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Elton, is this your new Ontario mansion?

Pop superstar Elton John is building a fabulous mansion on Lake Ontario, just outside Brighton, 90 minutes east of Toronto.

Nestled in the iconic rolling hills of Northumberland County, the estate will be a quiet country retreat for his family when he's not on tour. And who knows, maybe he'll perform in the town square's gazebo, given his preference lately for smaller venues.

Or so the story goes.

Brighton's abuzz with rumours that the legendary British singer and songwriter is adding a local piece of property to his collection.

“How can it be anyone else, it's so humongous,” reasons Bonnie Gruen, who drives by the muted olive-hued stucco and stone building on a weekly basis. “Most people agree it's definitely true.”

The story has made the rounds of lawyer, dentist, courier, financial adviser, post office and even city council, say residents.

“We heard it from our neighbour who heard it from his mother who heard it at the hairdresser's,” says Frances Linton-Schell, who runs a bed and breakfast about 10 minutes west of Brighton. “We have no accurate information at all. But it's so massive and with the satellite surveillance signs, it looks like someone very important.”

The town of 10,000 is the latest stop on a grapevine that has wound its way around the province.

Rumour has it that Sir Elton and his Toronto-born partner have bought or built homes in Caledon, Stouffville, Cobourg, Hamilton and Port Stanley. They're even said to be proud owners of a private island in Prince Edward County.

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