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Some century homes are spectacular, but they don’t stay that way without love, attention, effort and money. It also takes a healthy dose of knowledge to restore historic homes to their original beauty. It’s not a challenge for the faint of heart. Luckily for this grand home, restoring old buildings was nothing new for the couple who bought it 33 years ago.
“We felt that due to our personal, very large previous award-winning restorations, that over time, we could bring the 100-year-old house, gardens, pool, theatre and views to their maximum potential both aesthetically and authentically,” Sylvia says.
She and her husband, Richard, (they asked that their real names not be used) are well known in Toronto for their valiant historic restorations of some of the city’s most important buildings.
The couple was drawn to this three- quarter acre estate because “it is amazing,” she says. “It’s on the escarpment and has day and night city views, and views across Lake Ontario.”
It’s in a private neighbourhood surrounded by mature trees and accessible via a narrow road that winds its way through the community. It’s a country setting despite its mid Toronto location.
Their residence was built by Sir William Gage, who originally planned to build a tuberculosis sanatorium on the site.