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Rosedale Mansion in Need of Style Shakeup Asks $7M

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This seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom Rosedale mansion is still on the market, over a year after it was first listed; the original asking price was $7,650,000, but it's now been dropped to $6,950,000. The home is beautiful but it's decorated in a fusty, frilly, overly-patterned style that harkens back to the 80's, all forest-green wallpaper and pink cabbage-rose upholstery and gilt chairs. The kitchen was renovated recently, but seems dark and a little cramped, with the ceiling line broken by the underside of a stairway to the second floor. According to the brokerbabble, "One is immediately cognisant of the abundance of natural sunlight throughout the home"—maybe one hadn't seen the kitchen yet. According to City and Country Home magazine, the 90-year-old home is "among the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Canada", and it's certainly stunning. The exterior is pristine (love the loggia across the front of the house), and the gardens are gorgeous.
The home was built in 1926 by Burden & Gouinlock, the same architects who built some of the original CNE buildings (think Medieval Times!) and has had a few updates since then, including having the original attic space converted into a guest area with extra bedrooms, a separate staircase, a "hotel-style" kitchenette and a sitting area. Maybe the owners planned to open Rosedale's first rooming house.

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