37 High Point Rd. – “Just Imagine” This Being “Just Reality”
By Elli Davis, February 4, 2011
The house at 37 High Point Road in the Bridle Path is an enviable real estate investment for many at a going-rate of $23-million. This home, which has been featured on HGTV’s “Mansions”, is the brainchild of developer Paul Miklas. This home is so huge that people often drive by just to see it. Kent James, owner of Crystal Clear Maids, drives through the Bridle Path on a regular basis and is impressed to hear the specs of the mansion.
“It’s a pretty big house,” says James. “It’s a pretty big property. I actually like those properties, I like the architecture and the designers have some pretty interesting ideas in their heads to put those ideas together. When it comes off the computer screen or off the paper, it’s interesting to see the design and how it looks.”
James dreams of owning a mansion like the one at 37 High Point Road.
“That is actually one of my dreams to live in a house like that,” James says. “I give myself the next three to five years to reach that dream. It does not have to be that big, but something big. Something where people say ‘wow, that’s your house!’”
The home has the specs to prove it is big, even for a mansion:
- 30,000 square feet
- 4,500 square foot indoor pool
- 13 bathrooms
- 12-foot ceilings
- 9 fireplaces
- 8 bedrooms
- 8-car garage
- 4 kitchen areas
- 2 storeys
- 3 laundry rooms
- 1 library
- 1 tennis court–skating rink
- 1 wine cellar
- 1 indoor pool
- 1 soccer field
- 1 hot tub
- 1 home theatre
For Kent James and many people, this mansion is like one of those “Just Imagine” moments from the lottery commercials. It is the dream of many Torontonians to live in the Bridle Path.
“Yeah, I would live in the Bridle Path,” says James. “It’s quiet, not a lot of traffic and it’s a gated community so it’s kind of protected too.”
When James thinks about his house cleaning business and the mansion, he points out some interesting elements.
“You can’t clean those houses in a day. They need regular maintenance. You might have regular care-givers because it is so big. It would need to be cleaned at least twice a week. Those houses need to be cleaned on a regular basis. It can’t be once a month. They get really dusty. They need regular maintenance. We just did one of those houses down the street, not in the Bridle Path and it takes a really long time.”
So if you have the money to hire a staff to take care of your home, as well as the money for the mortgage…your "just imagine" could end up being "just reality".