‘R’ is for Rosedale, proclaims a condo billboard along the frontier of one of TORONTO’s oldest inner suburbs and one of its wealthiest.
The subway and two bus lines run through the neighbourhood. 8,000 live within its precinct, and there’s plenty of ‘Old Money” around. Rosedale is crisscrossed by three ravines, and its streets go uphill and downdale. It’s a wonderful place to walk, run and bicycle; the gardens and trees are gorgeous, and there are few fences or barricades. You can get lost in here, but the locals are quite friendly and helpful.
Along the Yonge Street edge of Rosedale are several fine restaurants and bars, but within the neighbourhood it’s all houses, parks, gardens, bridges, ravines – and one small row of shops where refreshments are available.
Main Street Rosedale is Yonge Street, from roughly Bloor to Summerhill.
Subway stop – ROSEDALE, and then walk or take Bus #82; or Subway stop – SHERBOURNE, and then Bus #75
It’s probably TORONTO’s most famous piece of residential architecture, apparently worth more as a painting than as a Rosedale home. Scottish painter PETER DOIG’s large-scaled “The Architect’s Home in the Ravine” sold to a telephone bidder this week (after a brief two-bid duel) for $22,681,93 CAD or £11,282,500 (pre-sale estimate £10-15 million). It was last sold at Christie’s London in February 2013 for £7,657,250 or $11,975,000 CAD against a £4-6 million pre-sale estimate.
ABOUT THE HOUSE: It was constructed partway down Rosedale’s Moore Park Ravine, contains 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a swimming pool. The exterior walls were built with stones from the original Canadian Parliament (destroyed by fire in 1916). Not so long ago, the house itself was up for sale for around $5-million.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT: Eberhard Zeidler was the guiding force behind the TORONTO Eaton Centre, the Ontario Science Centre, Ontario Place, the McMaster Health Sciences Centre in HAMILTON, and Canada Place in VANCOUVER. His company now has offices in London, Berlin, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.
ABOUT THE PAINTING: “Plainly in view but physically inaccessible, Peter Doig half obliterates The Architect’s Home in the Ravine with an underbrush as dense as a half-finished Pollock and the scene becomes foreboding: something out of an Edward Hopper or an Andrew Wyeth painting. With all the richness of the distant woods and the stunning architecture to look at, it’s the twigs which steal the show. Peter Doig’s painting reinvents the way a picture is meant to be looked at.” – Saatchi Gallery, London
<PHOTO ABOVE – Scotland’s Peter Doig, the painter>