By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
How much do you love your garage? Is it just a place to park your car and store boxes? Or does your vision for your garage include an elaborate workshop, art studio or even a gallery to display your prized vehicles?
As homes shrink in size – the average home started is now 2,576 square feet, down from 2,689 in 2015, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – the demand for garage space, and particularly three-car garages, has soared. According to a recent study on buyer preferences by NAHB, 85 percent of homebuyers consider garage storage essential or desirable, and the desire for space in the garage to store household items is universal across a majority of buyers of all generations, income, race and location.
“South Florida buyers are looking for luxury amenities within their home for themselves and their curated collection of prized valuables – art, antiques, boats and, most importantly, cars,” says Tika Van Den Hurk, senior director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Fort Lauderdale.
Van Den Hurk says amenities such as lifts that double the number of cars that can be parked in a garage and in-home “car museums” are becoming increasingly popular in South Florida luxury homes.
So, if you’re in the market for a home with a fabulous garage, check out some examples here.
Italian Renaissance Style
This oceanfront villa, priced at $19.95 million, is named “Nostro Mondo Sul Mare,” or “Our World on the Sea.” Located at 4217 S. Ocean Blvd. in Highland Beach, the 12,224-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style mansion has six bedrooms and combines both old world and modern aesthetics. Features include a gourmet kitchen, saltwater pool and a professionally equipped gym. There’s also a drive-through, air-conditioned garage with space for 10 vehicles – plus a separate car collector showroom.
Contact: John List at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 561-245-2635, Elliman.com.
Your Own Car Museum
This 4,242-square-foot condominium, Unit 5403 in the renowned Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, was built to display your prized vehicles. Sure, the $4.399 million unit has three bedrooms, four and one-half baths, a kitchen with top-of-the-line Miele appliances and carbon-fiber cabinets and breathtaking Intracoastal Waterway and ocean views. But, for the car aficionado, what matters more is the private garage adjacent to the living space, which doubles as a gallery to display your trophy cars. Porsche Design Tower features an automated car elevator system that whisks residents to their condominiums — and vehicles to their garages in the sky.
Contact: Chad Carroll at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 305-400-9507, Elliman.com.
Las Olas Masterpiece
This 12,660-square-foot mansion on three waterfront lots is perfect for entertaining and showcasing your yacht and toys. Located at 315 Royal Plaza Drive in Fort Lauderdale, the $8.395 million home features a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, man cave, a well-appointed kitchen that leads to an outdoor living space complete with a wood-burning pizza oven, and formal rooms reminiscent of the grand salons of Versailles. There’s also a three-car showroom within the home, as well as a separate building with an air-conditioned car museum that stores 40 vehicles.
Contact: Tika Van Den Hurk and Michele Wegmann at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 954-874-0740, Elliman.com.
PHOTO: A private garage of a $4.399 million unit at the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach. (Courtesy Douglas Elliman)