16 Vesta Drive

From the etched designs in archways to the ridges in the limestone exterior, this two-storey (plus a finished basement), 11-room home is full of these small details.

Vesta Drive is in the heart of Toronto’s upscale Forest Hill neighbourhood. It’s walking distance to the boutique shops and coffee houses on Spadina Road and close to some of the city’s most prestigious private schools, such as the all-girls Bishop Strachan School.

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But what really distinguishes Forest Hill from other areas in the city is its homes. Few of the original cottages that populated the area at the turn of the 20th century still exist. In their wake stand many stone or brick mansions. In 2010, when Mr. Sadedin started work on the property, 16 Vesta Dr. was a simple bungalow in bad shape. In the course of eight months, he and his team knocked it down and shored up the site – giving the new home a solid foundation – and built in its place a European-style luxury home.

To achieve this look, he spared no expense in his materials, importing many of them from Europe. There are several different kinds of marble in the house, including Calcutta, Carrera and Armani. Even in the basement, the floor is marble, heated underneath. And unlike typical homes, the marble features in 16 Vesta were built from larger slabs in order to preserve the natural pattern of the veins, creating a subtle but sophisticated design element. The large kitchen island, for instance, is made from one large piece of Calcutta marble.

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The home has many technological features. The security system and heating and cooling can be controlled by mobile phone. The owner can even view live-streaming video from the house’s security cameras on their phone. It’s a smart home in a practical sense as well: The basement includes a narrow room across from the garage that contains a dog shower, just like the ones you’d find in pet spas.

But the pet bathroom is nothing compared with the master bath. Covered in tiny mother of pearl tiles imported from France, the 11-by-19 foot ensuite bathroom has a freestanding tub, a double vanity, a chandelier, a closed-off water closet with a bidet and a towel warmer. The oversized shower stall is wired for sound, has body jets and a heated marble seat and can be transformed into a steam room that will pump out scented steam. Oh, and there’s also a fireplace – one of six in the house. But Mr. Sadedin’s favourite room is the wine cellar, with its mahogany walls and stone floor. It’s big enough to store 200 bottles of the finest wine, he says. “It’s got an old and traditional feel to it.”