A Natural Wonder

This Richmond Hill, Ont. estate is the epitome of true luxury. Hammond International Properties takes us inside — and outside — this exceptional gem

It’s truly hard to picture a more opulent home than this palatial beauty. “Located in South Richvale, this home is in an area that’s considered to be the Bridle Path of Richmond Hill. A lot of the older homes are being torn down and magnificent new estates are being built,” says Jerry Hammond, president of Hammond International Properties. This spectacular estate is no different. It’s tucked away on a quiet road west of Yonge Street and nestled on a stunning wedge of land. Visitors must drive deep into the neighbourhood to access this incredible pocket. “The lot is in the middle of the street, and it’s surrounded by other beautiful homes, all of which have pools, cabanas and impressive landscaping,” he says. The neighbourhood is in high demand, as it boasts a close proximity to some of the best schools, restaurants, country clubs, golf courses and boutique shops in the area. It’s also a short drive from highways 404 and 407 — ideal for those who travel the Greater Toronto Area for both business and pleasure.

Originally built for a young family, this 10,000-square-foot abode (for which Hammond International Properties’ Leila Rezaei is the listing agent) has a unique and striking style of its own. A circular motor court leads up to the estate, which is surrounded by mature landscaping and private gardens. The four-car garage is extra high and extra wide, perfect for car aficionados and collectors. Inside, the space, which was exquisitely designed by interior designers Majid Ghalamshahi and Vida Raissi of Dream Art Gallery, is a masterclass in neutral design — the entire home is done in soft tones of ivory, beige, grey and taupe from top to bottom, creating a warm, welcoming place for guests.
When it comes to the layout, Hammond says there’s so much more than what you’d expect on the main floor. The cathedral living room, with coffered ceilings and dark wood beams, is a marvel. So is the

two-storey greatroom, which is open to the kitchen and overlooks the pool. The windows are just glorious. “The outside is brought in. There’s enough sunshine to resonate throughout the entire home,” he says. The kitchen is an epicurean’s dream and features top-of-the-line appliances, a walk-in pantry, a butler service area that connects to the comfortable dining room, custom millwork and a functional and beautiful island.

There’s a cozy library on the main level, as well as an office full of incredible built-ins that’s tucked away in the corner of the property (for maximum privacy) and overlooks the yard. “There’s also a bedroom with full ensuite on this floor that works beautifully for guest quarters, as an in-law suite or nanny quarters — it’s fully contained, making it an ideal space for those who have guests.”

Perhaps the most unique part of this stately abode is that there are two spacious rooms that can be used as master suites, including one that was built over the garage. These spaces on the second floor double as five-star hotel rooms — also done in neutral shades, they each offer a comfortable, relaxing retreat. The spa-like ensuites and inspiring closets fit in perfectly with the grandeur of the home.

The original homeowners didn’t shy away from ensuring the basement was just as lavish as the rest of the home. Downstairs, there’s a workout room and spa (with dry sauna), home theatre, bar area, media games room and a walk-in wine-tasting room oenophiles can truly appreciate. There’s a walk-up from the basement into the extraordinary backyard, which can only be described as resort-chic.

“The outdoor loggia is great for what I like to call ‘al fresco dining under the stars,’ a fireplace, a full kitchen with barbecue area, putting green, and at the back of the yard, past the pool, there’s another cabana that serves as a secondary sitting area with a covered portico,” says Hammond.

When it comes down to it, this house will offer its next owners more than they could’ve imagined. It’s comfortable, inviting and warm while maintaining its luxe, plush and sumptuous feel. It’s the perfect place to call home.