Sotheby's International Realty Canada

Sotheby's International Realty Canada

June 14, 2016 06:00 ET

Historic Church Conversion Reveals Hidden Architectural Gem in Toronto's Little Italy Neighbourhood

Sotheby's International Realty Canada Introduces Rare Heritage Listing in One of City's Few Church Conversions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 14, 2016) -

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Sotheby's International Realty Canada introduced today the listing of a rare, historically significant church conversion property at 314 Palmerston Boulevard in Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood. Built in 1888 as a Baptist church and since converted into a luxurious townhouse, the property is protected under the Ontario Heritage Act, and is one of approximately half a dozen church conversions in the City of Toronto. Listed at $6,250,000 CDN, the home is currently owned by Kerry and Mandy Shapansky, renowned Canadian business leaders, philanthropists and avid art collectors.

The 6,735 square foot townhouse features three levels with direct elevator access from the futuristic garage right up to the party rooftop terrace, 4 + 1 bedrooms and a spectacular 1,500 square foot rooftop terrace and garden. The rooftop terrace rivals that of any ultra-luxury hotel/resort space. A gallery staircase connects to an open concept second level, with 13 foot ceilings and an expansive master suite. Stand out features of the master suite include a dressing room with custom walnut built-in shelves and drawers, a flush mount wardrobe and a six-piece Italian marble ensuite. Exclusive to this property is its incredible outdoor space: in addition to the CN Tower view rooftop oasis is the main floor courtyard made of stone and enclosed by red brick walls. The rooftop space is equipped with a Napoleon gas barbeque system, two pergolas with retractable awnings, fireplace, outdoor shower and a two-piece bath. A massive two-car underground garage accessible via car elevator completes this thoughtfully crafted home.

The property was developed and converted into a townhouse under the design expertise of Joe Brennan with original interiors designed by New York based RAFT Architects. The present interior was envisioned and executed under the creative direction of Studio Pyramid Inc.

The home is represented by Christian Vermast, Paul Maranger and Fran Bennett, Senior Vice Presidents of Sales at Sotheby's International Realty Canada.

"This property is a rare architectural gem, well-suited to a super busy buyer with a passion for history, art and design, who wants to lock the door and travel," says Paul Maranger on behalf of Sotheby's International Realty Canada. "Toronto's Little Italy is a vibrant neighbourhood rich with culture and charm and this exceptional space is a reflection of its surroundings. Best of all, three of the best restaurants in town are literally 50 metres away."

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Combining the world's most prestigious real estate brand with local market knowledge and specialized marketing expertise, Sotheby's International Realty Canada is the leading real estate sales and marketing company for the country's most exceptional properties. With offices in over 30 residential and resort markets nationwide, our professional associates provide the highest calibre of real estate service, unrivalled local and international marketing solutions and a global affiliate sales network of approximately 845 offices in more than 63 countries to manage the real estate portfolios of discerning clients from around the world.

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