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Kool Weathering Steel House

SOLD · $2,650,000 · 840 Richmond Street West

Located in Queen West the historic baseline area of Toronto — a modern ode to the neighborhood’s past is clad in artisanal steels, Canadian masonry, warm woods and natural stone. The home considers our everyday needs, a sanctuary in the centre of West Queen street West which according to Vogue Magazine is considered to be the World’s Second coolest neighbourhood. It is “enjoying newfound prominence—and desirability—amongst globe-trotting tastemakers. Queen Street West is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries—hallmarks of hipness.”

Kool Weathering Steel House offers living spaces that are open and beautiful, yet practical. Sleeping spaces are private and proportional. The property offers outdoor entertaining areas, as well as ample indoor and outdoor storage places. The heating and cooling systems are of the highest efficiency and ensure that comfort levels are maintained. The well-insulated exterior walls, high-performance windows and ample cross-ventilation make it easy to keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter by accepting plenty of sunlight. Energy-efficient appliances, lighting technology, strategically placed skylights, radiant heated main level finished concrete floor and an on-demand water heating system as well as the strategic layout and sizing of interior spaces of the property further minimize energy requirements.

All four levels of the home are unique and inviting. Large windows offer glimpses of the design landscape at the front. The living roof above the galvanized metal garage at the back and the mini fruit orchard on the master bedroom terrace make this home a large, multi-dimensional, ever-rotating kaleidoscope through which to view the changing seasons.

Upon entering the foyer one is greeted by rich walnut millwork and warm white oak floors. From there as you enter the sitting and study areas, you catch a glimpse of the main floor with a two-storey glass curtain wall before descending a few steps to the main level. The living space in the house has been thoughtfully distributed throughout the four levels, providing both openness and privacy. The principal open living and dining area, as well as the kitchen, are on the main level. From here the landscape and the house are at play, weaving internal and external space together. The Rock dining room light fixture and natural marbles connect the exterior gabion stone retaining walls, the linear cedar wood deck flows from the inside out, and levels undulate. The open study space and sitting area separate from the formal space yet still overlook it.

The entire street level of the house is clad in weathering steel. The front facade of the second floor is finished in a floating and wrap-around fired charcoal brick which complements the organic weathering steel.

The 2nd and 3rd levels are clad in corrugated galvanized steel with elements of flat galvanized steel used for custom downspouts, roof details, etc. The garage is also clad in galvanized metal, this time formed in a vertical standing seem which complements the blanket of weathering steel on the home. The master bedroom floor is set in from the front to allow for a spacious terrace.

Curtain wall-grade anodized aluminum window frames throughout provide a counter-point to the darker exterior facade elements yet seamlessly blend with the galvanized steel. To schedule a viewing contact Boris.



  • Monterey onyx walkway
  • Columnar oak trees
  • Yew hedge
  • River birch trees
  • Norfolk pine tree
  • Linear cedar fence
  • Recycling and waste storage area
  • LED landscape lighting


      • Lava stone floor
      • Andean walnut front door

        • FOYER

          • Quarter and rift cut white oak natural finish floor
          • Floor-to-ceiling walnut cabinetry
          • Whole-wall sliding glass door
          • Altex Sun Project roller blinds

            • SITTING AREA

              • Floor-to-ceiling walnut cabinetry
              • Walnut cabinet
              • Media storage area pre-wired for network and television

                • LIVING ROOM

                  • Finished concrete radiant heated floor
                  • Montigo linear marble and walnut-clad natural gas fireplace
                  • Media storage area pre-wired for network and television
                  • Altex Sun Project roller blinds with telescoping cable system
                  • Linear cedar deck with in-floor radiator grills
                  • Two-storey anodized-aluminum tempered-glass curtain wall with sliding door leading to rear terrace and garage
                  • Double-storey ceiling height

                    • DINING ROOM

                      • Foscarini Diesel Rock Sospensione light fixture
                      • Finished-concrete radiant heated floor
                      • Double-storey ceiling height

                        • KITCHEN

                          • Finished-concrete radiant heated floor
                          • Molteni & C / DADA Fenix NTM cabinetry finish in Alaska White
                          • Walnut pantry
                          • Statuarietto marble countertop
                          • Vibia Skan suspension lights
                          • Blanco Quatrus stainless steel kitchen sink
                          • Blanco Culina Kitchen semi-professional faucet
                          • Miele warming oven and drawer
                          • Miele dishwasher
                          • Miele gas cooktop and vent hood
                          • Monogram fully-integrated refrigerator

                            • POWDER ROOM

                              • Finished-concrete radiant-heated floor
                              • Catalano wall-hung linear sink
                              • Grigio Panarea honed marble ledge counter and backsplash
                              • Floating mirror with LED lighting
                              • Duravit Starck 3 wall-hung toilet
                              • Nemo Cassina light fixture

                                • 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY

                                  • Quarter and rift cut white oak natural finish floor
                                  • Skylights
                                  • Offset staircase with structural beams

                                    • SOUTH BEDROOM

                                      • Quarter and rift cut white oak natural finish floor
                                      • Built-in walnut wardrobe
                                      • Prandina Ginger suspension light
                                      • Altex Sun Project roller blinds with anodized cassette

                                        • SOUTH ENSUITE

                                          • Wall-hung vanity with quartz countertop and Catalano sink
                                          • Nemo Cassina Lyra vanity mirror light fixture
                                          • Saw cut honed Lavastone floor and walls
                                          • Curbless shower floor with charcoal river pebbles
                                          • 10mm tempered-glass shower wall
                                          • Rainhead and hand shower
                                          • Skylight

                                            • NORTH BEDROOM

                                              • Quarter and rift cut white oak natural finish floor
                                              • Built-in walnut wardrobe
                                              • Prandina Ginger suspension light
                                              • Altex Sun Project Roller blinds with anodized cassette

                                                • NORTH ENSUITE

                                                  • Wall-hung vanity with quartz countertop and Catalano sink
                                                  • Nemo Cassina Lyra vanity mirror light fixture
                                                  • Tanzia Dark Grey Polished marble floor, tub surround and walls
                                                  • Silver fox marble accent wall
                                                  • Soaker bathtub
                                                  • Skylight

                                                    • LAUNDRY

                                                      • Miele full size washer
                                                      • Miele full size dryer
                                                      • Grey porcelain floor
                                                      • Built-in wall cabinets with walnut laminate countertop
                                                      • Laundry sink with faucet
                                                      • Skylight

                                                        • MASTER BEDROOM

                                                          • Foscarini Maki Light fixture in master bed stairway
                                                          • Full-height soft-close sliding door
                                                          • Quarter and rift cut white oak natural finish floor
                                                          • LZF Lighting Suspension Link light fixture above bed
                                                          • Full-width sliding glass door to terrace
                                                          • Altex Sun Project Roller blinds with anodized cassette

                                                            • MASTER CLOSET

                                                              • Pianca walk-in closet system in burnt oak finish with adaptable configurations, including additional clothes hanging racks and easily-moveable drawers, shelves, etc.
                                                              • Skylight

                                                                • MASTER ENSUITE

                                                                  • Statuario Versilia Pure walls and floors
                                                                  • Walnut built-in cabinet with Statuarietto marble countertop and Catalano vanity sinks
                                                                  • Graff wall-mount faucets
                                                                  • Kundalini Shatki wall light fixtures
                                                                  • Walnut vanity mirrors
                                                                  • Thermostatic shower system with rain, waterfall and hand shower
                                                                  • ACO trench shower drains
                                                                  • Vanico Maronyx engineered free-standing natural-stone bathtub
                                                                  • Sandblasted-glass toilet room enclosure
                                                                  • Altex Sun Project Roller blinds with anodized cassette
                                                                  • Full height frameless pivoting door

                                                                    • MASTER TERRACE

                                                                      • Cedar terrace floor with cedar and galvanized steel canopy
                                                                      • LED lighting

                                                                        • REAR TERRACE

                                                                          • Linear cedar deck
                                                                          • BBQ area with natural gas rough-in
                                                                          • River birch trees
                                                                          • Gabion Stone retaining walls
                                                                          • Cedar staircase to garage
                                                                          • LED landscape lighting

                                                                            • GARAGE

                                                                              • Free-standing garage with lane access
                                                                              • Automated garage door
                                                                              • Sealed floor
                                                                              • Skylights
                                                                              • Native-plant living roof
                                                                              • Clad in galvanized steel
                                                                              • Charcoal-stained garage door

                                                                                • SYSTEMS

                                                                                  • Engineered three-quarter-crush-stone compacted foundation drainage system
                                                                                  • Poured concrete (4l10x rebar) foundation
                                                                                  • R10 main-level insulated floor
                                                                                  • Radiant in-floor heating for main level
                                                                                  • Curtain wall thermally-insulated anodized aluminum window frames with tempered glass throughout
                                                                                  • Window shade systems from Altex Sun Project , in Oyster/ Pearl Grey Litelift with/without clear anodized cassettes
                                                                                  • LED lighting throughout
                                                                                  • GE light timers
                                                                                  • Lutron light dimmers
                                                                                  • All railings in tempered Canadian 12mm glass
                                                                                  • Pre-wiring for home intercom
                                                                                  • Pre-wiring for security camera system

                                                                                    • LOWER LEVEL MECHANICAL ROOM

                                                                                      • Whole house 200AMP Siemens electricity supply panel
                                                                                      • NYT Vmax110-plus high-efficiency condensing boiler system r TA
                                                                                      • Waste water extractor pump
                                                                                      • Municipal water supply valve and shutoff
                                                                                      • Beam Electroulux central vacuum
                                                                                      • Liberty sump pump
                                                                                      • NG main distribution
                                                                                      • Finished radiant heated concrete floor

                                                                                        • SECOND FLOOR MECHANICAL ROOM

                                                                                          • Forced-air natural gas heating and cooling furnace supply for house with humidifier
                                                                                          • Security alarm panel
                                                                                          • Grey porcelain tile floor

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Type: 3-storey detached
Layout: 3 bedrooms,
    4 bathrooms
Square Footage: 2766sf
    total living space
Lot Size: 4.71m by 30.64m
Heating: Natural gas, forced
    air and radiant slab heating
    on main level
Cooling: Forced-air air-conditioning
Parking: Private detached
    1.5 garage with lane access
Property Tax: $13,477


  • All electric light fixtures
  • Central vacuum and accessories
  • All existing appliances
  • Garage door opener and remotes
  • Heating and cooling equipment

To inquire further about this property please contact Boris.

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