Priced at nearly $7.8 million, the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in Windermere contains 12,890 square feet of finished living space nearly $7.8 million, the eye-popping price tag alone is enough to garner attention, but a premium location and bevy of tantalizing design elements combine to produce a home that can’t simply be summarized by dollars and cents.
“It’s a piece of art” says Mani Bagga, realtor with Royal LePage and a certified luxury home specialist, tasked by owners Abe and Suzanne Robalo with finding new homeowners for one of the most expensive real estate listings in Edmonton’s history. “People can recognize the quality as soon as they arrive, and that level of quality extends throughout the entire property.”
Built in 2008 by Heredity Homes, the southwest Edmonton mansion took three-and-a-half years to build. It was one of the first multi-million dollar homes to transform Windermere Drive from farmers’ fields to a dazzling strip of Spanish-style villas, stately custom colonials, and modern-architecture marvels.
Perched on nearly an acre of land, the gated lot encompasses manicured landscaping that cost $1 million to produce. The home’s exterior features four gas light panels that deliver sophisticated elegance, as well as automated drip technology to ensure that each shrub on the property remains well watered.
As for the interior, the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home contains 12,890 square feet of finished living space. Working with that kind of size can often result in a finished product that feels segmented, with design elements competing against one another or entire wings of the home feeling detached from the main floor. Walking through the Windermere estate, an expansive open-floor concept pulls everything together under a contemporary theme, while a number of elegant design touches work together to create a truly cohesive unit. For example, hand-laid tile flooring creates a three-dimensional effect on the main level, the same custom crown moulding can be found in nearly every room, high-quality tile appears in each bathroom, and circular design elements bring everything (quite literally) full circle.
A crystal chandelier hangs above the front foyer and custom tile flooring creates a three-dimensional effect. SUPPLIED
The circular theme that runs throughout the home is evident from the front entryway. A massive crystal chandelier adorns the space, and when viewed from the upper level the chandelier is reflected in the circular design that ties the front entrance together, producing an impressive visual display.
But the home’s craftsmanship extends well beyond its attention to detail. Intention and foresight are evident in each design decision, from the stainless-steel door thresholds to an electrical outlet located in the middle of the 20-foot entry rotunda, specifically placed to accommodate a Christmas tree without cords running through the space. Lighting and audio controls are fully integrated with iPad compatibility, while a full elevator enhances convenience throughout the home’s three levels.
The front foyer extends to a comfortable living room adjacent to the kitchen, which features two granite islands and provides an excellent spot for entertaining. Off the kitchen and main living area, a large indoor/outdoor patio is enclosed with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the backyard.
The top floor’s master bedroom contains hardwood floors made from wenge, an endangered wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo that took two years for the homeowners to secure. Incorporated seamlessly into the master bedroom, the luxurious ensuite is finished with tile and wenge accents, featuring a top-fill Jacuzzi tub and large walk-in closet.
The master bedroom contains wenge hardwood and a dual-sided fireplace. SUPPLIED
The upper level also contains a relaxing loft space that offers eastward views, anchored by a central fireplace designed by McKinley & Taylor featuring copper that’s designed to oxidize and change colour over time. The upper level also contains a two-bedroom nanny suite with a separate kitchen.
Looking north from the top floor, a large picture window provides views of the neighbour’s yard, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea, although in this case the window features a postcard-perfect view of adjacent fountains and gardens that spring to life each year with thousands of flowers.
The basement contains a glassed-in gallery specifically designed to showcase memorabilia, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and theatre space with a cinema-calibre speaker system and seating for 10 people.
Adding to the luxury appeal, the home has been exquisitely maintained. In fact, it has less wear-and-tear than many brand-new show homes, providing evidence of the homeowners’ commitment to quality and preservation. In fact, touring the home feels a bit like walking through a museum, the type where visitors don’t have to be told not to touch anything.
“The home provides a number of modern conveniences, including a complete security system, seven-car garage, and five furnaces and two boilers to ensure comfort,” says Bagga. “Very few places like this come on the market in Edmonton. It truly is a piece of art and an exceptional property that anyone would be proud to call home.”