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What a Deal! Magnificent Properties on the Market

by Matthew Wexler
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Thursday Nov 14, 2013
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The Bridle Path Mansion
The Bridle Path Mansion  (Source:toptenrealestatedeals.com)

Most people think that Palm Beach, the Hamptons and Beverly Hills in the Americas are the standouts for important homes. But Canada has held a big secret fairly close to the vest with one of the most exclusive neighborhoods anywhere.

The Bridle Path is Toronto’s and all of Canada’s crown jewel of neighborhoods. A vision of developer Forsey Page in 1929, the enclave has evolved into what is now termed "Millionaires Row," with its mansions nestled in two to four acre lots. Today, homes there are owned by dot com moguls, media barons and celebrities such as Celine Dion and Prince. (No, he wouldn’t dare paint anything purple in this elegant neighborhood.)

One such spectacular residence that is close to completion and will soon be auctioned, is an estate inspired by the Palace of Versailles and offers a rare opportunity to finish as one’s own. Well positioned, the mansion is sited on 2.4 acres overlooking a large, wooded conservation area ensuring the utmost privacy.

Within and without its 27,000 square feet are lavish custom-designed plaster cartouches, friezes, emblems, two-story fluted pilasters with projecting Corinthian capitals and ornate brackets and laurel leaf corbels. With eight bedrooms and fourteen bathrooms, highlighted are the catering kitchen located behind the daily kitchen, indoor swimming pool, nanny apartment, office suite, theatre, game room, grand ballroom, outdoor pool and tennis court.

Modeled after the Palace of Versailles in Canada’s most exclusive neighborhood, the Bridle Path area of Toronto, this mansion formerly listed at $23 million will be auctioned November 26.


Wayne Newton mansion.  (Source:toptenrealestatedeals.com)

Casa de Shenandoah

They call him " Mr. Las Vegas" and "Mr. Entertainer" and for 48 years, Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah home in the "The Entertainment Capital of the World" made him very happy. It was just minutes to work on the Las Vegas Strip and its 40 acres was large enough to house his 51 Arabian horses, his vast car collection, exotic birds and a zoo that once even contained a lemur.

Singer and actor Newton is best known for both his musical hits, such as "Danke Schoen" and "Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast", and for his over 30,000 sold-out Las Vegas performances. He, his wife Kathleen and their daughter, Lauren, have downsized and moved a mile away to a $3 million property on 20 acres, but with room for his horses, the birds and Charlie the penguin. Originally the plan was to turn Casa de Shenandoah into a Wayne Newton museum with his business partners, however, that deal fell through and now Newton’s famed estate is for sale.

The estate’s mansion is only one of eight homes on the property which also has a 37-stall stable, 16-stall stable with office, an equestrian pool for exercising the horses, acres of corrals, pastures, aviaries, car museum, game room, green room, zoo, tennis court and multiple swimming pools, ponds and fountains.

Even more interesting is the F28 private jet and terminal, which is included in the sale. The main mansion at 11,192-square-feet with three bedrooms and seven baths, has all the glamour and luxuries one would expect with marble floors, sunken living room, wrought iron railings and bannister and fireplaces. Large palladian windows frame views across the grounds.

Previously offered at $70 million, Wayne Newton’s former iconic Las Vegas estate is now priced at $48 million.


Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos penthouse.  (Source:toptenrealestatedeals.com)

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ SoHo Penthouse

Kelly and Mark have come a long way since they played their characters, Hayley Vaughn and Mateo Santos on "All My Children" in the mid 1990s. Now married for 17 years and with three children, their careers have continued to grow. Together they own Milojo Productions which, among award-winning documentaries and docu-series, has just sold a sitcom pilot to ABC, "Poor Pam," and they are busy in its development. Kelly is the star of "Live! With Kelly and Michael," and Mark can be seen in another new role on the Amazon original series "Alpha House."

Kelly and Mark are at the top of the New York City celebrity list, but their SoHo duplex penthouse has not been as fortunate. The 6,792-square-foot duplex has been on the market for almost a year and still looking for a buyer. The home is just as fabulous as its owners with 3,073-square-feet of private terrace, outdoor kitchen and lush landscaping. Inside, there are five bedrooms and five baths with an impressive kitchen geared to feed any size crowd. Considering the hectic schedule of the owners, there is an abundance of extra appliances. The laundry room has two sets of washers and dryers and the kitchen has two dishwashers and three integrated Sub Zero refrigerators.

Though the couple purchased the penthouse in 2005 for $9.5 million, it is said that they put millions into a total redo, which also reconfigured the floorplan. It’s located in a red brick prewar boutique building with private keyed elevator.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have put their SoHo penthouse on the market priced at $24.5 million.


Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at www.roodeloo.com. He is also a trained chef and currently writing a food memoir.

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