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Waterfront Showpiece on Oro-Medonte's Millionaires Row

April 02, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY THEA MENAGH

A world-renowned artist has created a slice of heaven on the bay in Oro-Medonte.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.28 Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

Built for views both in and out, this 13,000 sq. ft. waterfront showpiece on Millionaires Row on the north shore of Kempenfelt Bay outside Barrie boasts three storeys of wall-to-wall windows that make it quite literally a shining example of modern design.
 
Homeowner Zarum is an internationally renowned artist and oversaw the 1.49-acre estate’s two-year design and build process. Including the trusses sourced through Barrie’s United Lumber Home Hardware, he estimates 95 per cent of the trades and suppliers he contracted to bring his vision to life were sourced locally.
 
The neutral palette uses Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace on the ceilings. “I tried to use whatever walls there are for art,” Zarum says. Six bedrooms – including two master retreats with private balconies – are each equipped with private en suites by Bathworks and heated maple flooring. 
 
 
Built for entertaining, the well-appointed kitchen offers seating for 12 at a quartz-topped island. “Although it’s very large, it’s comfortable,” he adds, noting the special care taken to connect the Shanty Bay manor to its stunning natural environment, which includes 260 feet of one-of-a-kind shoreline.
 
A quick elevator ride to the grand walk-out level accesses the well-stocked temperature-controlled wine cellar and an airy games room. Walk-out french doors lead to a multi-tiered outdoor living space that encourages all manner of open-air leisure pursuits. The granite-edged saltwater pool by Unique Pools & Landscaping and expansive deck is served by a cabana and a choice of dining terraces, one equipped with a wood-burning pizza oven and another with a lakeside fireplace. The double-wide boathouse features a marine rail and a roof-top patio perfect for parties and double docks at the ready for water play.
 
Having lived in some of the most picturesque and exciting locations in Europe and North America, the couple quickly realized Oro- Medonte offered everything they were looking for in a new home.
 
Although they’ve yet to be in their current home for a full year, the owners are already planning to transform the adjacent estate they own, Casa Lago Estate, the largest waterfront estate of its kind on Lake Simcoe, into their final dream estate. In preparation, they’ve listed the 15 Pemberton Lane property for sale with Kelly Lazar of Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. Brokerage

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