Not only do the extremely wealthy have bigger and expensive and impressive cars and houses than the rest of us, they also have bigger, better and more expensive garages. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s best garages that everyone would like to own:
Jerry Seinfeld’s Manhattan garage
Seinfeld’s garage is actually the cheapest on the list, for it cost a measly $500,000. Tucked away on a side street, the garage stands three stories high and houses all 46 of Seinfeld’s Porsches. Seinfeld apparently got a lot of bang for his buck, for the garage can double as a second home. It contains 844 more square feet of living space that includes an office, a kitchenette, bathroom, and a club room complete with billiard table.
Francis Wisniewski’s garage
Francis Wisniewski, the Management CIO of Forty4 Asset, lives in Chicago. As he grew up in Las Vegas, however, he wanted a touch of home. He therefore created a garage with a Las Vegas theme to the tune of $1,000,000. The garage is 15,000 square feet long, so there is plenty of space for his cars and motorcycles. It also contains a small basketball court, a casino and a replica of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.” The garage is decorated with glossy red pillars and Wisniewski’s collection of sports memorabilia.
Craig Jackson’s Garage
Craig Jackson, who lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, wanted a garage to house his massive collection of luxury cars and muscle cars. As his house is circular, he decided his garage, which cost $2 million dollars, should match. He was further inspired to have the garage resemble a gigantic tire, with the cars facing the center like wheel spokes. In the middle is a rotating pedestal holding his prized Bugatti Veyron. The lighting and roof are designed to resemble a hub cap. A computerized system controls everything within the garage.
Tom Gonzales’ Garage
When the software engineer Tom Gonzales retired, he moved to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. There he built a mansion with an underground room to house his collection of cars and motorcycles to the tune of $6 million. The underground garage is 6,000 square feet was built without pillars to make driving in and out easier. The elevator is the type used in aircraft carriers to move planes; it can transport a recreational vehicle plus three cars, or around 250,000 pounds.
Ralph Lauren’s D.A.D. Garage
We have now reached the point of “If you have to ask about the price, you can’t afford it.” There’s no information about how much the fashion designer’s garage cost. The acronym, however, comes from the initials of his three sons: Dylan, Andrew, and David. The two-story garage houses Lauren’s 60 cars, which rest white stainless steel pedestals. The garage also contains a workshop, a library and an office. The decorations are Spartan; the floor is black while the pillars, ceiling and walls are white.
John Travolta’s Garage
This one is cheating a bit, for the garage at Travolta’s Jumbolair estate is actually a cross between a garage and a small airport with two planes (a Boeing 707 and a Gulfstream jet) and a 1.4-mile long runway. There are parking spaces for 15 cars, many of which are support vehicles.
Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage
Leno’s Big Dog Garage is aptly named; its 17,000 square feet sprawls across two buildings. Leno hasn’t said how much his huge garage cost, but he did admit that adding solar panels to it in 2010 cost $450,000. In addition to housing Leno’s collection of cars and motorcycles, the garage contains a kitchen, fabrication shop and a machine shop.
Emirates National Auto Museum
This one is mind-blowing, for it began life as the private automobile collection of Hamad Bin Hamdan al-Nahyan, a member of the UAE royal family. The pyramid-shaped and climate-controlled garage is located roughly 45 kilometers south of Abu Dhabi and is home to over 200 vehicles. The collection includes a replica of an 1886 Mercedes, a Russian WWII tank, a Chicago highway patrol car, a $775,000 Rolls Royce, and the world’s biggest Dodge Jeep that is over three stories tall. The museum itself has sometimes been described as a small city with streetlights, park benches, painted streets, walkways and a rotunda. Since Sheikh Hamad actually drives some of his cars on special occasions, the museum still qualifies as a garage.
How can I make my garage more luxurious?
The main thing you will need is space in order to have room for your renovations along with your cars. Ideally, you should also have impressive automobiles. Even if you don’t have a bunch of fancy cars, there are still ways to make your garage look more luxurious:
Pick a theme. Doing so will help you decide on how to decorate your new space. For example, if you collect sports memorabilia, like Francis Wisiniewski, decorate your garage with a sports theme.
Replacing your old garage door with new premium one like Panelift will instantly freshen up the look and give your garage a bit of that premium vibe, especially if you opt for some rich wood or slick aluminum.
Go crazy with the tech. The Internet of Things is here now, so take advantage. Get as many top-of-line gadgets as possible.
Turn your garage into a playground or clubroom for adults. Add a billiard table, bar and/or giant TV.
- If you have a hobby like woodworking, build part of the garage around that. Buy high-end gear related to your hobby.