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Is this the most luxurious home in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / January 4, 2011

Most Luxurious Home TorontoThe most luxurious home in Toronto may be a tough thing to find or even agree upon, but having discovered this residence at 9 High Point Road earlier today, I know that it'd at least be in the running. It's currently listed on the MLS at $26,800,000 -- which is as expensive a home as I've seen on there (though I don't check $10 million+ range that often...).

Normally I'm underwhelmed by photo galleries of uber-luxury homes, and find myself asking the question "is it really worth that much?" -- but I don't get that sense with this puppy. While I doubt it'll actually sell for what it's listed at, with amenities like an indoor pool, a four seasons tennis court, a screening room, a bowling alley, a putting green, an eight car garage, and 13 washrooms I can at least understand the asking price.

Well, maybe. The whole thing seems ridiculous, especially that narrow golf area. And, just to make those 19 Lottomax winners feel a little less good, I'll note that even with a significant price reduction, they still couldn't afford this place.

Check out the photos and weep (or feel smug for not needing to bask in such consumer comfort).

Two-storey atrium
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For a small gathering of friends
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This does actually make me jealous
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The "den"
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Nice fridge
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And I thought my new TV was nice
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Where's the driving range?
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Indoor tennis, nice
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One of the 13 washrooms
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Discussion

76 Comments

Stra / January 4, 2011 at 05:15 pm
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Derek - does your head reach near implosion from searching and staring at so much shit every day? Wow. You're non-stop.
CM / January 4, 2011 at 05:18 pm
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I was expecting to be wowed when I clicked on this article. But for something expensive, this home wasn't shocking to me at all. It's too plain and drab in my opinion.
asd / January 4, 2011 at 05:20 pm
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The driving range is in the backyard next to the panda habitat...duh!!!
Marion Cobretti / January 4, 2011 at 05:21 pm
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Ohh, it's got central AC. Saa-weet.
Vivy / January 4, 2011 at 05:33 pm
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Made me day-dream.
shannon / January 4, 2011 at 05:40 pm
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i sure do love my house, especially the bowling alley.
pat / January 4, 2011 at 05:44 pm
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Not sustainable, given longterm realities of climate change and fossil fuel reductions. Looks lots like a hotel: I suspect the owners hang out in small, intimate rooms, and leave most of it alone when they're not entertaining.
elle / January 4, 2011 at 05:46 pm
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Who currently owns it?
Barb C / January 4, 2011 at 05:48 pm
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I think that kitchen is bigger than my apartment.
Torontonian / January 4, 2011 at 05:51 pm
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The annual maintenance and housekeeping
and property taxes must be stratospheric.

Do you know who was a previous owner?
cathy / January 4, 2011 at 05:54 pm
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I would like abit bigger of a place .Golf green is way too narrow ..
Collin / January 4, 2011 at 06:11 pm
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while the owner would NEVER have to do it themselves, but imagine having to clean this place. god damn!
Justin / January 4, 2011 at 06:18 pm
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Look at the second photo. It has its own friggin' Eaton Centre!
steve / January 4, 2011 at 06:24 pm
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Why do uber-rich houses always have a bowling alley. Really, who bowls?
Shannon Scott / January 4, 2011 at 06:29 pm
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That atrium reminds me of the house in the movie Annie. When does the staff come out to sing and dance and tell me all of the wonderful things they can do for me?
Stefan replying to a comment from steve / January 4, 2011 at 06:40 pm
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Kings among insects, that's who bowls.
Malcolm replying to a comment from Stefan / January 4, 2011 at 06:52 pm
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And Daniel Plainview.
Zach D / January 4, 2011 at 06:55 pm
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I actually think that the pool has a greater area than my apartment..
Kevin / January 4, 2011 at 07:02 pm
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haters are gonna hate! keep on commenting. if you guys could live here you surely would.

its a beautiful home.. too big for me but if you have the money then go off and spend it on the most ridiculous things! $500 dog bowls? sure! 1 fun water slide? why not? you can't get rich of wealth!
Richy Rich / January 4, 2011 at 07:02 pm
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This is some weak ass shit. My House has a roller coaster.
Chester Pape / January 4, 2011 at 07:09 pm
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Resident/owner as of 18 months ago was "Dragon" Robert Herjavec, presumably he's the vendor. He paid $10 million for the house in 2003.
Torontonian replying to a comment from Chester Pape / January 4, 2011 at 07:24 pm
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I found some interesting information about the former
owner. The link goes to CBC and Dragon's Den.

http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/dragons_robert.html
skeeter / January 4, 2011 at 07:39 pm
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two words that do not come to mind while looking at these photos: warm and homely.
Scott / January 4, 2011 at 07:49 pm
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What-no photo studio or darkroom?
anon / January 4, 2011 at 08:05 pm
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new jersey called, they want their ostentatious mansion back.
tara / January 4, 2011 at 08:10 pm
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No need to ever go outside. healthy!
belvedere replying to a comment from Scott / January 4, 2011 at 08:25 pm
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darkroom??? have u been in a closet since the '70's?
beeb / January 4, 2011 at 08:45 pm
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This reminds me of Lara Croft's house in the first Tomb Raider game, especially the shot of the pool. Wonder if there are any secret passageways and rooms....
piero replying to a comment from Stra / January 4, 2011 at 08:48 pm
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Best. Comment. Ever. :) So true! Freakin hilarious. Keep it up Derek!
Snowman / January 4, 2011 at 09:03 pm
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Wow - assuming a standard 3% rate, the agent would stand to make over $800K on this baby.
ttraveller / January 4, 2011 at 09:31 pm
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This is so Toronto. Nursery school level architecture. Amateur interior design, hardware store finishes, and cheopo construction at an astronomical price. Should be no problem finding a local buyer.
KL / January 4, 2011 at 09:50 pm
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Beautiful home, but forgive me for not seeing a point to it all.
Collin replying to a comment from ttraveller / January 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm
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how can you tell all that by looking at a couple of pics
Dan / January 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm
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Doesn
Dan / January 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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Doesn't even have a rink
The Shakes / January 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm
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The atrium looks like the food court at Sherway Gardens.
Ericsson / January 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm
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Very sumptuous. But, I was hoping for stripper poles.
sarahmg / January 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm
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The atrium looks like Daddy Warbuck's atrium from Annie!
goodlord replying to a comment from skeeter / January 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm
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homely means ugly or plain. you are thinking of "homey".

so yeah, not too homely.
Mark Moore / January 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm
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This is not Robert Herjavec`s house.
I have scouted his house for a film and this is not it.
I would like to add this one to my options though.
meeee / January 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm
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Other than the blue in the pool itself and the odd house plant, there seems to be absolutely no colour in this place. What a drab and dreary existence.

It's definitely not my taste.
blah / January 5, 2011 at 12:37 am
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I went to highschool with Herjavec's son...they are incredibly wealthy - but they throw many functions at their house to raise money for charity. Why does jealousy get the best of people?
Tom / January 5, 2011 at 03:16 am
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Yearly taxes on this place: $115,342
Ratpick / January 5, 2011 at 04:45 am
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"Wendell, I'm not content."
Sean / January 5, 2011 at 06:19 am
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You would think there would be an indoor rink. Have friends over to play some shinny. That would be cool. Imagine owning your own Zamboni!
Rama / January 5, 2011 at 08:01 am
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If they're not having people over day and night, this place can be as boring as any other home would be!
Toots / January 5, 2011 at 08:11 am
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I would so bang my hookers on that staircase.
Daniel Plainview / January 5, 2011 at 08:30 am
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I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!
choppery replying to a comment from Malcolm / January 5, 2011 at 08:55 am
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I drink your milkshake.
BitMedler / January 5, 2011 at 09:00 am
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For $26M I would at least expect a 103" plasma in place of a projector and smaller screen. Weird.

Easy to say this, but even if I had the money, this makes a better 3D architectural render than actual home.
ttraveller replying to a comment from Collin / January 5, 2011 at 09:08 am
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Anyone with the most basic knowledge of design and construction can see this instantly. One example. Look at the floors. They're all the same because they bought a bulk package of the cheapest stone and just spread it around. On and on and on.
DanBro / January 5, 2011 at 09:09 am
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26M$ come on now - someone said it looks like the Eaton Center - I say it's more Yorkdale food court looking (ugly).
Natalie / January 5, 2011 at 09:31 am
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While this IS massive and IS full of trinkets - it's rather uninspired architecture and flat design. I say knock it down and put up something worth looking at and living in - cuz this is like some house in Oakville but even more bloated. And the putting green reminds me of the hall from The Shining.
The Shakes / January 5, 2011 at 09:31 am
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WTF!?!?! I just noticed they have the same ghetto ass dishwasher as the one i tore out of my kitchen when i renovated.
EM / January 5, 2011 at 09:34 am
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Meh. It'd be like living in one of those all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but without the good weather. The atrium and living room look like they were designed for a hotel lobby.
patric replying to a comment from Stefan / January 5, 2011 at 09:58 am
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You're criticizing people who bowl, when you're amongst the people who say "uber"? Die.
sezme / January 5, 2011 at 10:41 am
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I'm considering purchasing this home, but I have to ask myself, certainly it's palatial, but is it palatial enough?
corey / January 5, 2011 at 10:43 am
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is this in Regent Park?
JB / January 5, 2011 at 11:40 am
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When I move in, I'm turning that tennis court into a basketball court.
Dan / January 5, 2011 at 11:43 am
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Nice digs. I'd have to have 25 people living there and a staff of 20 before it felt like I wasn't in isolation. It would still feel pretty empty with 45 people in it.
Now if we did some reno's and put in a sound-studio, tons of guest rooms and party rooms, and maybe an indoor beach, then it might feel more like a place I'd want to spend my time in.
Still, if I could afford a $26m home, I'd probably just want a $5m condo and a palace in Muskoka (or maybe the Carribean).
Matt / January 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm
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Obviously it's ridiculous ostentation for the sake of it. Were we expecting anything else?

The office is pretty nice though, all that dark wood.

The exterior looks like crap though. Columns?
agentsmith / January 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
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Those folks who won the 649 can't buy this, but those who won that lottery in the US can buy 7 of these. SEVEN.
Jeremy Wilson / January 5, 2011 at 04:16 pm
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I have to agree with ttraveller - for $26M I would expect better than Home Depot generic, off-the-shelf crap you see in McMansions in Oakville. That much money should buy some customization you'd think.
Kate replying to a comment from elle / January 5, 2011 at 09:48 pm
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The owner of the home is the CEO of ATI (the tech people). Quite the nice place!
ttraveller replying to a comment from Jeremy Wilson / January 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm
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Unfortunately this is the typical height of architectural imagination for all Toronto. These comments about Oakville are bogus. It applies everywhere including our precious downtown. For a Metropolitan city our size, you could count the examples of imaginative architecture and design on one hand.
sadgasg replying to a comment from ttraveller / January 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm
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That's so false.

And if it's really that bad, your should see the entirety of the southern U.S.
no thanks / January 6, 2011 at 02:43 pm
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It's nice and all, like I wouldn't refuse it if someone was going to just give it to me, but if I had $26M to spend I sure as hell wouldn't throw it at that. You can buy a small, luxurious tropical island for about 1/5th that much:
http://www.privateislandsonline.com/eden-beach.htm

Keith / January 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm
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I was underwhelmed. Obviously the owner had far more money than either sense or taste. Despite the size and obvious expense, the place has the ambience of a Marriot Suites hotel. The front looks like it was designed by Mussolini. The den is the only room shown that looks like it would be worth setting foot in.
rick mcginnis / January 8, 2011 at 10:04 am
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Why can't I get Scarface out of my mind when I look at these photos? "Say hello to my leetle fren!"
Varun S. Sriskanda / January 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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Everyones commenting on what they would have preferred given the price tag. I think you're forgetting 2 simple things: the lot size and the location of that lot (in Toronto's most prestigious neighborhood not too far from downtown). That's where the $26 Million price tag comes from.
TB / January 9, 2011 at 04:35 pm
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No this is Toronto's most luxurious residence (or at least will be). The West Penthouse of Toronto's to be completed Four Season's Private Residence.

Careful though, $30,000,000.00 price tag!

http://wn.com/Four_Seasons_Private_Residences_Toronto__West_Penthouse_Virtual_Tour

check the specs for the West Penthouse

http://penthouses.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/Four-Seasons-West-Penthouse-Brochure.pdf
Prince / January 9, 2011 at 09:50 pm
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When my ex wife and I lived here it was purple, but I figured that wouldn't sell. Then some idiot sales agent told me Canadians like to bowl and play tennis; cost me ten thousand Benjamins to take out my white guitar hall of fame and my recording studio. Now I read all these comments!? FML.
misstdot / January 10, 2011 at 11:00 am
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Cute, everyone knows Prince lived on Old Post Road !!
DanBro / January 10, 2011 at 01:10 pm
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If my memory does not fail me --- I think Prince lived in the Bridle-path (when he or is still living in TO)

Varun S. Sriskanda replying to a comment from Torontonian / January 11, 2011 at 12:11 am
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The owners are Margaret Lau and Lee Ka Lau, not Robert Herjavec as previously stated. Lee Ka is the founder of ATI Technologies Inc.
pamm / March 7, 2011 at 12:04 am
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Just luv'n this awesome home, it is gorgeous!:~)

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