Surreal Estate: $6.3 million for a Thornhill mansion that would make Frank Lloyd Wright proud
What 4,100-square-foot Prairie-style residence would be complete without a wall of mirrors, coffered ceilings, a secret bar, a steam room and a tennis court?
Neighbourhood: Bayview Glen, Thornhill
Size: 4,100 square feet plus a 1,500-square-foot basement
Parking spaces: 12
Real estate agent: Adrienne Goodman Florovski, Hammond International Properties
A five-plus-one-bedroom, five-bathroom Prairie-style temple sitting on an acre of land in Thornhill. The property backs onto the Don River and includes a tennis court, a swimming pool, an attached two-car garage and a circular driveway with room to park up to 12 cars. It’s near Bayview and Steeles and is a short drive from the Bayview Golf and Country Club and Tyndale University’s super-green campus.
The house was built in 1974 by architect Sheldon Rosen, who designed it as a home for a wealthy family. It was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright: horizontal lines, warm brick, large windows and so on. And its interior has been impeccably maintained—a time warp back to the 1970s.
The current owners, now retired, are downsizing to a condo, so they’re putting their home on the market.
A wooden bridge over a rock garden leads to the front door.
The tiered open-concept living and dining area sets the tone.
There’s a powder room on this level as well.
Here’s a closer look at the living area. It has floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows and popcorn ceilings.
Now the dining area, which comes with a wall of mirrors and a walkout to the backyard.
The kitchen is something else: coffered ceilings, stained glass doors, oak cabinets, a double wall oven and a U-shaped island that is perfect for hosting.
Note the built-in grill on the island—it’s vented to the exterior of the home. The flooring, meanwhile, is Mexican tile.
Just beyond the kitchen is the family room. It has oak ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace plus another walkout to the backyard.
Another angle shows off the secret bar.
This hallway connects the family room to the front foyer.
Also on the main floor is the library, equipped with another wood-burning fireplace. That staircase on the right leads to the main bedroom on the second floor.
The herringbone oak floors and ceiling accents are a nice touch.
Here’s the second-floor landing with the main suite in the background.
Yes, this is a Hollywood-style dressing room with a makeup station. It sits outside the main bedroom.
The ensuite bathroom is accessed via the walk-in closet.
Here’s that ensuite. It has a view of the backyard.
And here’s the main bedroom. Its drop-down ceiling brings the drama.
There are four additional bedrooms, plus three bathrooms, on the upper floor. This one is set up with a workstation.
This bedroom has built-in storage and access to a shared bathroom.
Down in the basement is where the fun happens. Along with two rec rooms, it comes with an additional bedroom, two bathrooms and a circus of clown figurines.
Who doesn’t like ping-pong?
Down the hall is a sauna, a steam room and lockers for guests using the tennis court and pool.
There are figurines in the bathroom too.
The backyard is designed for entertaining. The home’s many walkouts all lead to the manicured patio.
The yard at dusk: private, verdant and huge. The glowing pool has a slide and an old-school diving board.
That’s a bar and pergola by the lounge.
A look at the tennis court, shaded by dense, mature trees.
Finally, a bird’s eye view of the home from the backyard.
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