North Park Manors

When: Built circa 2006

Where: New Hampshire Court

Who: Century Gove Homes

What I Know: This in-fill development was built on land that appears to have been set aside for a school.

The layouts of the houses are very much a product of the time. The lot widths are narrow, but the garages are set in to the massing of the houses, as opposed to sticking out in front common with the houses built more than a decade before just one street to the north. With the inset garage and rooms above them the second levels of these plans are larger than the main floors, allowing room for large ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets. Two of the designs have a one-car garage and thus have large front-facing windows on the main floor. This mixing of one-car and two-car garage houses is something that Bramalea Limited did in other parts of Bramalea many years earlier.

There are a handful of other in-fill sites in Bramalea that were built on some time after the surrounding area was developed. These sites remained vacant as they were originally set aside in the master plan for schools, places of worship or shopping, that were never built. A few such sites that come to mind include the southwest corner of Howden Boulevard and Dixie Road, the townhouses on Vodden Street East between Laurelcrest Street and Lone Oak Avenue, and the extension of Locksley Place at Hillside Drive. I am missing the plans for the latter two mentioned, so if anyone has them I would love to share on the blog.   

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The Site Plan below has a different name for the street. I am glad that they changed the name to New Hampshire Court to fit in with the N-Section.

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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!

 

Clarinda/LCD Homes in the N-Section

When: Built circa 1981-1982

Where: Newbridge Crescent

Who: Clarinda/LCD Homes

What I Know: The builder appears to use two different names in the course of constructing in the area, but it seems as though the house designs are the same. I only have 3 plans for this community, but there were others. All 3 plans shown here have an L-shaped living and dining room at the back of the house. This is a very common arrangement of rooms for narrower detached houses, townhouses and semi-detached houses (including the one I grew up in on Longbourne Crescent in Bramalea).

It is very interesting that the Nelson design was only built once. Designs with a family room over the garage are not common in Bramalea, yet were popular in Brampton proper. I wonder what made Bramalea buyers pan that type of plan, while Brampton buyers picked it?

It is interesting to see the shift in marketing over time, as the first advertisements had higher prices and promoted the fact that the designs went up to 1974 square feet. Later marketing had lower prices and stated that the houses started at 1200 square feet. This seems to indicate that the builder was struggling to sell the larger houses, which may also have been tied to the high interest rates at the time (13.5%).

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Toronto Star, July 17, 1982

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Toronto Star, October 30, 1982

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Anatomy of a Plan: The L-Shaped House

During the 1980s Bramalea Limited used one particular design more than any other in its advertising for Bramalea (and all of their developments). The design was the built as the Windsor in the Master’s Series in Deerchase in the N-Section. The house is distinctively characterized by an L-shaped facade with the door on an angle between the two arms of the L. Inside, the living and dining rooms are on each side of the entry, with a curved staircase punctuating the foyer.

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One of the earliest versions of an L-shape plan in Bramalea was in the late 1970s as one of the Limited Edition Homes built in Kimber Park in the J-Section and King’s Row in the L-Section. The Carlton and Edward II plans are essentially the same, and it was the largest and priciest design in Kimber Park when first built. Since the house is wider compared to the Windsor, the kitchen and dining room were tucked in behind the garage, with the living room facing the street and back yard. In later (and narrower) versions the dining room and living room locations swap places.

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Much like the Windsor, this design was also used extensively in advertising by Bramalea Limited at the time.

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Toronto Star, December 24, 197777oct8

Toronto Star, October 8, 1977

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Toronto Star, January 14, 1978

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Toronto Star, January 27, 1979

In Montara in the N-Section, c. 1987-1988, Bramalea Limited came up with a narrower version of the L-shape plan. The angled front door and the living and dining rooms on each side of the entry remain the same, but the narrowness of the house squeezed out the grand foyer with curved staircase. As is common with all of these L-shaped plans, the family room is across the back of the house.

The wider versions of this house type have the luxury of space surrounding the house to make the street view quite grand. The narrower the house, there is less front yard space is to make a grand statement. Few versions of the Cottonwood were actually built, yet it presents the best facade to the street when sited on a corner lot – as was done in a few cases. The Windsor plan, first introduced at the beginning of this post, is the most popular plan built on corner lots in The Master’s Series in Deerchase for the same reason.

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At the end of the 1980s, Bramalea Limited offered the Saratoga plan at Emerald Cove on Professor’s Lake. While the door is not on an angle, the L-shape facade with the living and dining room on each side and grand foyer remains. For some reason this design was not very popular and it appears that only one was ever built in the area.

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As a different take on the L-shaped design, around 1986 Bramalea Limited created this plan for their Fairfields community in Unionville. It has the same layout of living and dining room on each side of the foyer with curved staircase, yet has the unusual feature of a conversation pit at the back of the house – a throwback to the 1970s. Why did conversation pits go out of style? I think they are fantastic and a great spot to gather by the fireplace.

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North Park

When: Built circa 1985-1986

Where: Newgate Place, Norwood Place, Newell Place

Who: Bramalea Limited

What I Know: The Mulberry split-level design is ideally suited to the terrain at the entry to Newgate Place where the land rises at the back – at this design was only built in that location within the community. Other designs were built on that section of the street, but with lower garages. The Mulberry is unusual as in that it is the second largest plan in the area, yet the layout does not have an ensuite in the master bedroom.

The kitchens in this area are not large in comparison to the sizes of the houses. Only one of the designs has a separate breakfast room, whereas the other designs have eat-in-kitchens with room for a table in the main area.

The two smallest designs have single-car garages, yet few of these designs were actually built. As such, the area is characterized by streets with large protruding garages.

There are three pie-shaped lots which have much wider house designs. Bramalea Limited did this in a few of their neighbourhoods at the time. The houses are usually an adaptation of their corner house designs.

Curiously, the area is called North Park, yet the area is not located off of North Park Drive, and is instead accessed by Nuffield Street.

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Trail Ridge

When: Built circa 1985-1987

Where: Nobel Place, Napanee Place, Newgreen Crescent, Nuffield Street (parts)

Who: Bramalea Limited

What I Know: This area is a mixture of some plans from earlier communities and many new designs – particularly for the 42-foot wide lots.

Some of the 38-foot lot plans were built on Nickel Crescent and Nuttall Street in the Sunset neighbourhood.

The advertising promotes the area as having big 42-foot wide lots, but this statement has to be contextualized. In the 1960s, many detached houses in Bramalea were built on 50 and 60-foot wide lots, so 42-feet would be narrow in comparison. Yet in the context of the northwest portion of the N-Section, where most lots are 30 and 36-feet wide, these are some of the widest lots in the area. The areas along Nuffield Street are almost twice as dense as the streets in the early parts of Bramalea – where two 30-foot lot houses take up the same space as one house on a 60-foot lot. Aside from the zero lot-line houses in the Villages of Central Park no other large area of Bramalea has the same density of detached houses.

A number of the designs have a separate dining room, as opposed to back-to-back living and dining room combination. There is a certain formality to having two rooms, reminiscent of a traditional centre-hall house. It is interesting how having a formal dining room is a very cultural aspect of housing and reflects local norms and traditions. In Ontario, it is common to have a formal dining room and an informal breakfast room in houses where the space allows for both rooms. When I moved to Quebec, I discovered that having two dining rooms was less common, and my current house only has one.

Ensuite bathrooms are also less common in Quebec, whereas in Ontario, by the 1980s it was seen as a necessity for houses large enough to accommodate the room. All of the plans in Trail Ridge have an ensuite bathroom (with the exception of the Orion raised bungalow design – which may not have actually been built). Most of the ensuites in this area are quite small in comparison to the expansive ensuites in newer houses with sizable bathtubs, large showers and long counters with two sinks. That said, bedrooms are generally larger in these older plans compare to newer houses of a similar size, where the bedroom space is sacrificed to make room for a larger ensuite.

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Toronto Star, May 24, 1986

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Missing floor plans needed!

Hello BramaleaBlog readers! I wanted to take the time to thank you all for reading the blog and your comments, questions and stories. As you may have noticed in some of my postings, there are some plans that I am still missing for certain areas in Bramalea. I want to make this blog as complete as possible with all of the plans for houses in Bramalea. As such, below is a list of elusive plans that I do not have, and would love to share with readers. If you have any of the plans, please let me know at bramaleablog@gmail.com

I will continue to share my collection of plans, marketing materials, articles and insights on Bramalea in new posts – as I still have so much to share!

Here is the list, organised by letter section (I am shocked that it is so long, So please help me shorten it!):

A-Section:

– Any of the homes in the A-Section

B-Section:

– Bramalea Hamlet

– Townhouses on Briar Path

– Any of the detached and semi-detached houses not a part of Westgate

– Townhouses on Balmoral Drive

C-Section:

– Any of the plans for Bramalea-on-the-Park (there were a few builders who constructed houses in the area)

D-Section:

– Townhouses by Jannitt on Darras Court

– Any of the houses built under the H.O.M.E plan

E-Section:

– Any of the houses built under the H.O.M.E plan

– Townhouses on Enderby Crescent, Ellerslie Road, Ellis Drive and Enmount Drive

– Townhouses on Eden Park Drive

– Coventry Gardens

F-Section:

– Any of the houses built under the H.O.M.E plan

– The gates of Bramalea by Consolidated Building Corporation at 475 Bramalea Road

– California Club Townhouses by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Concept 3/Folkstone Terrace original marketing material/plans

G-Section:

– Plans built by Del-Zotto

– Bramble Tree Hamlet by Coventry

– Semi-detached houses built by Coventry

– Greenmount Gardens by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Cumberland Manor by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Northgate by Bramalea Consolidated Developments – I am missing the following plans: Maui, Viking, Florence, Kingston, Eldorado, Oakland.

– Zero lot-line houses and adjacent townhouses

H-Section: 

– Zero lot-line houses and adjacent townhouses (I have some, but am missing quite a few, and I have none of the townhouse plans)

– Houses on Heatherington Place

– Sierra condos by Bramalea Limited

J-Section:

– Plans by DelZotto

– Kimber Park by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Portland Estates by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

K-Section:

– Any of the condominium plans

L-Section: 

– Moore Park by Bramalea Limited

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

– Bramalea Estates Semis by Bramalea Limited

– Bramalea Woods South by Wycliffe

– Eastcrest homes on Leander Street

– Laura Drive and Lime Ridge Drive by Bramalea Limited

– Ladin Drive and Lupin Court  by Bramalea Limited

– Lakeride Drive and Lehar Court by Fram Building Group

– The 30′ lot houses by Broles on Leeward Drive

– Courtyards of Bramalea Woods

– Townhouses on Vodden Street at Parr Lake South

M-Section:

– 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

N-Section:

– The Classic Edition by Bramalea Limited

– Nasmith Park by Bramalea Limited

– Montara Woods by Bramalea Limited

– Houses on southeast part of Nanport Street (builder unknown)

– Garden Series plans and corner designs from Montage on the Park by Bramalea Limited

P-Section:

– Water’s Edge by Lakeview Homes

Section without a letter:

– Orchard Place by Kerbel/Darcel on Carleton Place and Franklin Court

– Ritz Towers by Bramalea Limited

 

Thanks once again!

Sunset

When: Built circa 1983-1985

Where: Nadia Place, Nutall Street (parts), Nimrod Crescent, Nickel Crescent (parts), Nuffield Street (parts)

Who: Bramalea Limited

What I Know: As was common for Bramalea Limited, they built the same designs in Bramalea as they did in their sister site in Pickering, thus Sunset in Bramalea and Sunrise in Pickering. If you ever drive around the Amberlea area of Pickering you will see many of the same houses as those in Bramalea, even dating back to the 1970s.

The streetscape in this area has a real sense of variety due to the different types of designs which includes raised bungalows, one-car garage designs (both with a recessed garage and a protruding garage), two-car garage designs and corner designs.

As and interesting adaptation, four of the houses built from the Sunlight plan on Nimrod Crescent have added a front porch across the façade. The porches are all slightly different leading me to suspect that they were added after the houses were built. This unique addition to that plan is only found on that one street in the area.

A few of these plans have been examined in-depth in my “Anatomy of a Plan” postings such as the Morning Sun and Sunlight and the Horizon.

Some of the designs built on Nickel Crescent and Nutall Street are from Trail Ridge, located northwest of this area, and built later.

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Heritage Series: Phase One and Two

When: Built circa 1980-1983

Where: Phase One: Nanport Street (parts), Nutmeg Street, Nemo Crescent, Northgate Boulevard (parts). Phase Two: Norma Crescent, Northgate Boulevard (parts).

Who: Bramalea Limited, some houses built by Bellex Homes in Phase One

What I Know: The houses in Phase One are on 30-foot and 36-foot wide lots, depending on the plan. In Phase Two, the plans fit on 30-foot wide lots, but there are some 36-foot wide lots on Norma Crescent which allow for a wider garage. All of the houses on Northgate Boulevard are 30-foot wide lots and thus have a single car garage.

The houses in Phase One range between 1300 to just under 2000 square feet and some of the plans are the same as the King’s Row Limited Edition, in the L-Section. In comparison, the plans for Phase Two are smaller and all are under 1300 square feet – and were comparatively less expensive. I am missing one plan from Phase Two, but it appears to be the same as the Carlisle from Finchgate Estates in the F-Section.

The southwest portion of Nanport Street was built by a small builder called Bellex Homes. Their designs are smaller and do not have ensuite bathrooms, and this is reflected in the lower prices when first built. The southeast section of the street has different plans, but I am unsure if they were built by Bellex Homes as well, or a different builder.

The N-Section has some hilly sections, including this area. The east side of Northgate Boulevard and southwest part of Nanport Street have houses with a distinctive long slope of the garage roof due to the rolling landscape.

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Steeply sloping garage roofs due to the change in grade on Nanport Street. Notice the number of steps up to the front doors. Courtesy of Google Maps.

There are three sections on Northgate Boulevard where there is a very large space between the houses: near Nanport Street and near Northampton Street (shown below). There is enough space to fit a house between, yet the lots on either side are very wide instead. I am not certain why this was done. Does anyone know?

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Toronto Star, May 30, 1981.

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Toronto Star, May 22, 1982

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Montage by the Park

When: Built circa 1990-1992

Where: Newdale Place, Nordique Place, Nectarine Crescent, Nepean Place, Nuffield Street (parts)

Who: Built by Bramalea Limited

What I know: This was one of Bramalea Limited’s last projects in Bramalea before they went bankrupt.

The advertising and articles for later phases of the neighbourhood promote a “Garden Series” of houses – none of which appear to have actually been built. There is a grouping of raised bungalows/back-splits on the south side of Nectarine Crescent and an adjacent row on Nuffield Street. The terrain that slopes up at the back leads me to believe that these were the 17 lots slated for the Garden Series. Other new designs were added in later phases, including the wide variety of corner house styles. As always, if you have any of the plans not shown below for this area, please let me know!

This particular corner of the N-Section, along with Montara and Montara Woods have houses with two-car garages on narrow lot widths. Although most appear to be two-car garages, some are only wide enough for one car, plus room for storage. A few smaller single garage designs were also built. A few of the 30-foot lot plans in this neighbourhood are variations of those built a few years earlier in Montara.

Since the lots widths are narrow, special measures were taken for fire safety when they were first built. You will notice lots marked with an “F” on the site plan, which is for fire-break lots. During the early framing stages of houses the exposed wood has the potential to be a fire hazard and there is the risk for a whole area to go up in flames should a fire start. As a safety precaution (it might be a bylaw, but I am unsure), vacant lots were left open to prevent the spread of a fire, and filled in once the surrounding houses were complete. The same was done at the adjacent Montara neighbourhood to the north.

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Toronto Star, February 1, 1992

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