Forest Heights Boulevard is a tony residential street in Toronto’s St. Andrew-Windfields area.
“It’s a sought-after neighborhood with large estates and mature trees,” says Patricia Sun of Barry Cohen Homes. Affluent and tranquil, this part of North York is close to schools, parks, playgrounds, sports fields and the expressway.
Energizing the architectural mix of stately traditional homes is a refreshing ultramodern residence designed by custom home architect Michael LaFreniere. Built in 2018, the striking home weds brick, horizontal bands of metal and expanses of glass to harmonious effect. Wood front and garage doors add an inviting homeyness to the façade.
The appealing ambiance of the exterior extends indoors.
“The house is a mastery of open-concept living, designed with countless skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light and feel part of the surrounding nature,” Sun says. “The mix of natural walnut and stone throughout brings a sense of warmth and peace throughout the home.”
A floating-style walnut staircase with glass railings connects the home’s three levels. A sleek fireplace adorns the front-facing living room.
“The most celebrated feature of the home is the stunning two-story library,” Sun says. “A wall of windows with a view of 100-year-old surrounding trees makes you feel like you’re tucked away in a treehouse.”
Floor-to-ceiling windows meet at one corner of the dining room, which can accommodate a table seating eight easily. The windows look out on a stone patio, back lawn and heated swimming pool and hot tub.
The kitchen is equipped with a walk-in pantry and high-end appliances. The center island has a waterfall countertop, sink and bar seating.
The adjoining breakfast area and family room, which has another fireplace, open to the patio through 23 feet of custom glass doors. The outdoor living space includes a lounging area centering on a fire pit and a spot for al fresco dining.
Features of the en suite primary bedroom include heated floors and a showroom-like walk-in closet. There are a total of four bedrooms, many with built-ins, and five bathrooms.
The lower level contains a home theater/game room with a fireplace as well as a gym and sauna.
Hedges and mature trees create privacy around the swim deck.