Twingate

When: Built circa 1962-1965.

Where: Cloverdale Drive and Cathcart Cresent.

Who: Built by Bramalea Construction (Peel) Limited

What I Know: Called “twin homes”, the designs of these semi-detached houses differed from the earlier versions in Bramalea. A number of the designs are only linked by the garage, and are sometimes paired with a different model. The plans are generally larger than the earlier semi-detached houses in the A-Section, and a few even have two bathrooms, including an ensuite in the Galleon Beau plan (which was not common at the time).

It was the first area in Bramalea to have only semi-detached houses, as in the past semi-detached and detached houses were intermixed. Many of the houses back onto greenbelt or the grounds of Bramalea Secondary School.

The same plans were built in Southgate Village  in theD-Section, in particular the:Vanity Flair, Autumn Grove, Galleon Beau, Galleon Belle, King’s Mill and Rainbows End.

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Toronto Daily Star, October 10, 1962

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It may be hard to see in this image, but many of the advertisements during this period depict a hilltop view into Bramalea. Where is this illusive hill? Mount Chinguacousy was not built at this point. As a reader has suggested, perhaps the depicted view is from Crescent Hill, and embellished to look higher.b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t

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6 thoughts on “Twingate

  1. when Bramalea was first built, the only hill of any sort was where Crescent Hill is. the Chinguacousy bump was built much later and, as far as i know, was not actually a dump. they trucked in garbage and landfill in order to construct it on the site. the whole area was built on what was originally farmland. i’m thinking that the picture was an aerial shot with a bit of artistic license thrown in.

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