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Bargain Alert: Just $16M Gets You This Arts & Crafts Showplace

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[Photos via 5 Hawthorne]

Real estate has its own hyperbolic language of superlatives, but some agents manage to out-gush all the rest. Take the listing for this incredible Rosedale mansion. At just under $16 million, it's already a standout—but check out the verbiage:
Torontos Most Magical Enclave Of Privacy And Architectural Integrity. [ ...] Like The Slipper On Cinderellas Foot, The Home Perfectly Embraces Its Magical Ravine Setting.
Cinderella must have a pretty big set of hooves. The house is spectacular, though. Built in 1911 by the delightfully-named architect Eustace G. Bird, it sits on over half an acre of lush grounds. There are four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and a two-storey library with twin spiral staircases leading up to a gallery. Speaking of twins, the dining room has a copy of Diane Arbus' "Identical Twins" on the wall; they want you to stay for ever, and ever, and ever. A royal-blue La Cornue range takes up an entire wall of the kitchen—not that you would be left short on elbow room. But why is there a second range (an Aga, looks like) on the other wall? How much cooking do those people really do? Whoever they are, they have a pretty massive collection of Arts & Crafts and Craftsman furniture and metalwork, including a rare cradle by Hugh Baillie Scott that sold at auction for £22,100 (that's around $44,722 CAD) in 2008. Hmm ... maybe they'll forget it when they move. · On the Market Archives [Curbed Toronto]