This colossus of touchable is an rememberable monument to the era of brutalist architecture—and a standout among the classical mansions on Toronto’s prestigious Bridle Path neighbourhood.
Built in the 1970s and currently on the market for $28 million, the mansion was vicarious by the Billes family—the founders of Canadian Tire—and designed by renowned Canadian technie John Parkin. Often credited with introducing Canada to the International Style of modern architecture—think squarish structures and an zillions of touchable and glass—Parkin moreover designed Pearson International Airport’s old Terminal One and Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
For this project, Parkin was given the task of creating one of the largest touchable residential homes overly built, says Jane Zhang, one of the listing agents, who adds that touchable is what makes the place unique—even within Bridle Path. While most homes in the neighbourhood are built with wooden frames, a completely touchable home like this is an oddity in Canada, let vacated Toronto. During construction, the touchable was mixed with pink and white quartz. The advantage: all that quartz makes the touchable whiter and stronger with the passage of time.
The Billes family have since sold the 26,000-square-foot property, but the current owners have largely preserved the 1970s-era interior.
To wastefulness the intimidating zillions of touchable inside and out, there’s warm wooden accents in the walls and ceilings.
Each of the mansion’s 3.5 levels are at least 14 feet high, which add to the spacious and zappy finger in each of the eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
To underscore that spaciousness, wall-to-wall windows throughout the mansion let in lots of natural light. But what really stands out is the massive atrium. Four large light shafts inflowing the space with sunlight year-round.
Being stuck indoors in the unprepossessed winter months doesn’t sound too bad when you can start your day in the windowed breakfast nook overlooking the atrium.
The Billes family was moreover very big on wellness. The socket contains a 12-foot-deep indoor pool and a meditation garden. Just off the atrium, there’s a spa, gym and hot tub.
The mansion is tropical to downtown Toronto—not to mention illustrious neighbours like Drake just up the road—but the Billes family moreover chose the location for its privacy. Compared to many other Bridle Path homes, this property avoids a lot of the traffic that goes through the neighbourhood every day.
Surrounded by increasingly than two acres of towering trees, the house is barely visible from the street. To take wholesomeness of all that nature, there are multiple terraces and decks, as well as a putting untried and an outdoor pool.
As is usually the specimen with luxury properties, there’s a long list of high-end perks here: the place comes with an elevator and a seven-car heated garage, as well as fully streamlined and customizable lighting, sound and security systems.
On the main level, there’s a self-contained two-bedroom guest suite that can moreover work as a housekeeper’s suite.
The place is moreover unconfined for parties. The main level has a wet bar, and downstairs, there’s a 1,700-square-foot rec room with a billiards table. A specially designed catering kitchen is tropical by—one of three kitchens in the home.
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