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House of the Week: 25 Ormsby Crescent

Posted by Amy Michelle Smith / April 2, 2013

25 Ormsby Crescent TorontoIf Hugh Heffner were looking to settle down in the bourgeois enclaves of Toronto, 25 Ormsby Crescent would undoubtedly make him feel right at home. Seemingly designed by a 70s adult film set dresser, this sprawling home in Forest Hill is brimming with references to the days of Boogie Nights. Vaulted birch ceilings and a brick-layered fireplace in the main living room just beg for a young Tom Selleck to be splayed out in his birthday suit on a bear-skin rug.

The fully functional bar in the wood-paneled basement is straight out of your grandparent's Florida summer home — not to mention a fancy leopard-print carpet running up the winding staircase, leading to the bedrooms which (of course) feature floor-to-ceiling mirrored walls. Phew, I'm getting hot and bothered just thinking about it. So for the burgeoning adult film auteur, me thinks we've found your abode.

25 Ormsby Crescent TorontoSPECS:

Address: 25 Ormsby Crescent
Price: $2,400,000
Size: 5,020 SF
Storeys: 2
Bedrooms: 4 + 1
Bathrooms: 4
Parking Spaces: 8

Property Taxes: $13,542.20

25 Ormsby Crescent TorontoNOTABLE FEATURES:

Leopard-Print stair-runner
Living room decor à la Playboy Mansion circa 1975
Mirrored walls (think of the possibilities...)
Fully functioning home bar complete with mirrored shelving and tacky bar stools
2 car garage + 6 car driveway
Huge secluded garden with built-in BBQ
Chef's Kitchen with 2 wall ovens, gas cooktop and Sub-Zero fridge

25 Ormsby Crescent TorontoGOOD FOR:

The middle-aged big-spender looking to fulfill their teen dream of living in the Playboy mansion. Those looking to live inside the mind of David Lynch's set dresser circa Twin Peaks.

25 Ormsby Crescent TorontoMOVE ON IF:

You have a semblance of discerning taste and wish to spend your well earned millions on something a bit less dated. Oh, and if you think four bedrooms is a bit small given the price tag.

25 Ormsby Crescent Toronto25 Ormsby Crescent Toronto25 Ormsby Crescent Toronto25 Ormsby Crescent Toronto25 Ormsby Crescent Toronto25 Ormsby Crescent TorontoIf you had the dough, would buy this home? Let us know where you stand in the comments below.

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Mark / April 2, 2013 at 11:34 am
Nice review Robyn!
z / April 2, 2013 at 11:46 am
who picks these houses of the week? consistently awful choices so far, of little interest to the blogTO reader base. if you're going to show off something unaffordable to most, please at least have the consideration to exhibit an interesting home rather than unfortunate conglomerations of upper middle class stereotypes. I am disappointed.
Aaron Boiron / April 2, 2013 at 11:47 am
I know this house. The one next to it is a grow op
Sarah / April 2, 2013 at 11:50 am
I like this house way better than the last few you guys have posted. At least it has some character. I don't think it looks that dated. Could use to lose the leopard print stairs, and be refurnished by the new owners, but I think everything else looks alright.
William Huynh / April 2, 2013 at 11:55 am
Wow, sorry, what's wrong with birch ceilings and exposed wood? The leopard print carpeting on the stairways is a bit much but the attitude of pretentiousness on something that most people are unlikely to ever be able to afford comes off as petty chirping
j-rock / April 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm
I don't much care for the exterior, but this is the first one of these that actually looks like a home, and not a museum. You can actually imagine people relaxing, and engaging in normal behaviour in this space.
Danny / April 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Mirrors should be on bedroom ceilings not walls.
sean / April 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Holy timewarp, Batman!
Audrey / April 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Considering the target audience it is a tear down.
sharp stinging sensation / April 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm
ow. my eyes.
Yvonne / April 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Looks like the scene of the 80's porn movies!!
by-tor / April 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm
"MOVE ON IF: You have a semblance of discerning taste..."

Right, because if someone doesn't like what you like they don't have discerning taste.
This column is bunk. The target audience for multi-million dollar homes is not a blog read primarily by college age youths.
How much are you getting from for these pieces?
Mark / April 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm
I know this house. Playboy Mansion? Boogie Nights!! The house was a winner on Four Houses Canada and was featured in "In Style" magazine.
Candy / April 2, 2013 at 01:05 pm
I absolutely love this house. Amy I think your comments are so ridiculous, playboy mansion??.......come on get real.
Lol replying to a comment from William Huynh / April 2, 2013 at 01:05 pm
Funny how the "reviewer" changed their name, yet this piece still reads like Robyn's trash.
Mark replying to a comment from Candy / April 2, 2013 at 01:17 pm
I assume that "Candy" is your "professional" name.
Bronwyn / April 2, 2013 at 01:44 pm
This is a great house! I love how spacious the rooms are--especially the living room. Its so close to the kitchen and dining room that it makes for a great entertainment space and for relaxing with family/friends.
candy replying to a comment from Mark / April 2, 2013 at 02:01 pm
Yes, in fact it is.

And, I have wonderful memories of the erotica that I had but a small part in creating whilst filming on location; especially with my co-star "Mr. Big"; whose part, I might add was much bigger.

There is even a steam room in the basement, albeit much smaller than the grotto in the West Mansion,where we would go to "cool down".
Candy / April 2, 2013 at 02:02 pm
Mark, yes it is. Had some good times in this house, did you.know there is a steam bath in the basement;)?
Candy / April 2, 2013 at 02:12 pm
Second Candy is an imposter!
Candy / April 2, 2013 at 02:14 pm
To Bronwyn, could not agree with you any more. A great house indeed. You must be in design.
Dave / April 2, 2013 at 02:19 pm
I've been in this house. Its a great party house. Surprised Robyn didn't mention the bowling alley in the basement. I know its only "5 pin" but still.
Farooz / April 2, 2013 at 02:39 pm
Hey, I think the photo on the bedroom wall was Hef's second wife!
Hymie Zimmerman / April 2, 2013 at 02:40 pm
I used to go to summer camp with this very odd fellow who was nicknamed The Schnipple. This house reminds me of him.
skeeter replying to a comment from z / April 2, 2013 at 03:02 pm
"consistently awful choices so far, of little interest to the blogTO reader base."

Perhaps if there was a Broken Social Scene poster on the wall then blogTO's reader base will be more inclined to get excited about the house...
Soso / April 2, 2013 at 04:38 pm
That living room with the orange couch is not a bad room. I'd spend time there. The rest of the house can go though.
Horrible / April 2, 2013 at 04:41 pm
Horrible pink-ish sofa in the living room, horrible bright blue walls in that bedroom.
Horrible / April 2, 2013 at 04:46 pm
Also, the sloped ceiling and window in the living room (Photo #5) reminds me of those old KFC restaurants from the 70s and 80s.
how? / April 2, 2013 at 05:40 pm
How do you guys get access to the info in these "articles"? Do you just absent-mindedly browse real estate websites until you find something you feel you can degrade sufficiently? Or do you call people with listings and ask if you can tour their house to bash it on the internet later?

As an aspiring writer, these are the things I want to know.
Jen / April 2, 2013 at 06:12 pm
Haha this is SO 80s-90s!!!!!
Ron / April 2, 2013 at 08:04 pm
According to the records, It's not an adult film star, but very close. Yet another Toronto Lawyer..
Fabio replying to a comment from Ron / April 2, 2013 at 08:33 pm
Fatal replying to a comment from Horrible / April 2, 2013 at 08:43 pm
Hey it was called Kentucky Fried Chicken then, and if you we're a regular customer you shouldn't still be around.
Rocky replying to a comment from Jen / April 2, 2013 at 08:56 pm
I miss the '80's. I would love living in the '80's . . .at least at home
WhenCanIMoveIn? / April 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm
I'm reacting way more to these comments than to the pics of the house! Some of the replies made me laugh, the original comments about the house did not. This home is different, and warm and appears to be worth the price tag to a lot of people from the sounds of it...
sw replying to a comment from how? / April 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm
Totally been wondering the same thing. Do the "writers" of these pieces even take one step in to see what it looks like outside of the professionally-taken photos?

Valid questions deserve valid answers.
Tori replying to a comment from sw / April 3, 2013 at 07:33 am
I have been in this house and it is great. The author of this post has obviously never set foot in the house.
Esteban / April 3, 2013 at 10:05 am
A lovely home. And so many washable surfaces! It's a filmmaker's paradise!
I Finance Construction / April 3, 2013 at 10:38 am
Apart from the kitchen being redone, place looks like not a bad deal. Not too crazy about the sunroom windows in front of house. I am financing a 5K sq. ft. house right now and they say it will be worth 4.5M when its done. So interesting comparison as this house is 5K sq. ft.
Wolfman / April 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm
I have been in this lovely and warm home. It is a steal at $2.5 million. I recall the exquisite dinner parties and late nights watching films with the owners in the family room cum media entertainment centre. I also heard of wild parties, toga orgies, free flowing Cristal, wife swapping and key exchanges with Forest Hill yummy mummies. And jumping in au naturel in the Gluckstein-inspired hot tub time machine. Apparently, my invitations for those "Fo Hill" soirees, got lost in the mail. My bad luck. I only got invites to the owners' very tasteful dinner parties. Is there no justice?
SB / April 3, 2013 at 01:39 pm
If I had the dough I would buy this fantasy house. For now I must live with my dreams.........
Sun / April 3, 2013 at 08:23 pm
Talia / April 3, 2013 at 08:49 pm
I absolutely love this house!!!! All the comments below are probably people who just know they could never live in such a beautiful home. This house is stunning!!!! The design is beautiful and I just don't know who would want to sell such a home! Love love love!!
Natalia / April 3, 2013 at 09:06 pm
Wow!! What a stunning home!!!! I cannot believe there are even homes in this city that look like this. If I were the owners I would never sell!!!!!
ZZ Bottoms / April 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm
Amy Michelle Smith might "have a semblance of discerning taste".
But a "semblance" isn't the real thing. Which means that she doesn't really have "discerning" taste. She has some other taste which requires "something a bit" more newish (if not bluish).

But, in simple language, how many houses are available in Forest Hill Village that you could just move into, without doing any alterations, and still feel good living there?
katz / April 4, 2013 at 09:02 am
Who are these guys talking about spots on the carpet!

The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) does NOT have rosettes that look like the spots in the runner. Among the various subspecies (including L.p.pusaeus, L.p.sonoriensis and, yes, even L.p.steinbachi!)the spots are different.

There is a marked variation in size and coat pattern in ocelots. They have black-edged dark brown irregular spots, rosettes and stripes on a yellow/cream base fur, often with a paler underside.

Its probably jaguar (specifically p. onca)and, its definitely NOT leopard (not even p.p. millardi as the leopard's rosettes are smaller and more dense compared to those of a jaguar and without central spots.
Pythian / April 4, 2013 at 10:47 am
It reminds me of a Grecian mansion from long ago. I would love to see it in the summer adorned by plants and flowers, should be gorgeous. A real steal, considering it is in Forest Hill. I love the location, within walking distance of so much! Great choice for house of the week. Should be house of the year! Koodos to the seller, good luck!
Wyze1 / April 4, 2013 at 01:50 pm
Heffner is spelled with only 1 "f".
Zi / April 9, 2013 at 08:05 pm
I love it! Seriously, this fulfills most of my Dynasty-centric fantasies. I'd buy this and wear blouses with enormous shoulder pads.
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