Sprawl­ing res­i­dence once home to Rush’s Neil Peart & party haven for Led Zep­pelin band mem­bers

Richmond Hill Post - - Contents - by Sa­man­tha Peksa

A $5.8 mil­lion home that once be­longed to Rush’s drum­mer and was sup­pos­edly graced by Led Zep­pelin

Built in 1909, the three-storey res­i­dence at 230 Rus­sell Hill Rd. in South Hill once be­longed to Neil Peart, drum­mer of the pop­u­lar Cana­dian rock band Rush. The stately home is listed at $5.895 mil­lion and fea­tures six bed­rooms, seven bath­rooms, a charm­ing coach house and an in-ground salt wa­ter pool, firepit and ca­bana on a lot that’s 75 by 165 feet. The res­i­dence, ap­prox­i­mately 7,000 square feet with hard­wood floors through­out, was largely ren­o­vated and re­stored by a well-known Cana­dian devel­oper (another for­mer owner of the home). The prop­erty backs onto Sir Win­ston Churchill Reser­voir (although ad­mit­tedly, new own­ers of the home won’t be able to en­joy the park for the next two years due to con­struc­tion). Ac­cord­ing to For­est Hill Real Es­tate sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Howard Lende, Led Zep­pelin is also be­lieved to have par­tied there in the ’70s or ’80s (talk about brag­ging rights).

Clock­wise from top: The liv­ing room with hard­wood floors, stone fire­place, in­te­grated book­shelves and cof­fered ceil­ings; an ex­te­rior shot of the front por­tico; and a peek at the backyard oa­sis, com­plete with salt wa­ter pool, ca­bana, firepit and out­door...

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