The place: The entire top floor of a 16-storey King West building, with views of the downtown skyline and the lake.
The history: The seller, architect and furniture-maker Tom Deacon, worked with fellow designer Andrew Jones to avoid some of the common imperfections of penthouses. For example, they convinced the developer to add a separate boiler that heats water for an under-floor heating system, preventing cold spots underfoot. The unit also has floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view as uninterrupted as possible, and the terrace entrance is outfitted with French doors, instead of the usual sliders.
Big selling point: The south-facing terrace (see above) is designed for revelry and relaxation, with a big pergola providing shade, a gas hookup and serene landscaping with river stones, ipe decking and planters. Plus, it’s at a height that offers the quintessential skyline view, but without excessive wind.
Possible deal breaker: The building doesn’t have the amenities of nearby luxury developments like the Ritz-Carlton or Fashion House, but that’s reflected in the relatively low maintenance fees. And who needs a communal party space when your terrace is 1,400 square feet?
By the numbers:
• 3,380 square feet indoors
• 1,400-square-foot south-facing terrace
• 300-square-foot north-facing balcony
• $1,668 in monthly maintenance fees
• 11-foot ceilings (approximately)
• 4 underground parking spaces
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
Another advantage to owning this place: easy access to brioche.
Because it occupies the entire floor, the unit has direct elevator access.
The living room has a three-sided fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows with motorized blinds, and French doors to the terrace. Also, the floors in here (and throughout the unit) are heated.
The kitchen has Gaggenau appliances, a walnut bar top and, intriguingly, a hidden door to a room that’s currently full of mechanical and audio equipment, but which the selling agent says could be converted into a wine cellar.
The kitchen is combined with the living and dining rooms.
Here’s the master suite (one of three bedrooms), with a view of the master en suite bathroom in the background.
The master en suite has limestone flooring and walnut cabinets.
There’s also a library, with custom floor-to-ceiling bookcases. They’re made of walnut, to match the rest of the unit.