The Toronto-built Air Miles listings for C$14.88 million
A Georgian-inspired Toronto mansion built around wine and art collections has hit the market for C$14.88 million (US$11 million).
The more than 10,000-square-foot custom-built home is home to John Scullion, co-founder of Canada’s Air Miles loyalty program, and his wife, Michelle Busiek, an independent health consultant, according to listing Paul Maranger and Christiane Vermast. and Brian Murphy of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. The property, which went on the market last week, is for sale for the first time since the couple built it in 2008.
“We wanted to build an elegant home that reflects the Georgian style and is lower from the street,” Bosic said. “Many people neglect the architecture of the back elevation of a house. In the Georgian style, the back of a dwelling is just as important as the front.
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The red brick residence also uses limestone and copper details, as well as cedar shingles. The additional buildings on the property — a pool house and another that includes a bathroom and changing area — “mirror the main house,” Busick said.
Additionally, having a place to host friends and family was crucial to Busic and Scullion. They have created an open concept entertaining space around their wine collection.
“I love good wine,” Scullion said. “The entertainment space is centered around a glass-walled wine cellar that holds 1,800 bottles. In this massive open-concept space, a home cinema is located on one side, a pool table in the center, and a casual lounge area on the far side. This massive room spans the entire To the pool and spa area in the back garden.
He added that they also have “an antique pool table that was found at the original location of one of Toronto’s finest private clubs: The Granite Club.” “We have hosted many wonderful events here.”
The outdoor areas were just as important to the couple, according to Busiek.
“The outdoors is everything for our family while hosting casual dinners,” she said. “The breakfast room steps out onto the 2,000-square-foot stone terrace, with outdoor kitchen. … Canadian fall evenings can be chilly, so we gather around the limestone hearth of the loggia’s wood-burning fireplace and have the most wonderful conversations.
Meanwhile, teens love spending time at the pool house. “It has another kitchen area and a huge retractable glass NanaWall that opens to the pool and patios,” she said.
Displaying their artwork was important to the couple in designing the home, which features crisp white interiors with gallery walls and lighting. The photographs show that they have a particular penchant for portraiture.
There are four bedrooms, including “one with halftone velvet banquette seating and a round window,” Maranger said. Meanwhile, the “exceptional” primary suite offers two en-suite bathrooms and two dressing rooms.
“Best of all, since the master of the house wakes up very early in the morning, from his dressing room, he can access his private office, located on the second floor,” Maranger said. “(It’s) completely isolated from all the bedrooms on this level for very little sound transmission.
Other amenities include a hidden three-car garage with a heated ramp, a glass-walled pool and an in-ground hot tub. The agent added that the home is located on “the most prestigious street in Toronto’s west end,” and is also located on some of the city’s finest golf courses, including the St. George Golf and Country Club, and the international airport.
Mansion Global was unable to determine how much the couple paid for the primary property.