Sale of the Week: the $3.7-million home that shows the power of a celebrity connection

Address: 20 Taylorwood Drive

Neighbourhood: Humber Valley
Agent: Ana Santos, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

The Property: This contemporary mansion in Etobicoke has a layout that ensures the privacy of its occupants. The master bedroom features a six-piece en suite washroom and its own private deck—plus, it’s separated from the other three bedrooms by a hallway, for extra solitude. The other two levels (including the lower level) also have their own decks with sound systems and entertainment spaces. Out back, a European-style saltwater lap pool is built next to a dramatic drop-off into the adjacent ravine.

The History: Dubbed “The Hillside House” by its designer and builder, Barroso Homes, it was a new-build on an existing foundation. Before it sold, the builder says, LeBron James, Drake and Dr. Dre rented the place for use as a party venue. It also became a backdrop for Hudson’s Bay’s spring catalog photo shoot, appeared in Toronto Home and was used as a set for the Transporter television series.

The Fate: The home was bought by a young family of entrepreneurs with roots on Bloor West. The design and privacy appealed to them. That, combined with the sheer size of the property, made the longer commute to downtown a reasonable trade-off.

The Sale: The mansion’s star-studded resume, in addition to extensive local and international marketing, gave it enough exposure to attract interest from several high-profile athletes, locals and international buyers. Two international parties placed bids, followed by the eventual buyers. The property spent 148 days on the market.

By the Numbers:

• $3,680,000
• 7,500 square feet, approximately
• 148 days on the market
• 96 per cent of list price
• 7 washrooms
• 4+1 bedrooms
• 3 offers
• 3 levels above ground
• 3 walk-out decks
• 2-car attached garage