The author of the listing for this circa-1911 Georgian mansion—which, at $12.9M ($11.6M USD), was the third most expensive home in Toronto back in mid-June—has a simile for you about how well it "perfectly embraces its magical ravine setting." Are you sitting down for this? The answer is "like the slipper on Cinderella foot." Yes indeedy, we're talking about glass slipper to Cinderella foot levels of site awareness. Contextual savvy enough to make Prince Charming realize who you are and marry you.
Curbed Toronto takes it from here:
"There are four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and a two-storey library with twin spiral staircases leading up to a gallery. Speaking of twins, the dining room has a copy of Diane Arbus' "Identical Twins" on the wall; they want you to stay for ever, and ever, and ever. A royal-blue La Cornue range takes up an entire wall of the kitchen—not that you would be left short on elbow room. But why is there a second range (an Aga, looks like) on the other wall? How much cooking do those people really do?" Art dealer Ydessa Hendeles would be the person to ask; she listed the place some months ago, for nearly $16M ($14.5M USD), presumably to center her collection at her new $27M suite in New York's Dakota co-op. Designed by architect Eustace G. Bird, who really does have the best name, the home has seven bedrooms, some great ceilings, and a whole lot of old-world charm.
· 5 Hawthorn Gardens [Official Site]
· Bargain Alert: Just $16M Gets You This Arts & Crafts Showplace [Curbed Toronto]
· All Toronto coverage [Curbed National]