Whether you’re a bandwagoner and fan of hit Netflix series The Crown, or you’re a loyal Royal follower, Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s relocation from Frogmore to the Great White North has likely piqued your interest. While many believe the pair could be considering Canada’s west coast for their next home, Toronto has a lot going for it, according to luxury real estate agent Barry Cohen of RE/MAX Realtron Barry Cohen Homes – including the fact that Markle used to lived there, and her BFF Jessica Mulroney still calls the city “home.” That’s not to mention Toronto’s high liveability ranking. When it comes to real estate prices, Toronto is right up there as well, being among the most expensive cities in Canada and the world, but it’s doubtful that these home hunters are too worried about the price tag. Then there’s this little tidbit: based on North America’s migration patterns, Toronto appears to be the continental hot spot experiencing a population boom. If Meghan and Harry are among the droves who have their sights set on the 6ix, here are some incredible houses for sale in Toronto in the swanky Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills neighbourhood that may tip the scales in the battle of East versus West.
22 Hedgewood Road, Toronto, Ontario M5M 2W8 • $9,995,000
If Prince Harry and Meghan are browsing houses for sale in Toronto with an eye on space and privacy, this sprawling Hoggs Hollow-area home will not disappoint. Six bedrooms, nine baths and plenty of extras throughout this 15,000-sq.-ft. space should be plenty to accommodate this family of three, along with any additions the couple may have planned for the future. Of note are the gourmet kitchen, a 15,000-bottle wine cellar, exercise room, sports court (complete with the Toronto Maple Leafs logo at centre court, of course!), a media entertainment room, and a lush backyard with pool.
61 The Bridle Path, Toronto, ON M3B 2B2 • $16,880,000
This stunning estate is certainly fit for a prince – and in fact, this place was actually owned by international pop icon Prince. The home sits on a gated and treed, two-acre lot in Toronto’s Bridle Path neighbourhood. The 14,280-sq.-ft. living space is complete with six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a grand foyer that opens to a ballroom, an exercise room, theatre, spa and salon. A heated cabana with kitchen, pool and tennis court round out the exterior.
31 Knightswood Road, Toronto, Ontario M4N 2H2 • $13,500,000
This stately 15,000-sq.-ft. house for sale in Toronto’s swanky Hoggs Hollow neighbourhood will wow its future owners, whoever they may be. They’ll be neighbours to the prestigious Rosedale Golf Course and will enjoy six bedrooms, 10 baths and features such as the gourmet kitchen, a cherrywood-panelled library complete with a built-in aquarium, an elevator, a hot-tub room, billiard room, theatre, wine cellar, golf room, spa, solarium and a lush outdoor oasis with pool and grotto.
167 Valley Road, Toronto, Ontario M2L 1G5 • $9,995,000
An exclusive neighbourhood, dramatic curb appeal and interiors that’ll leave you breathless – this 10,600-sq.-ft. home promises all this and more. The home, designed by acclaimed Toronto architect Richard Wengle, features 11-ft. ceilings, custom framed walls, a library with mahogany-panelled walls and doors, gourmet kitchen, an elevator, nanny suite, gym, home theatre which doubles as an indoor golf simulation. Outside, a salt-water pool, waterfall, hot tub and an outdoor kitchen make it an entertainer’s dream.
68 The Bridle Path, Toronto, ON M3B 2B1 • Price available upon request
While we don’t know what the asking price of this gated French chateau is, we can tell you the property tax are around $84,000 per year. The home sits of a four-acre ravine lot on The Bridle Path and features 25,875 sq. ft. of living space, nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a ballroom, two-storey 50-ft. pool, 18th-Century period French onyx and marble Louis XV & XVI fireplace mantles.
Hmmm, maybe this last home is better suited to Her Royal Highness herself!
This article was originally published on January 24, 2020 by Lydia McNutt of RE/MAX Integra.