House of the Week: $4.2 million for renowned architect Elmar Tampõld’s Hoggs Hollow home

Toronto Life’s House of the Week: a Hoggs Hollow home with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a really unusual spiral staircase.

ADDRESS: 16 May Tree Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Bridle Path–Sunnybrook–York Mills

PRICE: $4,250,000

THE PLACE: This contemporary reinforced concrete home is nestled on an acre of forested land in the heart of Hogg’s Hollow.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Elmar Tampõld of the architectural firm Tampõld Wells, which was behind a number of city buildings, including the Colonnade on Bloor’s Mink Mile, designed and built the home in 1986. Its contemporary design even earned it a feature spot on the program Toronto: Le Nouveau Monde, a travelling show that toured Paris, Barcelona and Milan in the early ’90s.

BIG SELLING POINT: For the last 25 years, the house has been the private residence of Mr. Tampõld himself, ensuring the authentic preservation of the home’s architectural integrity.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The all-white walls and sculptural staircase create a gallery atmosphere conducive to fine art and designer furniture. If you’re just starting to amass your own collection of avant-garde decor items, you might want to wait a few years before moving in.

• $4,250,000
• $19,823 in property taxes (2011)
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 storeys
• 3 decks/terraces
• 1 elevator
• 1 cedar sauna
• 1 spiralling staircase reminiscent of Frank Gehry

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