The Most Expensive Home: Ontario

Alyssa Furtado
by Alyssa Furtado June 30, 2011 / No Comments

We have an innate fascination with extremes:  the tallest, the biggest, the smallest, the fastest, etc.  In the world of mortgages and real estate, when properties are pushed to big dollar signs, you can always expect it to draw attention.  In this RateHub series, we’ll detail the most expensive home in each province for you to fawn over.

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and home to the nation’s largest city, Toronto.  The provincial population is 13 million, which makes up more than a third of the nation’s head count.  With a populace that large, it’s no surprise that we not only find Ontario’s most expensive home, but Canada’s most expensive home.

The Four Seasons Toronto penthouse sold for a Canadian record $28 million earlier this year. Purchased by an international buyer, the 9,038 square foot condo works out to an astonishing $3000 per square foot – placing it among the footage costs of New York and London.

Breakdown

Using the lowest 5-year fixed Ontario mortgage rate of 3.49% at 25 years amortization we conclude that the affordability of this penthouse is as follows:

 $5.6 million for the 20% down payment (to avoid CMHC insurance)

$407,143 is the monthly mortgage payment

$1,112,200 is the Land Transfer Tax (Provincial: $556,475; Municipal: $555,725)

What’s even more incredible is the Toronto first-time home buyer tax credit which amounts to a measly $5,725. Great discount, huh?  The interest due at the end of the term is a staggering $4.4 million, enough to buy a “regular” penthouse in Toronto.

Besides the Four Seasons, the most expensive free standing property in the Ontario housing market, according to MLS®, can be found in Toronto’s affluent neighbourhood, the Bridle Path, otherwise known as “Millionaires Row”.

MLS® C2118054

$26,800,000

9 HIGH POINT RD, TORONTO

Features:  7 + 2 Bedrooms, 13 Bathrooms, 8-car garage

The living space is more than 40,000 square feet, spread across two buildings: the “live-in building” and the “sports complex”.  The estate sits on four acres with every amenity – indoor tennis court, cinema, bowling alley, indoor pool and putting green.  Let’s not forget the soaring 46-foot arboretum, which could fit another average-sized home in it.

Property taxes alone are $115,341**. Using the RateHub mortgage calculator for Ontario, you would “save” $17,448 on the mortgage payments compared to the Four Seasons penthouse.  What a deal!

The most expensive home: Ontario

Is this a hotel? Nope, just my foyer.

*all calculations were done using RateHub’s mortgage calculator and Ontario mortgage rates

** http://www.thestar.com/