Conrad Black, the renowned British-Canadian media mogul-turned-convict and modern-day Lord, no longer needs his mansion in Toronto’s ritzy Bridle Path neighbourhood.
On account of rarely entertaining anymore and always being in Europe, Black and his wife, Barbara, have put their 23,000-square-foot home on the market.
It goes without saying that it’s laden in extravagance – not unlike the closet of his Baroness wife.
The 26 Park Lane Circle address features nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a guest apartment, and a coach house on a 6.6 acre property. Why it features more bathrooms than bedrooms is just one of the fun mysteries of the dwelling, which Black’s father built 65 years ago. Since that time, it has been frequented by the likes of Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher – unsurprising – and, more surprising, Elton John. (Though he seems to just show up everywhere.)
“It is a big house for two people. We will be abroad a good deal, and moving to a more manageable home will be a convenience to us now as our careers have evolved,” wrote Black in a statement.
Now, let’s get to the amenities. The estate’s new owner will also be privy to an indoor pool, full spa, billiard and media rooms, two-storey library, and a chapel that was consecrated by two cardinals.
Black previously sold his properties in Palm Beach and London for $26 million and $23.4 million, respectively. Barry Cohen of Re/Max Realtron Realty Inc. estimates the home to have a value of $21.8 million.
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