BATHROOMS /HALF BATHS: 6 / 2
Forest Hill, one of Toronto’s finest neighborhoods, is characterized by gently undulating topography, winding roads and large, stone- or brick-clad residences on generous lots.
Seven Ormsby Crescent sits on a quiet leafy enclave, a quick drive from the smart shops and restaurants on Eglinton Avenue West, the Allen Expressway and Highway 401, and legendary private schools including Upper Canada College and Bishop Strachan School.
Aside from its peacefulness, one aspect that makes this street particularly desirable is the harmonious predominance of Tudor-Revival architecture, as in 7 Ormsby’s oriel window over the recessed entryway, the steeply pitched roofs, the copper downspouts and gutters, and the mullioned windows. The leading in the windows sparkle in their setting of ultra-clear, reflection-free museum glass.
In the foyer, entry hall and stair hall, the original dark, austere oak paneling has been lovingly preserved, as have the staircase’s barley-twist balusters and voluted handrail. But the paneled wall, originally dark and gloomy, is now white and bright. This makes the house cheerful and permits a more contemporary décor.
Immediately upon entering, one’s eye is carried up by the double-height white paneled wall, adding to the impression of airy roominess.
In the generous proportions of the living and dining rooms, one sees immediately that this house was built for entertaining. From the sculptural chandelier in the grass cloth-wallpapered dining room, one would guess, correctly, that the former owners are art collectors. They were attracted to the house because it is so light and bright and with so much access to daylight.
Neighborhood: Forest Hill South Living space: 7630 ft2 Lot size: 10383.36 ft2 Bedrooms: 5+1 Bathrooms /Half Baths: 6 / 2Parking: 3 places