A European-inspired chateau with wrought iron gates
Ravine and serene
by Connie Adair
From the curb, passersby can enjoy a view of a European-inspired chateau, set behind wrought iron gates and at the end of a driveway large enough to accommodate 10 cars. However, only family and guests get to venture inside the stone-and-stucco home and into the backyard retreat.
The treed backyard is “worth the price of admission,” says listing agent Morley Forsyth of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. “There are three terraces. One is off the master suite, another is off the oversized kitchen/great room and another terrace below that has a stone fountain.”
Hedges, a European-style garden that has perennials that bloom at different times during the season and a natural fenced ravine are other features of the half-acre property.
Rebuilt and expanded in 2000, the original house was “reworked and added on to,” Mr. Forsyth says. The year-long renovation resulted in a 7,800-square-foot home that has an elevator to all three floors and an uninterrupted view of the Binscarth Ravine.
Marble floors, a coffered ceiling and French doors in the foyer, a gas fireplace in the living room and a built-in closet and marble floors in the dining room are features.
The breakfast area has a built-in desk and shelves, and a view of the ravine. A centre island, granite counters and a skylight are features of the kitchen. The great room has a fireplace and French doors. Other main-floor features include a built-in desk and shelves in the office and a gas fireplace in the library.
The master suite has a gas fireplace, his-and-hers closets and a vaulted ceiling with a handpainted mural of Tuscany. The seven-piece ensuite bathroom includes a sauna. The other two bedrooms also have ensuite bathrooms.
The home has formal entertaining spaces as well as informal gathering spots that are warm and inviting, Mr. Forsyth says. “It’s great for family or business entertaining.”
It is attracting a variety of potential buyers, including those who want to downsize but stay in the area, as well as offshore buyers from England and the Orient looking for a part-time residence. “It’s rare to get three bedrooms with this amount of [square footage],” Mr. Forsyth says. The property offers value for its location, finishes and setting. “It’s in Rosedale on a coveted ravine. Buyers are drawn by that.”