In recent years, the city of Toronto has experienced unprecedented growth in its real estate market, sparking a great increase in transactions, and subsequently, home prices. This increase in value has allowed for many homeowners to refinance their homes and use the extra funds to renovate their properties , or demolish the homes altogether in favour of constructing brand new custom homes.Many neighbourhoods have seen a complete aesthetic transformation, with modern-style luxury homes being built in areas where there were previously none. The affluent Forest Hill neighbourhood however, has long been renowned for its grand architecture and luxury home market, and this recent housing boom has only fuelled these construction projects further - with the majority of owners opting to demolish and rebuild elaborate castle-like mansions. One such home is 225 Forest Hill Rd., a beautiful 6 bedroom, 9 bathroom, builder’s-own custom home. The unique design and high-quality finishing throughout every facet of the house has drawn the attention of many notable publications, most recently being featured as House of the Week on Blog TO - a popular local blog showcasing the crème de la crème of Toronto lifestyle. .
Wrapped in a fully white limestone facade, the home stands out like a pearl-coloured jewel among it's neighbours - in an area where grand architecture and luxurious estates are the norm. The high-end finishing and intricate features present in the home’s interior match the beauty of the exterior, with heated marble flooring throughout the home’s main floor and basement, and black-stained Italian Oak hardwood flooring on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the house. Stunning brown oak woodwork on the cabinetry in the kitchen done by Neff Kitchen blends seamlessly with the best high-end appliances on the market, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf stove, surrounding the gleaming black granite island in the centre.
A home gym, movie theatre, temperature-controlled wine cellar and a fully functioning aroma therapy steam-room/sauna are among the amenities found in the basement, in addition to another bedroom complete with a full ensuite bathroom. A Smart Home system programmed throughout the entire home not only provides additional ease and comfort by allowing convenient access to control temperatures, lighting, curtains, and the home’s speaker system, but also adds to the peace of mind and safety of residents by linking all of the security cameras and alarm systems, allowing live streaming of camera footage and easy arming/disarming of alarms.
All-in-all, 225 Forest Hill Rd. is truly a one-of-a-kind custom home, constructed with meticulous attention to both aesthetics and functionality. Proudly located in one of Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods, situated directly in the heart of the city, only minutes from downtown, but a world away from all of the traffic, noise and pollution present in the core.
Much of the inspiration for this property came from builder Ardy Khavari’s travels across Europe and Asia, appreciating some of the finest architectural masterpieces known to man. Specifically, the grand victorian style and gleaming white pillars of 225 Forest Hill Rd. are reminiscent of the intricate designs present in the Palace of Versailles, a favourite landmark of Khavari’s.