What is it about Toronto that makes it so appealing to celebrities who, for all intents and purposes, could afford to live anywhere they wanted? Toronto has a certain charm and appeal that tropical locations and beach front properties simply can’t match.
The home of actress Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) can be found in downtown Toronto’s South Annex neighbourhood. According to Alana Charles of Curbed has it Rachel prefers to zip around town on her bicycle over driving or taking a cab. Rachel shares her semi-detached Victorian-style house with her brother, which was originally built back in the 1800’s, and renovated several times over. The backyard has been extended, and boasts a private rooftop patio. The estimated value of the home is somewhere in the $750,000 range; relatively inexpensive considering the amount other celebrities have paid for home in Toronto.
McAdams told Leigh McEachran of North Stars, in regards to her reasoning for moving to the city:
“I like living where we have socialized health care. I don’t have to own a car, I can ride my bike around the city, and I can potter about in my garden. The longer I’m there, the fewer reasons I have to leave.”
Back in 2011, news began to spread about the purchase of a luxury 4,600-square-foot penthouse at 36 Hazelton Ave., at a price of $12 Million, by actor-producer-director Mark Wahlberg. His suite has a 360-degree view of the city’s downtown skyline, and occupies the entire seventh floor of the complex. The penthouse also includes two levels of private outdoor space, adding another 2,800 square feet.
Some of the building’s amenities and features do help to justify the extraordinary price tag. According to Janice Bradbeer of the Toronto Star, the suites at 36 Hazelton include custom kitchens by Marana with Miele appliance packages and individual wine refrigerators, warming drawers and the latest speed ovens (and this is just in the kitchen). The complex itself will also boasts a 24-hour concierge, billiards room, executive boardroom, fitness centre, as well a holistic room equipped with massage table, sink and lockable cabinets, which enables residents to have their own personal masseur come in.
Niagara-born and internationally renowned DJ Deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman), also calls Toronto home. The condo Zimmerman owns just off Ryerson campus, which has come to be known as the “Mau5Haus.” Zimmerman told Toronto Life, that the decision to buy a home there was all about location, being close to many 24-hour menities tht are ideal for a performer who is on the road most of the year.
“It’s all location, location, location for me. I’m taking a massive f***in’ tax hit by living in Canada, but oh well.”
The magazine goes on to describe the downtown pad as a “teen’s fantasy,” with a red spiral staircase that connects the living room to the upstairs bedroom, which opens onto a patio. The kitchen is unique in that it’s said to have Jägermeister on tap, with the rest of the unit being “setup for sound,” with keyboards and speaker equipment practically everywhere. The luxury of the suite is overshadowed by the fact that it still has the feeling of a decked out “basement rec room.” The YouTube video below provides a glimpse into Deadmau5’s private pad.