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Surreal Estate: $23.5 million for a Ritz-Carlton double suite with 180-degree views and a giant snail statue

What condo on Wellington would be complete without 6,000 square feet, a labyrinthine wine cellar and a giant halo hovering above it all?

By Daniel Reale-Chin
Surreal Estate: $23.5 million for a Ritz-Carlton double suite with 180-degree views and a giant snail statue

Neighbourhood: Entertainment District Price: $23,500,000 Size: 6,000 square feet Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 5 Real estate agent: Andy Taylor and Jodi Allen, Sotheby’s International Realty

The place

A three bedroom, five-bathroom condo on the 46th storey of the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington. The recently renovated home combines two former units for 6,000 square feet of living space and 180-degree views of the city, including the CN Tower, the Toronto Islands and the Financial District. Residents also have access to the hotel’s five-star amenities: a dedicated concierge, complimentary town-car service, 24-hour room service, a fitness centre and plenty more. It’s within walking distance of David Pecaut Square, Roy Thomson Hall and the many businesses along King West. And motorists are a short drive from the Gardiner and Lake Shore Boulevard. 

The tour

The front door opens to a minimalist open-concept living space the size of a tennis court. 

This 6,000-square-foot condo was once two separate units.

There’s a giant halo hovering 11 feet above, illuminating the space while adding some drama. 

The ceilings are 10-feet.

In the kitchen: an island with an embedded cooktop and floating hood, motorized Polyform cabinets imported from New York, a Wolf oven, and several Sub-Zero appliances.

The cabinets in the kitchen are motorized.

Underneath the glowing oval is the corner living area, surrounded by wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Have you ever been neighbours with a bank tower?

Here’s a reverse view of the living space. It has a frame TV and a two-sided gas fireplace.

Note the two-sided gas fireplace.

This angle highlights the glass wine cellar.

The living room at night.

It can hold more than 750 bottles.

The wine cellar holds 750 bottles.

The adjacent dining area is flanked by a laser-cut marble feature wall. Those cylindrical sconces are a fun bit of sci-fi-inspired decor. 

That feature wall is laser-cut slab marble.

Here’s one more view of the dining room. The home’s lights, window coverings, audio and HVAC are all automated. 

The home's lights, window coverings, HVAC and lights are all automated.

Moving along reveals the north-facing second living area, with a gate-like marble partition leading to the office.

The marble partition is an elegant touch.

This angle shows off the second two-sided gas fireplace, which conceals a mini art gallery and one of the property’s two private elevators. 

Another two-sided fireplace in the living area.

Here’s that office, equipped with a built-in backlit bookcase.

In the office: back-lit, built-in shelving.

The office coffee station has a sink, a fridge and a dishwasher. And, yes, that’s a giant snail statue on the right.

How about that giant snail in the office?

Now for the main suite. Squint and you can see Yonge and Eglinton in the distance. 

The main suite faces north.

The main bedroom has its own lounge and another frame TV mounted against a wood-and-stone feature wall. 

The main-suite lounge wouldn't be out of place at a fancy bar.

Its ensuite bathroom is lined with marble and comes with a soaker tub and a jumbo vanity. 

Marble everywhere in the main ensuite bathroom.

Turn around to enter the boutique-style walk-in closet. 

The walk-in closet is equipped with Polyform cabinets.

This is the second main bedroom. To live here is to be neighbours with the CN Tower. 

Hello, CN Tower.

The view of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands may be the condo’s greatest feature.

The view of the Toronto Islands is this secondary bedroom's greatest feature.

Here’s a peek inside the second ensuite. 

Here's another ensuite bathroom.

The design here is meant to echo the hotel’s spa.

This bathroom was designed to echo the hotel's spa.

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