Inside Drake's Staggering Toronto Mansion

Considering the fact that Drake is doing ridiculously well for himself when it comes to money (which is seriously putting it mildly), he can afford to live pretty much anywhere that he wants. However, the rapper happens to hail from Toronto, Canada, and that's where he decided to build himself a stunningly impressive mansion. Frankly, even before it was constructed, Drake's home was sparking headlines, thanks to the fact that he used Instagram to give his fans a look at his future home while it was in progress, according to Fancy Pants Homes.

What Drake's IG followers saw was the realization of the star's grand intention. "Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel," he told Architectural Digest in April 2020. "It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong."

In order to achieve that goal, Drake ended up with a massive 50,000-square-foot home deemed The Embassy that BlogTO noted cost $6.7 million and was styled by architectural and interior designer Ferris Rafauli. "In form, materials, and execution, the structure is a proper 19th-century limestone mansion," Rafauli explained, adding that "the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner." While that may make the home sound simple, it's actually the exact opposite! Keep reading to find out more about the place (or palace?) that Drake calls home.

Drake's neighborhood is known as Millionaires Row

When Drake decided to build a jaw-droppingly large mansion, the fact that he opted to do so in Canada isn't wildly surprising considering it is his home country. Toronto seemed like another obvious choice since Drake doesn't try to hide the fact that he's more than just a little fond of the city. However, he may still have caused a few raised eyebrows when people found out what neighborhood he had chosen for his new abode. Fancy Pants Homes noted that back in 2016, the music industry star picked himself up a two-acre property in the expensive and exclusive Bridle Path neighborhood. Known as "Millionaires Row," according to the National Post, the area only spans a small number of streets and is where some of the city's most prestigious castle-like mansions can be found.

While that sounds impressive enough, what makes the Bridle Path even more enviable is the fact that it's a favorite neighborhood for those in show business. Narcity pointed out that it's been home to Elton John, Mick Jagger, and the late Prince, while also being where Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams might have been spotted while filming "Mean Girls" in the area.

So what kind of house would Drake build in such an exclusive neighborhood? Keep reading because it's even more over-the-top than you like could ever imagine!

Common areas are anything but common in Drake's house

If you're lucky enough to be invited to Drake's mansion, be prepared to be wowed as soon as you step through the door. According to Architectural Digest, the spacious entry hall is where limestone and Nero Marquina marble beveled inserts can be found along with bronze-framed antique mirrors on the ceiling above. From there, you could wander into the great room and appreciate the 44-foot-high ceiling which features a chandelier that was based on a piece that was designed for New York's Metropolitan Opera and boasts over 20,000 Swarovski crystals. There's also a grand concert piano from Bösendorfer that was created with the help of artist Takashi Murakami and has been placed in a spot that showcases it with Macassar ebony panels that stretch the full height of the walls as well as bronze screens and more antique mirrors.

When Drake's guests head to the lounge, they might recognize the space, which is just one area in the home that can be spotted in videos like "When to Say When & Chicago Freestyle" and "Toosie Slide." The room's décor includes touches of ostrich skin-furniture, even more bronze, faux suede panels that are backlit for extra effect, and, of course, another chandelier, this one made of Venini-glass.

That's not all that this house offers its owner, either: When Drake's visitors leave and he turns in, he enjoys a bedroom suite that's twice as big as the average American abode.

Drake's bedroom suite is bigger than many homes

"The bedroom is where I come to decompress from the world at the end of the night and where I open my eyes to seize the day," Drake told Architectural Digest while saying that it's his favorite part of his home. "The bed lets you float, the shower lets you escape and gather your thoughts, and the closet makes you want to talk to yourself while you're getting dressed."

Drake's love of his bedroom is surely why he decided to make it massive. To put things into perspective, according to The Atlantic, homes in the United States are some of the biggest in the world, with single family residences averaging around 1,600 to 1,650 square feet. However, Drake's bedroom suite alone is 3,200 square feet along with covered terraces that stretch for another 1,100 square feet.

How does the rapper fill that much space? Well, there's mother-of-pearl inlaid nightstands, a two-story closet (where amethyst hardware, rock crystal, and diamond-tufted shearling seating can be spotted), and a 4,000-pound black marble tub in the bathroom. Per Fancy Pants Homes, there's also a toilet that lights up and plays music. Of course, none of that compares to the $395,000 Grand Vividus bed which Complex explains requires in the range of 600 hours to craft and weighs around a half a ton. Granted, those are far from the only eye-popping extras in this impressive home.

Drake's home includes eye-popping extras

Just like other celebrities who opt for seemingly ridiculous features for their homes, Drake didn't hold back when saying yes to a black granite indoor pool and a full-on awards room to show off his industry honors. Beyond that, the star's house also includes two other extras that suit him perfectly: When Drake wants to indulge in his passion at home, per Architectural Digest, he can head to his very own recording studio. While there, he can get into his mode thanks to the vibe which he says is basically like "eccentric 1970s studios mixed with Annabel's in London."

The Toronto Raptors global ambassador can also play a game or two in his NBA regulation-size indoor basketball court, which is a heck of a lot fancier than actual professional courts. For instance, there's a pyramid-shaped skylight above the action that reaches 21 square feet. While Drake obviously loves basketball, we should point out that this Raptor's fan stopped short of putting the team's symbol on the floor. As Fancy Pants Homes noted, Drake's own OVO logo can be found on the private personalized court. Indeed, when the star took to Instagram to share a pair of videos showing himself shooting some baskets on his home court, his followers could see that the black paint and mirror-lined space is just as sleek as the rest of the stunning home.

It's backyard bliss (and special outdoor security) for Drake

When it comes to Drake's Toronto home, the residence not only includes impressive extras, it also has something that other mansions in the Bridle Path neighborhood aren't allowed to have. According to CTV News, the City of Toronto gave Drake permission to put up fences that were double the height that fences in the area would normally be. Why? Well, for security reasons, as people have apparently been showing up to see where the rapper lives.

While safety is undoubtedly a very real issue, Drake may also want to keep what's behind those fences private as he gets to enjoy an enviably sweet backyard. As you might imagine, along with pristinely manicured landscaping, the outdoor area features a pool that BlogTO noted is basically the size of an entire lake. However, the outlet also recalled that the star has claimed in the past that he wants to be the owner of the biggest backyard pool in the world, so that might have been his over-sized inspiration.

Granted, that doesn't mean that Drake gets to use his pool as much as he might like. In May 2020, he posted an Instagram story (via BlogTO) to share a look at his backyard while admitting, "Yes sir, first swim of the summer. First time ever in the pool actually to be honest." We wonder how much Drake is able to enjoy the rest of what his staggering home has to offer.