When: Built circa 1987-1988 (Carriage Walk) and 1988-1990 (Carriage Walk South).
Where: Heathcliffe Square and Hartnell Square
Who: Built by Bramalea Limited
What I know: The jump in price between the first phase and the second phase is remarkable. In 1987, the starting prices were from the $140,000s, whereas in 1988, the second phase started in the $190,000s. A year later the houses were priced from $220,000.
The two Carriage Walk enclaves have walls around them, but no gatehouse. The first phase has an outdoor pool and cabana, while the southern enclave has a putting green (is it still there?) and English tea garden. There is a path linking the two enclaves so that residents can share the amenities.
The two largest plans in Carriage Walk South have innovative designs which have two-storey dining room ceilings with skylights. Such design aspects were not repeated by Bramalea Limited elsewhere in Bramalea, but did appear in the early to mid 1990s in the detached houses in Deerfield just north of Bovaird Drive and the M-Section.
An interesting change between the plans in the two phases can be seen in comparing the Cabriolet to the Bugatti and Delage. The Cabriolet has a small foyer, yet there is a window in the living room. In the second phase, the other two designs have a very large sunken foyer, yet the living room has no window – and natural light comes in from the windows on either side of the front door. As mentioned in previous posts, large foyers were a sign of luxury at the time, and thus the fact that all but one of the plans in the later phase have a large sunken foyer is a sign of the times. The Peugeot plan also has a sweeping curved staircase.
Two bedroom houses are also a rarity in Bramalea, so it is interesting that two bedroom versions were offered in both phases of this area (and also the townhouses at Parc Laurel in the L-Section). One of the articles below explains how the empty nesters and executive couples buying in the area made such plans popular. The majority of the marketing images show mature couples entertaining or enjoying leisure activities, so it is clear that they were the target demographic. I remember seeing the “no pets” signs at the entry to the enclaves when I was younger…but is that still the policy in the area?
Toronto Star, July 11, 1987
Toronto Star, August 8, 1987
Toronto Star, November 14, 1987
Toronto Star, January 23, 1988
Toronto Star, April 2, 1988
Toronto Star, May 28, 1988
Toronto Star, September 24, 1988
Toronto Star, November 19, 1988
Toronto Star, March 11, 1989
Toronto Star, May 27, 1989
Toronto Star, September 23, 1989
Toronto Star, October 21, 1989