Meet the Toronto woman behind the unique mansion that has hosted stars like The Weeknd and Belly

Meet the Toronto woman behind the unique mansion that has hosted stars like The Weeknd and Belly

Tanya Grossi is residing her dream lifestyle as the proprietor and curator of the Darling

Tanya Grossi is residing her dream lifestyle as the proprietor and curator of the Darling Mansion, a artistic hub in Toronto that has been frequented by some extremely well-known attendees.

The huge, red-bricked, lavishly-adorned house on Dovercourt Highway straddles stylish Trinity Bellwoods and Very little Portugal.

“There’s no approach to sell this… I’m dying in this property,” Grossi explained to the Star, “I’m residing my aspiration. I am my desire woman.”

The Darling Mansion is described by Grossi as a “creative hub” in Toronto’s west end, operating as the two a residence and a rental space that has seen its share of superstar visitors and artists.

The household has been employed as a filming area by some recognizable names, which includes The Weeknd who shot an unreleased songs video there, and Belly’s new music video for “The Arrive Down Is True Way too.” The residence was featured in the songs video clip ‘Insane’ by Indian artists AP Dhillon, Gurinder Gill, Shinda Kahlon and GMINXR. The video has more than 93 million views on Youtube.

The mansion was constructed in 1888 and, according to its latest owner, was the house and clinic of just one of Canada’s very first woman medical doctors.

Grossi mentioned she has constantly experienced a fascination with the mansion. A significant, exclusive home enshrouded by lush greenery in the center of Dovercourt. She frequently walked previous it when she was younger, wondering what it appeared like on the within.

“The residence seems like it was transplanted there. Like, it doesn’t search like it belongs, you know, and I experienced a sensation that probably there were a large amount of folks like myself that also wondered about this place.”

She beloved to journey, and mentioned she’d hoped to 1 day obtain a compact, awesome dwelling on a seashore somewhere.

But when two investors approached her with the plan of buying the mansion in 2014, Grossi was right away on board.

“You know what, the beach can hold out. I really feel like Toronto demands a little bit of a creative renaissance,” she mentioned about her conclusion to commit.

“I understood I didn’t want to see it turned into Ikea apartments.”

TORONTO, ON- APRIL 13  - The Living Room. The Darling Mansion, an event venue and residence of co-owner Tanya Grossi. She rents out the mansion with it’s unique rooms for music videos and photo shoots. in Toronto. April 13, 2022.   Steve Russell/Toronto Star

It took less than a calendar year to revamp the place, and the two buyers stepped again to permit Grossi have inventive handle more than the dwelling. Grossi hoped to restore and preserve its prosperous history though also placing her have aptitude on the household with her “eclectic collection of artifacts and a sinfully-indulgent sense of inside structure.”

Grossi has constantly been an avid collector, and her array of antiques, oddities, artwork and artifacts was the fantastic companion to the historic Toronto residence.

She has been in Toronto’s creative scene for a very long time. She utilized to have the Parkdale bar Salvador Darling (as a result the mansion’s name), and also does styling, interior design and DJ’s. But her main career is functioning the Darling Mansion.

“I could deliver all of this things [that I do] jointly. And then men and women in that neighborhood that I know… photographers, designers, film people, they can all occur by now and do their artistic tasks,” she mentioned.

Grossi works by using it as a principal residence, but also operates it as a bed and breakfast that at the same time functions as a inventive workspace.

It expenses $200 an hour to lease out the room for artistic do the job, for a minimum of a few hours.

“I do not get out of bed for considerably less than 500 bucks,” Grossi joked.

With the measurement of her assortment and assets, she claimed it can get above an hour just to wander via the house.

The home, in individual the “Boudoir Room” has been highlighted in photoshoots in Italian Vogue and South African GQ journal. It was also showcased in advertising advertisements for Toronto’s National Property Show.

Oscar-profitable actor Geoffrey Hurry hosted a non-public evening meal there one particular yr in the course of the Toronto Worldwide Film Pageant.

TORONTO, ON- APRIL 13  - The Leopard Room. The Darling Mansion, an event venue and residence of co-owner Tanya Grossi. She rents out the mansion with it’s unique rooms for music videos and photo shoots. in Toronto. April 13, 2022.   Steve Russell/Toronto Star

The property is also available for prolonged-phrase stays on rental web-sites like Airbnb.

The very first flooring is now a shared area for all friends. It consists of a drawing place, a dining home, a lobby, and a library. Grossi also provides distinctive features like hula hoops, kimonos and a tickle trunk for attendees to use until 8 p.m.

The second floor has four themed rooms readily available for extended-term stays.

The rooms involve “The Flamingo,” inspired by The Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas and featuring a sprawling flamingo mural by Canadian mural and street artist birdO, and “The Magic Carpet” home, which gets its name from the personalized walnut queen bed suspended from the ceiling of the teal-colored home.

3 of the rooms share a huge bathroom with a roomy, crimson Jacuzzi tub and majestic opulent pillars. Grossi states the rooms can each and every sleep up to two men and women.

Following 8 decades of curating the mansion, Grossi is happy of what the room has develop into, and has no designs of at any time permitting it go.

“What I’m most happy of is using a chance, and dreaming huge,” claimed Grossi.

“One shouldn’t be stingy with their desires.”

Correction — April 18, 2022: This posting was edited to correct that AP Dhillon, Gurinder Gill, Shinda Kahlon and GMINXR are from India, not Pakistan.

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