Autumn Glen

When: Built circa 1973

Where: Autumn Boulevard, south of Algonquin Boulevard

Who: Putwell Construction

What I Know: This small in-fill development consists of 10 semi-detached houses in the A-Section built later than most of the houses in the area that were contructed during the 1960s. The designs are unusual as they have attached garages, and the majority of houses in the A-Section do not have attached garages  – probably to save costs when they were first built.

An older map I have indicates that a Baptist church was on the north part of the land near the corner of Algonquin Boulevard. I suspect that this building has been turned in to the Rowntree Montessori School – so perhaps when the church became a school the land behind this building was sold off to build the 10 houses. The website for the Bramalea Baptist Church (located at the northwest corner of Dixie Road and Queen Street East) states that the church was founded in 1963 and has expanded over the years. Maybe the building that is now the Montessori school was the original location of this congregation? I would love to find out, so if you know anything about this land and/or the buildings on it please let me know!


The Toronto Star, July 28, 1973

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Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Lakeview Homes in Professor’s Lake

Lakeview Homes’ largest development on Professor’s Lake is Columbus Bay (see my older post on Columbus Bay), yet the builder also had smaller developments in the P-Section. Below I will present each of them in chronological order and share the plans that I do have – although I am missing some.

Water’s Edge

When: Built circa 1981-1983

Where: Peregrine Grove

Who: Lakeview Estates

What I Know: These are some of Lakeview’s more unusual designs, and it appears that they only built 15 houses on one cul-de-sac. The article below suggests that there were to be other phases, but it looks like the project was re-branded and smaller (less-expensive) houses were built. Take note of the rising prices of the houses in just a few months…plus the 14 3/4% mortgage rates!

I only have one plan for the area…but I wish I had them all!


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Toronto Star, June 20, 1981

The 3-storey design in the article above was not actually built.


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Professor’s Lake

When: Built circa 1982-1983

Where: Peaceful Place, Philosophers Trail (parts)

Who: Lakeview Estates

What I Know: These are the narrowest and smallest detached houses in Professor’s Lake. The prices were also comparatively less compared to Water’s Edge – presumably due to the narrower lot widths and smaller house sizes. The neighbourhood was marketed along with Lakeview’s other local developments as houses “on a park” (in Brampton) and those “on a lake” (in Bramalea).

In 1982 Lakeview also started advertising the Columbus Bay development on Professor’s Lake, seemingly indicating another re-branding of the development as it moved east and south. They also introduced other, mostly larger, floor plans in Columbus Bay.


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Interestingly, the cul-de-sac depicted with 11 houses in Lakeview’s advertisements at the time does not appear to be any that actually exist on Professor’s Lake.


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The advertisement above indicates that the Water’s Edge development and Professor’s Lake were both being sold at the same time – even though they were right next to each other.

Below are some of the plans for Lakeview’s Brampton “park” neighbourhoods, but I suspect that they are the same designs built on Professor’s Lake (perhaps with other plan names). In the Columbus Bay development, the Lake 19 design is the same as the Park 2 depicted below.

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The Landings

When: Built circa 1986

Where: Professor’s Lake Parkway (parts), Peachwood Place (parts), Pebble Beach Court, Pepperwood Place (parts)

Who: Lakeview

What I Know: The landings include of a limited number of houses that back directly on to Professor’s Lake and do not have a pathway behind. This phase has some of the larger plans from the Columbus Bay development and some even larger and wider designs. There are also what appear to be custom home designs within this area, but I do no know if Lakeview also built these houses, or if it was another builder.

Interestingly, in 1981 a 2,100 square foot design at Water’s Edge was offered for sale at $170,000, yet by 1986 a 2,530 square foot design at The Landings was offered for sale at $172,990. Ah, the ups and downs of the real estate market!


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As always, this blog is meant to be interactive and made better by my readers. So, if you want to share anything else that I do not know about the contents of the blog, please feel free to comment below or email me!

The Heart Lake Mystery

I have a bit of a mystery that perhaps my readers can help me solve. As far as I know Bramalea Limited never built in the Villages of Heart Lake area of Brampton during the 1970s. Yet, there is one semi-detached paring in that area that is a carbon-copy of Bramalea Limited’s plans built in the L-Section of Bramalea (specifically, in the Moore Park and Bramalea Estates Semis neighbourhoods).

So, did a builder completely copy the design…or did Bramalea Limited just built this one pair for some reason?

Below is the pair in the Villages of Heart Lake:

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Here are two images of the same design in Bramalea (with updated windows):Laurelcrest leacrest

Bramalea Limited also built the same design in Amberlea, Pickering, as shown below.

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Below is a portion of an article from 1977 showing the model homes for Bramalea Estates Semis showing the design on the left.


Toronto Star, November 5, 1977

I would love to read any insights or theories from my blog readers.

Bramalea’s sister city that was never built

A while ago I stumbled upon a book titled “Chinguacousy Satellite” that I assumed was on Bramalea. Yet, to my surprise, the book was actually a proposal from 1969 for another satellite city in the northwest corner of Chinguacousy Township.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the proposal is that the new satellite city was to be very dense and to be designed to reduce the use of cars –  it was to be a walkable city with extensive public transit and golf carts to get around – something that was remarkably progressive for the time.

For some reason the city was never built, and 46-years later the land is still farmland. I am curious if any of my readers know anything about this proposal and why it was never realized.

Many pages from the proposal are reproduced below:

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A special thank you to Nick for sending me this article from the January 21, 1970 Brampton Guardian on why the project was shelved:

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The Borders of Bramalea

There has been some discussion of late on this blog (The section without a letter) and on Facebook groups regarding the borders of Bramalea. I have always considered the borders to be HWY 410, Bovaird Drive, Airport Road and Steeles Avenue. This is based on maps from the 1958 and 1969 Master plans, both pictured below. That said, is this the way most people imagine the borders of Bramalea? As always, please feel free to post comments at the bottom of the post!


The 1969 map below was copied in parts and then pieced together, so there are some parts missing in the middle:Map 1969

The Section without a letter

Located just west of the B-Section is a small pocket of houses in an area that does not fall under any of the letter sections. The streets in the area start with all sorts of letters: Floribunda, Terese, Sandringham, Carleton, Lincoln, Franklin, Lisa and Silver Maple. I have no idea why this area was never assigned a letter…If anyone knows why, please let me know!

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According to the 1969 Master plan the area was to have high density housing along what became Lisa Street, medium density just south of Clark Boulevard (where townhouses were eventually built) and low density housing in the southern portion (where detached houses were built), plus a school. Aside from the school that was never built, the area was built similarly to the plan, although townhouses were also built in part of the area slated as low density housing.

The north section along Lisa Street is lined with residential towers as seen in my posting on Lisa Street. This area could almost be an extension of the L-Section to the north, yet Silver Maple Court does not fit in with this theory.

I do not have much information on the townhouses, except for this Toronto Star advertisement from January 28, 1978 for an area called “Orchard Place”. I recall my parents telling me that there were apple orchards in the area, so I assume the name came from what the area used to be.


Some of the townhouses along Carleton Place are staggered, creating an interesting streetscape (image courtesy of Google Maps):

The detached houses in the area were built as part of Showcase 2000. The yards behind some of these houses are quite large and there is a forested area at the heart of the neighbourhood (image courtesy of Google Maps):
floribundaI wish I knew more about this area, so if anyone has any information and/or stories please do share!

Happy Canada Day!

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The M-Section

The M-Section is distinct in Bramalea for a few reasons. It is one of the largest letter sections, made even larger by the portion that extends south of Williams Parkway in to the H-Section. It is also unique in that there are a handful of streets in the area that do not start with the letter M: Carisbrooke Court, Ashton Crescent, Guildford Crescent, Borden Hill Court and Wolverton Crescent. The M-Section also has a large concentration of townhouse complexes along MacKay Street and along Dixie Road – more so than other letter sections. Some of the narrowest detached houses are located in the M-Section, on lots 25-feet wide at the Great Canadian Home Sale.

Like the G-Section, the area has an inner ring-road system (Massey Street, Manorcrest Street and Maitland Street), yet the ring in incomplete in the northwest section, broken by the green space of Manitou Park. Close to the geographic centre of the area is MacKay Plaza shopping and the Ellen Mitchell Recreation Centre. There is also a medical/dental building along Bramalea Road behind Madrid Crescent. The schools are located adjacent to parkland and pathways as was common practice in the earlier sections of Bramalea, so that students can walk to school without crossing a major road.

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Much of the M-Section was not actually built according to the design shown in the 1969 Master Plan (two versions of the plan for the M-Section are below).


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M-Section Neighbourhoods that I know the name of:M neighbourhoodsHere are links to previous posts on M-Section neighbourhoods:

Bay Meadows

Manor Crest

Massey Park

Super Singles Sale

The Villages in Bramalea

The Great Canadian Home Sale

Sunrise Estates

Showcase 2000

– Bramalea Estates (Bramalea Limited) and (Nu-West)

I am missing quite a few floor plans for the M-Section, so if you have any of the following, please let me know!!

– Poplar Developments: parts of Maidstone Crescent and Mansfield Street

– Eastcrest Homes: area surrounding Maitland Street

– Georgian Group in Bramalea Estates

– Houses on Madras Place (perhaps LCD Homes or Senna Brothers…not sure)

– Bay Meadows by Bramalea Consolidated Developments (I have some plans, but not all)

– Ashton Crescent

– Northcliffe Gardens by Kerbel/Darcel on Moregate Crescent

– Cedar Glen townhouses by Bramalea Limited on McMullen Crescent and Guildford Crescent

– The Village Three by Bramalea Limited on Morley Crescent

– Sadler Oaks by Ashton Woods homes on Borden Hill Crescent and Wolverton Crescent

– Townhouses on Middleton Way

– Townhouses on Carisbrooke Court

I have no information on the builders on the following streets:

 – Manitou Crescent, parts of MacKay Street North, Marchbank Crescent, Marbury Place, parts of Massey Street – possibly Eastcrest Homes?

– Mallard Crescent, Montrose Place (a special thanks to Robin for letting me know that these houses were built by Roma Homes!)

– Marlowe Place, parts of Madrid Crescent, parts of Manorcrest Street

Here are some articles and advertisements for the neighbourhoods that I am missing plans for:

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Toronto Star, March 3, 1979

Photoessay: Bramalea Housing in the 1960s

As some of you may be aware, I also publish another blog on Mid-Century Modern housing in Ottawa (Mid-Century Modern Ottawa). What I have always found striking about Bramalea is the conservatism of the majority of the houses built in the 1960s – even though it was the peak of the Mid-Century Modern period. I have always felt that this was a result of the almost utopian dream of Bramalea as a suburban, or semi-rural arcadia: a place where there was no traffic, no smog…where the grass was greener, and the snow was whiter, and the willows didn’t weep.

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Even the the names of the floor plans conjure up visions of the countryside, some more literally than others:

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The visual language behind the houses and the advertising at the time often depict open spaces, country living and houses with wagon wheels on the front lawns:

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Most of the houses are a sort of modern/traditional hybrid with shuttered windows and/or porches paired with modern picture windows.

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Often the picture windows are so huge, they suggest some sort of pastoral view…but in reality just stare back at an equally large picture window across the street!

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Low-slung roof lines make the houses appear as if they are sprawling ranch houses – even if they are semi-detached or two-storey designs.

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This image from the 1958 Master Plan shows some architecturally modern houses…but few of such houses were actually built in Bramalea. My theory is that Bramalea buyers wanted a house that was new, yet still had details that were traditional, reminiscent of  a country house. Space-age modern houses did not necessarily fit in to this dream for early Bramalea residents.


The Catalina design was perhaps one of the most Mid-Century Modern of the designs offered for sale in the A-Section, but only a handful were built, so perhaps it was not popular with buyers.


Even fewer of this design were built…


This one house in Bramalea Woods stands out as a great example of Mid-Century Modern design.


 The Chatelaine Design Home 64 is another great example of Mid-Century Modern design. As cutting-edge as the house was, it does not appear that much of the architectural design features found their way in to other Bramalea houses at the time.


As Bramalea grew and matured the architecture of the housing changed too. The advertising for new housing also became less about living in an almost utopian countryside, and the housing actually became a little more daring:


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But more on that in an upcoming photoessay on 1970s housing in Bramalea…stay tuned!