From $19,000 to $263,000 – what you could get in Bramalea at various moments in history.

Please step inside a time machine with me as we travel back in time to see what houses cost – and what they looked like – at various moments in Bramalea’s history.

I have chosen to focus on a type of house similar to my own for this visit through time: a detached, two-storey house around 1,500 square feet (up to 1,700). This is just a sampling of possible houses available at a given time in various Bramalea neighbourhoods – but is interesting to see how house features and prices changed with time.

The first setting on our time machine is the year 1965:

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Westgate (B-Section), $19,560.

1596 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, attached 1-car garage (2 car garage available as an upgrade), 50-foot wide lot average, up to 60-feet wide.

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1966: Southgate (D-Section), $24,450.

There are slight variations, but the plan is almost the same as the one above – and lot sizes similar.

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1971: Northgate (G-Section), $37,590.

This plan is nearly identical to the Country Regent plans above. 1597 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, attached 1-car garage (2 car garage available as an upgrade), 50-foot wide lot.

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1979: Sunrise Estates (M-Section), $73,900 – 10.75% mortgage rate.

1618 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, walk-in-closet in master bedroom, attached 2-car garage, 45 to 50-foot wide lot.

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1980: Professor’s Lake (P-Section), $82,900 – 10.75% mortgage rate.

1536 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and 2 half bathrooms, curved staircase, attached 2-car garage, 40-foot wide lot.

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1981: King’s Row Limited Edition (L-Section), $102,500 – 15.88% mortgage rate.

1716 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, curved staircase, attached 1-car garage, 36-foot wide lot.

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1981: Showcase 2000 phase 2 (M-Section), $89,900.

1590 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, attached 2-car garage, 36-foot wide lot.

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1984: Columbus Bay (P-Section), $103, 990.

1535 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and 2 half bathrooms, walk-in-closet in master bedroom, attached 1-car garage, 40-foot wide lot.

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c.1984: Manorcrest (M-Section), $99, 950.

1568 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and 2 half bathrooms, walk-in-closet in master bedroom, attached 1-car garage, 36-foot wide lot.

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1984: Tribute on the Park (L-Section), $106, 990.

1570 square feet, main-floor family room, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, attached 2-car garage, 40-foot wide lot.

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1985-1986: Massey Park (M-Section), $92, 800.

1572 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 or 4 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and 2 half bathrooms, attached 2-car garage, 30-foot wide lot.

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1988: Montara (N-Section), $206, 900.

1618 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, walk-in-closet in master bedroom, attached 1.5-car garage, 30-foot wide lot.

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1990: Montage by the Park (N-Section), $169, 900, 10.5% to 11.5% mortgage rate.

1655 square feet, main-floor family room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, walk-in-closet in master bedroom, attached 2-car garage, 30-foot wide lot.

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2002: Lake of Dreams (northeast corner of Bramalea), $263, 990 (most expensive facade option).

1590 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms – with luxury ensuite, walk-in-closet in master bedroom, attached 2-car garage, 9-foot ceilings on main floor, 35-foot wide lot.

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Now that we are back in 2014, we can see how much housing changed since the early years of Bramalea. In general, houses gained more features such as curved staircases and walk-in-closets, as well as more rooms, such as a main floor family room. At the same time, lot sizes generally shrunk, with 30 and 36-foot wide lots more common. Prices also ballooned with time, even for houses of a similar size. The Country Regent plan in 1965 was $19,560, which according to an inflation calculator, would be $140,351 in 2013 dollars. Today, the resale prices for the same plan are between $400,000 and $430,000! Times sure have changed in the past 49 years…

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