This $20 million Toronto home built in 1973 is one of the most architecturally significant residences in Canada
It’s rare that a home’s design style is still relevant more than five decades later, but it is for one of Toronto’s most architecturally significant residences. The 2.2 acre property includes a stunning sprawling home originally built for the Canadian Tire family in 1973.
Canadian Tire, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023, is one of the largest companies in Canada and was founded by the Billes family in the 1920s. They are selling their longtime home in hopes that a new family will will begin its own legacy within its historic walls. The residence, located at 30 High Point Road in Toronto’s prestigious Bridle Path neighborhood, was designed by John C. Parkin, who invented International Style architecture in Canada. This style can be categorized by rectilinear forms, box-like structures, little or no decoration, and smooth, flat surfaces constructed with materials like stone, concrete, or glass.
This home, listed at $20.5 million (or $28 million CAD), has been updated for today’s modern buyer with a host of impressive amenities. The home has eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and over 26,000 square feet of interior space. The house spans 3.5 levels and the multi-tiered levels add to the level of privacy and sophistication. No design detail was left to chance and the house was built with the highest quality in terms of craftsmanship and materiality. One of the highlights of the house are the concrete walls, which are inlaid with pink and white quartz stones.
Although you certainly feel like you’ve stepped back in time, the house has a modern, airy feel that’s comfortable, welcoming and stylish. The house is accessed via a circular driveway which feels even more intimate when you arrive. The property is perched above the landscaped grounds and surrounded by lush towering trees for added privacy. Everything looks sleek, yet accommodating — there’s even 22 guest parking spots. Inside, the house is enveloped in floor-to-ceiling windows and many rooms have double-height ceilings to let in even more natural light.
Interior design details include an interior deck covered in black granite that overlooks an open-air atrium and a zen garden that adds a tranquil touch to the space. Every space, including the living room, is ideal for hanging an impressive art collection, and the living room even has a hand-painted Asian-inspired mural that depicts the walls and tells a story.
Other amenities include a wet bar downstairs; a 1,700 square foot recreation room with cards and pool tables; Desk; green; Gym; spa and whirlpool; chimneys; a catering kitchen; and an elevator that serves all three floors.
Perhaps one of the most attractive features is that the house has both indoor and outdoor pools, the former visible from the breakfast nook through large glass windows. There is also a seven-car heated garage, several decks, a sun deck and seating areas. It is ideal for families who like to entertain or who are looking for the utmost privacy at home.