Just listed: A Malibu Beach House in Moore Park, built on a foundation of true love with finishes fit for a Millennial king and queen.
Colin Weidelich was the quintessential Millennial bachelor before he met Erica. He was the best friend of many, a man about town and a successful commercial contractor with Gaydon Contractors, his family business.
A string of uninspiring circumstances (in the global market and a way too low-ball sale of the neighbour’s house) had Colin reconsidering a quick sale of his investment property at 14 Kingsmere Road in Toronto, near Mount Pleasant and St. Clair. Rather than sell the property and move into a lofty bachelor pad somewhere downtown, Colin decided to demolish and rebuild the 92-year old midtown family home by himself. Two weeks into construction, Colin met Erica and everything changed — including the fate of 14 Kingsmere Road.
Love At First Sight
Colin fell in love at first sight when he saw Erica at C3 last spring but it took four requests for a date before she accepted. It wasn’t long before Colin brought Erica to 14 Kingsmere Road to show her around and introduce his plans for the house, including a custom-built vanity he thought she might especially like.
Colin is a contractor with a soft spot for nostalgia and so he wanted to maintain the “story” of the house throughout his renovation. Most modernizations wipe out classic characteristics of an old home but Colin knows how to balance high-end finishes with preserved character. His aesthetic is perfect for anyone who is nostalgic about old-timey quality but obsessed with modern functionality.
When Colin was demolishing the house he found receipts from a lumber yard on Bloor Street from 1925, now framed and hanging in the house. The 92-year old Douglas Fir wood that the receipts are for are now floating shelves in the kitchen, living room and master ensuite. The original wooden beams are exposed in the oversized master ensuite skylight. The house still has its original cast iron radiators throughout too, painted matte black so they’re both sleek and warming.
But it’s the modern touches that make 14 Kingsmere Road a Malibu Beach House.
Candice Kaye custom designed the palm tree wallpaper in the main floor wallpaper. A hotel in St. Barth’s called Kaye to see if they could purchase the exact palm paper they saw in a photo of Colin and Erica’s powder room — Kay said ‘no, it’s custom and exclusive to 14 Kingsmere Road’ thereby solidifying C+E’s powder room the coolest one in Toronto. Kay designed the wallpaper in at Planta (The Chase Group) and Baddies too.
14 Kingsmere Road is a house fit for the kind of couple who wants to live well; to wake up and walk across the street to the tennis courts for a match before suiting up for work, or take advantage of Moore Park’s running trails. It’s the kind of home for a couple who likes entertaining 20 friends for dinner at the outdoor dining room table. It’s the right kind of home for young professionals who want a house where people can gather.
Colin and Erica are now newlyweds and have decided to create at least one more property together before they start building their family, so they’re moving onto the next one. The house that was built on the foundation of Colin and Erica’s newfound love is now listed and for sale.
But whoever buys 14 Kingsmere Road is sure to be lucky in love, it’s infused in every nook and cranny of this Malibu Beach House in midtown Toronto.
There’s an open house for 14 Kingsmere Road on April 22nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.