When: Built circa 1983-1984
Where: Lombardy Crescent, Levine Court, Lambeth Street (parts)
Who: Built by The Rose Corporation
What I know: A few of the houses in this area are some of the largest in all of Bramalea. This is a sign of a trend across North America, where the average size of houses has grown with time. The largest plan, the Ultimate Rose is 4,000 square feet. This surpasses the size of the largest house built in the adjacent Estates of Bramalea Woods neighbourhood, which is under 3,000 square feet. In comparison, many of the houses in Bramalea south of Queen Street, built in the 1960s, are around 1,000-1,200 square feet.
Also of note are the widths of the lots in this area which are 50 feet wide (with a handful of 60 foot wide lots), narrower than most in the adjacent Bramalea Woods neighbourhood. While the houses are large, the lot widths are as wide or smaller than those in the original sections of Bramalea.
Inside, the designs are luxurious and reflect the trends of the time. One of the key features of luxury houses in the 1980s and 1990s are impressive foyers with curved or “Scarlet O’Hara” staircases and two storey spaces – something that nearly all of these houses have. All of the plans have a walk-in-closet in the master bedroom, as well as an ensuite bathroom. Only the larger designs have a tub and separate shower stall. In comparison, every house in Deerchase has a soaking tub, and the houses in The Masters Series in Deerchase all have the option to upgrade the ensuite bathroom to include one (http://goo.gl/MpaZ6l). This trend has continued to this day, with ensuite bathrooms ballooning in size – often becoming as large as a bedroom.
Toronto Star, January 14, 1984
Toronto Star, May 5, 1984