When: Built circa 1976
Where: Mandarin Crescent, Manderley Place, Marlborough Street (parts), Mancroft Crescent (parts), Massey Street (parts), Marblehead Crescent, Minton Place
Who: Bramalea Consolidated Developments Limited
What I Know: The designs for this area are based on versions of those built in other Bramalea neighbourhoods in the G and J sections around the same time and even earlier. Unfortunately, my set of plans is incomplete as I am missing some of the plans for the area – so if you have one of the missing plans, please let me know!
Interestingly, none of the plans have an ensuite bathroom, even though other areas at the time in Bramalea had houses built with them. The lower price-point for these houses probably meant that they were built without them to bring down the cost. The side-split designs have a ‘cheater door’ off of the main bathroom opening to the master bedroom.
All of the designs have a formal dining room and a breakfast room open to the kitchen. In the case of the Thorpe plan, both dining spaces are quite small, and the kitchen workspace is sacrificed for the small breakfast area. I suspect recent renovations of this design have the breakfast room taken over as a part of the kitchen work area.
Curiously, the detached house floor plans are presented with the front door facing up on the page. It is common practice to show a floor plan with the front door facing down (or some times to the side), so these plans actually appear upside-down to me.
Toronto Star, September 6, 1976
The map above just shows one section of the Bay Meadows area – there were multiple phases.
Here are two versions of the same plan – one is cut off at the bottom, but the other one is very dark, so I have included both.
I believe this plan document is actually from an earlier community, but it appears that the same design was built in Bay Meadows, so this version of the plan ended up in my file for this area.