Senneville-sur-le-parc

 

 

The Village of Senneville, nestled in the West Island, is proud to welcome a unique real estate development project: Senneville-sur-le-parc.

Living up to its reputation as a village under the trees, Senneville aims to preserve the warm and wooded atmosphere that sets it apart. Fittingly, the new Senneville-sur-le-parc development reflects best practices regarding land protection and development.

Upon completion, Senneville-sur-le-parc will house 84 single-family homes, meticulously incorporated into a vast woodland area, bordered by the Lake of Two Mountains. The project will no doubt attract any individual or family looking for a peaceful place with a rich architectural heritage.

I invite you to consult the Guide to Architectural Principles to discover an inspiring real estate project that respects the natural and built environment of the Village of Senneville.

Mayor 

Julie Brisebois

Senneville-sur-le-parc fits perfectly within the Village of Senneville’s evolution. It is the largest real estate project in the Village's recent history, which currently has 340 homes.

With a view to sustainable and inspiring development, it was important that Senneville-sur-le-parc meet the requirements of a quality residential neighbourhood, while building upon the Village’s history. The project follows the highest standards for the preservation of Senneville's architectural and landscape heritage.

In light of our community’s distinctive qualities, it was essential to provide the Village with a concrete tool to coherently manage the Senneville-sur-le-parc project. As a result, Town Council developed a Guide to Architectural Principles to facilitate and steer current and future construction initiatives.

The Guide is the result of consultation between local stakeholders, citizens and municipal services, and follows urban planning guidelines while specifying the future of our territory.

This Guide allows us to put forth contemporary architecture, based on Senneville's rich past.

The target area of the Senneville-sur-le-parc project corresponds to the former Royal Canadian Legion golf course located between Highway 40, Morningside Avenue and Senneville Road.

The project is built around a green space that constitutes approximately 30% of the 24-hectare site. The 84 single-family housing units are integrated into the existing wooded grid and residents have access to 1.7 km of trails. In addition, a quarter-hectare parcel is dedicated to a waterfront park on the majestic Lake of Two Mountains.

The project takes an approach that is sensitive to the natural beauty of the ecoterritory of Senneville Forest, the largest forest on the Island of Montreal and home to rare plant and wildlife species as well as a collection of unique forest stands.

It is with this in mind that 80% of the trees have been preserved, making Senneville-sur-le-parc a unique woodland jewel.

Senneville, colonial outpost

The oldest surviving structures in the Village of Senneville date to the 17th century, during the French regime. At that time, the settlement was a remote agricultural outpost, built strategically to protect the surrounding land. Several homes, the mill and the ruins of the fort of Senneville remain as legacies of this distant time.

Senneville, rural getaway

The construction of the Montréal–Vaudreuil railway line in the mid-19th century facilitated communications with Montréal. By the turn of the century, a number of affluent Montrealers had settled in Senneville, where they built large summer homes on the shores of Lake of Two Mountains. Several of these dwellings, such as the John Launcelot Todd house, are monumental structures with multiple volumes and wings. These houses, stylistically linked to the Arts & Crafts movement, are now emblematic of Senneville’s architecture.

Senneville, modern village

Senneville gained some density in the second half of the 20th century, primarily in the southern portion of the village. The homes built during this period are highly diverse. They borrow from the local vernacular architecture, such as that of the surviving French colonial buildings, as well as external influences such as Second Empire, American vernacular, Arts & Crafts, etc. Several modern houses were also built, including a number inspired by the Prairie School style. The residential architecture of Senneville is, therefore, rich and diverse. It is the product of numerous influences that coexist harmoniously with each other and the lush surroundings.

Senneville-sur-le-parc

Located in the southern sector, Senneville-sur-le-parc is to be a continuation of the modern village, whose buildings, of comparable scale, stand as interesting precedents.

Senneville, colonial outpost

The oldest surviving structures in the Village of Senneville date to the 17th century, during the French regime. At that time, the settlement was a remote agricultural outpost, built strategically to protect the surrounding land. Several homes, the mill and the ruins of the fort of Senneville remain as legacies of this distant time.

Senneville, rural getaway

The construction of the Montréal–Vaudreuil railway line in the mid-19th century facilitated communications with Montréal. By the turn of the century, a number of affluent Montrealers had settled in Senneville, where they built large summer homes on the shores of Lake of Two Mountains. Several of these dwellings, such as the John Launcelot Todd house, are monumental structures with multiple volumes and wings. These houses, stylistically linked to the Arts & Crafts movement, are now emblematic of Senneville’s architecture.

Senneville, modern village

Senneville gained some density in the second half of the 20th century, primarily in the southern portion of the village. The homes built during this period are highly diverse. They borrow from the local vernacular architecture, such as that of the surviving French colonial buildings, as well as external influences such as Second Empire, American vernacular, Arts & Crafts, etc. Several modern houses were also built, including a number inspired by the Prairie School style. The residential architecture of Senneville is, therefore, rich and diverse. It is the product of numerous influences that coexist harmoniously with each other and the lush surroundings.

Senneville-sur-le-parc

Located in the southern sector, Senneville-sur-le-parc is to be a continuation of the modern village, whose buildings, of comparable scale, stand as interesting precedents.

 

Architectural principles

The Guide lays out a set of architectural principles, organized by theme. Principles related to siting are intended to encourage the inclusion of large front yards and preservation of the village’s forested character. Volumetrics are to be simple, horizontal and designed with respect for the immediate setting. The preferred style of roof has two pitches, with or without dormers. Openings should be contemporary and in harmony with the building’s exterior. The recommended materials should be authentic and local, with a coherent colour palette. In addition, the matter of materials brings into play the character of architectural details: contemporary and minimalist.

 

Examples of architectural styles relevant to the neighbourhood:

We invite you to consult the complete version of the Guide to Architectural Principles to learn more about the philosophy and principles that guide the development of Senneville-sur-le-parc.