Surreal Estate: $8.8 million for a Malibu-style Vaughan mansion surrounded by palm trees

Surreal Estate: $8.8 million for a Malibu-style Vaughan mansion surrounded by palm trees

What home north of the 407 would be complete without 16 parking spots, a winter-proof driveway, an open fireplace and a 5,000-bottle wine cellar?

This 6,200-square-foot Vaughan mansion is going for $8.8 million.

Neighbourhood: Pine Grove, Vaughan
Price: $8.8 million
Size: 6,200 square feet plus a 2,900-square-foot basement, sitting on half an acre of land
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 9
Parking spots: 16
Real estate agent: Voula Argyropoulos, Hammond International Properties

The place

A high-tech four-plus-one-bedroom, nine-bathroom house in Vaughan. The place sits on half an acre of land and comes with a saltwater pool, a four-car garage and a driveway that fits 12 cars, a movie theatre, and heated flooring all over. It’s surrounded by greenery and is a short drive from both the 400 and the 427.

The history

The current owners bought this villa in 2021, just after construction was completed. Then came the fun: they commissioned a sommelier from Barberian’s Steak House to design and install a 5,000-bottle, temperature-controlled, camera-surveilled wine cellar. Now, the owners are putting the mansion on the market. 

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The tour

The façade’s various components coalesce like building blocks. That’s a post and lintel entrance to the driveway on the right. 

Yes, thhat's a post and lintel entrance to the driveway.

Hardwood soffits peeking underneath a portico roof with built-in lighting warm up the otherwise austere exterior.

The warm, hardwood soffits relive the otherwise austere exterior.

Inside, heated oak floors and a crystalline staircase greet residents. 

Residents are first greeted by the stunning staircase.

Modernist furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and a champagne closet (tucked away in the background) populate the family room.

There's a champagne closet tucked away behind this family room.

There are two offices on the main floor—this one hides behind a secret door in the family room. 

This office is actually accessed via secret door in the family room.

Just off the family room is the dining area, kitchen and sunken living space. The Disney-inspired art by Anthony Ricciardi (a friend of the owners) does not come with the home. 

The Disney-inspired art, unfortunately, does not come with the home.

Those marble counters in the kitchen are leathered to add texture. And the doors on the left—flanked by the frilly display—open to a giant fridge and freezer. 

That feature wall on the left conceals a second kitchen.

In the living space: a two-storey feature wall, views of the grotto out back and an open fireplace, just because. 

Keep the little ones away from the open fireplace.

The second-floor landing overlooks the living space and connects all four bedrooms.  

This second-floor landing connects all of the bedrooms.

The main bedroom comes with a fireplace surrounded by another Ricciardi mural, plus an ensuite bathroom, a walk-in closet and a walkout to a jumbo deck.

The main bedroom custom with a hand-painted mural surrounding the fireplace.

Here’s that ensuite, with a super-wide vanity, a soaker tub and a glass shower.

The main ensuite has a super-wide vanity, a jumbo mirror, a soaker tub and a glass shower.

And here’s the adjacent Yorkville-worthy walk-in.

This ensuite could be a boutique in Yorkville.

Now for the suite’s deck, with yet another fireplace and a treetop view. 

Have you ever seen a private deck so big?

The owners love to host wine tastings in the basement rec room. Its wet bar comes with a fridge, a dishwasher and a microwave. 

There's a full bar in the basement rec room, perfect for tastings.

Anyone could get lost in the 5,000-bottle wine cellar, so it comes with a bottle-finding app. 

The 5,000-bottle wine cellar comes with custom app for looking up varieties.

There’s also a sauna down here. 

There's a sauna down in the basement too.

Down the hall is the cinema, complete with soundproof walls and movie-theatre carpet.

A popcorn machines lives just outside the cinema.

On to the backyard. See? Malibu.

Squnit and you'd think you were in Southern California.

Palm trees can’t survive outdoors during Toronto’s colder months, so the owners hired a garden centre to care for them when it gets chilly.

Specialists transport the palm trees to a nursery in the winter months.

The cabana (more like a poolside bachelor pad) has heating, air-conditioning and a bar.

The cabana has heating and AC, along with a bathroom and bar.

Of course there are Muskoka chairs. 

Don't forget the fire pit.

A look at the heated driveway leading to the backyard.

No shovels needed here: the driveway is heated.

Finally, a bird’s eye view of the verdant property. 

Mature trees dot the verdant property.

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