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Combining antiquity and modernity, one contemporary mansion has taken a page from the ancient book of feng shui.

Fresh on the market this week comes 23 William Andrew Avenue, a sprawling 5,000-square-foot, four-plus-one-bedroom detached home backing onto the Royal Stouffville Golf Course in Whitchurch-Stouffville. As an added bonus, the luxury home meets the standards of general feng shui principles, as proven by certification from feng shui master Paul Ng.

Translating to “wind-water” in English, feng shui is a centuries-old Chinese system of spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the movement of energy. When positive, free-flowing energy, otherwise known as Qi, is handled correctly in a home, good luck will be bestowed upon the residents as a result. While there are several branches of the practice, the basic guiding principles of feng shui call for incorporating natural elements, preventing clutter and providing navigable spaces.

Listed for $2,988,800, 23 William Andrew Avenue achieves the art of feng shui with its sinuous open-concept layout and aptly designed interiors.

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Pull off the main street and onto the private cul-de-sac, overlooking the vast green lawns and treed areas of the surrounding golf course. Though you’ll still have neighbours on either side, the home comes with an acre of land, giving a healthy perimeter of space for privacy.

Walking through the double front doors, an open-air staircase greets you, crowned with a layered chandelier and skylight.

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Behind the staircase is the showstopper of the residence — the kitchen. While many homes opt for subway tile, this kitchen takes on a punchy black-on-white merola backsplash that harmonizes with the black hardware and white shaker cabinetry. The long centre island is a focal point of the room, hosting a second sink and built-in breakfast bar. As per the usual luxury-home fixtures, this kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, a pot filler, and a giant fridge that can pack a lot of Lobster Thermidor inside.

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Jumping to the right of the kitchen is a breakfast area, which leads out onto a covered terrace overlooking the backyard. The adjacent living room centres around a ceiling-high gas fireplace — fire is one of the natural elements of feng shui — and huge windows.

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Flowing from the kitchen is a formal dining space, paired with a sitting area and another icicle chandelier.

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Upstairs, the master bedroom showcases another gas fireplace and a six-piece ensuite, complete with a flameless glass shower, double vanity and freestanding tub.

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Note the placement of the bed. Historically, feng shui was used to determine the orientation of major or spiritually significant buildings, but in everyday homes, the same effects can be achieved through the specific placement of furniture, or direction and layout of the home itself. The bed and other central furniture items — like an office desk — should be located in the power spot of the room and assume power positioning. Achieving feng shui in the bedroom can start with placing the bed strategically in relation to the door, usually at a diagonal angle so that you’re not directly in line with the door. Keeping the bed against a solid wall, avoiding placement below beams or fans, and allowing for ample space on either side is also important.

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On the same floor are the other three bedrooms — currently designed as children’s rooms — and their corresponding bathrooms.

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This home rests on a finished walk-out basement, which boasts a third gas fireplace, bathroom and sauna.

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While you don’t need to own a massive mansion to practice the tranquil art of feng shui, this stunning estate offers plenty of room for you to do so.

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