Life at The Davies not only provides a beautiful place to live, it’s located in a mecca of restaurants, culture and entertainment. Not too far from the beautiful neighboring Robertson Davies Park lies Casa Loma, Canada’s most well-known castle, where old-world architecture meets metropolitan cache.
Toronto’s Historic Grand Past and Hidden Hollywood Sweetheart Destination
Perched gracefully atop the Davenport Hill overlooking The Annex lies Casa Loma, a hidden gem nestled in the bustling area of condos in downtown Toronto. The architectural masterpiece built between 1911-1914 for Sir Henry Mill Pellet has never housed royalty, but it certainly has grandeur and many other advantages and attractions for anyone looking for a new condominium for sale in Toronto. This elegant architectural palace carries over a century-long history of romance, ambition, passion and mystery for inquisitive explorers to unravel as part of a luxurious and cultured lifestyle.
For Sir Henry Pellet, Casa Loma was more than a magnificent mansion; it was a childhood dream that symbolized his ambition, status and success. Sir Pellet was a wealthy financier, industrialist and military office that controlled a staggering 25% portion of Canada’s economy in early 1900’s, personally investing over $3.5 million to build Casa Loma. With his eye for beauty and aristocratic European flair, he enlisted over 300 men working with E.J. Lennox, Toronto’s brightest architect of the time. It took over three years to complete the mansion, importing wood and furnishings from around the world and stonemasons from Scotland to fashion the walls.
The Casa Loma architecture features 98 rooms, 30 bathrooms, 25 fireplaces, a 800-foot-tunnel, secret passageways, horse stables, sweeping staircase and breathtaking towers sprawled across a beauty five-acre garden and was for many decades, the largest private residence in Canada. Misfortune met the owners after World War 1 that forced them to evacuate sell the grand estate near The Davies back in 1924, but present day, provides the perfect setting for some must-do activities for residents of the Davies and other new condominium residents in Toronto.
5 Must-Do Casa Loma Activities for Downtown Condo Residents in Toronto
- High Tea: Need a break from walking around the shops in the Yonge and Summerhill neighborhood? During the Winterlicious season, start off your day and experience the splendour of the Edwardian era with the beloved tradition of High Tea at Casa Loma.
- Winter Wonderland: Enjoy a dazzling light evening display, ‘Disney’s Frozen come to life’ experience in the lower gardens of the Toronto’s majestic castle as part of it’s 100 years anniversary celebration. Featuring ice and wood carving presentations, s’mores and hot chocolate will also be served to keep you and the family warm, perhaps after a day at the Royal Ontario Museum.
- Casa Loma Escape Series: Looking for an adrenaline adventure activity for teens, corporate teams, friends or families? Casa Loma’s colourful history is riddled with strange tales of spooky noises, voices and apparitions. Travel through time into a real-life prison escape experience, blending fact with fiction and theatre with gaming.
- Special Tours: Looking to bring out your inner James Bond? Case Loma was also used as a secret base for developing anti-submarine detection technology, pre-sonar era against U-Boats during World War 2 around 1942. There are also evidence suggesting there was a paramilitary, spy training & secret manufacturing facility in Casa Loma with pieces on display in the “Camp X and Station M Exhibit”. Come explore the secrets of Sir William Stephenson, whom is speculated to have inspired Ian Fleming’s best-known British Hollywood spy.
- Hollywood tour: this Toronto majestic castle near the Davies condo downtown, with its luxurious interiors and secret passageways has also served as an ideal set for the bright lights of Hollywood. Take a tour to explore the set of where many great Hollywood movies like X-Men, Chicago, Dead Ringers, Cocktail and The Skulls, just to name a few. Popcorn, loungers and iMax surround sound system not included.
Best of all, residents of The Davies can also visit the critically acclaimed restaurants along DuPont Street Toronto or the exclusive Yorkville Scene after your Casa Loma adventures. The Davies on Avenue Road at Cottingham is also walking distance to the dinosaur fossils and ancient artifacts nearby at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Life at The Davies, a short distance away from Casa Loma means luxury living with a connection to Toronto’s historic grand past. Call or book an appointment at The Davies sales office at 416 873-0862 for more.