A housing project that has it all
No. 18 Ancroft, right at the end of Ancroft Place, might suit you. Previous owner Thomas Kellner, a celebrated custom home builder in the seventies and eighties, lived there. It is 2,660 square feet with a master bedroom the size of a gymnasium, complete with marble-fronted wood-burning fireplace, a finished basement (another fireplace there as well) and a walkout to an in-ground swimming pool and terrace.
What Ancroft Place has going for it is history, architectural significance, superb location, a unique lifestyle, seclusion and great beauty.
The string of red brick townhouses with the look and feel of an English country village located on a leafy cul-de-sac running east off Sherbourne Street just over the Rosedale Ravine bridge. Their steeply pitched slate-grey roofs and small paned windows sits to the north side of the street, not in a straight row but with some houses stepped back and others gently nudged forward. The south side of the street is the green curtain of mature trees that cover the north bank of the Rosedale Ravine.
It is so neatly tucked away that the traffic of Bloor Street, just a few hundred metres to the south, may as well be in a different city hundreds of kilometres distant.
It had just come on the market. The estate of lawyer and developer Kenneth Ferns Mackenzie, who built Ancroft Place in 1927 as rental homes, decided to sell. Mr. Kellner bought it for $850,000, renovated No. 18 and made it his own home.
In Recent Times, Lee Wells And Andy Fass have now acquired this spectacular home and Lee has added his world's famous flare to the historic residence.