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December 29, 1998

The ultimate in Lightfoot memorabilia
$3.88 million asked for icon's Rosedale digs

By Tony Wong
Toronto Star Business Reporter

taken from The Toronto Star

If you know a big Gordon Lightfoot fan, the ultimate souvenir is available.

We're not talking about a package of compact discs or posters. You'll need a few million dollars. It's Lightfoot's Rosedale home, which has been placed on the market at $3.88 million.

For that princely sum, you get a 7,500-square-foot mansion on one of the toniest streets in Rosedale, complete with six bedrooms. There's also the recording studio on the ground floor where Lightfoot has spent the past 25 years creating his music.

If that's not enough to make you haul out your dusty copy of "In The Early Morning Rain," wait until you hear who your neighbours will be.

You'll be surrounded by the rich and famous, including retired Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter and mega-luxury-home realtors Harvey and Elise Kalles.

In typically discrete fashion, you won't find who owns the home in any of Kalles' sales literature.

"They're very public figures, but they're also very private in their home life," said Elise Kalles, who is listing the home.

Kalles said her favourite feature of the century-old Tudor-styled home is the family room, which she describes as "absolutely magnificent with hand-carved beams and a breathtaking, oversized mantle fireplace."

Lightfoot's music studio, off the living room, offers a garden view framed by antique bevelled, stained-glass windows.

The Star's pop critic, Betsy Powell, visited Lightfoot at his home earlier this year and described the surroundings:

"Leather furniture, shag throw rugs and a covered snooker table say '70s, while a baby stroller parked in the front lobby and swing set in the well-tended backyard point to signs of young life. Beside the gold records hanging on the walls are photographs of children."

The 60-year-old Lightfoot and his wife, Elizabeth, intend to stay in Toronto after the home has been sold, Kalles said.

Although Lightfoot's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, his fans have remained faithful through the years, rekindling their bond with the singer at his annual Massey Hall concerts.

Lightfoot has also suddenly found himself hot again with a remake of his hit ballad "If You Could Read My Mind," one of the hit songs from the disco-era movie 54.

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