Monday, February 28, 2011

The time is right to buy a MCM house!

Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design has become a part of mainstream culture and more and more people have a newfound appreciation for MCM housing.

Campeau Renaissance Series brochure for Carson Grove. c. 1970

Many of the original owners of MCM houses who bought them new in the 50s, 60s and 70s, are now selling and moving to more suitable accommodations for the next phase in their life. Quite a few of these houses seem frozen in time with so many of the original details still intact. This is something that true MCM aficionados appreciate! It is amazing how many of these houses have been so well maintained that the MCM kitchens and bathrooms have been beautifully preserved. While in the past a buyer might want to tear everything out and put in a new kitchen and bathrooms, today’s buyers seek out these original (and still functional) features.

Campeau Arlington Place/Rothwell Ridge brochure. c.1973

National Builder magazine 1966.

Campeau "X-Ray House" brochure. c. 1960s

 At the same time, the ageing baby-boom population are now looking to downsize. MCM bungalows may become very desirable for Boomers wanting to move from their large 2-storey empty nest, to one-level living more suitable for their golden years. Nostalgia for their childhood comes into play as many of these Boomers grew up in MCM houses, and find pleasure in returning to something familiar. But, MCM design is not just gaining popularity for those who remember it; the younger generations are also finding an appreciation for all things ‘retro’.
Campeau Playfair Park brochure. c. 1966.

Campeau Renaissance Series brochure for Carson Grove. c. 1973

Campeau Arlington Place/Rothwell Ridge brochure. c.1973

Whether you are discovering MCM design for the first time, or re-discovering it from your past, the time is right to buy that perfect MCM house!

Feel free to contact me if you would like help finding that special home:
Saul Svirplys
Sales Representative
Faulkner Real Estate Ltd.

Campeau Loyola Court brochure. c. 1972.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Campeau Best Sellers 1961 and 1962

Thanks to this vintage article from National Builder magazine, I present Campeau Construction's best sellers from 1961 and 1962. 
These plans were built in Riverside Park and Queensway Terrace.

This was Campeau's best-selling model in 1961. Sprawling bungalows were once a mainstay in new house construction, but became less common with time as lot widths shrunk. Now with the baby-boom population aging, one-level living is starting to make a comeback. Many of the bungalows that the boomers may have grown up in, may soon become popular houses for them to grow old in.

A different version of the B-34, with a larger kitchen. 

The B-33 plan is similar in many regards, but is slighly larger and has 4 bedrooms.

The second best-selling plan of 1961 was the S-32. This is my favourite Campeau plan from the 1960s. Much like the Minto Alpine, the design uses post and beam construction with vaulted living spaces. Both the exterior and the interior of this plan are stunning. 
The S-30 and S-31 are variations of the plan, with 3 bedrooms on the upper level.
The S-60 plan was a top-seller in 1962. I am guessing that the plan was so popular as it has 4 bedrooms (even though 2 are on the lower level), and yet is was priced like a 3 bedroom house.

The blueprints from the National Builder article.

The S-64 plan is identical, but does not have a garage. Instead space for a Recreation Room is located on the lower level - something that is missing from the S-60.

The S-62 plan, is a larger variation of the S-60 with 3 Bedrooms on the main floor.

A great way to see the built versions of these plans is to drive/walk along Baseline Road between Centrepointe and Greenbank. I suspect that the original model homes for Queensway Terrace were built there...does anyone know if this is true?