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.

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Toronto Star, November 5, 1977

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

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The L-Section

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Community Spotlight: the L-Section

Over time I will be creating a separate post for each of the 14 letter sections in Bramalea (which go from A to P, with the exception of I and O). These posts will focus on each area as a whole and the particularities of the neighbourhood. I will draw upon historic documents and the master plans created for Bramalea – and how what was constructed differs from these original plans.

As with all parts of Bramalea, the L-Section has an extensive greenbelt system, but is unique in that it has two lakes: Parr Lake North and Parr Lake South.

According to the 1958 Master Plan, the area would have been split into the U-Section and parts of V and W sections.

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1958 Master Plan

By 1962, documents for Bramalea show the area north of Bramalea Woods was to be developed as a golf course (including the present day N-Section), but by 1969 the area was earmarked for housing.

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Toronto Daily Star, June 2, 1962

The L-Section is one of two sections (with the N-Section) which are next to Highway 410. The 1969 master plan shows the proposed highway in place, and early marketing documents refer to it as the planned “Bramalea Highway”. 

Below is a portion of the map from the 1969 Master Plan showing the L-Section.

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Here is a zoomed in and darker section of the area showing Bramalea Woods. At the time, it was the only pocket that was complete. Most of the A to G sections and parts of the J-Section were developed, or undergoing development when this master plan was produced. Thanks to the insights from a reader, the Bramalea Woods pocket was originally the H-Section, thus the street names starting with the letter “H” in the area.

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Much of the Master Plan for the L-Section was not actually followed, including the locations of schools, with only 1 of the 5 proposed schools actually built. Three places of worship were built, which was more than the 2 planned. While 1 was indicated on the map, 2 neighborhood shopping centres (strip malls) were actually built.

A large swath of land at the corner of Dixie Road and Queen Street was set out to be high-density housing, and abutted by an area for medium-density housing. Instead, this land became the site of the Bramalea Baptist Church and single-family housing. Instead, the land on either side of Queen Street and Laurelcrest Road became sites for higher density housing with two condo towers and an enclave of townhouses. For many years these were the only high-density housing pockets in the area – although townhouses were recently built on Vodden Street at Parr Lake South, and a new multi-family development is being developed at Howden Boulevard and Dixie Road (on land originally set aside for a place of worship).

In 1975, the CNE lottery house was built in the L-Section on Locksley Place:

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Below is a map showing the various development in the L-Section. My map is incomplete as I am missing the names of the following developments:

– Laura Drive and Lime Ridge Drive

– Ladin Drive and Lupin Court (my theory is that it is Sunrise Estates West, but I am unsure)

– Townhouses on Vodden Street at Parr Lake South

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As with all areas, over time I will be publishing the plans and marketing material for the various areas in the L-Section, but I am missing a few key plans, which I would love to get copies of and post them on this blog. So, if you have them, please let me know! (Bramaleablog@gmail.com).

Missing L-Section plans:

– Moore Park (Bramalea Limited)

– Whitehall at Bramalea – I grew up on Longbourne Crescent, so I am desperate to have these plans!

 Bramalea Estates Semis (Bramalea Limited) 

– Bramalea Woods South (Wycliffe)

– Eastcrest homes on Leander Street

– Laura Drive and Lime Ridge Drive

– Ladin Drive and Lupin Court (Bramalea Limited)

– Lakeride Drive and Lehar Court (Fram Building Group?)

– The 30′ lot houses by Broles on Leeward Drive

– Courtyards of Bramalea Woods

– Townhouses on Vodden Street at Parr Lake South

A Special thank you to my readers for sending me some of the plans I am missing!

From Moore Park:

moore pk moore pk planFrom the Laura Court and Lime Ridge Drive area. For some reason the plan will only upload sideways…

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Bramalea Estates – Nu-West

When: Built circa 1978

Where: Maidstone Cresent (parts), Mansfield Street (parts), and Melita Place.

Who: Nu-West

What I know:  The large area marketed as Bramalea Estates includes parts of the L-Section and the M-Section (including the small portion that pops into the H-Section). Various other builders also built in the same area including Bramalea Limited and the Georgian Group.

78oct7Toronto Star, October 7, 1978

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Kings Row in Bramalea Estates

When: Built circa 1978-1980

Where: Lascelles Boulevard, Leander Street (North of Lascelles Boulevard)

Who: Built by Bramalea Limited

What I know:  Begun in the 1970s, the area called Bramalea Estates is unique in that it includes parts of both the L-Section and the M-Section (including the portion that pops into the H-Section). Variations of these plans appear to also have been built in the J-Section.

I apologize that some parts of the plans are cut off, but these are the only versions of the plans that I have.

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Toronto Star, January 20, 197979jan27

Toronto Star, January 27, 1979 79sept8

Toronto Star, September 8, 1979

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Toronto Star, February 16, 1980

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This design is an updated and expanded version of the Greenhouse plan built in the earlier Bramalea Estates in the M-Section.005

This plan is very similar to other designs Bramalea Limited built around the same time, including the Chianti model at the Connoisseur Collection also in the L-Section.004

This is one of the few overtly contemporary/modern style houses in Bramalea. It has a very interesting open-concept layout – with 2 staircases  – which is depicted in the second ad at the top of this post.