Real estate executive selling her unique Stouffville property
Judy Wilson is an independent woman in real estate. There is a lot of talk these days about women’s equality in the marketplace and breaking the artificial glass ceiling that restricts their progress. Wilson broke through that ceiling decades ago, and today it’s paying off – in experience she hopes will help her sell her unique Stouffville property.
Wilson entered the real estate profession in 1977 after a successful but limiting career in retail and fashion design. She describes the transition to real estate sales as her “first awareness of limitless freedom.” For the first time, her time and her work schedule were her own. She set out to fulfill her own dreams, and any limits were self-imposed.
Wilson began her career with PMA Brethour on a Monarch development, and quickly moved from on-site sales to management, becoming the first woman manager in a male-dominated world. That management career spanned more than four decades, working with many of Toronto’s leading builders and developers.
Ironically, it was her early training in design that led to her interest in renovation and custom building. In the late 1970s, Wilson’s first real estate purchase was a highrise condo, but not just any condo. She bought a penthouse suite from Joe and Willy Lebovic. That led to her building her first custom home, with more than 4,000 sq. ft., who she later sold to Anne Rohmer and Steve Podborski.
Wilson’s deal making skills translated into multiple renovations and custom builds throughout the GTA, all the while maintaining her role as vice-president sales at PMA.
Over the course of her career, she has built, renovated and sold more than 14 properties, from a loft in Leslieville, to a luxury waterfront cottage on Lake Simcoe, to an 8,000-sq.-ft. 29-stall equestrian farm and former home to the rock group Rush.
Unique Stouffville property
She says it’s the last one, but this energetic and creative professional has now completed her masterpiece on 93 acres in Stouffville. An incredible estate with multiple residences, a major maple sugar production facility, stables and riding trails. The main house is a 4,000-sq.-ft. Post and Beam Colorado-inspired design.
Wilson never stops… Her next step, for the first time in her expansive career, is to move down, cash out and renovate a 2,000-sq.-ft. condo into the ultra-modern and ultra-chic suite of her dreams.