Written by Aiden Winkler, CNN
Located in the ethnically diverse Toronto suburb of Mississauga, this sumptuous modern-style home offers remarkable detail in design and historic preservation.
Owned by the University of Toronto (UT), this is the newest property for the nearly 30,000-student university in the nation’s largest city. Once thought to be inaccessible due to lengthy transportation times, Mississauga is now the educational hub of the Greater Toronto Area, connecting students to Ontario’s south and east coasts.
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A striking feature of the house, designed by Toronto architect/designer Henry Rylen and photographed by stylist Jonora Zawielski, is the spectacular integrated patio, intended to provide additional outdoor spaces and dry natural light. Additionally, it was designed to maximize views to the Lake Ontario and Lake St. Clair.
Ceiling fans on some of the exposed walls of this home add to the indoor-outdoor living. Credit: Courtesy MichaelLitt.ca
Visually stunning, the rooftop courtyard offers a wall of glass doors and a rooftop lounge. The airy space gives residents a glimpse of what’s below: there’s a very enticing IMAX theater on the upper floor, with an eye toward film studies.
Staff can park their cars in the garage when not occupying their offices downstairs, providing the best of both worlds for the busy student. There are also two four-car parking lots behind the home.
The kitchen’s teak cabinets highlight the home’s modern style. Credit: Courtesy MichaelLitt.ca
Original features include high ceilings, wide, walnut doors and gray oak floors. The color gray also appears throughout the home, in the kitchen, cabinetry and the center island where the countertops and cupboards are found.
Leather home accessories and antique-style shelving and cabinets in the pantry range from $1,460 to $2,200, according to Moss & White
Lighting fixtures are found throughout the house, from concealed garden lights to various elegant chandeliers. Adjoining the kitchen is the area for smokers, furnished with a wall oven and gas grill.
A cozy sitting area overlooks the pool at the home. Credit: Courtesy Moss & White
Wood floors and elegant wood surrounds welcome study rooms and hot tubs. Storage was designed into all of the rooms to encourage research, creating a resource for students.
The home features at least two islands in each room for living and dining. Credit: Courtesy Moss & White
For those with more hands-on responsibilities, there’s a three-car garage and a second garage with direct access to the elevated, 2,000-square-foot rooftop space. The space is fully accessible from the main floor, with downstairs bedrooms and offices above.
Sliding doors lead to a private deck, a spa room and a large kitchen garden. Credit: Courtesy Moss & White
Housing four staff and at least two additional residents, the home is within walking distance of a university campus of nearly 30,000 students and the university’s new Nundstrasse Campus, which opened last year.
Its beautiful interior offers style and thoughtful detail, while taking advantage of the natural surroundings around it.