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House of the Week: 17 Oakley Place

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 5, 2013

17 oakley place torontoWith a hefty $200,000 recently shaved off the asking price ("hefty" may be a relative term), this family home is just ripe for the taking. This nine-bed, 10-bath house on Oakley Place comes with multiples of everything you could want in a home, including two kitchens (because a nine-burner gas range may prove inadequate), and various spots for the storage and testing of vintage wines and spirits. So if you don't think you can get a mortgage on this place, keep your fingers crossed for a bartending job.

17 oakley place torontoSPECS:

Address: 17 Oakley Place
Price: $4,295,000
Size: 8,900 s.f.
Storeys: 3 + walkout basement
Bedrooms: 7+2
Bathrooms: 10
Parking spaces: 8
Kitchens: 2
Fireplaces: 5
Property taxes: $33,554.12

17 oakley place torontoNOTABLE FEATURES:

  • Saltwater pool with waterfall
  • Heated floors and driveway
  • Three-storey foyer
  • Butler's pantry
  • Granite countertops
  • Stainless steel and integrated appliances
  • Wet bar
  • Wine cellar
  • Elevator

17 oakley place torontoGOOD FOR:

Indoor aerobic exercises, reenacting scenes from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, hosting an extended family reunion. Also good for paper airplane-making and testing (in which case, can we all lay off the Reference Library?), and pretending you host a cooking show. And, on a sadder note, good for spouses who hope not to see much of each other.

17 oakley place torontoMOVE ON IF:

You hate it when one of the bulbs on your chandeliers burns out. You have Ikea furniture. You'd rather give $33k annually to a car dealership (or, basically anyone) over the government. You'd like 11 bathrooms, not 10.

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If you had the dough, would you buy this home? Let us know where you stand in the comments below.



Sheezy / February 5, 2013 at 08:59 am
Hamish Grant / February 5, 2013 at 09:16 am
I might use this as an occasional residence when I'm feeling like living "on the cheap".

Sean / February 5, 2013 at 09:17 am
Far too traditional for my tastes, but it is a lovely house.
Skye / February 5, 2013 at 09:25 am
No pool house? How am I supposed to reenact scenes from "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" without a pool house? HARRUMPH.
the lemur / February 5, 2013 at 10:04 am
I would neither want to dust those horrible railings and mouldings myself, nor pay someone to do it.
LAA / February 5, 2013 at 10:15 am
No, it's ugly.
Fabio / February 5, 2013 at 10:34 am
It would make sense (maybe) to buy it and convert it into a boutique hotel.
Al / February 5, 2013 at 10:42 am
Can I suggest that BlogTo include a small map showing where the house is on these posts, the same way they do for restaurants? Location makes a huge difference in real estate.
Ford4ever / February 5, 2013 at 10:47 am
I think it could use more pot lights.
aeiou / February 5, 2013 at 11:33 am
@Al: You can place '17 oakley place' in maps.google.ca to see the map, or simply click on the link beneath the second photo
Miss Kriss / February 5, 2013 at 11:42 am
It's lovely, I'll take it.
j-rock / February 5, 2013 at 11:50 am
None of these places look very comfortable. I couldn't imagine coming home from a hard day at work (I assume that someone's working to pay for all of that) and trying to relax in that place. It would be like trying to find a cozy nook at Casa Loma.
Aaron / February 5, 2013 at 11:51 am
Invokes memories of "Say hello to my little friend".
Bob / February 5, 2013 at 01:13 pm
Re: Can I suggest that BlogTo include a small map showing where the house is on these posts?

Step 1: Go to Google Maps maps.google.com
Step 2: Type in 17 Oakley Place, Toronto, ON
Step 3: Hit the Enter key

beefcurten / February 5, 2013 at 01:20 pm
ugh. so tacky. i expect a hillbilly who won the lottery to buy this place.
Ryan / February 5, 2013 at 02:03 pm
Where are the slave quarters?
Sadie / February 5, 2013 at 02:16 pm
These real estate posts are absolutely dripping with pathetic, bitter hipster sarcasm. There have been several comments on this already in previous posts, but I agree that this should be scrapped.

Think of the demographics reading BlogTO... I think it's safe to say that most of us can't afford these multi-million dollar gaudy McMansions, nor do we care. Toronto Life is taking care of those who do.
Agreed replying to a comment from Sadie / February 5, 2013 at 02:41 pm
Yeah, honestly, what's the point of this column other than for people to vent on the poor tastes of "rich people". It comes across as really self-important and whiny.

If I want to gawk and the monied, I'd pick up a copy of Toronto Life.
fred / February 5, 2013 at 03:39 pm
Like most of these trophy houses, note that there are NO BOOKS on any of the shelves, or in any room. There are, however, TROPHY CASES, and TROPHIES on the bookshelves. So 'monied', meaning 'nouveau bank fraud', yes. But actual people, no. Look's like Leons - or maybe Teh Bay did the 'furnishings'. Not flash enough for the russian mob, and too pretendy anglo for the downstream italians - I'd say Hudakian.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from fred / February 5, 2013 at 04:36 pm
Er, you don't put books in a staged house. Ever.

The goal is to make people think they could see themselves making the place their own. So you dress it up to look like nobody in particular really lives there. Like a Marriott.

w-hat / February 5, 2013 at 05:13 pm
This house is less than 400 meters from the 401.
Sharky / February 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Looked good until I saw the $33k property tax. That could be someone's full time salary just to pay the property tax. Haha.
Makes no sense / February 6, 2013 at 12:48 am
Honestly, who is blogTO's target audience? It's nice to see a $3 million or $4 million home every once in a while...but honestly, every time?

Why can't you just show a normal house?
You so dumb replying to a comment from Makes no sense / February 6, 2013 at 01:05 am
well, if you want to see a normal house... go home and take a look.
Doug / February 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Looks like a tear down to me.
Tom / February 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm
At this price level, I'd expect Caesarstone quartz countertops instead of granite.
oakleyxxx.com / March 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm
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