s-style carpeting.

Finally, a view of the property from above.

A bird's eye view of the property.


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