Steel-Clad Modern Home Near Toronto Takes Car Culture Up A Notch

Real Estate

This modern architectural home is a rarity in the Bayview Glen neighborhood of Markham, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.

The golf-club close community is characterized by large homes on roomy lots dotted with mature trees. Schools, parks and small businesses are nearby.

Unlike the Colonial, Tudor Revival or Ranch-style homes common to the area, this glass-, stone- and steel-clad contemporary looks as though it could have been transplanted from Southern California.

But the really distinguishing attribute is a nod to Los Angeles car culture: a four-vehicle garage with an elevated glass-walled car showroom and an automobile lift.

The first floor of the 10,000-square-foot house centers on an open-concept living and dining room with soaring cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors and wood-beam details. A variety of light sources illuminate the space. There’s a motorized chandelier, in-floor lighting, pendant lights, illuminated art niches and even a backlit marble fireplace mantel.

A wall of windows equipped with automated blinds looks out onto the rear yard.

The family room has a double-sided fireplace, also with a marble mantel. The room opens to the kitchen and a breakfast area with a built-in serving counter.

The dramatic black kitchen features leathered marble countertops and backsplashes, illuminated display shelving and a variety of Gaggenau appliances including an induction cook top, a teppanyaki grill, a wine refrigerator, two ovens, a warming drawer and an espresso machine.

A prep kitchen contains another sink and more countertop and storage space.

Also on this level are an in-law suite, a library and a mud room with heated tile floors, garage access, a dog wash and a solid wood pivoting service entry door.

On the second floor, accessed by a spiraling staircase and an elevator, a sky-lighted grand hall overlooks the living and dining areas.

Double doors open to the primary bedroom, which has dual closets, a balcony and dressing rooms with glass shelving and a custom makeup vanity.

The en-suite bathroom is appointed with such features as heated marble floors, marble sinks, a deep soaking tub and a glass shower complete with body jets.

There are several other bedrooms on the top floor for a total of six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms throughout the house.

The lower level contains a movie theater, a recreation room, a wet bar, an exercise room, a spa area with a sauna, another bedroom and a powder room.

Barry Cohen of Barry Cohen Homes is the listing agent for 22 Hammok Crescent, Markham, which is priced at CAD 7.38 million or close to US $6 million.


Barry Cohen Homes is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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