Hampton Landing by the Lake

When: Built circa 1996

Where: Provincial Place

Who: Begun by Bramalea Limited, but completed by Aspen Ridge Homes

What I Know: I cannot remember if Bramalea Limited actually begun construction in 1994/1995 before they went Bankrupt. I do remember visiting the model homes at the site in 1996 when Aspen Ridge Homes took over.

The format of these plans are large – 22 x 17 inches when opened, so they were a challenge to scan! I am not sure why builders moved to the format (many still have large plans), but they sure do make them hard to store, scan and share.

I am missing the plans for TH6 shown on the site plan (I am not sure what the name of the plan was), so if any of my readers has the plan I would love to add it. Also, if anyone has the original marketing materials from when Bramalea Limited had the project they would be good to share. I have always wondered if they had the exact same floor plans – as the images in the newspaper advertisements look the same.

The townhomes in this area are designed with tunnels leading from the back of the garage or basement to the yard allowing access for bringing a lawnmower through. This design element removes the need for right-of-way access through adjacent back yards as is the case in some freehold townhouse developments.

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Toronto Star, October 1, 1994
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Toronto Star, October 22, 1994

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Toronto Star, January 14, 1995

 

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Toronto Star, May 4, 1996
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This site plan from 1988 appears to be for condominium towers proposed for the site. I seem to recall reading or hearing about how there was local backlash towards this proposal as towers were seen as inappropriate for the area with its low-density housing.
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I am not sure where this article if from, but I found it among the plans I have for the P-Section.

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Historic Bramalea Photos

I would like to start a new series on this blog to share older photos that people have of Bramalea. I am sure that many of my readers have photos of Bramalea from the early years and/or when it was being built. In particular I am interested in photos of houses, buildings and streetscapes. You can send these photos to me at Bramaleablog@gmail.com and I will share as many as I can.

Here is the first batch that a blog reader sent to me. A big thank you to Nigel Carpenter for allowing me to share these photos courtesy of John Carpenter of the E-Section being built. In particular many of these are of Edgebrook Crescent being built, c. 1968.

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Anatomy of a Plan – Journey’s End

It has been a really long time since I published an installment in my “Anatomy of a Plan” series, so here is a new one!

During the early years of Bramalea, one of the more popular bungalow designs was called the Journey’s End. The layout had a lasting legacy in Bramalea, as many of the bungalow and back-split designs built over the years are a variation on this design.

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c. 1964-1967, B and D-Section.

The layout of the Journey’s End has an L-Shaped living and dining room combination, with the kitchen tucked in to the crux of the L shape and the entry and staircase beside the living room. At the back of the house are 3 bedrooms, with the bathroom located behind the kitchen. Much like many designs in Bramalea, the roots of such a layout can be found in the historic Foursquare plan for 2-storey houses (see the post on my other blog: The Enduring Foursquare). This 2-storey layout was essentially adapted to a one-storey design with the bedrooms placed behind the living spaces instead of above them. Please also see my older post on the Raised Bungalow in Bramalea.

A key feature of this design is that there is a back door located behind the staircase to the basement. As you will see, in later (and narrower) incarnations of this design a back door is not possible, so the only way to the back yard is often only through a side door. This is common issue with many bungalow and back-split designs with the bedrooms at the back of the house.

The basic layout of the Journey’s End was reproduced well in to the 1970s under different names, but with the same basic layout:

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The Journey’s End design was also adapted as a back-split. The layout is similar, except for the stairs are moved to the middle of the house to link the change in levels at the back of the plan. The door to the yard is now a side door tucked in behind the garage with access to the basement stairs.

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c. 1971-1972, G-Section.

The Prides Fancy design below is slightly different as the bathroom is located behind the dining room, but still follows the same basic layout. Unfortunately, my only copy of the plan is cut off at the top.

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c. 1964-1965, B-Section.

In some of the back-split variations, the garage is moved to the living room side of the house.

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The layout was also adapted as a semi-detached design in both bungalow and back-split versions, both with and without a garage. Notice how the Vanity Flair design does not have a back door to the yard; instead there is a side door near the front of the house.

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Many semi-detached variations of the design have the bathroom behind the kitchen or staircase, yet the same L-shape arrangement of living and dining rooms remain.

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By the 1980s the popularity of such a design for newly-built houses in Bramalea began to wane as bungalows and split level houses became less common. Yet, hints of the basic layout still appeared in some designs:

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There are likely many other designs in Bramalea similar to the Journey’s End – these are just a sampling. If you know of any others, I would love to hear from you!

Times have changed…and so have standard features in houses.

Today when you buy a new house the builder may highlight their standard features such as hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings or granite counters – but in the past standard features for houses were quite different. In some cases the features that were advertised may now be viewed as negatives. I pulled a handful of old marketing material for houses in Bramalea, and here is what I found – hopefully some of these will take you down memory lane!

Also, you can click on the neighbourhood names to link to the full posts on each area.

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Advertisement for houses in the A-Section (early 1960s). At the time wall paneling was a highlight and storm windows were common.

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Southgate Village in the D-Section (1965-1967). I am actually impressed that the houses came with shrubs! Some designs came with electric heating and carports…both of which may not seem like highlights today.

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Bramalea Townhouses in parts of the C, D and F-Sections (1970-1972). Drapery tracks were included!

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Westgate in the B-Section (1964-1965). I am not sure what a “Hollywood style vanity” is. At the time coloured bathroom fixtures and linoleum tiles were considered good standard features.

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Bramalea in Southdown Estates in Mississauga (c. 1972) – although similar plans were built in Bramalea. Aluminum siding was worthy of mention.

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Also from Southdown Estates. Formica and Arborite were seen as a plus as they are easy-to-clean!

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A final Southdown Estates example. Vinyl asbestos flooring! Eek! I am not sure that similar models built in Bramalea had this type of flooring…but it is possible.

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Bay Meadows in the M-Section (1976), and the design was likely also built in Other areas of Bramalea. What is a “post-formed” laminate counter?

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The Strand in the J and N-Sections (1981-1983). Quality broadloom, vinyl flooring and aluminium siding were all seen as worthy of mention as standard features.

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Blue Mount Estates in the L-Section (1980-1982). A paneled recreation room was seen as a good thing (I remember the one we had when I was a kid!), as well as a dropped ceiling with florescent lighting in the kitchen (remember the so-called “Florida ceilings”!).

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Showcase 2000 in the section without a letter (1982). What is a “hammered Swedish steel picket”? Also, remember when dishwashers were not standard and houses came with a cupboard that you could remove to add one if you wanted.

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Columbus Bay in the P-Section (1982-1985). Here upgrades included stippled ceilings, arborite or formica counters, a smoke detector (just one), and a coloured exhaust hood fan (I wonder how many colours they offered?).

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Nortonville Estates West in the L-Section (1988). Back when having a bidet and wet bar were popular.

Thirty or so years from now I am sure we will look back and muse about the standard features in houses built today!

 

Bramalea Consolidated Developments Limited in South Mississauga

In my recent research I came across some advertising items from a couple of Bramalea Consolidated Development’s (BCD) 1970s-era developments in Mississauga. I thought it would be nice to share these documents to show how large a company BCD had became by the 1970s, building across the continent and even in England.

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The plans shown below are for a the Southdown Estates development in Mississauga, but some of the facades look similar to houses built in Bramalea (I think the Burleigh was built in the G-Section and the M-Section). If any of my readers notices a design that they know was built in Bramalea, please let me know where, so I can share!

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Some of the plans built in the Sheridan South neighbourhood in Mississauga are the same as those built in Place des Artistes in the G-Section of Bramalea. The price list and site plan are below.

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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!

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The Toronto Star, July 28, 1973

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Image courtesy of Google Maps.

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 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.

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

Bramalea was created as a self-sufficient city, meaning that it was designed to have places to both live and work (as well as places to shop, learn, play,worship, etc.). Even before ground was broken for Bramalea the founders actively sought businesses to locate in the city. For these businesses came the promise of a workforce located within the same community, and potential buyers might have been wooed by the promise of places to work within walking distance. As such, there were two main marketing approaches for early Bramalea, one to get people to move to the new city and the other to get businesses to locate in it.

Below is a brochure from 1959 designed to attract industries to Bramalea’s industrial parks. It has some unique forecasts and statistics regarding Bramalea – even before the first family moved in!
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Below are two images from another marketing piece aimed at industries – although this shows the industrial park well underway.

The map below lists the industries that had located in Bramalea c. 1970. It also shows the development of the residential areas of Bramalea at that time.industrial map

This air photo shows an earlier image of the industrial park as well as a great view of Bramalea’s first neighbourhoods – all within walking distance to potential places of employment.industrial photo

The E-Section

Community Spotlight: the E-Section

The E-Section is one of the areas of Bramalea that I know the least about – even though it is one of the smallest letter sections.

At the core of the E-Section is Earnscliffe Park – the largest park in Bramalea south of Queen Street. On the eastern border of the section is Eastbourne Park, separating the residential area from a small commercial/light-industrial area along Torbram Road. In true early Bramalea form, all three of the schools in the area are located adjacent to parkland and pathways – so students can walk to school without having to walk along busy roads. A series of paths weave their way throughout the area and along a greenbelt parallel to Clark Boulevard.

Two churches, a Masonic Temple, a recreation centre and a shopping centre are all located in the neighbourhood. In many ways the E-Section is a perfect example of the original vision for Bramalea by providing places to live, work, shop, learn, worship and play. It also has a wide variety of housing types including rental apartments, townhouses, semi-detached and detached houses.

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Map of the E-section showing the neighbourhoods within the area.

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Map from the 1969 Master Plan.

Many of the houses in the E-section were built under the Ontario government’s Home Ownership Made Easy (H.O.M.E.) Plan. Some of the semi-detached houses in the area appear to be those featured in this flyer:

41 of the houses on Epsom Downs Drive were actually moved from Etobicoke to make way for the widening of HWY 27:

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Toronto Daily Star, August 12, 1968

At the corner of Bramalea Road and Clark Boulevard is a townhouse complex that today is called Eden Park Estates, but the area was marketed as Coventry Gardens when first built:

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Toronto Star, June 6, 1970

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Toronto Star, November 7, 1970

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The houses in Eden Park Estate appear to be split level designs (image courtesy of Google Maps).

In the northeast corner of the area (Ellerslie Road, Ellis Drive, Enderby Crescent and Enmount Drive) is a townhouse complex that I actually do not know anything about – so please let me know if you can pass on some information.

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The air photo shows how lush the townhouse complex is with all of the mature trees! (image courtesy of Google Maps).

A vacant strip of land along Torbram Road behind Enmount Drive is the location of a Habitat for Humanity in-fill housing project.

On the east side of the E-Section are two rental apartment towers, originally called Williamsquare Apartments.

As mentioned, the E-Section is one of the areas I know the least about and I actually do not have any floor plans for the houses. If you want to pass on any information, stories or plans for the E-Section, please do not hesitate to contact me!