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Five Luxury Homes in Toronto, AD's New 'Capital of Cool'

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Just in time for the Toronto Film Festival in September, design mag Architectural Digest focuses on Canada's largest city and goes so far as to dub it an up-and-coming "capital of cool." If this glassy midcentury penthouse, located high atop a Philip Johnson-designed tower at 155 Cumberland Street, is any indication, the city has been pretty damn cool since the '60s. The sprawling apartment measures 10,200 square feet, with an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor space, and was recently renovated and updated to a very high standard. Highlights, apart from all that outdoor space, include a stone-lined atrium, a wine cellar, and a master suite with two bathrooms and a pair of dressing rooms. Of course, owning the coolest penthouse in the city comes at a price, a very high one. This palatial pad is listed for $28.3M.

? For buyer desirous of a penthouse but without the many millions required for the last place, this 2,500-square-foot two bedroom offers a blank slate for $2.1M. Yes, that's still plenty of money to be spending in Toronto, but this flat's ridiculously large roof deck makes the price look cheap. The terrace off the living area measures 530 square feet, but the one on the roof is a gargantuan 3,175 square feet. That combined with the two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and clean-lined modernist style makes this one desirable penthouse for a buyer willing to start from scratch on the furnishings.

? For something more traditional—and literally down to earth—head to the tony neighborhood of Lawrence Park, where this stately brick mansion delivers 6,800 square feet of sumptuous interiors, plus a picturesque swimming pool out back and even a patch of grass in exchange for $4.1M. While the place looks like an historic renovation, it was, in fact, built rather recently, to designs by architect Peter Higgins.

? While Toronto is coming into its own as a design capital, some listings in the city can't help but reference outside influences. This three-bedroom townhouse is listed under the title "Manhattan in Toronto," but it could certainly stand-up well on its own. For one, it's listed for $3.5M, close to a tenth of what one might get for a townhouse in desirable Big Apple neighborhoods. It also has the cool architectural distinction of being part of a converted former church. The three-bed, four-bath home measures 4,300 square feet and boasts a chef's kitchen, media room, private parking, and a 5,000 bottle wine cellar.

? Cementing Toronto's reputation as a developing "capital of cool" are some listings that are straight out of the style Stone Age. This sprawling apartment in the five-star Hazelton Hotel has been outfitted in the most over-the-top, gilded, pre-recession style. While that might complement the sky-high $18M listing price, it doesn't jive with the chic modern public spaces of the hotel. The 6,300-square-foot space, with three bedrooms and five total bathrooms, could have been put to much better use.

· Toronto Rising [Architectural Digest]
· 155 Cumberland Street [Chestnut Park]
· King Street West [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Lawrence Park [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Manhattan in Toronto [Sotheby's International Realty]
· 118 Yorkville Avenue [Sotheby's International Realty]