Inside the dream home: Big Bundy house in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood was filled with light, laughter and celebrities

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The Toronto house where the Bundys lived was a home filled with light, love and laughter. It was also filled to the brim with hats.

“My mother was known as ‘the hat lady’,” laughs Claire-Anne Bundy, the second eldest and only girl among Trudy and Robert Bundy’s five children who grew up in the split-level house in the east-end Beach neighbourhood.

Her signature toppers were kept in downstairs closets but expanded into the upper-level bedrooms as each child left the nest, says Claire-Anne.

Now the dozens of chic chapeaux are in boxes waiting to move on, too, following the recent sale of the 4,695-square-foot stone house for $3.8 million. Waltraud (Trudy) Bundy died last September at age 91 and Robert (Bob) Bundy died in 2017 at age 94. Founder of a construction company, he built the house on a 250-foot-deep lot backing onto Glen Stewart Ravine in 1963.

“It ended up being their dream home,” Claire-Anne says. “Full of love, fun, memories and friendship … it was the nucleus of the family in a wonderful community.”

She remembers it being “filled with light” from big picture windows and numerous skylights. And music surrounded them, thanks to her mother’s music degree and all five kids playing the grand piano.

It was also a welcoming hub for the neighbourhood kids — as long as everyone took off their shoes and stayed out of the living room, she jokes.

Christmas Eve was always an “iconic” occasion with caterers, red carpet, and valet parking, says grandson Harris Bundy, who’s co-listing agent at Royal LePage Estate Realty.

“It was really a super production,” attended by dozens of guests in mandatory formal attire. Except the time his buddy Stu showed up in green pants and a red jacket.

“He looked like a Christmas tree,” laughs Bundy. “I forgot to mention it was black tie and he’s ‘Omigod!’ He didn’t even want to come inside.”

But Stu was whisked upstairs to borrow a dark suit before Harris’s sartorially splendoured grandparents could set eyes on the young man.

The couple loved hosting dignitaries, politicians and friends-in-high-places at their Pine Cres. home. Trudy was a vibrant social butterfly and fundraiser while Bob worked for the city in various roles, including head of the parking authority and parks commissioner.