Moore Park, Toronto, ON
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Welcome to Forty-Six Old Bridle Path in Moore Park and situated on a private road high atop a ravine hilltop overlooking the City with spectacular all season views. Over the years, everyone who has lived in the house has had an attachment and fondness for hockey. Remember, this thought as you go through the house. There is a surprise at every corner. This very special Georgian-style property is reminiscent of an English Country Manor Home situated in its own private park-like setting with its well landscaped gardens and pond. The columned entrance leads to a gravelled circular driveway with ample parking for six cars with a magnificent tree centring the parking. At the far end of the property is the small basketball court. As you approach the house you can see the rich architectural detailing from the outside. The lovely walk way leads past the sculpture court with pea gravel and lovely forested views to the sunny south. The house was completely and meticulously architecturally gutted and renovated in 2003 by the present owners. In addition, numerous additions were also added to the house to create its present day form. The attention to detail is exceptional and has withstood the test of time. A true vision was created and enacted in this house. Upon entering the house there are double doors which lead to the long gallery which is finished with re-claimed heated stone floors. The main staircase is finished in a custom designed wrought bannister and is waxed for added effect. The Living room sets this house apart from any other house in Toronto, with its long tall windows for wonderful city and country views, glorious gas fireplace and carved mantle. In addition the Living room has the most delicious re-claimed dark barn board wide plank floors from Virginia. This particular room is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. By day, one knows they are in Toronto and by night with the fire on and the curtains closed one could be easily transported away to a fashionable London terrace house or to a New York Brownstone. While enjoying a very bespoke feeling the Living room is still very cozy and family oriented. It is casual and easy to feel relaxed. The current owners furnishings and decorative arts make it so wonderful to sit and enjoy. Off the Living room is the recent added step-down Dining room which can sit a table of ten or expand out onto the summer terrace for 30. The hand crafted bookcases lend a surprise to the visitor, behind the doors are various places to lay out your porcelain and crystal. It makes for easy entertaining. The Dining room is set off by its period French mantel and hearth which surrounds the wood burning fireplace. This is truly one of the most romantic rooms in the house and it would be a real treat to be invited for dinner with the fire set and the candles creating magical shadows on the walls. The Dining room enjoys re-claimed barn board floors from Virginia as well. There is also a built in pantry and wet bar area. Both the principal rooms enjoy great ceiling height. Off the Living and Dining rooms room is the main floor family room. It is large and enjoys re-claimed heated stone floors. The family room has beautifully tailored bookcases and a built-in entertainment centre. There are numerous sets of French doors to access the forecourt or the numerous garden areas. The views are to the south of the city centre and on to the Lake. The powder room is ideally located at the end of the long gallery. The powder room enjoys a beautifully carved marble font which is used as a sink. In addition there is a separate mudroom area for the whole family and laundry chute for those times when after school or weekend when activities fill up the room with equipment. And, there is a even a dog bath. The house is infused with an abundance of natural light in every room. The kitchen is situated to take advantage of the lovely views to the west of the garden sculpture court. The gourmet kitchen is fitted out with high end appliances and cupboards that have been specially wrapped in stainless steel. There is a wonderful bay window which lends its self to a large family size table for eating. There are numerous work areas for preparation and there is also a built-in desk. The other cupboards are crafted in bead board and the counter tops are a dark marble. The kitchen floor are also re-claimed stone and have in-floor heating and if you look closely you will see a dog's foot print in some places. It makes you smile and feel good. Through the house a visitor will notice the custom crafted doors and framing made from rock elm wood by Mennonites and embellished by escutcheons and fittings imported from England. In fact most of the bathroom fittings were imported from England with a special attention paid to detail. Each piece was carefully selected. At the end of the long gallery is a tall window which allows for an abundance of light and also allows for a piece of sculpture or floral arrangement. The main staircase is open and is flooded with light. On the spacious second floor are four bedrooms - two have ensuites and two bedrooms share a spacious bathroom. Each bedroom has a very distinct flavour and style. The blue room is noted for its upside down hockey rink with players ready to play. Part of the adjoining ensuite is taken from a train. The second bedroom has a gas fireplace and spacious ensuite as well and has lovely views overlooking the garden. The third bedroom has forever views to the south and a step up dressing area. The fourth bedroom is spacious and bright and has enchanting garden views. Off the foyer is the semi-ensuite for the third and fourth bedrooms. It has a French style influence. All bedrooms enjoy re-claimed barn board floors. The second floor is noted for its secondary laundry room. The open staircase continues to the third floor with its fine custom designed and crafted wrought iron treatments. At the top there is an open home office which leads to a very private and romantic Master re-treat. The Master suite enjoys gloriously tall ceilings with views to the west, east and south. During every hour of the day there is something wonderful to capture. The suite enjoys the wide planked floors found throughout the house. There is ample space for a sitting area as well as the built-in Juliet window seats. Tucked away is a coffee prep area with bar fridge too. Off the Master suite which is the entire third floor, is a delightful sitting room and dressing room. It has a fitted walk-in closet with numerous built-ins as well. And, there is even a charming enclosed bird-cage porch to step out onto. Another added feature is all the cross breezes one can catch as the wind sweeps through on all fronts. The Dressing room has a triptych mirror and is situated in front of a lit glass panel for added effect. The Master ensuite has been beautifully crafted with built-ins, a shower stall and the most eye popping fitted copper bathtub, which looks like it has been taken from a 19thc Parisian Salon. The ensuite enjoys heated stone floors as well. The Lower Level enjoys a media room, exercise or hockey practice room, ample storage, a nanny suite and a glorious fitted high end bathroom. There is also the main laundry on this level. Forty-Six Old Bridle Path has been carefully thought out for the pleasures and enjoyment of a family. There is something special here for everyone, including the family pets. There are many other desired amenities as well. In particular are the many interior wood shuttered windows, Hot water gas heating, in-floor heating, tankless hot water, exterior water irrigation and lighting systems, interior ceiling speakers, security system and central vacuum. There are many adjectives that could be used to describe this wonderful and much anticipated offering. There is an abundance of fine detail, sophistication, quality and an ease of family life. The location is superb and private. This property and fine house are ideal for a family or for a couple seeking the ultimate in urban privacy. Nearby, by are the finest of private, public and separate schools, the TTC, ease of access to the down town. There really is nothing like it and rarely does such an offering come to the public market.