Tim Wellborn’s two-story garage in Alexander City, Ala., spans 14,400 square feet and can fit 12 cars upstairs and six below. The walls are made of New Orleans brick, and the concrete floors are stained to look like stone. For entertaining, there’s a Cuban mahogany bar with granite countertops and an eight-seat theater.
A million-dollar parking spot: This garage in Alexander City, Ala., can hold 18 cars. It also has a bar and home theater.
The total cost: over $1 million. “It’s more than our house,” says Mr. Wellborn, co-founder of Wellborn Forest Products, a kitchen cabinet manufacturing company that he sold in 2006.
Once seen as a catchall space to store bicycles, trash cans and lawn tools, garages are being rediscovered as the ideal place—who knew?—to park cars. Increasingly, many of these spaces are also becoming more lavish—loaded with high-end finishes and man toys, such as flat-screen TVs, underground car lifts and welding equipment.
“People are beginning to see that garages can be as cool as the rest of the rooms in the house,” says Lou DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Architects in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who has seen a 15% to 20% uptick in garage projects in the past five years.
Billionaire Oracle chief Larry Ellison has just listed his Lake Tahoe mansion in Glenbrook, Nev., for a whopping $28.5 million. No surprise to us, really, considering that he’s built another mega-mansion on the other side of the lake, which he’s just about ready to move into, according to our friends at Curbed.
If the new mansion’s anything like the one that he’s just thrown on the market, then we want in! It boasts 230 feet of lake frontage with its own white sand beach and private harbor. And that beachfront cabana with sundeck just sweetens the deal! Yes, owning your own Hawaiian island just isn’t enough for some members of the 1 percent. Oh, you haven’t forgotten that Ellison bought 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai, have you? And then bought a freakin’ airline to get him to and fro?!
You may not recognize the name, but you’ll definitely recognize the face: actor Neal McDonough has appeared in everything from “Star Trek: First Contact” to “Justified” to “Captain America.” Now the hard-working thespian, who was recently tapped to play controversial L.A. Police Chief William Parker in the upcoming TNT show “Lost Angels”, is taking on the role of home seller, placing his home in the Hancock Park district of Los Angeles on the market for $2.899 million.
The home is much like the actor who owns it, solid, unprepossessing, and refreshingly free – by Los Angeles standards – of the empty flash and distracting busyness that afflicts many modern homes (and acting performances.) Built in a Southern Colonial style in 1922, the home has 5 beds, 3.5 baths, and clocks in at just over 4,000 square feet of living space. Inside, it’s all hardwood floors and high ceilings; outside it’s all about the shaded patio with a wet bar, BBQ grill, spa tub, and a yard for the kids. As a bonus, the home is just a block away from the shopping and dining on trendy Larchmont Boulevard.
Remember when a bankruptcy court supposedly auctioned off Warren Sapp’s mansion? Yeah, apparently that didn’t quite work out as planned. The Windermere, FL manse in question was originally valued at $7 million, but ended up selling at auction to “international fitness entrepreneur” Brenda Dykgraff, who put in a bid of $2.3 million for the 15,162-square-foot luxury home. Unfortunately for Dykgraff (and fortunately for Sapp), whose contributions to the fitness world include, among other things, helping develop the Ab Roller, her offer to buy Sapp’s home was rejected by a bankruptcy court and now the property is back on the market, sporting a $2.9 million price tag.
For fans of Country English style it’s hard to curb your enthusiasm for Larry David’s estate in Pacific Palisades, California, which recently hit the market for $14.99 million. The curmudgeonly comedian owns a sweet seven-bedroom home in the very private Huntington Palisades area.