This secret $7 million mansion in Caledon comes with its own shooting range
Many Toronto mansions come with pools, epic backyards and cool wine cellars but it's rare to find one with its own basement shooting range and 50s diner.
A mansion for sale at 9 Flaherty Lane in rural Caledon for $6.8 million might be one of the most unusual properties on the market in Ontario.
The home was designed by Toronto architect Elizabeth Davidson for George Raynault who co-founded the women's Weekenders clothing company, said realtor Wayne Baguley.
Built in four stages, the octagonal home started construction in 1993 and finished in 1998, the current home owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told blogTO. He bought the home in 2016 after Raynault moved to British Columbia.
The home has an eccentric collection of 18 rooms including an indoor firing range, a two-storey library, a games room, an indoor pool, a recording studio and a 1950s style diner kitchen. There are six bedrooms above grade and 13 bathrooms in total.
"Each room is shaped in a very different charm and taste yet when you look at all of them together, they fit very nicely," he said.
At the entrance way there are secret doors hidden in the panelling — one leads to a kitchen and the other to the guest washrooms.
The 50s style diner is a functioning kitchen, which gets a lot of light in the morning.
"It is pretty good for breakfast."
In the evening, the family likes to use another kitchen. This one has a hand-painted mural on the ceiling, which took three months to paint with the artist lying on a scaffold, said Baguley.
The current home owner likes the family room best where there are 23-foot high ceilings and tall windows taking in the view.
"It's very cozy," he said.
The library decked out with wood panelling and spiral staircases.
"The library is just like the White House," he said.
In the basement, there is a professionally built firing range in the basement with rubber walls.
"Commonly you would see a wine cellar in a huge house like this but there isn't."
There is a wet bar in the basement family room.
The recording room have layers of wood on the walls and ceiling for sound-proofing.
The home is referred to as "secret" because it is tucked away on a dead-end street on a 10-acre forested lot. The entrance is gated and there is a 800 feet driveway.
The property is landscaped extensively but it looks wild and natural. There are three ponds; two ponds are natural and there is a one acre artificial pond dug about 15 feet deep. The spring fed pond runs into a waterfall.
Behind the gazebo, there is a helicopter pad used by the previous owner. The property also has a tennis court.
The current owner says his children complain about the lack of high-speed internet but otherwise it is a dream home. The family is looking to move closer to the city.
Nevertheless, the house is amazing and unique, he said.
"It is quite a stunning property," said Baguley.
Courtesy Wayne Baguley
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