Former finance minister Joe Oliver is selling his heritage home in the exclusive community of Wychwood. In typical political fashion, there’s a hidden complication to the status. The property itself was designated heritage in 1985, but it was just an empty lot. Joe built his dream home on that lot, thus giving the home heritage status. So while 88 Wychwood Park is technically a heritage property, it was only built in 1990 – 26 years ago. It’s currently listed with Sarah B. Giacomelli for $4,495,000.
The 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom was custom designed by Joe Brennan, and features 3,500 sq. ft. of living space. A few of the highlights are custom cabinetry, oak herringbone floors, a chef’s kitchen with marble counters , and a master suite with marble fireplace and ensuite. Outside you’ll also enjoy a walled garden and view of Taddle Creek Pond.
The best part about living in Wychwood however, is the neighborhood. Around 60 households pool private money to maintain the common areas that would normally be taken care of by the city, and families are encouraged to socialize with each other. Although this being Toronto, the issue of enforcing friendliness has become a problem in recent years.
Keep in mind, that this means you’ll have additional annual dues to be a part of this community.