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Garage Condos? #2745916
02/23/20 11:34 PM
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I think this has been discussed before, but it caught my curiosity again because it's now just one town over from me.

If I could live there too, I'd be all set. work

I'm tempted to go check it out for the heck of it.

Anyone here have something like this, or looked into it?

Pros? Cons?

https://www.garageultimate.com/

And article from local community paper: LINKY

popcorn


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Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Satilite73] #2745922
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Interesting topic Satty7 ... up

Nice LINKY but where is the PRICY ??!!

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Satilite73] #2745924
02/24/20 12:01 AM
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They have one in my area called Iron Gates. It’s a luxury only very wealthy can afford. The smallest units which hold 3-4 cars packed tight, with an overhead loft, start at around a quarter million and it goes up from there. And that price is for an unfinished unit, so the owners spend tens of thousands putting in lifts and floors and furniture etc. Add association fees and utilities to that, and it surely ends up costing a fortune.
They aren’t residential, so other than maybe an overnight before heading out to an event on a Sunday morning, you can’t live there.
They host some events open to the public, including a monthly cars and coffee Saturday during the fair weather months here. I’ve gone to check it out. The units are something to behold the way the owners have decorated them. Bars, pinball machines, juke boxes, and of course cars. Though the majority of the cars stored there are exotics, with a handful of muscle cars, hot rods, bikes and customs. The cars and coffee events they allow people to park their cars along the alleys in front of the condos.
Interesting to see but I don’t fit in with that crowd. And I don’t want to spend much time at the open events either, the crowd of exotic car wannabes gets a little hard to take, though some of the girls are nice to look at!

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Doc Fiberglass] #2745927
02/24/20 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Doc Fiberglass
Interesting topic Satty7 ... up

Nice LINKY but where is the PRICY ??!!



They sent me a a PM with pricing, I'm sure with options it will vary.

The units range in size from 750 - 1500 sq feet. Pricing is $100K to $205K.

In the PM they offered for me to check them out with no 'hard sales pitch'.

Where these units are located is considered a good/better neighborhood, but its far from being a 'rich, exclusive' neighborhood.


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Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Satilite73] #2745929
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We have one here that takes it to the next level. I’ve yet to attend but plan too.

https://m1concourse.com/

I have a friend that bought one just to rent it out. Doing good so far.
Lots of cool stuff going on there.
KID

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My unit IS KINDA LIKE these units ..... 3 buildings - each broken up into 6 units - ..... I’m the only hobby shop/mancave among them.

As M above suggests ... can you LIVE IN one?

Mine NO ... but it would be hard for them to tell ... IF you could hide your driver.

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Doc Fiberglass] #2745934
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No mail boxes at Condos, guess you could use a PO box. But all the ones I have seen advertised do not allow you to live there.


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Re: Garage Condos? [Re: ChallengerTA] #2745942
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C t&a.... those were advertised as businesses or hobby shops ?

The one I’m in is in an industrial area ... with actual businesses in most .... all with mail boxes. Many are small operations and MANY have sleeping quarters ... but are done in a stealth manner.

In the second office area I have a sofa/bed that’s actually pretty comfy up

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Doc Fiberglass] #2745945
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Originally Posted by Doc Fiberglass
My unit IS KINDA LIKE these units ..... 3 buildings - each broken up into 6 units - ..... I’m the only hobby shop/mancave among them.

As M above suggests ... can you LIVE IN one?

Mine NO ... but it would be hard for them to tell ... IF you could hide your driver.


I have been to several "storage unit" auctions, which contained only a bed, bureau and a chair. Do I suppose someone is living there?

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: ChallengerTA] #2745947
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Originally Posted by ChallengerTA
No mail boxes at Condos, guess you could use a PO box. But all the ones I have seen advertised do not allow you to live there.


Locally they are now advertised as "climate controlled", I wonder. Of course the signs say no living allowed.

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STORAGE UNITS .... whistling xmaseek

Where. It might have electric ... MAYBE ??!!

Oh I’ve seen those when doing CL surfing ! I just bought a pressure washer from a guy that IT APPEARED he at least had spent a night or two in his the last week or so !

THESE that Satty7, M and I are talking about have separate electric meters and have bathroom facilities!

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Kidsixpack] #2745951
02/24/20 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Kidsixpack
We have one here that takes it to the next level. I’ve yet to attend but plan too.

https://m1concourse.com/

I have a friend that bought one just to rent it out. Doing good so far.
Lots of cool stuff going on there.
KID


Oooops - I missed your post ! .. thats VERY INTERESTING......where is that located ... off M1 ??

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Doc Fiberglass] #2745953
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There is one in metro St. Louis that has a Cars and Coffee every once in awhile that I go to. Pretty neat.

https://theplaceinchesterfield.com/

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: FM3AAR] #2745988
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In Texas, I'm sure you could find a standalone building with garage and living space, without having to be part of some community with lots of restrictions.

This is in AR, but seems much more preferable to me.

https://www.realtor.com/realestatea..._West-Fork_AR_72774_M82997-28377#photo22


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On a related solution, I always wondered what constitutes a "house", a kitchen area, a bathroom, a place for a bed, and then how large of a garage would one be allowed?

Seems a stand alone 1 bedroom house with a massive attached garage would be more cost effective, secure, and would not require one hanging with the wine and cheese exotic car crowd that don't know a crescent wrench from caviar.


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Morphing just a bit, but I've seen places in Idaho that are basically just large steel buildings. The ground floor is nothing but a garage and then they build the upper floor into a house. The only negative I've noticed is the lack of windows.


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Re: Garage Condos? [Re: klunick] #2746044
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It comes down to how the property is zoned.

If it is not zoned "residential" you will never get an occupancy permit to live there full time.

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: wingman] #2746085
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The ones I've seen were about 1500-3000 SF, nicely done, secured facilities, and not for residential use; more like "toy overflow".
Prices around here when I looked were about the same as buying a small/modest home with enough land to either already have or build a pole barn or metal bldg.
But property here at the time was relatively inexpensive, and I like the privacy and my trees.
Outside of being "plug & play" I didn't see the advantage over having my own private home & shop building; plus, its value has doubled. Rent doesn't do that.
However, some years back I knew guys who leased/rented units in industrial parks & lived there; another buddy rented one at the track, and lived there for a couple years before getting caught at it.
Nobody really cared at the industrial parks, but either a motorhome inside or some construction is necessary.

Re: Garage Condos? [Re: wingman] #2746182
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Originally Posted by wingman
It comes down to how the property is zoned.

If it is not zoned "residential" you will never get an occupancy permit to live there full time.


^^^^i agree with THIS.

zoning and what the local city or town allows in a residential zoned area.

in my area you will never be allowed to live in a pole building. and i am pretty sure it's the same in all of SE WI. in my area they won't let you install a bathroom and even a floor drain in your garage unless it's zoned industrial.
one loophole in my area is as long as the house is attached to the garage you can build as big of garage as you want as long as the footprint of the house and garage doesn't exceed 30% of the square footage of the lot. there are certain building requirements to attach a garage to a house also...... there is a house on the other side of town about 1500sqft and he has a 20 car garage attached to his house and he has a 8 car garage detached from his house on a 5 ac lot..
i know by my friends by the wolf river party trailer in Fremont WI they allow you to live in a pole building.

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Re: Garage Condos? [Re: Mr T2U] #2746184
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There is a place here with those, but they are 90k, and you can't live in them. You can buy it, but are still subject to all the rules the property owner decides. Limited gate access hours, no chemicals, no operating a business out of it etc.

I would not want one unless it was fire sprinkled. Drunk neighbor does something wrong and the whole place will burn up taking your stuff with it.

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