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Home Buying: What's for sale in Canada's luxury market

If you save your pennies long enough, you might just find yourself calling one of this massive estates home.

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Location: Halifax Asking price: $5,950,000 Property size: 12,000 square feet on just under an acre Year built: New

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Located near Purcells Cove, just outside Halifax, this two-storey luxury home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The exterior is made up of beautiful stone and exotic woods, including African bubinga, are used throughout the house. This house is complete with a theatre, library, grand salon, gym and spa, as well as a private beach on the Atlantic Ocean outside.

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Location: North coast of Prince Edward Island Asking price: $6,950,000 Property size: 13,500 square feet on 11 acres Year built: 2011

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This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom monstrosity sits atop a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Windows are made of solid wood and there is ceramic, marble and hardwood floor throughout. The property features a wooded area and beach access.

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Location: Oakville, Ont. Asking price: $7,598,000 Property size: Four acres Year built: 2002-2004

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Whether you’re taking a dip in the backyard pool or relaxing at the in-house bar, this opulent dwelling is perfect for entertaining. This seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home is surrounded by trees and has a long drive to create privacy. The back patio includes a wood-burning fireplace.

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Location: Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Que. Asking price: $8,750,000 Property size: 10,000 square feet on 8 acres Year built: 2003

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This waterfront log home has seven bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a 10-car driveway. Each log used in construction was sourced from nearby Morin Heights. The ceiling in the octagonal great room is an impressive 40-feet high. The home also features five wood- and gas-burning fireplaces, elk-horn chandeliers, a library, chef’s quarters, gym and wine room.

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Location: Rural Rockyview County, Alta. Asking price: $8,950,000 Property size: 7,620 square feet on 2 acres Year built: 2007

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This decadent estate boasts panoramic views of the local mountains, heated indoor saltwater pool and a wrap-around deck complete with fireplace. This six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home features heated floors and 17-foot ceilings. But there’s nothing like a gourmet kitchen, complete with butler’s pantry, and a wine cellar that would rival the vintages section at your local liquor store to make you feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury.

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Location: Kelowna, B.C. Asking price: $8,975,000 Property size: 12,800 square feet on 16 acres Year built: 2007

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Overlooking Okanagan Lake, on the edge of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, you’ll find this next property. It has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and five fireplaces. Under impressive 30-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows, the kitchen features granite countertops and stainless appliances. A home theatre, gym, bar, billiards room and guest quarters, not to mention a tennis court and lakeview infinity pool, can help you entertain in style.

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Location: Toronto Asking price: $13,995,000 Property size: 15,000 square feet on 2 acres Year built: Not available

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No luxury home gallery would be complete without a property from Toronto’s Bridle Path. This custom-built, white-stucco mansion has five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and a coach house. The detached garage can store five vehicles and the grounds feature a tennis court and in-ground pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The white, marble interior lends well to the elaborate style of this home.

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