Outgrown your garage? Move the cars, not homes
November 7, 2015
Calgary Herald Published on: November 6, 2015 | Last Updated: November 6, 2015 3:55 PM MST
Brent Fraser’s Heritage Pointe Home was the right fit, but he needed something more than its front-attached two-car garage. Fraser has three vintage vehicles and three Harley-Davidson motorcycles and didn’t have an appropriate place to tuck them away.
“You get your toy collection too big and the house works but the garage doesn’t,” says Fraser, owner of RockCreek Builders. “I started looking at moving for that reason.”
Fraser figured out a way where his vehicles could move, but he didn’t have to. About three kilometres from Heritage Pointe is the Stash, a new luxury garage with first possessions on storage bays starting this month.
“This is the best of both worlds,” Fraser says. “It’s 10 minutes from my house or less, and I stay where I am and get the ultimate garage. Driving in a two-car garage, I end up parking outside all winter just to store my stuff. So it works out great because it’s close enough for me so I can use that as a place to tinker and work on them and still park inside during our cold months.”
Another upscale storage facility, dubbed the Vaults, opens in northeast Calgary in October 2016 but is now pre-selling.
The Stash is a facility with 38 bays, in the Okotoks area. They measure 1,250 square feet, which is expected to fit six vehicles. Prices start at $250,000 and condo fees are expected to be around $150 a month. A mezzanine and bathrooms are extra.
Initial plans for the Vaults include 43 units. These are around 1,650 square feet, including a mezzanine, and priced from $329,900. Condos fees are expected to start at $165 a month, which includes use of its clubhouse and private wash bay. It’ll be at 1750 120th Ave. N.E.
In both cases, multiple units can be purchased with the dividing wall removed for an even larger space.
While car enthusiasts have latched on to the concept, it’s not just for vehicles, says Joe Mahovlich, president of the Vaults Development Corp., the company behind the storage project. “I’ve got a fairly large garage,” says Mahovlich. “It’s got tools, it’s got motor bikes and everything else that’s seasonal equipment that the kids are playing with or not playing with. For me, it’s more storage. I want to get rid of the stuff in my basement and stuff in my garage, so maybe we can utilize the garage for parking cars.”
The Vaults is also expected to play a role in living situation decisions, says James B. Murray, vice-president of the Vaults Development Corp. Namely, it opens the door for people looking to downsize their home and not their prized vehicle collection.
“When we look at Calgary specifically, with people moving from estate homes to luxury condos that we see growing downtown, they’re really limited with the space they have for their car,” Murray says. “So it becomes an enabler that all of a sudden you can take those collector cars or RVs and boats and not feel like you can’t move into a luxury condo downtown because you still have great space that’s secured.”
The Stash is by Larry and Leslie Stadnick, who are the owners of Corey Homes, a custom country acreage builder that’s been operating in the Calgary area since 1979.
For Larry, the vehicle storage facility was a blend of two passions — construction and cars. “It’s kind of a dream of mine,” Larry says. “I saw it down in Phoenix, Arizona, where a bunch of guys got together and built all these garages and kind of hung around together. It was like a little community. They have lots of fun.” Fraser says he looks forward to that chance to connect with other auto buffs.
“Everyone that’s going to be doing this, they’ll be car crazy to some extent on their collections and that type of thing,” he says. “Our climate doesn’t let us drive these things year-round so we need a place to hang out with them.”
Whether it’s cars or other valuables, these storage facilities needed something safer than your average lock and key. Both the Stash and the Vaults take a high-end approach to security. Among the more extensive features are a swipe card to enter the facility and a series of surveillance cameras.
Original online source: http://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/new-homes/outgrown-your-garage-move-the-cars-not-homes