We've all wondered what it would have been like to get in on the ground floor with the next big thing — to buy one of Rothko's first paintings, or one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first houses. If you're a fan of contemporary architecture, this could be your chance to own a piece of future architectural history — for the relatively low price of $4 million.
The house, completed in 2011, spreads its steel- and wood-sided wings over a 40-acre lot near Creemore, Ontario, not far from Collingwood. It was designed by up-and-coming Toronto firm Altius Architects, which focuses on site-specific contemporary architecture that's also eco-friendly and sustainable.
The kitchen, dining and living areas fill one arm of the long, low structure. Even if you wanted to update the white kitchen cabinets or grey island countertop in a few years, it would take a long time to get tired of the light coming in through those clerestory windows.
From the front door, weighty, rough-edged stone steps lead past a line of windows to the lower level. Upstairs, white-walled hallways lend a gallery feel, perfect for the artist for whom the house was built.
This bedroom — one of four, not including the separate guest cottage — is a tasteful retreat thanks to deep charcoal walls, an upholstered headboard and luxe long drapes. According to the architects' website, none other than Sarah Richardson Design worked this decor magic.
Although the house isn't far from the shores of Georgian Bay and a private pond, there's an indoor pool with waterfall for swimming between September and June. Other luxurious extras include the guest cottage, a separate artist's studio with three-car garage, and a heated workshop.
1-5. Altius Architects, via Sotheby's Realty