Does Sir Elton John own a home in Caledon, near Toronto, or is this just an urban myth? I was quoted in an article in the Toronto Star newspaper today affirming strong local belief that Sir Elton is one of our neighbours.
One thing is sure, a huge mansion is nearing completion alongside Highway 10 at the top of the escarpment just south of Caledon Village, about 80km north-west of Toronto. The house is at the end of a long driveway with a security guard booth at the entrance.
A lot of prominent and wealthy Canadians live nearby. The Eaton family (formerly of the iconic Canadian retail store chain) live only a kilometer or so from Sir Elton's new home. John Roth, former head of Nortel, built a mansion nearby. The Armstrong family - prominent racehorse owners and builders of Ontario's massive highway 401 own large properties in the area.
Take a drive through the lanes around the Devil's Pulpit area west of highway 10 along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and you will find many prominent homes with electronic security at the gates. This is the neighborhood where Canada's wealthy elite kick off their shoes.
I was first made aware that this home belonged to Sir Elton by a local Canada Post manager. If anybody should know who lives there it is surely the post office. When Sir Elton performed in Sudbury a few months ago there was a lot of activity around the home that his partner, Canadian David Furnish, denies owning.
Sir Elton John's principal residence is in Old Windsor, England. But, he is known to own other homes in Venice, Atlanta and Nice. So why such secrecy surrounding a possible home in Canada? And if Sir Elton doesn't own the property in Caledon, who does?
Blighty's Blog investigative reporter Hugh Dunnit has uncovered evidence that Sir Elton is not, in fact, the owner of the home. The property is believed to be registered in the name of a Mr Reginald Dwight.
A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse, as they say in jolly old England.
"Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited" - John Cleese
Author John Corby also writes as "Bulldogge" for the British Canadian newspaper.
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